New book coming out – Meet the Author event with SAE Publishers

New book coming out – Meet the Author event with SAE Publishers

So we are getting real: My book “The Mobility Diaries” is now finally coming out. Join us on September 21 for a “Meet the Author” online session hosted by SAE International, my publisher.

Here’s a bit more about the book:
Sven Beiker is specializing in future trends for the automotive and mobility industries including autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility. In “The Mobility Diaries: Connecting the Milestones of Innovation Leading to ACES”, he opens up his personal diary regarding his take on 50 years of mobility innovation and history interwoven with his experiences from 1978 to 2018.

From the Foreword by Reilly Brennan: “Understanding how transportation itself evolved requires a unique prism. The core components of vehicles today have stories and engineering journeys worth their own telling, and that is what is so exciting about the way we can learn about them in this text. Dr. Beiker’s curriculum vitae, from BMW to Stanford University to McKinsey, are a compendium of experiences that created this unique historical and biographical book.”

“Sven and I are kindred spirits in the mobility world. His view on the evolution of mobility and technology illustrates why Detroit and Silicon Valley need one another.” Carla Bailo, Former President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

The book can be purchased at SAE International right away and soon everywhere where you can buy books.

Smart Sensors – Interview with Sensors Converge

Smart Sensors – Interview with Sensors Converge

This was already in June but it still makes for a good discussion of smart sensors: my interview at the Sensors Converge 2022.

People are putting more and more intelligence into sensors – which we call smart sensors. Traditionally, sensors used to be a device to measure exactly one thing. But now much more intelligence is going into it and it’s going to become more and more miniaturized, which is pretty incredible. They are talking about what used to be a system on a chip (SOC) is now a system in a sensor…

The Software Defined Car | Silicon Valley Engineering Notes (SVEN) 12/2021

The Software Defined Car | Silicon Valley Engineering Notes (SVEN) 12/2021

The perfection of hardware, software, and smartness

Some often-made statements say that mechanical hardware engineering does not matter much anymore in automobiles as those will be defined by software. But is it really as simple as that?

Well, I don’t want to rescue a dinosaur, but to put things right, it requires an integration of soft- AND hardware to figure out future mobility with autonomous, electric, and smart vehicles. Software arguably is at the beginning of a chain of commands to control a vehicle, but ultimately things get in motion through hardware.

This is reflected in the activity related to in-wheel motors or corner modules that keep an automobiles hardware basic but smart. One needs to be aware that tires, weight distribution, suspension, aerodynamics matter a lot and determine where and how a vehicle is moving.

Therefore, mechanical hardware might not get more and more sophisticated but will still matter a lot and needs to be accounted for to make sure software controls work out as intended.

Let me know what you think, I’d be happy to discuss further…

Say hello to the Silicon Valley Engineering Notes – SVEN!

Say hello to the Silicon Valley Engineering Notes – SVEN!

This is my new series in which I’d like to bring the new and the old together to drive ACES forward. I start off by laying out the foundations for how AV development, AI, etc. need to work together with traditional automotive engineering. I am sure we can all learn something here…

Everybody knows by now that the future of mobility is going to be autonomous, connected, electric, and shared: “ACES”. It is just taking longer than most expected and often we find challenges in between the new and the old. This new series will discuss, among other things, critical aspects at the intersection of autonomous technology and automotive engineering.

The insights will help to understand how a vehicle moves based on steering, braking, accelerator, which is the essential foundation for whatever software, AI, platform one wants to envision on top of it. This knowledge helps software engineers to develop their algorithms as much as it helps decisionmakers to gain an overall system’s perspective.

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