DOHA, Qatar -- Italian brake maker Brembo says that its main product has improved because of its work with the aviation and aerospace industries.
“The transfer of technology has enabled a better lifetime of brake discs, shortened the production process and improved overall performance,” Roberto Vavassori, Brembo’s director of business development, told the Middle East Automotive Summit in Qatar this week.
During the same event, Harald Ludanek, Volkswagen’s head of vehicle engineering and prototyping, said that weight might be overemphasized when talking about how to improve fuel consumption on future models.
He said that 23 percent of a car’s fuel consumption depends on its weight, while 75 percent results from rolling resistance, aerodynamics and friction in the electrical system and powertrain.
“To reduce the weight of the car, new materials and adapted construction principles must be developed,” Ludanek said.
Luigi Piero Ippolito, head of product strategic scenario & innovation for Italian supplier Magneti Marelli, told the summit that global pressure to slash car emissions “open the door to a paradigm shift from the autonomous to the cooperative vehicle.” He sees the driver doing fewer and fewer complicated tasks in the car of tomorrow.
V.G. Ramakrishnan, senior director of automotive and transportation at consultancy Frost & Sullivan, outlined the role of megacities and emerging markets in the industry’s future: “The developing markets are likely to be at the forefront,” he said, “and they are integrating public transportation; rail network, electric cycles, bicycles, two wheelers and more.”