Fourteen suppliers received 15 Automotive News PACE Awards this year for innovations that have entered the market and are delivering measurable customer benefits. Already, suppliers are making a pitch to be considered for 2019 awards.
The PACE Awards will mark their 25th anniversary next spring, with winners announced April 8 in Detroit.
Applications for the 2019 awards are being accepted until Sept. 5. Finalists will be announced in October.
This year's awards went to innovations across a spectrum of vehicle technology, manufacturing and engineering activity. The 2018 awards recognized innovations in advanced safety, improved vehicle communications and lighter-weight parts and materials to support the global drive to electrification and better fuel economy.
Awards went to Valeo for a high-resolution laser scanner that detects road obstacles on the Audi A8, and to Magna Electronics for an artificial intelligence-based angle detection technology that lets Ford F-150 drivers back up a trailer without jack-knifing.
In addition to this year's 15 PACE Awards, two 2018 Innovation Partnership awards went to Audi AG and General Motors for technology advances they achieved by collaborating with suppliers.
Audi was awarded for its partnership with Continental on a safety domain control unit that combines passive and active safety management into a single controller. GM was awarded for developing a driver-state system in partnership with TK Holdings Inc., a technology for the Cadillac CT6 that determines whether a driver is drowsy or distracted.
Among the 2018 winners: