December 5, 2020


NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) has launched the Automotive Education Program (AEP) to assist instructors and help automotive technology students develop professional skills they can use in the bay.  

As virtual learning is becoming a welcome addition to classroom instruction, the SMP program offers supplemental training for students, while providing an opportunity for them to earn gifts and help their instructor outfit the classroom. The initial AEP course features a series of four videos that explore ignition coil issues, testing, and tips.

Since its launch in early September, more than a thousand tech students have already participated in Level 1 of the program.

To sign up, instructors create an account and build their class on The system generates a unique URL that instructors send to their students, who register and join their instructor’s AEP classroom. Upon successful course completion, students receive a certificate and gift package, and instructors receive posters, countermats, and more for their classrooms.

Commenting on the program, Ryan Kooiman, Director of Training, SMP, stated, “We are pleased that our Automotive Education Program has been so well received and that we’re able to support the instructors and students. This is one of the many ways SMP is helping to educate the next generation of automotive technicians.”

AEP is expanding into new topics and the level 2 course will be available soon. For more information, visit

About SMP
With over 100 years in business, Standard Motor Products, Inc. is a leading independent manufacturer and distributor of premium automotive replacement parts. SMP supplies independent professional technicians and do-it-yourselfers with high quality replacement parts for engine management, ignition, emissions, fuel and safety-related systems, as well as temperature control products for domestic and import cars and light trucks. SMP® products are sold worldwide through both traditional and non-traditional distribution channels. For more information, download the SMP® Parts App or visit

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Electric automaker Rivian will makes its hands-free driver assistance system standard in every vehicle it builds, including its first two vehicles — the RT1 pickup truck and R1S SUV — that are coming to market in 2021.

Details about the system, which is branded as Driver+, was just one of numerous new bits of information released Wednesday on its website, including prices and specs on its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV.

Rivian said the driver assistance system will automatically steer, adjust speed and change lanes on command. The capabilities of the system that Rivian describes suggests it is a Level 2 system as designated by SAE International. Level 2 means the system can perform two or more parts of the driving task under supervision of the driver. To support this level of driving, the system will be powered by two redundant compute platforms, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 10 exterior cameras, five radars and high-precision GPS. This essentially gives the vehicle 360-camera and radar visibility. It’s robust suite of hardware that exceeds what Tesla uses for its driver assistance system. The hardware suite is similar to GM’s hands-free Super Cruise system with the exception that Rivian appears to have more cameras.

Rivian is also placing driver-monitoring system that includes a cabin-facing camera in its vehicles to ensure that drivers keep their eyes on the road when the system is engaged. Initially, the hands-free system will only be available on select highways and then expand over time — improvements achieved via over-the-air software updates — to include a broader geographic area and more road types. This is similar to GM’s approach with its hands-free Super Cruise system, which was initially limited to certain divided highways and eventually expanded.

While there are a number of automakers with Level 2 systems, they vary in capability. GM’s hands-free Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot systems are considered some of the most capable and easy to use, per a recent Consumer Reports evaluation of driver assistance systems. However, Tesla’s system scored lower overall because it lacks a driver monitoring system that makes sure the driver is alert and paying attention to the road.

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The millimeter wave radar test standard is a first in China and is expected to help improve test consistency and vehicle safety while pushing autonomous mobility.

NI (NASDAQ: NATI) This August, the China Association for Automobile Manufacturers published T/CAAMTB 15-2020, a new standard test method for vehicle millimeter wave (mmWave) automotive radar. This standard establishes unified requirements for testing mmWave radars for Chinese radar manufacturers, with a goal of improving the safety of ADAS features that rely on this sensor, such as autonomous emergency braking.

The Tsinghua University Suzhou Automobile Research Institute formed a multidisciplinary team that included Radsys, an NI Partner, to create the standard. Radsys led the effort to manage the team, write the standard and get it thoroughly reviewed by the team members before its release to the Chinese automotive industry. The standard sets out the expectations of what to test, how and what results are to be expected to safely release a radar module to the Chinese automotive market.

“Before the standard was established, the test was ‘designed’ by collecting requirements from OEMs, R&D teams, component manufacturers, module design teams and so forth to then create effective and repeatable test methods,” said Qianhui Yang, a radar test technical expert at Radsys. “The process was lengthy, cumbersome and not scalable.”

The introduction of this standard establishes a more effective test method for automotive mmWave radars that helps promote and enable rapid development of autonomous driving technology.

To put the standard in practice and help with its definition, Radsys chose NI’s Vehicle Radar Test System (VRTS) because it can perform all test functions, versus traditional solutions that need multiple systems, to meet the needs of different users at different stages of test.

“The creation of this standard demonstrates that partnerships between industry leaders is the best path to develop autonomous vehicles,” said Chad Chesney, general manager of NI’s Transportation business unit. “At NI, we’re proud that our software-connected solutions enabled Radsys to implement standards in China, and we see this as another proof point that NI is the right partner when you need to Engineer Ambitiously.”

For several years, industry players such as the Tsinghua University Suzhou Automobile Research Institute, FAW, Asia-Pacific Mechanical and Electrical, Chengtai Technology and Nova Electronics have used Radsys’ and NI’s products for radar testing. Because of Radsys’ level of familiarity with radar testing, the working group was confident in Radsys’ ability to lead the creation of the standard.

“Radsys recognized the importance of test in the development of intelligent connected vehicles,” said Zheng Kai, CEO of Radsys. “This standard is the result of innovation, a joint effort by the entire industry chain and participants’ win-win mindset. We at Radsys are honored to have led this effort in support of the Chinese automotive industry.”

About Radsys

Suzhou RADSYS Co., Ltd. (abbreviated as “Radsys”), a provider of automotive test equipment and services, is committed to providing complete solutions for OEMs, parts suppliers and smart car R&D customers, assisting in the rapid development of