The awards are determined by an independent panel of PACE judges, who spend months reviewing applications from around the industry and analyzing the achievement.
At the same time, the separate Automotive News PACEpilot program honored 10 emerging innovations from both global suppliers and small startups.
PACEpilot recognizes innovations that have reached a working pilot demonstration phase but are not yet commercialized with a contracted sale.
The PACEpilot honorees include a new 5G vehicle telecommunications platform from Lear Corp., a 4D imaging radar concept from the Israeli company Vayyar and a lightweight, conformable high-pressure hydrogen tank from Noble Gas Systems of Novi, Mich.
This year, the judges additionally singled out three PACE award recipients as winners of the Automotive News PACE Innovation Partnership Award.
Those awards are given in cases where an innovation came about as a result of a close working partnership between a supplier and its customer.
The three partnership awards went to: Daimler Trucks and Bosch, for their collaboration in introducing autonomous-driving advances to Class 8 trucks; to Ford Motor Co. and Schaeffler Group, for creating a hybrid module for Ford's large SUVs and pickups; and to Stellantis and Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, a working partnership that introduced a strong thermoplastic replacement for steel roof components.
"This year's class of award winners and honorees reflects the big changes that are coming at us," said Steve Schmith, director of PACE judging. "In our 27th year of the PACE program, it's striking to see how innovation is continuing to improve the auto industry."
The winners of the 2021 Automotive News PACE Awards are:
- Aptiv: Solid-state electrical centers
- Bosch: Level 2 autonomous Class 8 trucking application
- CarSaver: Nissan [email protected]
- Cerence Inc.: Cerence Pay
- Faurecia: IRYStec perceptual display platform vision
- Garrett Motion: E-Turbo for hybrid powertrains
- KAR Global: ADESA Simulcast+
- Lear Corp.: Battery disconnect unit
- Marelli: Very high-pressure GDI fuel system
- Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials: KyronMAX™ roof receivers
- RoboSense (Suteng Innovation Technology Co.): MEMS solid-state automotive lidar
- Schaeffler Group USA: P2 hybrid module for rear-wheel-drive transmissions
- Valeo: eACCESS 48V electric powertrain system
- Work Truck Solutions: Commercial vehicle business model
The 2021 Automotive News PACE Innovation Partnership Award winners:
- Daimler Trucks North America and Bosch for their partnership on a Level 2 autonomous Class 8 truck application
- Ford Motor Co. and Schaeffler Group for their partnership on the P2 hybrid module for rear-wheel-drive transmissions
- Stellantis and Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials for the partnership to develop KyronMAX roof receivers
The 2021 Automotive News PACEpilot Innovations to Watch:
- Arbe: 4D imaging radar
- CNXMotion: Brake-to-Steer
- Detect-It: Coder-free AI enterprise software
- Lear Corp.: 5G V2X telecommunications unit
- Lear Corp.: INTU Thermal Comfort with ClimateSense technology
- Nexteer Automotive: Steer-by-wire with stowable steering column
- Noble Gas Systems: Conformable high-pressure hydrogen tank
- Sonatus: Dynamic data management solution
- Swift Navigation: Precise positioning
- Vayyar: Automotive 4D imaging radar