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2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

The new Avalon, Toyota’s most “American” car, is a car that feels larger inside than it is. It’s stable and feels planted on the road. It’s a great highway cruiser.

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Energy

Pickup Shocker!

Rivian founder and CEO R.J. Scaringe isn’t claiming he’s developed the formula for cold fusion, but it’s possible he’s found the formula to make electric vehicles truly resonate with mainstream America.

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Power

A Lesson in Multiphysics

Modeling and simulation are becoming a more critical factor in automotive design, particularly in subjective areas like passenger-cabin sound quality and complex newer technologies like battery management.

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Q&A
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Gearing Up Drive Axle Innovations

Tier 1 driveline systems supplier American Axle & Manufacturing currently has Quantum, its all-new family of lightweight beam axles with aluminum center housing, in customer evaluations. AE asked AAM's Jeffrey Nichols to explain the NASA technology inside the Quantum "pumpkin."

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Automotive

View from a Visionary

Chris Urmson helped give birth to vehicle autonomy. His new company, Aurora, is leading the technology to maturity and widespread adoption. Read on to learn more about this visionary's view.

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Automotive

AV Regulations: Feds Ready to Get Their Claws Back?

These federal guidelines create a conceptual challenge, as they remind states of the limits of their power while being — controversially — non-binding on automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

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Road Ready
Power

2019 Hyundai Nexo: Fuel-Cell Refinement, SUV Luxury

The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is a distinctively styled and luxurious C-class SUV based upon Hyundai’s first fully dedicated fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) platform. A technological...

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Energy

Extending EV Range with AV Programming

Increasing the range of electric vehicles (EV) in a practical cost-effective way has become a primary challenge for the industry. However, current efforts to increase EVs’ market acceptance, via...

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Technology Report
Propulsion

BorgWarner Demos Next-Step Electrification Components

Anyone questioning whether a substantial portion of the light-vehicle market will imminently feature some form of powertrain electrification need look no further than the product...

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Road Ready
Unmanned Systems

Porsche Practices the Art of Updating with the Eighth-Generation 911

Regularly updating and evolving the Porsche 911’s aesthetic signature might seem an impossible task. But more than half a century after its birth, the unveiling of...

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News
Power

2018 Los Angeles Auto Show: Hyundai Unveils the 2020 Palisade Midsize SUV as Its Flagship

The three-row 2020 Hyundai Palisade is the brand’s biggest SUV yet, providing more passenger room and more thermal-management performance to...

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Technology Report
Design

Ford Investing $45 Million in New Advanced Manufacturing Center to Speed Production Innovations

Ford Motor Company is investing $45 million in its new Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) in Redford Township, Michigan, to help quickly...

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Unmanned Systems

2018 LA Auto Show, Nissan Futures Showcase Mobility’s Next Phases

The next decade will likely see an explosion of ‘what-if’ scenarios for personal mobility. It’s also likely that many of today’s visions will materialize in a...

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What We’re Driving
Propulsion

2018 Lexus LS500

The Lexus flagship’s design may not appeal universally, but it’s hard to argue the addition of the F SPORT package’s extra bodywork tweaks impart a more assertive presence that also seems to bring better flow to...

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Electronics & Computers

Predicting the Road to Efficiency

Delphi Technologies isn’t coming right out to say most of us aren’t very good at driving efficiently, but there’s no getting around that’s what’s implied by the company’s new Intelligent...

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Materials

Ford and Its Suppliers Take Top Honors at the 48th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition

Ford Motor Co. took home top honors at this year's 48th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, winning the Grand Award for...

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Road Ready
Software

Ford Engineers a Tech Barrage with 2020 Lincoln Aviator

Ford Motor Co. officially launched its 2020 Lincoln Aviator at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, with the all-new three-row midsized luxury SUV featuring a barrage of equally new and...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

What We’re Driving: Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+

Select “Sport+”, floor the gas pedal, listen to the engine and exhaust notes, and the essence of Mercedes-AMG’s latest E 53 sedan is sensationally clear. But shouldn’t this combo...

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Road Ready
Test & Measurement

Jeep’s Gladiator Takes up Arms in Midsize-Pickup Battle

Maybe the only thing more surprising than the fact it’s been more than a quarter-century since FiatChrysler’s Jeep brand sold a pickup truck is that it’s taken so long to...

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SAE Standards News
Unmanned Systems

J3016 Automated-Driving Graphic Update

SAE International recently unveiled a new visual chart (below, and in gallery) that is designed to clarify and simplify its J3016 “Levels of Driving Automation” standard for consumers. The...

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Supplier Eye
Robotics, Automation & Control

Shifting Focus to Rising Costs

Welcome to 2019, a new year that’s already brimming with challenges for mobility-industry suppliers. As they deal with escalating technology investments, unpredictable product-launch cadences, an influx...

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Connectivity

The Navigator: The Not-So-Hidden Cost of “Free”

There is no such thing as a free lunch, as the old truism goes. For more than a century, the auto industry business model has been to sell it and forget it. Once you drove off the lot...

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Technology Report
Electronics & Computers

BP’s Nexcel Sealed-Cell Oil System an Alternative for Controlling GHG Emissions

The automotive industry is broadening its spectrum of technology to support the reduction of global greenhouse gases not just via electric drivetrains and...

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Technology Report
Connectivity

JLR Uses Predictive Technology to Reduce Motion-Sickness Risk

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed that a specialist “wellness research” team has created an algorithm to help reduce vehicle motion sickness by up to 60%. The...

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Connectivity

End Public ‘Shadow’ Driving!

The fundamental premise of shadow driving is that the vehicle has learned the proper management of possible events which may occur during the maneuvers, and the human observer can react fast enough to stop any negative results from occurring.

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Transportation

Florida’s Babcock Ranch and the Future of Autonomous Communities

On an 18,000-acre tract within Babcock Ranch, a developer named Syd Kitson is pioneering a new and sustainable model for development in Florida and stepping past the century-old order of the automobile age.

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Unmanned Systems

StreetDrone: Rolling R&D Vehicle for Small-Scale AV Developers

Even for well-funded automakers, suppliers, start-up businesses and academic institutions, the cost of developing specific technologies needed to support autonomous-vehicle...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

MIPI Phone Alliance Standard Aims at Automotive Sensors

Smartphones may expand their burgeoning role in the automotive industry. The MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) Alliance, which created interface standards for smartphone...

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Electronics & Computers

BEV Heat Pumps Recovering Cost Investments

Can a heat pump-equipped battery electric vehicle (BEV) overcome major energy losses for cabin heating comfort in cold ambient conditions –and at reasonable system cost? These questions were...

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Manned Systems

SAE International’s Fundamentals of Electric Aircraft Takes Deep Dive on Aircraft Electrification Paradigm Shift, Innovation

SAE International’s latest release, Fundamentals of Electric Aircraft, offers an objective view of current...

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Manned Systems

NASA Spacecraft Reaches Farthest Target in History

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule in the early hours of New Year's Day, ushering in the era of exploration from the enigmatic Kuiper Belt, a region of primordial...

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Materials

Centre for Modelling & Simulation to Develop Digital Twins for GKN Aerospace Additive, Composite, and Industry 4.0 Technologies

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) will collaborate with GKN Aerospace to advance aircraft...

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Aerospace

Boeing to Modernize Spanish Chinook Fleet with Autonomous-Ready Avionics and Flight Control Systems

The Boeing Company will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy lift helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding...

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INSIDER
Aerospace

NASA Experiments Fly on Virgin Galactic Spacecraft

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo successfully flew to suborbital space last month with four NASA-supported technology payloads onboard. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program purchased...

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Aerospace

Foldable Drone Flies Through Narrow Holes

A new drone was developed that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of...

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Materials

Porous and Stiff Material for Aircraft Lightweighting

Researchers have developed and manufactured a family of architectures that maximizes the stiffness of porous, lightweight materials. 3D printing and other additive production...

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Unmanned Systems

Byton Details Its EV, Autonomy Vision at CES 2019

The 48-in (1219-mm) LCD screen atop the Byton M-byte concept car’s instrument panel is not only the auto industry’s largest in-vehicle display. It also signals what could be a radical...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rolls-Royce’s Race to Develop the World’s Fastest All-Electric Aircraft

Inside a hangar bay at Gloucestershire airport in South West England, London-based Rolls-Royce plc has gathered a team of British engineers, designers, and data...

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Test & Measurement

Militaries Choose Marvin Test Solutions MTS-3060A with Enhanced Flight-Line Test Capabilities, Cybersecurity

Marvin Test Solutions Inc. – a provider of test solutions for aerospace, defense, and manufacturing organizations – is...

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Transportation

Auto, Tech Industries Launch PAVE Coalition for Autonomous-Vehicle Education

Acknowledging the need for enhanced public and policymaker understanding about automated-vehicle (AV) technology, a new coalition of 26 industry, academic and...

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Automotive

Honeywell Aerospace Launches B2B E-Commerce Site for Aerospace Components

Honeywell Aerospace, a division of Honeywell International, has rolled out a new business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform for buying and selling aerospace...

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Technology Report
Test & Measurement

China’s NIO Making EV Battery Swapping Work

Emergent electric-vehicle automaker NIO believes battery swapping makes sense for EVs and the company’s customers almost universally agree. In front of 10,000 guests at the 2018 NIO Day in...

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Connectivity

2019 E-Tron SUV: Audi Goes Electric

Audi has made its ambitious electromobility goals clear, saying it will offer 10 all-electric and 10 plug-in hybrid models by 2025, accounting for at least one-third of its sales. To help achieve...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Bell Nexus Full-Scale Air Taxi Design Debuts, Taps Novel VTOL, Hybrid Propulsion, Energy Storage, and Avionics Technologies

Mobility engineers and executives at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, in Fort Worth, Texas, are...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Vertical Flight Society Applauds EVTOL Innovation, Bell Nexus UAM Concept

The electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) revolution is gaining momentum, as evidenced by the unveiling of the Bell Nexus hybrid-electric VTOL air taxi...

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Power

Elevate: Hyundai’s New Four-Wheel Drive, Four-Legged Off-Road Vehicle

As dozens of aerospace and automotive companies converge on the urban air mobility (UAM) revolution, Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is going in a...

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Technology Report
Power

Ricardo Reveals Details of Latest E-Motor and EDCT

United-Kingdom engineering specialist Ricardo recently revealed extensive development details of its latest automotive 48-V 25-kW e-motor and associated inverter, which it claims can...

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Automotive

Boeing and NASA Unveil Lightweight, Ultra-Thin, More Aerodynamic Transonic Truss-Braced Wing Concept

Engineers at Boeing and NASA are collaborating on a lightweight, ultra-thin Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) concept, designed to be...

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Automotive

Nvidia’s New Level 2+ Autonomy Platform Is Making Cars Safer Today

At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas, Nvidia of Santa Clara, California debuted a new automotive artificial intelligence (AI) system: DRIVE AutoPilot....

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

NAIAS 2019: The Tech-Savvy Next-Generation Ford Explorer

The 6th-generation Ford Explorer looks to retain its all-time best-selling-SUV in America status by adding driver assist and other technologies, while dropping its former FWD/AWD...

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Power

Ford Returns to Midsize-Pickup Game with 2019 Ranger

The roads east of San Diego twist and rise through the mesa hills towards the Laguna Mountains, providing an ideal drive for any sports car, but Ford boldly chose these winding paths...

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Nanotechnology

Dürr Builds Advanced Paint Shop for EV Startup Byton

China-based automotive startup Byton, fresh from beguiling attendees of the recent Los Angeles auto show and the subsequent CES at the start of 2019, confirmed it intends to begin...

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Unmanned Systems

NAIAS 2019: Three-Row Cadillac XT6 SUV Makes Global Debut

Cadillac has added another SUV to its lineup with the global debut of the all-new three-row XT6 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The XT6 joins the two-row...

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Manned Systems

Nomination Period Now Open for SAE International Aerospace Engineering Awards

Every year, SAE International seeks to recognize the outstanding individuals for their commitment to the mobility industry. Among the nearly 60 professional...

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Power

NAIAS 2019: Shelby GT500 Most Powerful and Advanced Mustang in Ford History

Ford has debuted the all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), describing it as the most-powerful production Ford...

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Software

Navy Launches Virtual Training Tech for Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Crews

One of the most dangerous environments in the U.S. Navy is the deck of an aircraft carrier. Catapult systems that can remove limbs, furious engines, whipping...

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Propulsion

Discovery Could Lead to Munitions That Go Further, Much Faster

Researchers from the U.S. Army and top universities discovered a new way to get more energy out of energetic materials containing aluminum, common in battlefield systems, by...

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Defense

NIF Experiments Support Warhead Life Extension

It was a normal morning for design physicist Madison Martin at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At 7:45 a.m., she settled into her classified workstation with a cup of tea to...

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Defense

Airlander 10 Hybrid Airship May Enter Production as Soon as 2019

With a recently won production organization approval (POA) from the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAV), Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited (HAV) is one step closer to type...

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Power

NAIAS 2019: Infiniti Debuts QX Inspiration SUV Concept

It’s an electrifying time at Infiniti as the brand prepares for its first all-electric vehicle. “In our mid-term, we are going to launch eight EVs between Nissan and Infiniti....

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Defense

AVIO Engineers Evolve Vega Rocket Design, Enhance Avionics and Propulsion

Hardware and software engineers at AVIO, a global aerospace company engaged in the construction and development of space launchers and solid and liquid propulsion...

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Software

AVIO Software Developers Leverage AdaCore GNAT pro Assurance for ESA Vega C Launch Vehicle

Software engineers engaged in the construction and development of space launchers and solid and liquid propulsion systems for space travel at AVIO...

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Energy

Mercedes-Benz C220d AMG Line Cabriolet

Until relatively recently in Europe, “buy a new diesel car and help reduce CO2”, was accepted by most governments as a responsible piece of advice. In simple terms a late level Euro-6 diesel...

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Automotive

Stratolaunch Composite Air-Launch Aircraft Pulls the Wheels up During Latest Taxi Test

Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems Corporation is fast approaching the first flight of its Stratolaunch aircraft. According to a brief social media...

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INSIDER
Software

Study Could Help Aircraft Avoid Dynamic Stall

University of Illinois researchers are studying the physics of dynamic stall so that it can be used beneficially and reliably by aircraft. The problem has been studied at low speeds but at...

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Aerospace

Cartilage-Like Material Enables Structural Battery

A structural battery prototype incorporates a cartilage-like material to make the batteries highly durable and easy to shape. The idea behind structural batteries is to store energy in...

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Defense

Boeing’s 777X Finally Gets Its Engines

Less than a year after the GE9X turbofan first flew on its Boeing 747 testbed, GE Aviation and Boeing have installed the record-breaking engine on the aircraft it was designed for: the Boeing...

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Unmanned Systems

ZF Debuts Enhanced CPUs, Adjusts Autonomous Focus

Electrified and autonomous-vehicle (AV) technologies have seen heavy investments from automotive suppliers, but sales haven’t yet begun to support the expenditures. That’s a major...

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Propulsion

Late Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Company Cancels Launch Vehicle Projects

Months after founder Paul G. Allen’s death, Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems Corporation will abandon several launch vehicle projects. The news comes days after...

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Unmanned Systems

ZF’s Current Innovations Build for EV, AV Future

As the product-development landscape for light-vehicle electrification and automated-driving technologies begins to become less cluttered, it’s apparent that established automotive...

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Software

MathWorks Rolls out Major Update to Aerospace Blockset

Natick, Massachusetts-based MathWorks – developer of MATLAB and Simulink software – has added flight control analysis tools to their Aerospace Blockset in release 2018b. The...

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Test & Measurement

Airbus’ Quantum Computing Challenge May Fundamentally Change Aircraft Development

A global quantum computing competition to advance optimization and modularity in aircraft life-cycle is open to post-graduate students, academics,...

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Aerospace

The F-22 Raptor Gets Its First Metallic 3D-Printed Part

Maintainers from the U.S. Air Force 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) have installed the first titanium additively manufactured titanium component on an operational...

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AR/AI

The Future of Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Now Starts in Middle School

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications are pervasive in nearly all aspects of the mobility engineering, from vehicle design, manufacturing, operations, and...

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Connectivity

Commercial Vehicle ADAS: Testing, Testing and More Testing

When it comes to testing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), comprehensive is the word. Hours and hours and hundreds of thousands of miles are spent testing to ensure a...

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Test & Measurement

NATS Will Test AI at Heathrow to Reduce Weather-Related Flight Delays

NATS Holdings (NATS), formerly National Air Traffic Services and the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) main air navigation service provider, is exploring the impact of...

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Aerospace

Blue Origin Aims for Crewed New Shepard Launch in 2019

Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin successfully completed the tenth launch of its suborbital launch vehicle New Shepard. The NS-10 launch – the fourth launch for this specific...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Northrop Grumman and Airbus Partner on “Wing of Tomorrow” Program

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently finalized a Cooperation and Research Agreement to work closely with Airbus on the Wing of Tomorrow program. The three-year...

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Aerospace

Customizing Computer-Aided Design

MIT researchers have devised a technique that “reverse engineers” complex 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) models, making them far easier for users to customize for manufacturing and 3-D printing...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Boeing, ELG Carbon Fibre Find New Life for Airplane Structure Material

Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre recently announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make...

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Manned Systems

McLaren Applied Technologies’ All-Electric, AI-Infused Vision of Formula 1 Racing

McLaren Applied Technologies of Woking, United Kingdom unveiled their “MCLExtreme” (MCLE) vision for the future of grand prix racing. While McLaren...

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Photonics/Optics

Collins Aerospace Will Provide Avionics and Synthetic Vision for the Supersonic X-59 QueSST

Lockheed Martin Corporation has chosen Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins) to supply the avionics and...

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