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Schaeffler Tech Demonstrator Achieves 15% CO2 Reduction

Technical specialists retrofitted a MY2013 Ford Escape with Schaeffler technologies, and the payback is a double-digit-percentage fuel-economy improvement compared to the production...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

BYD Electric Bus Provides 30-H Service on Single Charge

BYD Motors and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently announced some findings from a two-month pilot test on a 40-ft (12-m) BYD battery-electric bus...

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Transportation

Flex-Fuel Snowmobile Challenge Results in Improved Efficiency and Lower Emissions

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC), which is part of the Collegiate Design Series of SAE International, was created to challenge students to reduce the...

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Transportation

New Angle on Mercedes-Benz’ S-Class Coupe

Among the veritable plethora of technologies encased within the new 4.7-L bi-turbo Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe (replacing the CL) at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, one stood out as something very...

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Transportation

First Italy-Built Jeep Has GM Platform Roots

One of the stars of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the subcompact 2015 Jeep Renegade, the first model in Jeep history to be based on a platform co-developed by Opel and made in Italy.

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Connectivity

V2X Communications Face Many Challenges Before Deployment

Mainstream media outlets heavily touted vehicle-to-vehicle/-infrastructure (referred to as V2X) communications after a recent NHTSA endorsement. Often overlooked are technical...

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Propulsion

Elastomeric Static Seal

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies offers a new elastomeric static seal as part of a global effort from its gaskets division. According to the company, the patent-pending curve gasket...

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Automotive

Advanced Aerodynamics Features Applied to Mustang

Spending twice as much in aerodynamics development compared to previous Mustangs resulted in innovations such as front-wheel aero curtains and active grille shutters. Showing how...

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Automotive

JLR’s Gaylard Offers Insights on Aerodynamics

One of the subject areas garnering the most attention at the SAE 2014 World Congress is aerodynamics because of its effect on vehicle efficiency through drag reduction and the potential for...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

EPA Finalizes Tier 3 Program for Lower Vehicle Emissions and Low-Sulfur Gasoline

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today signed off the Tier 3 rule that mandates lower levels of pollutant emissions from light- and heavy-duty vehicles...

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Design

Nissan Rearview Mirror Doubles as Rearview LCD Monitor

At the Geneva International Motor Show this week, Nissan is introducing a rearview mirror that incorporates an LCD monitor. When put into the market, the unit will enable drivers to...

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Defense

Army Researchers Inspire Commercial Rifle Fire Control Systems

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory go about their business every day working on projects to help better serve the military and its members who protect our country....

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Transportation

TRW Steering-Wheel Concept Supports Automated Driving

TRW Automotive's steering-wheel concept being shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show supports semi and fully automated driving via several multifunctional features including hands on/off...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Supplier Makes the Case for Stamped-Aluminum Electronic-Module Case

Average vehicle weight has increased at a rate of 1.2% annually over the past three decades, with the only exception being a slight reduction during the late 1970s in...

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Automotive

Book Explores Use of Aerodynamics in Cars, Trucks, Trains

SAE International’s “Theory and Applications of Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles” provides an introduction to ground vehicle aerodynamics and methodically guides the reader...

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Power

GM’s Nitz Gets New Dual Role of EV and Transmission Engineering Director

Transmission-engineering management is gaining strategic clout within OEMs as new transmissions increasingly become a key technology for meeting new vehicle CO2 and...

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Automotive

Porsche Ties Sportscar Label to Its New Macan SUV

When is an SUV not just an SUV? When it’s a sportscar SUV, according to Porsche's description of its new Macan. Some media information from the company qualifies this rather confusing...

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Integrated and Open Development Platform (IODP)

AVL will feature its Integrated and Open Development Platform (IODP) at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit. The IODP is a toolchain that consists of a...

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Automotive

Ford Moving Some Truck Assembly from Mexico to U.S.

Ford is investing $168 million to retool its Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland for production of its MY2016 F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks. Mexico is home to production of the current...

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Automotive

Automotive Venting Solutions

Donaldson’s Automotive Venting Solutions, which offer a variety of materials and configurations to meet the needs of automotive system suppliers, will be displayed at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Batteries That Don’t Burn

The lithium-ion battery fires in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and Tesla’s Model S electric car highlight the safety hazard inherent in the vehicular use of this energy-storage technology. The fact is, the...

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Automotive

New SAE Book on Engine Emissions and Testing Equipment

With the subject of engine emissions expected to be at the forefront of environmental regulations and consumers’ concerns for years to come, understanding the...

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Energy

Next Steps for Fuel Cell Technology

“No company in the automotive industry yet has the processes and designs to ramp up production of fuel-cell electric vehicles [FCEV] to 100,000 units per year by 2025," noted fuel-cell technology...

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Automotive

Functional Rapid Prototype Parts

Most rapid prototype parts are brittle or turn limp in warm water, and can only take engineers so far during development. Synergeering Group says it has developed a way for rapid prototype parts to be...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Urban Concept Vehicle

The ishare urban concept vehicle by Applus IDIADA is designed as a demonstrator of the company’s vehicle development capabilities. The ishare will be displayed (Booth 923) at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Kia Pushes Energy-Density Frontier with Soul EV Battery

Kia Motors Corp. is using what it maintains is a 360-V lithium-ion battery pack of “class-leading” energy density (200 W·h/kg) in the 2015 Soul EV to give it range of about 200...

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Materials

Color Multi-Material 3-D Printer

The Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3-D printer from Stratasys is the first and only 3-D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3-D printing, according to the company. Suitable for product...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Soft Magnetic Material

FINEMET by Hitachi Metals is claimed to be the first nanocrystalline soft magnetic material to be developed. The material, which will be displayed at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit, has high...

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Design

LifeBelt Prevents Submarining

LifeBelt from Lifebelt Pty. Ltd. is a webbing strap placed in the seat base, just below the seating surface, which is continuous with the standard seatbelt and is loaded when the seatbelt loads. Its effect is...

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Automotive

Mazda Hazumi B-Segment Concept Previews Mazda2

Since the 2011 Mazda Minagi concept closely resembled the production CX-5 that followed, and the Takeri Concept that appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show that year gave rise to the Mazda6...

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Automotive

Cylinder Bore Surface Testing

NanoFocus Inc.'s μsurf cylinder tool, which will be displayed at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit, provides a nondestructive technique for high-resolution 3-D measurements of the inside of...

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Automotive

Audi to Increase Laser-Headlamp Applications, Says Technology Chief

Audi plans to migrate its new advanced laser-based headlamps through its model range, the brand’s technology chief revealed during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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Aerospace

Polypropylene Rigid Honeycomb Board

Stinger polypropylene rigid honeycomb-cored structural sheet from Coroplast will be displayed at SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit. The Stinger board provides stiffness, strength, impact...

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Software

Materials Data for Design and Simulation

Granta Design will demonstrate second-generation Granta MI:Materials Gateway integration technology at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit. MI:Materials Gateway provides traceable...

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Software

Multidisciplinary Design Exploration

CD-adapco fills the design testing void with multidisciplinary design exploration (MDX), to be showcased at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit. MDX is a methodology for automatically...

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Automotive

Industrial CT Scanning

To control quality of parts during the manufacturing process, JG&A Metrology Center offers industrial CT scanning focused on 3-D internal part inspection services using industrial computed tomography equipment....

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Design

Enabling High-Strength Composites to Reach Their Full Potential

The use of composite materials for construction of aerospace components began in the early eighties and is now the material of choice for commercial and military airframe...

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Design

Vetting a Better NASCAR Window Net Mounting System

First required by NASCAR in 1970, the driver’s window safety net has continually evolved and improved, playing an important role in protecting racecar drivers from injury. Originally...

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Automotive

Hyundai Trials Lightweight Construction Techniques with Intrado Concept

Intrado, according to Hyundai, is the area on the underside of an airplane’s wing where lift is created. So it is assumed that the construction of a modern...

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Software

Open-Source Race Team Looks for Public's Help to Develop Le Mans Entry

Billing itself as the "first-ever open-source race team," Perrinn myTeam is inviting students, professional engineers, and others to contribute and share data for...

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Defense

Designing Quieter Aircraft Via Acoustic Simulation

Greater fuel efficiency and low emission requirements have grown into such an urgent imperative in aircraft design that it often overshadows an equally significant factor in air...

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Automotive

McLaren Upgrades 12C with 650S Performance Variant

With 25% different components on the car, the McLaren 650S is obviously very much like its 12C sibling (the 12C continues as McLaren’s entry model), but the new parts confer a...

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Electronics & Computers

Car Sticker Not a Good Indicator of Telematics Performance, Study Says

DGE, a unit of FEV North America Inc., believes it is the first company to attempt to apply objective benchmarking of vehicle infotainment/telematics systems. There...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

FlexRay, Ethernet Vie for Role as Safety Systems Share Data

Changes in networking are likely to occur as safety systems are linked together to further reduce accidents and pave the way for autonomous driving. Many developers feel that...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

48-V System

IAV will showcase its 48-V system at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit. The system was developed with several objectives in mind: to significantly reduce CO2 emissions; provide a cost-effective solution for use...

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Power

High-Efficiency Compression-Ignition Engine Technology

Aramco Services Co. (ASC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco), Saudi Aramco, and Saudi Aramco’s European subsidiary Aramco Overseas Co. (AOC),...

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Automotive

Multi-Fuel Analyzer

To be displayed at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit, the Miniscan IRXpert analyzer from AMETEK Petrolab Co. is a portable multi-fuel analyzer for gasoline, diesel, and biodiesel blends incorporating...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Tata Elxsi Focuses on ADAS as Bridge to Autonomy

Auto industry watchers are giving plenty of attention to the advanced driver assistance systems (ADASs) that will one day be linked together to provide autonomous driving. As design teams...

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Electronics & Computers

It Takes Two

When electronic systems take control of an autonomous car, they need to perform perfectly every time. That’s prompting developers to build fault tolerance into systems.

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Automotive

Browser-Based Automation Software

Elysium Inc.’s CADfeature 11.3 is a new browser-enhanced, feature-based program for repairing, migrating, and reporting on product engineering data that is exchanged within manufacturing organizations and...

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Power

Fuel Savings Modeled for Hybrid-Electric Front Wheel Loader

Fuel efficiency and reduced emissions are two of the top considerations in all organic fuel power generation, including diesel engines. Alternative powertrain concepts including...

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Data Acquisition

DSPACE Enhances Environment for Electric Motor Controller Testing

The FPGA device can be configured graphically with standard dSPACE tools, so that users can react flexibly to new requirements, such as new I/O interfaces or faster simulation.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

CPT's Switched-Reluctance Motor-Generator Seen as Path to 48-V Systems

Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) will demonstrate two technologies in booth 422 (and in technical paper presentations) at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in...

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Energy

Ricardo’s Scalable TorqStor Flywheel System Promises FE Gains at Reduced Cost

The technology provides short-term energy storage for hybridization without the high cost, environmental impact, or unfamiliar servicing requirements and safety considerations of supercapacitors and chemical batteries.

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Electronics & Computers

FEV/DGE System Automates HMI Validation Process

With a multitude of infotainment system options currently on the market, and more coming soon, ensuring that these systems perform as intended in the vehicle prior to release is of utmost importance for automakers.

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Materials

Titanium Auto Parts 3D-Printed from Low-Cost Metal Powders

Sterling strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance make titanium ideal for building lightweight vehicles. The problem has always been cost; it takes great quantities of...

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Materials

Carbon and Stainless Steel Solutions

Out of the nearly 1500 technical papers being presented this year at the SAE 2014 World Congress & Exhibition, about 200 of them will focus on materials, and from a wide range of angles. In all,...

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Software

Simulating Lightweight Vehicles Operating on Discrete Terrain

Engineers increasingly rely on simulation to augment, and, in some cases, replace, costly and time consuming experimental work. However, current simulation capabilities are...

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Automotive

Book Examines Use of Lightweight Plastics in Automobiles

SAE International has published a new book titled Plastics Application Technology for Safe and Lightweight Automobiles. The 350-page book provides application technology development...

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Power

Hyundai CEA Unveils Prototype Excavator

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas took the opportunity at ConExpo to unveil to North America its R220LC-9 HI-POSS excavator prototype. This concept model, which first debuted at Bauma in 2013, features Hyundai’s next-generation power system that it says provides improved fuel consumption and...

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Automotive

New Sandvik Stainless Tubing Enables Higher-Pressure GDI

GDI systems facilitate the injection of fuel into the cylinders at considerably higher pressures, resulting in a more controlled and even burn.

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Power

Plans May Grow Enough to Transform Fuels

Fuel for combustion engines has not transformed significantly over the past 100 years, but things may change. Biofuel research continues to advance as off-highway engineers develop new techniques...

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Automotive

Lund University Runs Truck Diesel Engines on Gasoline to Boost Efficiency, Reduce Emissions

Using gasoline in modified truck diesel engines can result in more than 50% efficiency if the combustion process is done correctly, according to...

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Automotive

Tire Inflation System

Dana Holding updates technology to support the Spicer central tire inflation system (CTIS), optimizing the performance of lower-flow CTIS applications for smaller government defense and vocational vehicles with a...

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Design

Denso Senior VP Offers Career Advice to Young Engineers

With nearly 40 years of engineering experience, Doug Patton (SAE member, 1987) recounts career learnings nearly as fast as the minicomputer he used during his college days.

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Green Design & Manufacturing

SAE Adopts Two Hydrogen-Fueling Standards to Advance Commercialization of Fuel-Cell Vehicles

To support the impending rollout of the hydrogen fueling infrastructure and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), SAE International’s Fuel Cell...

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Design

GM Creates New Executive Position to Oversee Safety Globally

Amid its recall of 1.62 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches, linked to 12 fatalities, General Motors Co. on March 18 announced the creation of a new position, Vice...

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Automotive

Jewel-Like Lens Highlights Ford F-150 LED Headlamp

Ford is using a highly engineered lens with 16 precision optical surfaces and 80 facets in the upcoming 2015 F-150's headlamp to re-create as much as possible a daytime quality of light...

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Automotive

Chrysler Names New Head of Transmission Powertrain

Jeffrey Lux has been named by Chrysler Group LLC as Head of Transmission Powertrain, effective immediately. As part of Chrysler Group's Leadership Team, he is responsible for the design,...

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Materials

ZF's CEO Talks About Lightweight Vehicle Applications

The debut of a brake pedal and its housing unit made from fiber-reinforced thermoplastics on a MY2014 German sports car serves as a vivid example of weight-conscious products reaching production application.

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Automotive

New Peugeot 3-Cylinder Gasoline Engine Family Optimizes Combustion

A new family of 3-cylinder gasoline engines from Peugeot, called PureTech, employs optimized combustion to offer what the automaker calls a breakthrough in terms of fuel...

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Automotive

First Look: GM’s New Modular Ecotec Engines

GM Powertrain engineers have revealed technical and development details of their company's all-new Modular Ecotec family of long-stroke 1.0- to 1.5-L three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines...

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Electronics & Computers

Bosch Rexroth Leverages Automotive Experience for Construction Equipment

Bosch has developed a number of technologies to improve the efficiency of the internal-combustion engine. One of these is start-stop technology, which contributes...

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Aerospace

Shape-Changing Wing Flap Reduces Drag and Noise

A milestone for the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center occurred with the delivery of two revolutionary experimental flaps designed and...

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Aerospace

Flying Robot Would Monitor Environmental Health

With a contract from the U.S. Army, the University of Nevada, Reno is partnering with NevadaNano to develop a robotic flying vehicle that can be used for environmental health and safety...

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Aerospace

System Enables Unmanned Aircraft to Detect Another in Flight

Queensland University of Technology Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) researchers have made what's believed to be a world-first breakthrough for small unmanned aircraft (UA),...

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Manned Systems

Addressing the Needs of an Aging Population

With more than 75 million Baby Boomers (those aged 50-68) in the U.S., the automotive industry is now faced with the necessity to design products to meet the unique needs of this substantial...

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Electronics & Computers

Thermoplastic Connectors

Amphenol improves its AT Series circular (ATC) thermoplastic connectors by incorporating AT contact technology. These upgraded connectors mate with a positive reverse bayonet retention system for quick mating and...

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Transportation

College Students Design Lightweight Steel Wheels

A college sophomore nabbed the top spot in a steel wheels competition focused on eye-appealing, lightweight-structure concept renderings from Lawrence Technological University (LTU) design...

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Design

Inside Zytek’s New EV Propulsion System

Battery technology and vehicle range are invariably two salient areas of focus when an EV's capability is discussed. The traction motor, though, is usually something of an automotive...

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Automotive

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

Lamborghini’s new Huracan mid-engine V10 model has enormous tire tracks to fill. It replaces the Gallardo, which, with 14,022 units produced over a decade, was far and away the most successful Lamborghini...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Toyota Tilting Three-Wheeler Enters the 'Real World'

Confined to private road courses to date, Toyota's tilting three-wheeler takes to regular roads beginning today (March 24). Ten units of the single-seat i-Road are undergoing a roughly...

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Automotive

Wraith Offers Rolls-Royce’s Most Dynamic Driving Experience

Rolls-Royce has always been about ultra-luxury, customization, and a “magic carpet” ride. Its newest model, the Wraith, doesn’t disappoint, and adds a dose of...

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Materials

Prodrive Process 'Clips' Carbon-Composite Costs by up to 40%

The use of carbon-composite components continues to be an extremely effective solution to weight saving in very high-end premium cars, but its cost...

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Test & Measurement

Government-Sanctioned Test Site Opens up Airspace for MIT Researchers

Massachusetts will be the home, and MIT the beneficiary, of a new FAA-designated unmanned aircraft test site just an hour and a half from campus. MIT classes and...

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Automotive

Audi TT Quattro Sport

Audi spiced up the TT coupe’s world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with a little taste of what the car’s platform and powertrain could potentially achieve. The TT Sport concept car is propelled by 309-kW...

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Automotive

Mercedes Board Member Demonstrates Upgrades for New C-Class

The names Ola Källenius and Mercedes-Benz go together like a horse and carriage, or, in modern parlance, like a highly efficient, low emissions engine powering a weight-saving,...

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Automotive

Chinese Company's U.S. Arm Completes Acquisition of Fisker

Wanxiang America Corp. (the U.S. arm of a Chinese auto parts manufacturer) has completed the acquisition of the assets of failed U.S. auto startup Fisker Automotive, the...

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Electronics & Computers

Continental Advances Driver Assistance Towards Future Autonomy

The focus of Continental’s presentation to a press gathering at its test facility in Brimley, MI, last week was a series of new ADAS (advanced driver assistance system)...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Compact RTD Temperature Sensors

Omega Engineering, Inc.’s new RTDM12 series of compact resistance temperature detector (RTD) sensors are extremely rugged with a molded (IP67) four-pin connector with M12 male thread and a fast response...

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Energy

SAE International Battery Committee Chair Defines the Value Proposition of Batteries (Video)

Sometimes we techies need to step out of our labs and offices and take our ideas to the average consumer. I want to tackle something the public...

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Propulsion

BorgWarner to Add 200 Jobs in Tech Center Expansion

BorgWarner is expanding its powertrain technical center in Auburn Hills, MI, a move that the company expects will add up to 200 jobs in engineering, program management, and sales.

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Electronics & Computers

Pressure Switches

Honeywell’s HP Series, HE Series, and LE Series of pressure switches provide high burst pressure ranges, a long life-cycle rating, and IP67 sealing, enhancing durability and reliability. High burst pressure and up to 2...

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Automotive

SAE Committee to Work with VDA on R-744 A/C Standards

R-1234yf may be the choice of most car manufacturers worldwide as the new low-global-warming (LGW) A/C refrigerant to replace R-134a, but as many in the industry have learned, there...

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Automotive

Display Platform

Maximatecc introduces the CCpilot VC product platform featuring an efficient ARM core, advanced software platform, and readable 5-in (127-mm) display that adapts technology from the Smartphone and automotive markets for the...

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