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Needed - a Step Beyond STEM

For more than a decade, education advocates have made the case for a greater effort in teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and math. As an engineer, I’m all for STEM. More of our population needs to understand these topics. However, as I get older and continue to observe the impact of technology...

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Connectivity

Computer-Generated Scenes Provide Virtual Testing for Autonomous Vehicles

The next million miles of autonomous-vehicle test roadways await in a start-up company’s virtual -orld toolbox that is targeting its next release for early...

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Manned Systems

Deere Touts Software, AI Tech at CES

John Deere highlighted the growing role of digital controls, becoming the first off-highway equipment maker to bring ag equipment to the CES consumer electronics conference early in January. Deere’s...

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Communications

Industry Remains Unsettled on Vehicle Connectivity Standard

As autonomous vehicles inch closer to reality, a diverse range of companies and public entities are exploring ways to maximize their positive impact on traffic flows and...

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Software

New Automotive Radars Take Tech from a Blip to a Boom

Since it first appeared in automobiles in the 1980s, radar has become a reliable and increasingly cost-efficient tool for detecting objects on the road and along the roadside. The...

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Manned Systems

Is the Future of Aerial Autonomy up in the Air?

At January’s CES ’19, more than 170 exhibitors showed aerial drones of various shapes and sizes. Potential use cases for these devices appear to be limitless, but technical, legal and...

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Unmanned Systems

Safety Testing for AVs Is Just Beginning

NHTSA’s plan to eventually update its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) with new crash-test protocols is good news for both consumers and the mobility safety-systems industry. A revised NCAP...

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Design

Solving the Propulsion Puzzle

Never has vehicle propulsion strategy been so dynamic—and hotly debated—as it is today. And nowhere will engineers working in this space find a better place to learn about future directions than at...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

New Mobility’s Mega-Mappers

A yellow sign on a mountain highway shows an S-shaped curve. This is a primitive map, and hardly a faithful representation of the road. Instead it delivers a simple signal to the driver: Get ready for...

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Manned Systems

NAIAS 2019: FCA Debuts New Ram Heavy Duty Pickups

FCA’s Ram truck division unveiled its new 2019 Heavy Duty (HD) pickup truck lineup at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The new HD pickups feature the slick interiors...

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Unmanned Systems

NAIAS 2019: Nissan Debuts IMs EV Sport-Sedan Concept

Nissan looks to pump up the fun factor with the IMs, an all-electric sports sedan concept with autonomous driving capability. The car made its global debut at the 2019 North American...

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Power

Continental’s New CTO to Lead Retooled R&D Pillar

At a recent media roundtable with its executives, Continental introduced its new CTO, Dirk Abendroth, who took on that role on January 1, 2019. Abendroth, 43 (left), will serve as...

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Propulsion

Fuel Cell Boosts Electric-Powered Drones and Aircraft

Engineers developed a direct borohydride fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today’s commercial fuel cells. Using a pH-gradient-enabled microscale bipolar interface...

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Aerospace

Ultra-lightweight Ceramic Withstands Extreme Temperatures

An extremely light, highly durable ceramic aerogel was developed that could ultimately be an upgrade for spacecraft insulation. The new material is made of thin layers of boron...

What We’re Driving
Unmanned Systems

Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Turbo SZ5 Allgrip

For North American readers of this column, its title could be, in the case of Suzuki’s latest turbocharged and all-wheel-drive (AWD) Vitara compact SUV, “What you are missing.”

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Energy

Horsepower and Kilowatts Compete at 2019 Geneva Motor Show

There still was plenty of old-school horsepower making news at this year’s Geneva motor show in early March, but there was no question it’s fast becoming a kilowatt kinda...

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Defense

Fort Hood Soldiers Put Army's Latest Robot to the Test

Chemical, engineer, and explosive ordnance disposal unit soldiers are joining a National Guard Civil Support Team to put the Army's latest robotic system to the test.

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Design

Snipers Field Test a More Accurate, Ergonomic Rifle

Eight Ivy Division snipers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team field tested an upgrade to the Army's sniper rifle in the shadows of the fabled Rocky Mountains.

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Aerospace

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for Next-Generation Navigation System

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $59 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Embedded...

What We’re Driving
Manned Systems

2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Toyota pickups fitted with gonzo oversize tires, long-travel suspensions and M1 Abrams-quality skid plates have been part of the U.S. off-roading scene since before “Ironman Ivan” Stewart won the Baja 1000...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Air Force Tests Fully Autonomous UAS Control System

The United States Air Force’s 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies (ET) Combined Test Force (CTF) completed the first flight test of Johns Hopkins University’s Testing of...

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Power

J.D. Power Launches New Vehicle-Engineering Award at SAE’s WCX 2019

Long known for its groundbreaking surveys measuring automotive customer satisfaction, quality and dependability—and presenting corresponding awards to top-achieving...

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Energy

Honda E Prototype Makes It Simple, Again

In 2017, Honda’s Urban EV concept pointed the way for the brand to escape its current busy and contrived design language in favor of clean, modern forms and at the recent Geneva International...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

AB Dynamics Provides New Drive-By-CAN Testing System

Test-system specialist AB Dynamics has developed new drive-by-wire technology that enables test vehicles – including autonomous vehicles (AV) – to be driven entirely via a CAN or...

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Energy

2019 S60 and V60 Volvo’s Newest Chips in the Transformation Game

They’re not the crossovers buyers in almost all major world market currently crave, but Volvo’s 2019 S60 midsize sedan—and to a lesser extent, its V60 station wagon...

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Unmanned Systems

Honda Fills a Gap with 2019 Passport

You may think that by now, just about all full-line automakers have every crossover/SUV segment covered. Small, medium and large, just like it used to be with sedan.

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Aerospace

Making Flight Safer With the “Internet of Airplanes”

The Virtual Sky platform was developed to fuse and analyze flight sensor data correctly, reliably, and quickly. Virtual Sky would serve as a model extension of the FAA’s Next...

What We’re Driving
Power

2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

I don’t deliver much critique about vehicle styling because everybody’s entitled to their own tastes, but it’s important to say up front that I’ll never think the Veloster—even in its faintly...

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Photonics/Optics

2019 Nissan Leaf plus Nets Extended EV Range

The 2019 Leaf Plus has a longer driving range and provides quicker acceleration than its platform-sharing counterpart, the second-generation Leaf, thanks to a higher-output motor and...

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Power

Powering Back to the Future

Credit Leonardo DaVinci for creating what many historians believe was the first depiction of a self-powered vehicle. It was powered by springs. And in the centuries since then, engineers have found...

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Manned Systems

Gasoline Fuels Growing Number of Commercial Vehicles

Biodiesel may be the top alternative fuel for work truck fleets, according to the 2019 Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey conducted by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), but...