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Propulsion

2019 Acura RDX Brings World’s-First Chassis Tech

Few words are as inspiring to an engineering team as “all-new.” For the 2019 Acura RDX, the engineers behind the compact SUV’s third-generation had a host of all-new to manage,...

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Unmanned Systems

2018 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD

Volvo is becoming increasingly technology centric. By the middle of the next decade, it expects to generate half of all sales annually from electric cars, with one third of all its cars sold to be autonomous.

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Nanotechnology

Linking Embroidery and Carbon Fiber to save Weight and Cost

The story of carbon fiber’s use by the automotive industry in medium- to high-volume manufacturing has for decades moved through chapters of high expectation and low...

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Energy

What We’re Driving: Toyota Land Cruiser

This sixth-generation of Toyota’s seminal Land Cruiser has been on the burly J200 (Tundra pickup-derived) body-on-frame architecture since 2007—and although there’s a certain allure to...

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Power

E-Axles Speed Electrification

In the quest for ever-lower CO2 emissions, and more immediate needs to retain vehicle access in some of the world’s most-populous cities, the e-axle has found its calling. With most dedicated,...

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Software

McLaren Earns Its Ph.D. in Handling

Following its 2017 launch at the Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S has received adulation and awards, garnering particular praise for its ride quality, handling and driver engagement....

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Test & Measurement

2018 Toyota Corolla

What do you get for $20,000 these days? How about a Toyota Corolla—one of the most proven and reliable compacts whose nameplate stands on over 40 million units sold to date. While this year’s big Corolla news...

The Navigator
Unmanned Systems

The Navigator: Traversing the Autonomous Trust Gap

During a recent conference hosted by semiconductor maker NXP in Silicon Valley, I had the honor of moderating a panel on the Autonomous Trust Gap. The timing was fortuitous in the wake of...

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Software

Jaguar’s New EV Pacesetter

The state of the art of battery electric vehicles is progressing so quickly that each new vehicle introduction advances it. That is exactly what Jaguar has done with the I-Pace crossover SUV.

Supplier Eye
Electronics & Computers

Sourcing the Multi-Energy Platform

During most of the 43 years since U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards became law, the typical vehicle platform—unibody or full frame, with one ICE-based propulsion source running on...

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Semiconductors & ICs

LiDAR: New “Eyes” for Vehicle Autonomy

The acronym stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and LiDAR first showed its potential in May 1962, when electrical engineers Louis Smullin and Giorgio Fiocca used the 12-inch telescope at...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Laser-Made Parts Could Transform Aircraft Industry

Researchers are manufacturing steel and titanium aircraft parts using laser metal deposition technology. It can be used to 3D-print parts from scratch or to fix existing parts with a...

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Imaging

Audi Confirms E-Tron EV to Use Cameras Instead of Side Mirrors

In what is claimed to be the world’s first series-production application of camera technology to replace exterior side-view mirrors, Audi announced that its upcoming e-tron...

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Unmanned Systems

ADAS Features Expand Role, V2V Looms

Truck owners and commercial-vehicle suppliers are ramping up their safety efforts, making more advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) standard while looking at the potential benefits of...

Technical Innovation
AR/AI

Denso Bringing Driver Monitoring to Commercial-Vehicle Market

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2016—a 29% increase since 2009. Driver...

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Automotive

GA-ASI Maximizes Fuel Capacity for MQ-25 Entry

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) of Poway, Calif. is using an integrated fuel tank structure to maximize fuel offload for the company’s proposed MQ-25 design for the...

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Weapons Systems

General Atomics MQ-9B SkyGuardian Lands at RAF Fairford, Makes History

A remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), or drone, produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF)...

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Materials

Superstrong Al Alloys May Change Aerospace Manufacturing Processes

Purdue University researchers have developed a superstrong material that may change some manufacturing processes for the aerospace and automobile industries.

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Aerospace

Researchers Push Limits in High-Temp, Polymer Additive Manufacturing

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are “turning up the heat” in the field of polymer additive...

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Aerospace

Heavy Ground Testing Puts Airbus’ BelugaXL On Track for First Flight

In preparation for its upcoming maiden flight, Airbus’ first BelugaXL is now in its heavy ground test phase – which focuses on the highly modified airframe for...

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Defense

Army Researchers Teach Robots to be Better Teammates for Soldiers

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Research Laboratory and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University developed a new...

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Data Acquisition

AgilePod Flies on U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper

In March 2018, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Sensors Program Office, working jointly with the AFLCMC Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Office, sponsored three...

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Test & Measurement

Warhead Life-Extension Program Passes Key Milestone

The program to extend the life of the W80 nuclear warhead recently achieved a significant milestone when the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) gave passing grades to the...

Technical Innovation
Unmanned Systems

Mentor Design Tool Simplifies J1939 Development

The explosion of electronic functions on commercial vehicles is driving an expansion of vehicle networks, making network design and configuration an important factor in electronic...

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Aerospace

Forget Joysticks – Use Your Torso to Pilot Drones

Imagine piloting a drone using the movements of your torso only and leaving your head free to look around, much like a bird. Your torso is more intuitive – and more precise –...

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Aerospace

DARPA-Boeing Spaceplane Completes Engine Tests

Boeing and DARPA are collaborating to design, build, and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane program. The Phantom Express would reinvent space...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

BAE Systems, Iveco Awarded Contract by U.S. Marines to Deliver 30 ACVs

The U.S. Marine Corps awarded BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles a $198 million contract to deliver an initial 30 amphibious combat vehicles (ACV), which are...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Caterpillar, Newmont Partner on Underground Vehicle Automation Technology

Caterpillar and Newmont Mining have partnered to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automation technology. Nevada Cat dealer Cashman...

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Connectivity

Eaton Creates EMobility Business to Meet Electrified Technology Demand

Eaton has combined products, expertise and global manufacturing capabilities from its Electrical and Vehicle businesses to form a new eMobility business tasked to...

Original Equipment
Communications

Volvo Trucks, FedEx Demonstrate 3-Truck Platoon on North Carolina Highway

Volvo Trucks North America and FedEx are working together to study the benefits of platooning, recently driving three tractors pulling double 28-foot trailers down...