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Propulsion

Mercedes-AMG Extracts World-Record Power from New Four-Cylinder Engine

Mercedes-Benz engineers delight in setting new technology records—because they can then start a new program to break them. At Mercedes-AMG—the out-and-out...

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Transportation

Trucks with Intuition

The automotive and commercial vehicle industries are working on answers to a tremendous number of questions no one bothered to ask before. Volvo, for example, wants to know if vehicles can have human intuition.

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Connectivity

Holistic Hydraulic Designs Add More Sensors, Advanced Controls

Hydraulic system developers are moving on many different fronts as they strive to improve performance and efficiency. A full-system approach that includes more sensors and...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

JCB Prepared to Meet EU Stage V Emissions

JCB is preparing to offer Stage V compliant engines across its equipment lines, with updates to its own engine range and changes to supplier models. Group director of engines Alan Tolley said...

Technical Innovation
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

SKF Employs Digital Tools to Enhance Bearing Design, Performance

It began with spherical roller bearings more than 100 years ago and now SKF finds itself amid a digital transformation. Over the years the bearing company has expanded...

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Manned Systems

Cummins CTO Sees Increasing Power Source Diversification, Digital Innovation

Jennifer Rumsey has been a member of SAE International her entire career and has participated in the organization’s COMVEC event as an attendee and...

Application Briefs
Defense

Land Combat Missile

MBDA Incorporated
Arlington, VA
703-387-7139
www.mbdainc.com

In early 2019, the DGA (French Procurement Agency) and the French Army (STAT) organized a campaign to test the MMP land combat missile in...

Products
RF & Microwave Electronics

New Products

Temperature Elements for Flight-Critical Equipment

FCI Aerospace’s (San Marcos, CA) AS-TE Temperature Element Series sensors utilize precision resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) to provide superior accuracy,...

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Aerospace

Feasibility Study of Portable Water Desalination Systems for Water Contingencies at Remote Navy Installations

The Navy is exploring ways to ensure an uninterrupted supply of potable water at remote installations.

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Aerospace

Microturbine Propulsion for UAVs

The continued use of reciprocating engines has limited the UAV market’s ability to reach its true growth potential.

Briefs
Aerospace

Hands-on Cybersecurity Studies: Multi-Perspective Analysis of the WannaCry Ransomware

This research involves a multi-perspective analysis of the WannaCry ransomware in the form of a cybersecurity exercise.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

How Miniaturized Distributed Modular Architecture Advances Avionics Design

A centralized IMA approach offers several advantages.

Application Briefs
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Mine Roller

Rostec State Corporation
Moscow, Russia
+7 (495) 287-25-25
https://rostec.ru/en/

Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, part of UralVagonZavod Group belonging to Rostec State Corporation, has developed a mine roller to be...

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Aerospace

Pathfinder Radar ISR and SAR Systems: Tactical Eyes for the Warfighter

Sandia National Laboratories’ (Albuquerque, NM) Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems enable a new product paradigm in radar capabilities...

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Electronics & Computers

Thermal Conductivities of Some Polymers and Composites

Thermoset polymers are good electrical insulators that are used in applications ranging from electronics to composite armor. They are rather poor thermal conductors, however.

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Power

Preventing Ice Buildup on Electric Aircraft

Afaq Ahmed Abbasi of Northwestern Polytechnical University explains his innovative approach.

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Photonics/Optics

Nominal High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) Waveforms

Predictions of these signals were difficult to make due to the complexity of the physics unleashed by the detonation.

Articles
Software

Peridynamic Modeling: An Alternative Approach to Analyzing Material Failure

A critical technology challenge for structural material applications is to have a means for the reliable analysis of material damage and failure.

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Aerospace

OXIS Energy and Bye Aerospace Partner to Develop Advanced Lithium Sulfur Battery Cells for Aviation

Bye Aerospace is looking at OXIS Energy Ltd.’s lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery cell technology to power its future aircraft and air-taxi...

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Research Lab

Real-Time Heuristics and Metaheuristics for Static and Dynamic Weapon Target Assignments

Projectile weapons have been a consistent threat of hostilities throughout history. Military advantage has always been aided by the capacity to inflict damage from a distance. In the 20th century, missile technology advanced to the point that an adversary...

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Automotive

Consumer Survey Results in Low Confidence in Automated and Electric Vehicles

Consumer report specialist, J.D. Power, tracked consumer thoughts regarding automated vehicles (AVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) in its 2019 Mobility Confidence...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Tactical Communications System

Spectra Group
Tysons, VA
202-818-8429
www.spectra-group.us

Spectra Group (US), a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimized for use...

Application Briefs
Defense

Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell Helicopter
Fort Worth, TX
817-280-2011
www.bellflight.com

During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and...

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Unmanned Systems

Peloton CEO Talks Level 4 ‘Automated Following’

Daimler Trucks abruptly hit the brakes on its platooning activities, announcing at CES 2019 in January that analysis of its years-long testing on U.S. roads showed no business case for...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Hydraulic Thermal Bypass Valve

ThermOmegaTech
Warminster, PA
877-379-8258
www.thermomegatech-adg.com

A system supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense recently approached ThermOmegaTech® to obtain a custom...

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Imaging

Critical Communications Break Out of the Analog Mold

Once firmly rooted in its analog origins, critical communications is now steadily evolving to provide enhanced situational awareness. The latest public safety and military communications...

Briefs
Materials

Hybrid Ultra-Low VOC and Non-HAP Rain Erosion Coatings

Numerous military aircraft and shipboard surfaces, such as radomes, antennas, gun shields, wing leading edges, and helicopter blade leading edges, are coated with a specialized...

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Manned Systems

Extending the ICE Age: Ford’s Dave Filipe Has Some Powerful Choices to Make

As part of the cover story on the future of vehicle propulsion in the July/August 2019 edition of Automotive Engineering magazine, this article is one of four...

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Regulations/Standards

Extending the ICE Age: GM’s Ken Morris Lives the Real Pace of the Powertrain Revolution

As part of the cover story on the future of vehicle propulsion in the July/August 2019 edition of Automotive Engineering magazine, this article is...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Extending the ICE Age: Hyundai Optimizing Engines and Fuels

As part of the cover story on the future of vehicle propulsion in the July/August 2019 edition of Automotive Engineering magazine, this article is one of four that examines the...

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Energy

Extending the ICE Age: FCA’s Micky Bly Is Amped on Electrification

As part of the cover story on the future of vehicle propulsion in the July/August 2019 edition of Automotive Engineering magazine, this article is one of four that...

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Transportation

Data Connectivity in Heavy-Duty Vehicle Environments

Technology advancements are increasingly bringing a new level of connectivity to industrial and commercial vehicles. Customers are demanding functionality that automates or enhances...

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Internet of Things

Big Data, Big Benefits for Big Machines

The huge volumes of data created by on-vehicle systems are being mined to bring a range of benefits to vehicle operators and fleet managers. Predictive maintenance is becoming more common while...

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Data Acquisition

Protecting a Cyber-Physical Remote Diagnostic Communication System Against Cyberattacks

The increasing complexity of microcontroller-based E/E (electrical/electronic) systems that control heavy-duty trucks, buses and non-road mobile...

Articles
Green Design & Manufacturing

Electric Machines Find Their Niche

Many players in the off-highway market are announcing electrification efforts. But why? To date, global regulatory programs have spurred off-highway technological innovations, to improve fuel economy...

Articles
Energy

EV Battery Tech Must Outpace Oil Industry Advances

As the industry ramps up development of battery-electric vehicles, petroleum remains king. Oil prices are moderate in the U.S. and the industry continues to complete new wells at...

What We’re Driving
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

2018 Ford EcoSport

I’ll concede I might not have thought the EcoSport so irredeemably awful if our test vehicle had been fitted with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that comes standard with all-wheel-drive for any of EcoSport’s (more on...

What We’re Driving
Energy

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen Group’s applications of its remarkably versatile modular MQB chassis stretch from its little Polo hatchback to the large Atlas SUV. Now there is a new addition to the family, the Polo-based T-Cross compact...

What We’re Driving
Electronics & Computers

2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition

Toyota sought to channel its 2000 GT and Supra sportscar heritage with the introduction of the 2020 Supra, but in the process the company also forecast the future.

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Power

Ferrari Reveals SF90, First-Ever Plug-In Hybrid

Storied sportscar-maker Ferrari will produce its first-ever plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, the company said in announcing its SF90 Stradale, a new model named in reference to the...

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Power

Cadillac Pulls the Wraps off Two New V-Series Sedans

Cadillac has added two more sedans to its V-Series performance lineup, the all-new 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V. The CT4-V will square off against established C-segment players such as the...

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Energy

Mahle’s Pre-Chamber MJI Technology Is Sparking Ignition Advances

Any technology transfer between the racetrack and the road is usually a one-way street, with motor racing leading and humble production machinery way back on the...

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Materials

Michelin, GM Partner on Airless Wheel for 2024

Michelin has partnered with General Motors to test the tire company’s “airless” wheel technology, which will it says will improve safety and reduce waste by eliminating the possibility...

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AR/AI

HTX Labs Adapts Its VR Platform for the Air Force Pilot Training Next Initiative

Houston-based HTX Labs, LLC was awarded with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II funding to continue adapting its EMPACT Virtual Reality (VR)...

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Propulsion

Raytheon, DARPA Push Forward with Hypersonic Weapon Design

Raytheon Company and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have made progress in hypersonic flight with the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) hypersonic weapons program....

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Air Force Refines 3D Printing of Composite Inks

In January 2016, researchers from AFRL started focusing on the ability to 3D-print parts for the Air Force – specifically, polymer architectures that can replace heavier and complex metal...

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Aerospace

FAA Adopts NASA’s Distress Beacon Recommendations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has adopted NASA’s Search and Rescue (SAR) office’s recommendations regarding the installation and maintenance of Emergency Locator...

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Defense

Bell Incorporates Bird-Deterring Lights as Standard Equipment on Bell 407 Helicopters

Helicopter manufacturer and Textron Inc. subsidiary, Bell Flight, is adding a new piece of standard equipment to its Bell 407GXi single-engine, civil...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Mercedes-Benz Is an Early Adopter of What3words Navigation

Mercedes-Benz is incorporating what3words Limited’s three-word navigation technology directly into its standard vehicle navigation system.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Boeing Facility Will Improve V-22 Quality, Safety

Outside of Philadelphia, a 350,000-square-foot facility has been transformed into a modern factory where the Boeing Company will build fuselages for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey...

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Connectivity

Shanghai’s Human Horizons Unveils a 5G-V2X-Enabled Electric, Luxury SUV

Human Horizons of Shanghai, China has debuted a premium all-electric smart brand, HiPhi, with a production-ready prototype vehicle, HiPhi 1 – a premium...

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Manned Systems

Kodiak Robotics Begins Deliveries Using Self-Driving Long-Haul Trucks

Kodiak Robotics, Inc. has begun making commercial truck deliveries in Texas using its new self-driving, long-haul trucking platform with safety drivers behind the...

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Power

‘They’ Said It Couldn’t Happen: A Possible Retrofit for Automotive R-134a Refrigerant

When R-1234yf refrigerant was chosen as the low-global-warming replacement for the longtime industry staple R-134a, the consensus being the...

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Data Acquisition

Industry Veteran and SAE Member Shares a Lifetime of Aerospace Experience, from Bombers to Space Suits

Looking back on an organization’s history can help to give perspective and chart the path forward. SAE International, initially...

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Power

GM Underway with Plan to Build U.S. Electric-Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Tesla has its coveted Supercharger network of high-voltage fast chargers for its electric vehicles (EVs), but despite a widely-discussed goal of contributing to...

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Energy

Nissan and EVgo Partner to Build 200 New EV Fast Chargers in the U.S.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and EVgo Services LLC. are placing 200 direct current fast chargers (DCFC) across the United States to increase the number of available charging...

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Test & Measurement

AirMap and Skyguide Deploy Swiss National Flight Information Management System for Drones

Swiss air navigation service provider, skyguide, AirMap, Inc. – the leading global airspace intelligence platform for drones, and the Swiss...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

NVIDIA's Next-Generation Autonomous Driving Platforms Use Macronix Secure Flash Memory

NVIDIA Corporation is using Macronix International Co., Ltd.’s ArmorFlash memory on its NVIDIA DRIVE DRIVE AGX Xavier and DRIVE AGX Pegasus platforms....

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Wearables

Air Force Scientists Study Artificial Silk for Body Armor, Parachutes

Who doesn’t like to feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer?

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Photonics/Optics

Army Awards Combat Laser Weapon System Contract

The U.S. Army issued a contract award to accelerate the rapid prototyping and fielding of its first combat-capable laser weapon system. This prototype will deliver 50 kilowatt-class lasers...

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Defense

What Dragonflies Teach Us About Missile Defense

Be grateful you’re not on a dragonfly’s diet. You might be a fruit fly or maybe a mosquito, but it really wouldn’t matter the moment you look back and see four powerful wings pounding...

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Manned Systems

Rancho Cordova Business Park Hosts Self-Driving Olli Shuttle

Olli – Phoenix-based Local Motors’ self-driving shuttle – is currently in use at a major business park in Rancho Cordova, California for its first business use pilot...

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Test & Measurement

Dolphin Technologies Introduces Cryptocurrency Aimed at Reducing Mobile Phone-Related Accidents

Austrian telematics company, Dolphin Technologies GmbH, has created a new cryptocurrency that could lead to less mobile phone-related...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Elektrobit Lends Software to Baidu’s Apollo Autonomous Driving Project

Elektrobit Automotive GmbH (EB) will provide automotive infrastructure software for Baidu, Inc.’s ApolloComputing Unit(ACU). Baidu, China’s leading Chinese...

What We’re Driving
Lighting

2019 Volvo S60 T6

As the sporting player in Volvo’s C-segment sedan lineup, this all-wheel drive, turbocharged-and-supercharged R-Design S60 faces benchmark competition in the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In pure...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

HondaJet Is the Most Delivered Very Light Business Jet in 2019

Honda Aircraft Company’s HondaJet is outpacing its competitors in the very light business jet category with the most aircraft delivered in the first half of 2019, according...

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Design

Mass-Reducing Innovations Honored by Altair

The 4th generation Jeep Wrangler, which eliminated 92 kg (203 lb) compared to the previous-generation vehicle, and Ferrari’s Portofino, which is 80 kg (176 lb) lighter yet 35%...

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Propulsion

Ford ‘Cranks’ It up with Another Big V8 for Mustang

When Ford introduced the Mustang Shelby GT350 in 2015, it was the pinnacle of Mustang-ness thanks to its 5.2-L DOHC “Voodoo” V8 that featured a flat-plane crankshaft design to...

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Photonics/Optics

Velodyne and Center for Automotive Research Latest to Join International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and Velodyne Lidar, Inc. have joined the International Alliance for Mobility...

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Electronics & Computers

Embraer’s New Praetor 500 Is Awarded Type Certification in São Paulo During LABACE

Embraer’s new Praetor 500 midsize business jet was awarded Type Certification from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Authority (Agência Nacional de...

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Automotive

Uber ATG Joins SAE ITC’s Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium

Uber’s Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) has joined the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) to collaborate on the development of best safety...

What We’re Driving
Manufacturing & Prototyping

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The sixth-generation 2019 Jetta GLI now joins the range of Volkswagen models leveraging the excellent MQB front-drive architecture and in a stroke re-establishes itself as a sparkling-good sport sedan that...

News
Defense

Space Launch Providers Submit Proposals for National Security Space Launch Program

Four companies – Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) – recently submitted proposals for the U.S....

Articles
Energy

Renewable Propane, Ultra-Low NOx Engines Set Standards for Propane Autogas Innovations

The future of trucking is looking even greener. Not only are companies forced to contend with new government regulations to meet lower emissions and...

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Materials

Space Weather’s Critical Effects on Satellite Materials

The Air Force Research Laboratory has investigated the effects of space weather damage to polyimides – materials used extensively in spacecraft construction due to their high...

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Aerospace

Controlling Airflow Helps Next Generation of High-Speed Helicopters

Researchers are testing methods of making helicopters fly faster and more efficiently by controlling the flow and separation of air over the blades including a blade...

News
Manned Systems

Beep and Bestmile Partner on Self-Driving Fleets in Florida

Beep Inc., an automated vehicle (AV) distributor based in Orlando, Florida, is partnering with Bestmile SA – a developer of fleet orchestration software. Through the...

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Defense

ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Will Launch Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser Spaceplane

United Launch Alliance (ULA) will supply launch vehicles for the Dream Chaser Cargo System. Starting in 2021, Dream Chaser – Sierra Nevada...

Articles
Unmanned Systems

Stuck on Structural Adhesives

A funny thing happened on the way to the total-vehicle lightweighting that’s now a common engineering dictate for nearly every new vehicle: structural adhesives—which entered low-volume automotive use in...

News
Unmanned Systems

Impossible Aerospace US-1 Makes Long-Distance Flight over Nevada Salt Flats

During a public demonstration, an unmodified production Impossible Aerospace Corporation’s US-1 quadcopter, carrying both a FLIR Duo Pro R thermal camera and...

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Electronics & Computers

Subaru Uses ANSYS Tools to Accelerate Hybrid Vehicle Design

Subaru Corporation is using tools developed by Pittsburgh-based ANSYS, Inc. to create control systems that deliver unrivaled safety and reliability for their next-generation...

Technology Report
Power

ZF Shifts EV Transmission Efficiency up a Gear

ZF Project Engineer Volker Vogel checked that the Lausitzring test track ahead was clear and announced: “Now from stationary on full throttle.” From the rear of the prototype van came...

News
Electronics & Computers

Parsons New Smart City Challenge Aims to Reduce Intersection Congestion

Parsons Corporation has created a new series of government collaboration opportunities with its Smart Cities Challenge campaign. Smart Cities Challenge: Transforming...

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Aerospace

Boeing's Latest Contract Secures New Wings for Remaining A-10 Fleet

After wrapping up a wing swap on 173 Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support attack aircraft, the Boeing Company was awarded with another Indefinite...

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Regulations/Standards

Lockheed Martin Rolls out Cybersecurity Standardization Model

Lockheed Martin Corporation cyber security experts have released a new Cyber Resiliency Level (CRL) model. CRL a risk-based, mission-focused and cost-conscious framework that...

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Imaging

Pratt & Miller Engineering Joins Raytheon, Rheinmetall Team for U.S. Army Combat Vehicle Competition

The Raytheon Company and Rheinmetall Defence have added a new player to the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle team. Detroit-based Pratt...

News
Electronics & Computers

Virtual Factories Accelerate Collaboration, Advance Technologies

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), a non-profit consortium based in Prince George County, Virginia, uses a 3D visualization lab to expand beyond the...

News
Electronics & Computers

United Kingdom Develops a Pop-Up Electric Vehicle Charging Station for City Streets

British electric vehicle (EV) charging station start-up, Urban Electric Networks, Ltd., has unveiled the first pop-up charge point that addresses the...

Articles
Connectivity

Autonomy in Your Face

Research into potential automotive applications for biometrics ─ facial and retina scans or fingerprints ─ is increasing, despite rising concerns about privacy and data security, and outcries from civil...

News
Unmanned Systems

Texas A&M Deploys Remote, Human-In-The-Loop Safety Net for Self-Driving Shuttles

Texas A&M University is putting a human behind the wheel of its autonomous shuttle fleet with a partnership with Designated Driver, a teleoperation...

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Design

Rolls-Royce Optimizes Maintenance, Service, Product Development with IFS Maintenix, Real-Time Data

Rolls-Royce officials in London are optimizing maintenance, service, and product development using data gleaned from its Trent aircraft...

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Electronics & Computers

Explainable-AI Image Recognition Is the Next Step for U.S. Air Force Unmanned Aircraft

Z Advanced Computing, Inc. (ZAC), a Potomac Maryland-based start-up, will develop 3D image recognition technology for U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Israel’s Thriving Mobility-Tech Sector Has Created an Innovation Nation

“We’re gonna need partnerships, big and small, particularly with start-ups,” Ford Motor Co. chairman Bill Ford (above) announced at his company’s...