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A View Inside Volkswagen's Silicon Valley Lab

On July 1, Volkswagen renamed its Silicon Valley outpost. The former Electronics Research Lab (ERL) based in Belmont, Calif., now is the Innovation and Engineering Center California (IECC)....

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Unmanned Systems

BlackBerry Tech Duo Sees Emergence of Vehicle-Based Platforms

At the recent TU automotive conference in Novi, Michigan, Automotive Engineering had the opportunity to sit down with two of the industry’s most important software sages,...

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Imaging

2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD

The Hyundai Kona was named the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year (NAUVOY), sharing this accolade with its EV version which we had a positive impression of during its launch event. During a...

Road Ready
Propulsion

2020 Hyundai Palisade: New Chassis, Atkinson V6

The three-row 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s strong, stable and quiet body structure serves as the starting point for ride quality, roll control and a quiet cabin. “We put a lot of resources...

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Test & Measurement

New SMARTCenter Opens as North America’s Largest AV Test Facility

As notions advance regarding the evolving needs and requirements of automated-vehicle (AV) testing, there’s a concurrent focus on the capabilities available from the...

Application Briefs
Packaging & Sterilization

Ruggedized Bioprinter

nScrypt Inc.
Orlando, FL
407-275-4755
www.nscrypt.com

nScrypt has partnered with the U.S. Military, the Uniformed Services University 4D Bio3 Program, and The Geneva Foundation to move bioprinting out...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Spatiotemporal Imaging Exploiting Structured Sparsity

Spatiotemporal imaging contains a large class of imaging problems, which involve collecting a sequence of data sets to resolve both the spatial and temporal (or spectral) distributions of...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Ultrafast Optics: Vector Cavity Lasers — Physics and Technology

Fiber lasers have found widespread applications in industrial material processing, scientific research and military systems due to their advantages of easy maintenance,...

Articles
Test & Measurement

Air Caster Technology

If there is a prime example of the need for friction-free, precise and delicate equipment movement in the aerospace and defense industries, satellite positioning during the testing cycle should be at the top of the...

Articles
Communications

Shape-Shifting Origami Could Help Antenna Systems Adapt On-the-Fly

Conventional reconfigurable electrical and radio frequency (RF) structures commonly used in applications involving real-time reconfigurability in response to fast varying...

Briefs
Software

Integration of Adaptive Optics Into High-Energy Laser Modeling And Simulation

The U.S. Navy is constantly predicting future threats and contemplating new weapon technologies to counter them. One of those technologies is directed-energy (DE)...

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Propulsion

Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Two days before the 50th anniversary of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s leap for mankind and 10 years after General Motors emerged from bankruptcy, the camouflage was finally ripped from the...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Operational Considerations for High-Reliability Interconnects in Military and Aerospace Applications

In the recent past, military acquisition has shifted from being locked into large long-term contracts to developing complex systems in...

Application Briefs
Aerospace

Ultra-Light Rocket Launchers

Arnold Defense
Arnold, MO
636-296-5417
www.arnolddefense.com

Arnold Defense has been awarded a $53.8 million contract for the delivery of 2.75-inch rocket launchers and sub components to support...

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Imaging

NASA Eyes GPS at the Moon for Artemis Missions

The Global Positioning System (GPS), a satellite-based navigation system used by an estimated four billion people worldwide to figure out where they are on Earth at any moment, could be used to...

Application Briefs
Defense

Data Recorder and Mission Computer

Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Ashburn, VA
703-779-7800
www.curtisswrightds.com

Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division was awarded a contract by Tactical Air Support, Inc. (Tactical Air)...

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Power

Acceleration Resistant HiK Heat Spreader

As electronic technologies advance in defense and aerospace applications, heat fluxes are becoming larger and more centralized[1,2]. In order to...

Application Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Flight Computer

Abaco Systems
Huntsville, AL
866-652-2226
www.abaco.com

Abaco Systems’ FORCE2 flight computer has been chosen by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to be at the heart of GA-ASI's...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

ZF’s Autonomous Systems Head Takes a Pragmatic View of the ‘Levels’ Playing Field

“We are constantly asking this question: Who is the customer likely to buy an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the consumer passenger market?”...

Products
Test & Measurement

New Products

Mobile Workstation

Eurocom's (Ottawa, Canada) latest mobile workstation, the Tornado F7W, features a modular MXM 3.1 slot-based GPU allowing easy reconfiguration of GPU capabilities. The GPUs offered are ISV-certified,...

Application Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

3D Optical Scanner

NVision, Inc.
Southlake, TX
817-416-8006
www.nvision3d.com

Swift work by NVision, Inc. helped a major U.S. airline quickly repair a bird-damaged Boeing 737 wing and return the restored jet back to flight...

Application Briefs
Data Acquisition

Rugged Network File Servers

Ampex Data Systems
Hayward, CA
650-367-2011
www.ampex.com

Ampex Data Systems (Ampex), a Delta Information Systems Company, recently received a Full Rate Production Lot 7 (FRP-7) contract from...

Briefs
Aerospace

3D Meta-Optics for High-Energy Lasers

The scope of this research radically changed the way novel components are designed and fabricated for high-energy applications. This 3D Meta-Optics platform was, and is, essentially engineering the...

Articles
Test & Measurement

Understanding Fiber Optic Transceiver Design and Test Rules

The design of avionics systems must balance several factors. First, engineers want to increase the performance of the systems installed in aircraft or spacecraft. Second, they want...

News
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Ford Revisits OHV Layout, Big Displacement for New Commercial-Truck V8

In a still-heated market for highly profitable heavy-duty pickups and commercial vehicles, Ford doesn’t intend to be outdone by General Motors’ and...

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Aerospace

Collins Aerospace Provides Avionics for C-130H Modernization Program

The Lockheed C-130H Hercules fleet operated by the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve is getting new Collins Aerospace Systems avionics that will help...

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Materials

Air Force Begins 3D Printing Nonstructural Aircraft Parts

The 60th Maintenance Squadron (60th MXS) at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, is the first field unit in the United States Air Force to produce approved...

Articles
Software

A Legal Profile of Facial Recognition

Whether it’s using your face to confirm payment over your smartphone, monitoring your child at day-camp, or being confirmed as a ticketholder going to a concert, the possibilities for facial...

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Unmanned Systems

The Vehicle as a Gaming Device

From the moment I slipped the Oculus Rift device over my head, I was transported from a routine urban drive in the backseat of an Audi Q7 into an enchanting underwater world. The Virtual Reality (VR)...

News
Software

Improving Lidar – or Defeating It

For more than a decade, the lidar market has been led by Velodyne and its spinning towers of 64 or 128 laser beams. But the relatively high cost, delicate architecture, and beefy form factor have made...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Siemens Digital Industries Software Debuts, Focuses on Delivering Digital Future of Industry Today

Siemens PLM Software has transformed into Siemens Digital Industries Software, reaffirming its focus on enabling digital industries and...

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Internet of Things

Volkswagen to Launch 2nd-Gen Car-Net Connected-Car Services for MY2020

The second generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected car services for North America is set to launch for MY 2020. Built on a new Internet of Things (IoT)...

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Power

Electric-Truck Startup Rivian Gets Big Amazon Order

Before it’s produced a single production vehicle, electric-vehicle (EV) startup Rivian – most recognized for the radical R1T pickup truck it first unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles...

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Manned Systems

Diesel Darkness Won’t Go Away

Although it may takes years to avoid instantly associating the words “diesel” and “scandal,” Volkswagen – the auto company most closely linked with the diesel emissions-cheating scheme that...

Articles
Test & Measurement

Rethinking ADAS Materials

Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technologies – including automatic emergency braking, collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control and parking assist – are quickly going mainstream. OEMs,...

Articles
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Harman Using Empathy to Help Elevate the User Experience

In-car connectivity for today’s cars and tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles is moving product development norms beyond the traditional engineering approach. “Most products are...

Articles
Manned Systems

Getting Driverless Trucks onto Roadways

The developers who are creating autonomous systems have plenty of complex technical questions that must be analyzed and solved, but their challenges don’t stop there. Design teams also have to...

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Aerospace

Platform Converts Standard Aircraft to UAV, and Back

The Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot) converts a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned vehicle and then returns it back to its original configuration – all...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Sensor Could be Game-Changer in Airline Safety

A new sensor, that can detect ice accumulation in real-time, might be a game-changer when it comes to airline safety and efficiency. The sensor could detect the precise moment when ice...

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Propulsion

Safe, Inexpensive Way to Propel CubeSats

Finding inexpensive solutions for propelling CubeSats is one of the most critical components of the rapidly growing industry of commercial launches of satellites the size of a loaf of bread....

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Defense

Developing IR Materials as Signaling Tools for Military Operations

Battle Sight Technologies has acquired a second patent license related to infrared materials as signaling tools for nighttime military operations.

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Electronics & Computers

Army Showcases New Electronic Warfare Tech

The Army is advancing its ground-based precision navigation and timing (PNT) technology to counter spoofing threats and improve operations in a multi-domain environment.

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Data Acquisition

Experiments Differentiate Between Underground Nuclear Tests and Earthquakes

Sandia National Laboratories researchers, as part of a group of National Nuclear Security Administration scientists, have wrapped up years of field experiments...

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Energy

The New Gas Tank: Constellium Preps Its First OEM Battery Tray

The “gas tank” is about to get a lot more sophisticated. Electric vehicle (EV) battery trays are highly-engineered components that barely existed a few years ago but...

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Propulsion

Volkswagen Signals New EV Era with Launch of ID.3

Multi-brand, multinational automotive powerhouse Volkswagen crossed a strategic inflection point when its all-new ID.3 electric vehicle (EV) was revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show....

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Unmanned Systems

Protean Electric Aims for Pirouetting Autonomous EVs

Designing and engineering 360º steering capability for a production autonomous electric vehicle (EV) is no mean feat. But Protean Electric also combines this pirouetting capability...

Road Ready
Energy

Mercedes-Benz EQS Concept: The S-Class of Electric Vehicles?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class for decades helped form the automotive definition for “flagship.” With electric propulsion seemingly set to revolutionize the industry, the...

Technical Innovation
Power

Fuel-Cell Nanoparticle Clusters May Cut Platinum Catalyst Costs

Fuel-cell technology is a big subject with some very small but vital aspects, one of which is the size of atomic platinum clusters. Reduce these and the amount of platinum...

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Energy

Transmissions, Axles Aid in Fuel Conservation for Commercial Vehicles

Transmissions and axles are evolving rapidly as powertrain design teams push to reduce fuel consumption. Intelligent transmission controls are communicating with...

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Materials

Coating Improves Pilots’ Visibility in Rainstorms

An Air Force Research Laboratory-developed product called HydroSkip repels water from aircraft transparencies, addressing the issue of limited visibility caused by heavy rain that can...

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Propulsion

Safer Electric Solid Propellants for Rocket Engines

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and NASA conducted experiments to understand the behavior of a...

INSIDER
Aerospace

Supersonic Aircraft Window Goes Virtual

NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft will eliminate the cockpit’s forward-facing window, replacing it with the eXternal Visibility System (XVS) that uses a 4K monitor...

Technology Report
Test & Measurement

Honda Ready with New Injury-Reducing Airbag

Starting next year, Honda will begin fitting vehicles with a new, advanced-design passenger-side front airbag that its engineers said is designed to mitigate brain and neck injuries by...

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Energy

New-Generation Nissan Versa Breaks for Higher Ground

Subcompact cars hardly are spotlight-grabbers at the moment, but Nissan has nonetheless delivered up an all-new 2020 Versa that notches higher fuel economy, quicker acceleration,...