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WCX 2023: Biomimicry Inspires Product Development

Nature has always served as a giant classroom where problem-solving lessons are taught — a “storehouse of inspiration for new and different ideas,” noted Trisha Brown, co-director...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

AV Life After Argo AI

The recent shuttering of Argo AI, one of the autonomous-vehicle industry’s leading tech companies, by Ford and Volkswagen might come as a surprise to commuters in San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona. Those who...

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Connectivity

Accessibility: The Future of Mobility

In August 1975, I headed west from Michigan in my new Chevy Van, personally customized for living on the road. My destination was the University of California, Berkeley, where I was enrolled to...

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Supplier Eye
Automotive

Good News and Bad News for Auto Suppliers in 2023

The Fall season brings the annual rite of passage for the industry — setting budgets for the next calendar year. The balance of building revenue forecasts driven by vehicle demand,...

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Propulsion

VinFast Continues Assertive Expansion Plan

If the name VinFast seems unfamiliar, that’s no surprise. The Vietnamese automaker has been around for barely half a decade, its first product going on sale in its home market in 2019. But as...

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Power

Toyota Tops 12th Straight Supplier-Relations Survey

Toyota marks 12 straight years as the top performer in an annual study focused on OEM-supplier working relations. That consistency reflects the automaker’s engineering philosophy....

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Power

Labor Cost, OEM Complexities Pressure Suppliers

Fast-food restaurants are paying hourly wages similar to starting rates at automotive assembly plants, and the accelerating shift to electric vehicles (EVs) promises a wholesale...

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Test & Measurement

Nissan’s Reed Is Not Your Typical R&D Boss

Chris Reed is not the typical R&D boss. In his diverse 25-year engineering career at Nissan Americas, Reed has done everything from body design to leading development of the Murano SUV,...

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Executive Viewpoints
Regulations/Standards

Diesel in Distress

The semiconductor shortage making headlines largely because of its impact on global automakers’ production and profits is also adversely affecting off-highway equipment and diesel engine manufacturers. If the supply...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Toyota Tops 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations Study

For a record eleventh-straight year, Toyota outperformed six major U.S. and Japanese automakers in a benchmark annual study of automotive OEM-supplier working relations as viewed by...

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Design

WCX 2021: Systems Thinking as Powerful as Propulsion Systems

There’s a revolution brewing as engineers develop electric and autonomous vehicles that require layers and layers of complicated systems to come together. “This is the...

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Supplier Eye
Automotive

Supplier Opportunities for 2021

We happily put 2020 in the rearview mirror and await the full rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines to gain some level of normalcy. The automotive industry once again underscored its industriousness and...

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Regulations/Standards

Architecting GM’s New EV Batteries

By 2023 General Motors promises to have 20 new electric vehicles of all shapes, sizes and market segments on sale. They’re underpinned by the company’s BEV3 flexible dedicated EV architecture,...

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Design

Toyota Tops 2020 OEM-Supplier Relations Study

Toyota ranks as the top performer among the six major U.S. and Japanese automakers in all scorecard categories of an annual study focused on the OEM-supplier working relationship. “Toyota...

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Test & Measurement

Aptiv’s Autonomous-Vehicle ‘Air-Traffic Control’

It’s well known that the safe operation of an autonomous vehicle (AV) relies on robust sensing, path planning and compute capability. What’s often overlooked is the role of a...

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Supplier Eye
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Maintaining Supply When a Pandemic Strikes

Just when it seems that the auto industry isn’t facing enough challenges, COVID-19 swoops in out of the blue. No extraneous shock that’s hit the automotive sector in the past decade –...

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Unmanned Systems

New-Mobility Visionary Burns: Automated Driving ‘Getting Close’

Asserting that the potential for outsized economic and social gains connected with automated driving are huge, Lawrence D. Burns, delivering a keynote address at this...

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Articles
Data Acquisition

An OBE for the SAE

Perhaps it’s not surprising that someone who joined a professional engineering society at age 16 would eventually lead one. And so, Paul Mascarenas seems an ideal fit as SAE International’s 2019 president. It’s...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

OEM Sourcing Trends Show More Program Discipline Needed

The drive by OEMs to get the best parts price is always in play, yet an industry study finds no correlation between an automaker’s pricing pressure and good OEM-supplier working...

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Data Acquisition

Muñoz, 2018 SAE Foundation Honoree, Discusses Importance of STEM Education

Nissan’s Chief Performance Officer, José Muñoz, will be amongst those honored at the SAE Foundation 2018 Annual Celebration on May 18. He will receive the...

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Manned Systems

Toyota Unveils Autonomous E-Commerce Concept Vehicle, Development Alliance

Toyota used the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), to reveal an all-new, battery-electric commercial vehicle targeted for emerging e-commerce and mobility...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

OEMs and Tier 1s Prepare for China Uncertainty, Disruptions

As headwinds buffet China's economy, automotive OEMs and Tier 1s are expecting many changes in the near term. At the recent Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing, experts...

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Software

Software's Growth Shines Spotlight on Eliminating Defects

Software’s becoming a greater factor in vehicle development, prompting a heightened focus on reducing the number of defects in code. Early planning, discipline, and continuous...

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Connectivity

Unstoppable Formula-SAE Team Leader Earns Rumbaugh Award

An uncertain product development budget didn’t derail the Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)’s Formula SAE team from scoring the school’s highest overall finish in...

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Power

SAE 2014 Convergence: Adapting to Millennials Important to Workforce

As Baby Boomers retire, the Millennial generation is crucial to the engineering workforce.

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Automotive

Lotus Appoints Engineering Director

Lotus has hired the CEO of Millbrook Proving Ground in the U.K., Miguel Fragoso, as Engineering Director. Before his career at Millbrook, he held senior positions in engineering and corporate planning...

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Design

Ford Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Team

Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday that Paul Mascarenas, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering, will retire after 32 years at Ford, effective Oct. 1....

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Materials

Chrysler Names New Head of Product Planning

Chrysler recently announced the appointment of Benjamin Winter as the new NAFTA Head of Product Planning. With this appointment, he is also named to the Chrysler Group Leadership Team. The...

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Automotive

Japanese OEMs Tops at Involving Suppliers Early in Development Process, Says 2014 Study

Toyota and Honda are better than the traditional domestic Big 3 at involving suppliers early in the product development process, according to results...

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