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Spelling Ford with an ‘E’

One year ago, Ford Motor Co. kicked off a new era in its long history when it bifurcated into two strategically interdependent auto businesses. Ford Blue, the “traditional” business, is responsible for...

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Lighting

Illuminating New Roles for Vehicle Lighting

Vehicle lighting used to be about seeing and being seen, but Audi has much larger ambitions for automotive illumination. New LED and digital control technologies are moving the humble headlamp...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Faurecia Creates ‘Personal Bubbles’ for AVs

App-led exercises that unfold while seated, and audio selections heard via the seat headrest illustrate the types of wellness and comfort options that supplier Faurecia envisions with its...

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AR/AI

Driver-Monitoring Systems to Be as Common as Seat Belts

Regulators across the globe, most notably in Europe, are calling for driver-monitoring systems to become standard vehicle-safety equipment. The ability for a vehicle to combine...

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Technology Report
Connectivity

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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Manned Systems

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?”...

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Manned Systems

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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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...

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Motion Control

Motion Sickness Meets Autonomous Adaptable Dynamics

Amid the plethora of challenges that face the acceptance of the coming world of autonomous vehicles (AVs), one is distinctly human: motion sickness. The realization that this...

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Regulations/Standards

Mercedes Reveals Its Experimental Safety Vehicle 2019 – Mobile Robot Included

Mercedes-Benz is among leading OEMs focusing on autonomous vehicle safety, and will showcase its latest concept in June at the Enhanced Safety Vehicles...

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Electronics & Computers

JLR Pavement Signals Throw New Light on AV Trust Levels

A necessity for all AVs is to ensure that other road users, including pedestrians, have trust in their actions. To help achieve this confidence, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has...

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Road Ready
Test & Measurement

Jeep’s Gladiator Takes up Arms in Midsize-Pickup Battle

Maybe the only thing more surprising than the fact it’s been more than a quarter-century since FiatChrysler’s Jeep brand sold a pickup truck is that it’s taken so long to...

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Technology Report
Test & Measurement

Autonomous Vehicles Present Passive-Safety Challenges

Reclined and rotated seating positions are commonly depicted for autonomously driven vehicles. But for the Autoliv engineers tasked with developing occupant safety for tomorrow’s...

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Connectivity

Jaguar Land Rover Makes Eye Contact with New AV Research

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) engineers developing autonomous-vehicle (AV) driving systems are working with cognitive psychologists to determine how users—and particularly...

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Imaging

New Osram IREDs Enhance Vehicle Vision, less Harmful to Human Eyes

As a compliment to cameras, LIDAR and radar, a new family of Infrared LEDs (IREDs) can expand the vision of SAE Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles without harming human...

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Aerospace

Rotorcraft Anti-Icing Systems

Flying anytime, anywhere, in all-weather conditions is one of the most challenging technology and capability goals across the rotorcraft industry to meet a growing demand for reliability, safety and the ability...

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Briefs
Medical

Blast-Induced Acceleration in a Shock Tube

High-fidelity simulation of blast flow conditions can aid in developing strategies to mitigate blast-induced brain injury.

The prevalence of blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI) has...

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Electronics & Computers

Mil-Aero Design Embraces Intelligent Application-Ready ATCA Platforms

Cohesive Hardware/Software Solutions Accelerate Development of High Performance Data and Video Applications

Telecommunications design continues its evolution toward...

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Defense

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor for Trauma Patients

A miniature, portable wireless vital signs monitor (MWVSM), called Mini-medic™, could aid in the triage and diagnosis of trauma patients with and without traumatic brain injury (TBI). The MWVSM consists of two components, both of which are the approximate size and weight of a cellphone: one is a...

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Aerospace

Analysis of an In-Ear Dosimeter for a Single Hearing Protection Device

US national and many international hearing conservation programs (HCPs) have adopted a noise exposure criterion of 85 dBA for a time-weighted average of 8 hours, with a 3...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Manufacturing Robotic Tools for Piping Inspection and Repair

Fleet piping systems are complex, space-constrained systems that are difficult to inspect using standard external inspection techniques. Pipe lagging, as well as limited space,...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Design and Fabrication of a Radio Frequency Grin Lens Using 3D Printing

Engineered electromagnetic materials and meta-materials have been researched to explore devices that enable access to electromagnetic properties that are not available in nature. This new class of devices can not only open the door to new functionality, but also be...

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Unmanned Systems

UUV Developments for Defense and Commercial Applications

Autonomous Undersea Vehicles (AUVs), also commonly referred to as Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs), have a history dating back to 1957 with the Special Purpose Underwater Research...

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Briefs
Physical Sciences

Localization of Head-Mounted Vibrotactile Transducers

T he human sensory systems most frequently used in military displays (vision and audition) are sometimes overloaded. When soldiers rely on visual or auditory displays, their situation...

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Briefs
Physical Sciences

Humanlike Articulated Robotic Headform for Respirator Fit Testing

The testing of individual respiratory protection (IRP) devices is now accomplished with panels of human wearers. Historical at tempts to simulate the human face and head have...

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Application Briefs
Aerospace

F-16 Full Mission Trainers

L-3 Communications announced that its Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) division has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base near...

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Briefs
Information Technology

Thermal-to-Visible Face Recognition

For nighttime surveillance, acquisition of visible light imagery is impractical due to the lack of illumination. Thermal imaging, which acquires mid-wave infrared or long-wave infrared radiation naturally...

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Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Energy-Scalable Protocols for Battery Operated Micro Sensor Networks

Networks of microsensors can greatly improve environment monitoring for many civil and military applications. Multiple sensors provide fault tolerance and can provide...

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Electronics & Computers

Graphics Performance vs. Power Consumption in Embedded Systems Design

The rapid evolution of technology has given embedded developers more options than ever before in designing embedded graphics systems. The consumer electronics market, most...

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