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Unmanned Systems

Turning the Vehicle into a Giant Microphone

When an emergency vehicle is approaching but its blaring siren isn’t heard by nearby motorists, all are put at risk. Engineers at Harman International have developed novel sensor technology...

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Electronics & Computers

BMW Previews an HMI Future Without Dashboard Screens

The BMW i Vision Dee is an electric tease, dialed up to Las Vegas wattage for a provocative unveiling at CES 2023: A novel digital grille, wrapped with Kindle-style “E-ink”...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Volvo’s Electric High-Wire Act

Under a circus-size tent in downtown Stockholm, Volvo recently introduced its new high-wire act — one with its share of nail-biting risk.

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Power

Jeep Springs Its First BEVs

Four all-new, battery-electric models will spearhead Jeep’s plan to electrify 100% of its product lineup by 2025, the Stellantis brand announced on Sept. 7. The quartet of BEVs includes the 4-door Jeep...

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Propulsion

What We’re Driving: 2020 Genesis G90 Ultimate

“That car’s got stature!” exclaimed a neighbor of mine, as I was parking the G90. “Nice to see somebody still making big sedans. So, Genesis – that’s Hyundai, right?” Yes....

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Unmanned Systems

Lunewave Promises Low-Cost Radar with High-Performance 360-Degree View

Radar sensing has been used for various functions in passenger vehicles for more than two decades. Like all sensors intended an automated vehicle (AV), radar has...

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Power

Hybridization the Highlight of Ford’s All-New 2021 F-150

Ford this week unveiled an all-new version of its F-150 fullsize pickup, highlighted by a first-ever full-hybrid variant and the promise – but not yet specifics – of...

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AR/AI

2021 Ford Bronco Aims to Kick Some Jeep

“There is nothing on this truck that is superfluous – no decorative chrome or extraneous styling. It’s designed for function, not fashion,” explained Paul Wraith, chief designer for...

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Power

Ford Unveils All-New 2020 Escape, First SUV Application on New Global FWD Architecture

Ford has unveiled the all-new 2020 Escape, its first SUV based on the new FWD global architecture, leveraging the new unibody toolkit to create a...

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What We’re Driving
Energy

2018 Toyota Prius Four Touring

Toyota’s seminal Prius and its twin-motor hybrid-electric drivetrain are largely unchanged this year except for the addition of an 11.6-in (295-mm) touchscreen display for the top Prius Four and Four...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

2019 Honda Pilot Gets Refined 9-Speed, Tougher Styling and Standard Safety Suite

The 2019 Honda Pilot arrives with few but important changes for the 3-row, 8-seat SUV, most notably revisions to its 9-speed automatic. More rugged new...

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Propulsion

2018 Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG Line

Mercedes-Benz is fond of saying it cascades at least some of the S-Class’ posh luxury and technology throughout its range. That’s just what it has done for the fourth-generation A-Class, the nameplate...

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Propulsion

2018 Ford Fiesta Active

When a company adds the title “Active” to the name of a best-selling model it might generate the expectation of all-wheel-drive, chunky tires and a general “take me to the mud” image.

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Energy

Starship Road Trip

Dubbed the Starship Initiative, the collaboration between Shell and AirFlow Truck Co. on the Starship Class 8 concept truck achieved 178.4 ton-mpg for freight ton efficiency (FTE) in a recent cross-country drive, a...

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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...

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All-New, Unibody 2019 Chevy Blazer Aims for Stylish On-Road Capability

Chevrolet took the wraps off its all-new 2019 Blazer in mid-June, as the front-engine, FWD/AWD D-segment midsze SUV is charged with filling a gap in the Chevy lineup,...

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Medical

Incorporating Aesthetic Design into Medical Products

In medical product design, proper, robust functionality is paramount. The product simply has to work. In this market, is aesthetic design of any importance? And if so, how can designers...

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Briefs
Physical Sciences

Part 2 of a Computational Study of a Drop-Laden Mixing Layer

This second of three reports on a computational study of a mixing layer laden with evaporating liquid drops presents the evaluation of Large Eddy Simulation (LES) models.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Flexible Shields for Protecting Spacecraft Against Debris

A report presents the concept of Flexshield —a class of versatile, light-weight, flexible shields for protecting spacecraft against impacts by small meteors and orbiting debris. The Flexshield concept incorporates elements of, but goes beyond, prior space-craft-shielding concepts,...

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Materials

Multi-Shock Blankets for Protecting Spacecraft

A report discusses multi-shock blankets, which are under investigation for use in protecting spacecraft against orbiting debris from prior spacecraft missions. Multi-shock blankets are described in comparison with early protective metallic "bumpers" and with a somewhat more recent invention called...