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Electrification’s Impact on Commercial-Vehicle Chassis Design

Electrification in the commercial and off-highway truck sectors is ramping up at an increasingly rapid pace. This fundamental change in propulsion will be one of the most...

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Unmanned Systems

Racetrack Simulation Hits the (Public) Road

Simulation techniques have become a vital tool in vehicle development, enabling shorter development time, fewer prototypes, and reduced costs. When used in motorsport, the advantages gained...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Making the Case for In-Wheel Motors

Much of an IC engine-powered vehicle’s ride, handling, sound and overall character derives from the engine. Some believe that electric vehicles (EVs), propelled by electric motors with no intake or...

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Energy

Ford’s Unibody Maverick Aims to Revitalize the Compact Pickup

Confirming one of the industry’s worst-kept product secrets, Ford on June 8 unveiled the 2022 Maverick, its return to the compact-pickup segment that the original Ford...

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Energy

Alliance Platform Elevates 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

Ten years is an eternity in terms of automotive product cycles, especially in a segment as hot and crowded as C/D sport utility. For Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA), waiting...

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Unmanned Systems

Riding on Air: Activated Carbon Aims at Autos

Activated carbon may seem an esoteric piece of science in the automotive space, but it is quietly playing a key role in Audi A6 and A7 air-suspension systems. The technology also is...

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Materials

Nissan’s 2021 Rogue Is a COVID Beater

Nissan staff truly pulled out the stops to get the all-new 2021 Rogue into the market during the global pandemic. Rogue is the company’s best-selling product in North America, by far – a...

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Manned Systems

2020 Toyota Camry TRD

There was more than a little scoffing when Toyota revealed there would be a TRD (Toyota Racing Development) variant of the Camry. Already strange enough that Toyota established TRD mostly as toughened-up trim for...

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Energy

Active Roll Stabilization Introduced for Audi’s Large Crossovers

Audi is fitting its largest crossover models with a new, active anti-roll system that the company said enhances cornering capability and reduces body roll without...

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Lighting

What We’re Driving: 2020 Kia Seltos SX

Two meaningful takeaways from Kia’s 2020 Seltos SX, an urbanely-styled compact SUV that looks like it’s simultaneously trying to give Land Rover’s new Defender and Subaru’s Forester a run...

What We’re Driving
Manned Systems

2021 Chevrolet Suburban High Country

GM engineers tell me that their latest full-size light truck program, which most recently spawned the 2021 Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon, encompassed nearly 10,000 engineering and technical staff...

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Materials

Altair Honors Lightweight Advances

Fitting for an industry that collectively is accelerating electric-vehicle launches, Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle won the Full Vehicle category of the 8th annual Altair Enlighten...

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Aerospace

The Electric, Autonomous Revolution Lifts Off

Nearly a quarter-century ago, the Vertical Flight Society, a helicopter-industry group founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, published a graphic dubbed “V/STOL Aircraft and...

What We’re Driving
Unmanned Systems

What We’re Driving: 2020 Nissan Versa SR

The 2020 Nissan Sentra’s most important asset isn’t as obvious as its all-new sheetmetal, although nobody could deny the sharky new body is an immense upgrade over the dowdy previous...

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Energy

What We’re Driving: 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire ELW

“Grab your helmet, you need to ride this thing!” exclaimed my pal Dave, as he parked his new electric Harley-Davidson in my driveway. I’d been working outside when he arrived...

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Propulsion

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave

The aftermarket driven by Jeep Wrangler is reportedly north of $1 billion and I like to think that my dad had something to do with kickstarting that phenomena. After purchasing a new 1947 Willys CJ2A...

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Connectivity

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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Power

What We’re Driving: 2020 BMW X3 M Competition

The concept of the high-performance SUV (more appropriately, “crossover”) can be difficult to reconcile. I understand that everyone currently wants an SUV body style and performance...

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Electronics & Computers

Engineering the Chevrolet Corvette's First-Ever Mid-Engine Architecture

Shifting 500 lb (227 kg) of engine mass rearward by 7.5 feet (2.3 m) and moving 300 lb (136 kg) of transmission components aft by almost three feet transformed the...

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Test & Measurement

Driving the 2020 Corvette Stingray

Grasping the true beauty of Chevy’s new 2020 Corvette supercar demands a deep dig. You must venture beyond the exciting-to-a-fault exterior skin and the lavish stitched-leather, buffed-metal, and...

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Energy

What We’re Driving: 2020 Range Rover Sport HST

JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) goes straight to the point: it's new inline six-cylinder gasoline engine is “more responsive and better balanced” than a V6, the company said. That’s what...

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Regulations/Standards

Caterpillar Launches Next-Gen Mini Hydraulic Excavator, Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders

Covering about 2.5 million ft2 and including roughly 2,800 exhibitors, the triennial ConExpo-Con/Agg event boasts an even-larger...

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Unmanned Systems

SAE Survey: Riding in Automated Vehicle Reinforces Positive Perceptions

If there’s one takeaway from SAE International’s groundbreaking Demo Days program that took place in various U.S. cities over 18 months, it’s that everyday...

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Power

2019 Suzuki Jimny

It may seem a conflict in terms, but the all-new, pint-sized 2019 Suzuki Jimny SUV, winner of the Urban Car category in the 2019 World Car Awards, not only has selectable all-wheel drive (Allgrip Pro) but also a...

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Unmanned Systems

Teleoperations Will Keep Humans in the AV Loop

In March 2017, Leanid Tsurankou began working as a self-driving engineer for Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group in San Francisco. Those were heady days, when a wave of euphoria about...

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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,...

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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...

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Nanotechnology

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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Automotive

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...