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GM Confirms Cause of Bolt Battery Fires, Rolls out New Monitoring Software

One of GM’s top battery experts has confirmed that the root cause of 13 Chevrolet Bolt EV battery fires, which caused GM to recall every Bolt sold since 2017,...

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Software

Data Drives Driverless Truck Launch

Transforming raw data into high-quality structured data is a critical path to properly fueling machine-learning (ML) models and deploying artificial-intelligence (AI) applications across autonomous...

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Test & Measurement

2022 Jeep Compass Gets Class-Leading Safety Upgrades

An all-new interior and a significant increase in onboard safety systems comprise the major design and engineering changes made to the Jeep Compass for MY2022. The compact SUV now...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Designing and Assessing Vehicle Safety Functions with a Use Case Approach

The required capabilities of a vehicle’s systems and components will vary depending on the scenarios and use cases in which they are expected to safely operate....

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Power

Modern Approaches to Electric Vehicle Noise and Vibration

Often what comes to mind when discussing electric vehicles are range, charging infrastructure, fast charging, battery costs, etc. Often overlooked are the electric vehicle’s noice...

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Test & Measurement

Michigan, Tech Coalition Launch Autono-Parking Lab

The state of Michigan, Ford, Bosch and real-estate company Bedrock announced last week their collaboration for the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL), claimed to be the first real-world...

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Power

Softing Supports a Standardized Diagnostic Protocol

On-board diagnostics (OBD) is required to monitor emissions-related components such as heavy-duty diesel engines and their emissions control systems. Though the use of electric drives...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Radiated Emissions Testing Gathers Bandwidth

In a non-descript business park in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Bureau Veritas is conducting tests to help prevent electronic havoc. With today’s vehicles chock full of wired and wireless...

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Design

Making the Strategic Move into AV Testing

Traditional powertrain testing can be full of challenges. But it doesn’t compare to the often-bizarre edge cases that confront those testing automated-vehicle systems. Just ask Tom Tasky. He...

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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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Test & Measurement

Engineering a ‘Beast’ of an Electric SUV

General Motors calls it a “beast,” a nickname that the 2022 GMC Hummer SUV earns on its numbers alone. Like the electric Hummer pickup, the SUV packs a propulsion system capable of...

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Electronics & Computers

Is GaN the Future for EV Chips?

Technology advances in electric vehicles (EV) are steadily shrinking the vehicle bill-of-materials cost while creating power efficiencies and new design solutions. The combination of more power-dense...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

TDK Unveils Power-Generating Wheel Sensor

Electronics maker TDK in January introduced its InWheelSense piezo-electronic “energy harvesting and sensing module” that it said can generate power from vehicle wheel movement while also...

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Test & Measurement

Horiba MIRA’s Vision for World-Class AV Testing

It is a bold company that uses the description “globally unique,” but that’s the label engineering research and test provider Horiba MIRA has attached to its new AV development...

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Regulations/Standards

Allison Builds a Testing Powerhouse

Reducing product development time is among the industry’s top priorities, particularly as vehicle makers transition into an electrified future. Waiting on the environment – climate, weather,...

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Design

'Level 2+': Making Automated Driving Profitable, Mainstream

Soon after SAE International released its J3016 “Levels of Automated Driving” standard in January 2014, engineers and product planners working in automated-vehicle...

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Software

10 Best Practices for ADAS and AV Testing

Testing for automated driver-assist systems (ADAS) has required a completely new approach to testing. The most obvious reason for this is the sheer number of sensors and actuators involved in...

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Connectivity

A Cool New Dimension to Automotive Plastics’ Testing

R&D testing in extreme temperatures has long been part of ensuring required longevity and performance of automotive materials. That is particularly so regarding plastics, the...

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Power

Greater Precision for EV Battery Leak Testing

Exposure to water vapor is a death sentence for the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in hybrid-electric and electric vehicles. If moisture enters the battery cell and reacts with the...

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Test & Measurement

Tire Pressure Impact on EV Driving Range

Electric-vehicle development teams have made great advances in improving vehicle range, mitigating “range anxiety” for the end customer. While much focus has been on advances in battery...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

AV and ADAS Testing from out of the Box

For self-driving vehicle systems to gain the full confidence of the public, the mobility industry and government regulators, OEMs have to prove that AVs (and those equipped with enhanced SAE...

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Automotive

M Is for Motorcycle: BMW Reveals Its First Performance-Badged Two-Wheeler

BMW has revealed its first-ever M-badged motorcycle, the M 1000 RR superbike. A heavily reworked version of the already-capable S 1000 RR sportbike, the new...

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Power

New SAE Wireless Charging Standard Is EV Game-Changer

SAE International on October 22 announced publication of the first global standard that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle- and supply equipment (EVSE)...

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Energy

EVs Expand the Testing Envelope

In a word-association game, automotive test engineers would likely pair “emissions measurement” with “Horiba.” The Japan-based supplier is an acknowledged household-name in the testing-solutions...

What We’re Driving
Test & Measurement

What We’re Driving: 2020 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR CVT

Easily mistaken for its Altima big brother at first glance, the 2020 Nissan Sentra finally gets the all-new platform, exterior style and interior upgrades that this thrifty compact has...

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Connectivity

Cellular V2X Pilot Launching in Virginia

Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology is going live via a pilot program in Virginia, with the specific goals of improving work-zone and traffic-signal safety. The Virginia Department...

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Software

Venting for EV Battery Packs

Batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) need protection from harsh external conditions. Generally located on the underside of the vehicle, EV battery enclosures protect the cells from exposure to water, dust,...

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Transportation

Is Ground-Penetrating Radar the Next Innovation for Automated-Vehicle Sensing?

Most of the existing autonomous-vehicle (AV) localization strategies try to replicate how human drivers perceive the world. But reliable autonomy requires...

What We’re Driving
Test & Measurement

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...