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2014-09-16
Over the years, the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Challenges in the U.S. have galvanized interest in autonomous cars, making them a real possibility in the mind of the public, but autonomous and unmanned vehicles have been increasingly employed in many roles on land, in the water, and in the air.
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2014-09-16
The gull-winged SLS "replacement" is less costly, less radical, more practical, but still bristling with technology.
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2014-09-16
Intrepid Control Systems’ new book Automotive Ethernet - The Definitive Guide describes the technology behind the biggest revolution in automotive networking since the 1980s.
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2014-09-16
A racecar fitted with a prototype rear suspension will compete in the Sports Car Club of America's 2015 season as a proof-of-concept demonstrator for using thermoplastic composite suspension components in future light-duty vehicle production applications.
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2014-09-16
Steel, aluminum, and plastics are vying for additional assignments as automakers look for ways to lightweight vehicles to meet the U.S. government's 2025-mandated 54.5-mpg fleet average.
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2014-09-15
Germany's ZF has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. for $13.5 billion, according to a Sept. 15 TRW press release. ZF has stated that TRW will be operated as a separate business division within ZF.
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2014-09-15
Preh’s center console concept features navigation, HVAC, and infotainment functions in an effort to facilitate drivers’ function selection in the cockpit, all while reducing driver distraction.
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2014-09-09
The words "supercar" and "plush ride" are usually not spoken in the same sentence. In this week's SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke tests a McLaren 650S with surprising results. SAE Eye on Engineering can be viewed at http://youtu.be/NODz1FPnjro.
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2014-09-09
The marriage of vehicle electronics with mechanical systems is growing ever closer in intimacy, as the organizers of the first Convergence conference 40 years ago expected. Counseling on that relationship—and the crucial conflicts (e.g., simplicity vs. complexity) that must be resolved for a happy and resilient union—will be offered at SAE 2014 Convergence in the form of a seven-session panel program.
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2014-09-09
The University of California-Davis, and CATARC (China Automotive Technology and Research Center) will cooperate to speed commercialization of plug-in and fuel-cell electric cars in China and the U.S. under an agreement signed Sept. 6 in Tianjin, China.
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2014-09-08
Detailed secrets of the coupe-style aluminum-intensive sedan slotting into the company’s range below the XF and having design and technology links to the F-type sports car.
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2014-09-08
Additional $35 million will fund the company’s unique research center an additional five years, concentrating on a ‘safe transition’ to future of automated and connected vehicle technologies.
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2014-09-08
For hybrids to reach future emissions and fuel consumption targets, the balance of power between the ICE and electric motor will change radically, ushering in energy harvesting flywheel opportunities, Torotrak Director Jon Hilton believes.
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2014-09-05
Days before Tesla on Sept. 4 announced it has selected Nevada as the state in which it will build a large "Gigafactory' battery plant, Lux Research opined that the savings in lithium-ion battery costs owing to high-volume efficiencies will not be as much as the automaker expects it to be.
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2014-09-04
Delphi Automotive on Sept. 3 announced formation of a Technology Advisory Council designed to help guide the company's product strategies. Council members include: • Hamid Akhavan, Principal at Telecom Ventures LLC, an international technology-focused venture capital firm, formerly CEO of Unify Inc. and T-Mobile International. • Jens Hadler, General Manager of German advanced automotive engineering supplier Automobil-Prüftechnik Landau GmbH and professor for sustainable mobility at the University of Magdeburg, formerly head of powertrain development at Volkswagen. • Magnus Jonsson, formerly Senior Vice President of Product Development for Volvo Cars.
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2014-09-04
Mazda Motor Corp. on Wednesday evening unveiled the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata, which adopts both SkyActiv technology and Mazda’s “Kodo” (or "Soul of Motion") design language. The MX-5, first introduced 25 years ago, maintains Mazda’s original aim of offering the pure driving fun that only a lightweight sports car can provide.
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2014-09-04
Toyota announced on Sept. 4th that it will pump $35 million into its Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in Ann Arbor, MI, to focus on safety technologies related to connected- and automated-vehicle technologies. 
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2014-09-04
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 at General Motors operations in the U.K., mainland Europe, and Japan.
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2014-09-04
Two major design trends, the push to provide more exotic human-machine interfaces and the march towards autonomous driving, are sparking interest in cameras not now used in vehicles. Time-of-flight cameras provide gesture recognition for HMIs and tell autonomous controllers whether drivers are watching the road with their hands on the wheel.
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2014-09-03
Land Rover digitally revealed the first in a new Discovery family, the 2015 Discovery Sport SUV, on Sept. 2. The company claims a first in providing 5+2 seating in premium compact SUV; the vehicle's footprint is no larger than existing five-seat premium SUVs, it says.
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2014-09-02
We huddled in a tight circle by the finish line, frantically waiting for radio updates on the progress of our team’s rider, Rob “Bullet” Barber, who was miles in the distance and closing fast. Our 11-person team of student engineers and support crew from The Ohio State University could hardly breathe as we got the report: Barber was battling for third place—a podium finish—in the TT Zero class for electric racing motorcycles at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.
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2014-09-02
Electronic controls play an invisible role in making each new model year's vehicles better than before. Case in point is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. In this week's SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at how electronics improve the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco.
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2014-09-02
The WSU team found an edge over the competing designs by employing liquid hydrogen (LH2) storage to maximize station capacity and reduce capital and operating costs. Delivering hydrogen in liquid form reduces the energy used for distribution, and 80-90% of small-merchant hydrogen is delivered via cryogenic liquid tanker truck.
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2014-08-29
The relationship between consumer electronics and automotive infotainment systems is intensifying as smart phone operating systems become a factor in development strategies.
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2014-08-29
In this Ford Motor Co. research project, the driver instructs a plug-in hybrid electric car when to operate in electric-only mode before starting the vehicle.
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2014-08-29
During the transition from a future fully autonomous vehicle to a human controlling the steering wheel and brake pedal in emergency take-overs of vehicle control in complex situations, a distracted driver is bad news.
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2014-08-29
Built-in voice recognition surpasses wind noise as the problem most frequently reported by new-vehicle owners, according to J.D. Power. The J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study released Aug. 28 notes that the number of new-vehicle owners complaining about voice recognition is larger than it was in last year's study, with 8.3 problems reported per 100 new vehicles in 2014; the figure was 7.6 in 2013.
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2014-08-29
NIRA Dynamics AB has developed friction algorithms for where the rubber meets the road, and is seeking partners to put them into action for improved safety. Existing driver-assistance systems are “steps in the right direction, but with the new algorithms by NIRA cars can take a large step further and get even smarter,” the company says in an Aug. 28 press release.
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2014-08-29
Wires and cables help design teams add electronic features and functions, but networks and wiring harnesses add a fair amount of weight while their connections can be the cause of failures. That’s prompting developers to examine ways to reduce the size and weight of wires and cables.
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2014-08-28
LG Innotek on Aug. 28 announced it will begin production in early 2015 of an electric motor for use in automotive dual-clutch transmissions (DCT) that does not use rare-earth metals—a world-first for this application, the company claims.
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