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2008-12-11
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The formalized specification of new functions is one thing that the automotive industry could adopt from aeronautics, according to Professor Dr. h.c. Manfred Broy of the Technical University Munich. During a synergy forum in Hamburg, Germany, named Aircraft Meets Automotive: System Architectures, the presenters and attendees tried to pin down the potential overlap between automotive and aircraft engineering.
2008-12-10
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Audi's announcement of a smaller, lighter, "even more efficient" diesel engine for the June 2009 Le Mans 24-h race is a glimpse of the tip of the development iceberg that includes many environmentally friendly production programs.
2008-12-10
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Now is the time for small businesses and other small entities to tell NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) what kind of impact a certain set of rules has on them. NHTSA will seek comment on 10 different sets of rules in each of the next 10 years, beginning with a set for which comments are due on Jan. 30.
2008-12-10
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Chrysler LLC and Chery Automobile Co. have mutually agreed to kill the idea of the chinese automaker producing small cars for its American counterpart, according to Chrysler. The two companies signed an agreement in 2007 to bring the idea to fruition, but "the discussions with Chery over the past year have allowed both of our companies to gain better insights into the opportunities and challenges of pursuing growth in the global auto market," Chrysler's Mike Manley, Executive Vice President-International Sales and Marketing, said in a statement.
2008-12-10
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Automotive seats are continuing to offer more functions, automatically moving into position and providing lumbar support while also offering heating, air conditioning, or even massages. That’s prompting significant growth in the electronics that manage these functions.
2008-12-09
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Specialist design and engineering company Xtrac announced, at the Professional MotorSport World Expo in Cologn­e, its first complete steering rack assembly plus its latest gearboxes and differentials for rally, touring, and sports cars competing in high-level formula events, including a new transmission system developed for the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport race series.
2008-12-09
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Development of lithium-ion battery cells is a daily newsmaker, and the recent history of nickel/metal hydride in hybrid cars is a statistical fact. However, Johnson Controls Inc., which claims to be the world’s largest automotive battery maker, believes the much-maligned 12-volt lead-acid still battery has a bright future.
2008-12-08
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Two SAE International cooperative research programs (CRPs) sponsored by most of the world's largest automakers have found that the alternative refrigerant HFO1234yf offers "significant environmental benefits" while posing no significant risks related to safety (e.g., toxicology, flammability) when used in vehicle A/C systems.
2008-12-08
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"Max­imum power" and "optimum packaging" have long been watchwords of race engineering, and they apply to the advent of KERS (kinetic energy recovery systems) technology, which is becoming a part of motorsports requirements and demonstrates the spread of hybrid applications. The Bosch modular KERS kit covers requirements from Formula One to other racing series.
2008-12-08
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As Bosch announced another application of its stop-start system—on the Fiat 500, it also stated that it anticipates half of all new vehicles in Europe will incorporate the technology by 2012.
2008-12-08
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More than 150 auto-industry watchers, government officials, and academics from South Korea, Japan, and China got together at the end of October in Seoul for a three-day automotive environmental forum held and sponsored by Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group for the first such meeting in Asia.
2008-12-08
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Though Congress and others paint automakers as stodgy companies in need of reorganization, automakers have been transforming their business for years. General Motors, for instance, has significantly changed its design methodologies, using more model-based design in powertrain development.
2008-12-05
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Mercedes-Benz launched new S-Class models at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in the form of the S400 BlueHYBRID and a Pullman version of the S 600 Guard armored model.
2008-12-05
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A late-October panel sponsored by TechKnow, a Michigan technology advancement organization, made some predictions recently about plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Expect them to be expensive to buy and cheap to operate, while reducing pollutant and carbon emissions. However, do not expect their volumes to be large.
2008-12-05
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With an uncertain future ahead, Dodge has looked to its legendary past and revived a classic muscle car. The new car, although only expected to be a niche market player, has caused much interest with its bold retro styling and driver-tuned powertrain choices.
2008-12-05
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Copper is becoming attractive once again as a material for mobile air conditioners (MACs). This change is driven by several factors, including bad odors from aluminum, the development of high-pressure systems based on CO2 as a refrigerant (copper is stronger than aluminum and has better thermal conductivity), and a new environmentally friendly brazing process for copper-brass components.
2008-12-05
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The target is to achieve 1000 mph, or Mach 1.4, and establish a new world land speed record—and that, said Richard Noble­, leader of the newly revealed Project Bloodhound, "is as much an engineering adventure as the ultimate speed record challenge." The aim is to take the rocket/gas turbine/gasoline engined Bloodhound to a new world record in 2011 driven by British Royal Air Force fighter pilot, Wing Commander Andy Green.
2008-12-04
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As part of its move away from trucks and to cars, Ford Motor Co. on Nov. 26 ceased production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator at the Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, MI. The company said it will invest an additional $75 million in improvements to the body shop, plus improvements of an undisclosed amount in other areas.
2008-12-04
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According to InterRegs, representatives of the European Parliament and the European Council have reached a tentative compromise on the draft regulation introducing mandatory CO2 emissions limits for passenger cars.
2008-12-04
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Lear will receive $35 million in cash as part of the dissolution of its joint venture with Toyota Boshoku. The JV currently supplies seating systems and other interior components to Toyota for the Sienna minivan built in Princeton, IN.
2008-12-04
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China's central government recently published a draft standard on tire-pressure-monitoring systems that is significantly more stringent than U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 138, according to InterRegs.
2008-12-04
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More than 30% of the materials used in cars today could be products that originate from chemical-company laboratories, according to Evonik Degussa. The use of plastic materials, structural foams, related coatings, additives (such as organosilanes for tires), matting agents, and adhesives is instrumental in limiting the weight gain of vehicles—as are other measures such as new powertrains.
2008-12-02
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Automatically activated upon vehicle start-up, in.pro.’s fLED-line daytime running lights feature LED technology.
2008-12-02
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CSR’s BlueCore TouchLITE allows manufacturers to include a Bluetooth remote control for navigation systems, in-car multimedia devices, and MP3 players with little additional cost or development time.
2008-12-02
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The SV-10 cylinder honing machine from Sunnen combines power, precision, and technology to deliver automatic cylinder sizing.
2008-12-02
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OmniVision Technologies offers a one-megapixel complementary metal oxide semiconductor image sensor designed specifically for advanced automotive vision and sensing systems.
2008-12-02
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FANUC Robotics offers the Paint Mate 200iA intelligent mini paint robot.
2008-12-02
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Parker Hannifin’s portable nitrogen tire inflation system offers easy transport.
2008-12-02
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Kadant AES offers UNiGY pump-control technology used in plastic injection-molding applications.
2008-12-02
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The Yokogawa DLM2000 series is a family of mixed-signal oscilloscopes that combines long memory, fast waveform acquisition, flexible configuration, and compact form factor.