At any one time, up to 80 new steel grades are under development at ArcelorMittal. The person responsible for these advanced-development activities is Greg Ludkovsky, Vice President of Global R&D. Ludkovsky spoke with Automotive Engineering this fall at the AM/NS Calvert plant in Alabama, which the company touts as “the world’s most advanced steel finishing facility.”
Urban Larsson, Head of Product Development at Volvo Penta, has been at the company for 30 years and worked with its complete product range, including the journey along all the global emissions Tier platforms as regulations steadily increased.
Claus Daniel, Ph.D., is Deputy Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Founding Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility at ORNL.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin recently developed a modeling, simulation, and visualization framework, called Chrono, aimed at enabling high performance, physics-based, analysis of ground vehicle mobility.
A third of respondents say current systems are flawed, but are looking for natural voice recognition. Many express interest in specific semi-autonomous driving assist features, but only one-quarter was ready for autonomous driving.
Interest in automated guided vehicles to convey product from one station to another on the plant floor assembly line continues to grow as manufacturers look for greater flexibility, scalability, and sustainability in their operations, says RedViking.
The gradual path to semi or fully autonomous drive is seen for connectivity and electromechanical hardware, with improvements to data bandwidth for maximum connectivity, enhanced GPS for greater accuracy, and mining "Big Data" needed for traffic management.