Formerly chief of hybrid and electric powertrain engineering, Nitz is now Executive Director, Global Transmissions and Electrification. His new role reflects the evolution of automotive transmission systems as their mechanical and electrical functionality converges.
The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade uses Fiat's Small-Wide 4x4 architecture co-developed with Opel years ago. The vehicle will be sold in over 100 global markets with a variety of engines, transmissions, and drivelines. It also features a clever new roof system.
One of the subject areas garnering the most attention at the SAE 2014 World Congress is aerodynamics because of its effect on vehicle efficiency through drag reduction and the potential for real-world fuel economy gains.
The debate continues as to where exactly the balance should be between systems that have a high degree of autonomous functionality and the need for pilots to retain a wider 3-D perspective, especially if the computer software is overwhelmed by conflicting data being input from damaged or non-functioning sensors.
Technical sessions focused on interiors at the SAE 2014 World Congress span the designated technology areas, including electronics, materials, and safety/testing. One example in the electronics area, to take place April 8 at 9:30 a.m., covers multi-media systems. As part of the discussion, Takata researchers will present new touchscreen concepts such as a smart display surface that could benefit steering-wheel design.
Driver Distraction and Inattention: Advances in Research and Countermeasures, Vol. 1 published by SAE International and Ashgate Publishing Co. explores the definition and meaning of driver distraction and inattention, the mechanisms that characterize them, the measurement of their effects, strategies for mitigating their effects, and recommendations for further research.
Researchers at the University of Central Florida have found that by incorporating analysis and monitoring algorithms such as Inductive Monitoring System, neural networks, and recent advances in deep learning within the architecture’s signal processing system engineers have a flexible and powerful end-to-end data analysis and monitoring system for instrumented remote aerospace hardware.
Its redesigned body structure includes sides with wide use of high-strength steel. The SUV receives Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Acceptable rating in small overlap front test, Good ratings in other crash tests, and Advanced rating for optional precollision system with automatic braking.