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NASA BLI propulsor may leapfrog current high-efficiency designs

2016-12-21
Fuel efficiency—and the economic and ecological benefits associated with it—continues to be the white rabbit of the global aviation industry. While engine builders look toward composites and electrification, and airframe designers toward lightweighting and aerodynamics, engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center recently completed testing of a novel concept: the boundary layer ingesting propulsor.
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PACCAR's Sproull primed for SAE Commercial Vehicle post

2016-12-20
With a rich technical background from which to draw as SAE International's new 2017-2020 Commercial Vehicle Sector VP, Landon Sproull intends to bolster the society’s involvement in evolving industry regulations and to better cultivate cross-sector alliances.
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Churning toward stronger, more uniform aluminum casts

2016-12-20
Industrial aluminum slabs are typically produced by blending small amounts of copper or manganese in a reservoir of molten aluminum that is rapidly cooled, a process known as direct-chill casting. Variations in the way these elements solidify can yield uneven results that weaken the final product.
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Glassy breakthrough for battery performance

2016-12-20
Researchers from Iowa State University are expanding fundamental materials studies into research and development of new, all-solid-state technology for batteries.
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Lucid Motors unveils Air electric luxury car

2016-12-15
Electric-vehicle startup Lucid Motors unveils its proposed first production model, the Air luxury sedan, adding to the roster of companies seeking to loosen Tesla's grip on the luxury-electric market.
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Vital Transformation

2016-12-11
ZF’s invention of X2Safe shows how traditional mechanical-engineering companies are changing to meet demands of the digital world.
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Cat explores drones inside factories

2016-12-08
Caterpillar has been working with Redbird the past year to provide drone data analytics for customers at construction and excavation sites, and now it's exploring the use of drones inside of its own facilities.
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Taming of the drones

2016-12-08
While unmanned systems are already transforming the way that modern warfighting is conducted, the commercial sector is still at the starting gate. That said, personal UAV ownership is expanding at an exponential rate, as small, stable, UAVs enter the market.
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Volvo CE demos prototype autonomous machines

2016-12-08
Automation is one of three main technology areas—along with connectivity and alternative drivelines and fuels—that Volvo Construction Equipment is devoting significant R&D resources to further develop. The company recently demonstrated a prototype autonomous wheel loader and articulated hauler working together.
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Sea Machines demonstrates self-driving boats and ships

2016-12-07
The Boston-based startup believes the marine domain is even better suited for autonomous systems than aerospace, automotive and other off-highway sectors. The company is currently testing its technology on commercial vessels in Boston Harbor.
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EPA’s Grundler talks Phase 2, potential NOx standard

2016-12-07
Christopher Grundler, the Director of OTAQ for the U.S. EPA, answered questions about Phase 2 rule-making for heavy trucks, global harmonization of emissions regulations, and his outlook for a new national NOx standard. Grundler will be the featured speaker on opening day of the SAE 2017 Government/Industry Meeting taking place January 25-27 in Washington D.C.
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Supplier Eye: The impact of shifting to the ‘softer’ side

2016-12-06
When new technologies sweep across an industry, suppliers inevitably face new risks and challenges. And so it is with vehicle electrification, connectivity and automated/autonomous driving systems—three interrelated trends that are already changing vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing.
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Integrated accelerometer/gyro combo series

2016-12-05
The fully integrated ADXC150x series of inertial combo sensors from Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) brings together reliability and accuracy with shock and vibration immunity at a reduced footprint.
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Mid-air haptics evaluation and prototyping

2016-12-05
Ultrahaptics’ development platform allows companies looking to evolve innovative control solutions a route to evaluate and appreciate the benefits of gesture controls enhanced by tactile feedback sensations.
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Intel inside the cloud-based data future

2016-12-05
A conversation with Kathy Winters, Intel's new General Manager of the Automated Driving Solutions Division, details the need for high-powered data-processing for ADAS and automated driving.
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