Nimble startups and giants Google and Apple are racing at high speed to gain a role in the comparatively slow-moving auto industry. Automotive companies must adapt to the rapid clock speeds of these outsiders or risk their businesses being hurt severely.
Novel technologies from Michigan-based companies were standouts in the 8th annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC). The founders of these winning companies shared their technology tales from the Tech Hub stage at the 2016 SAE World Congress.
“One Ford," the technological and commercial philosophy the company is energetically pursuing to minimize the need for market-specific vehicle modifications. The Mustang, now on sale in the U.K. and Europe, proves the system works.
The eventual arrival of autonomous vehicles will transform interiors, but engineers making the changes will have to consider issues as diverse as motion sickness and legislative regulations written by a range of politicians.
The 6-cylinder turbocharged Cat C9.3B engine delivers 18% more power and torque, and has a simplified and 30% smaller aftertreatment system. It will meet Stage V, Tier 4 Final, and below emissions standards.
Perkins launched a new family of 4-cylinder, 2.8- and 3.6-L diesel engines that deliver 60 to 134 hp (45 to 100 kW). Citing modularity as a key element of this new engine platform, Ramin Younessi, President of Perkins, unveiled the Syncro 3.6-L engine in the company’s booth at Bauma 2016 in Munich.