OEMs can’t wait until the end of the process to think about how the machine and engine will be supported in the field. For attentive suppliers, that means innovations in modern diesel engines cannot be restricted just to combustion and emissions technologies any longer, says Perkins' Oliver Lythgoe.
Connectivity in regard to hydraulic systems involves the utilization of “smart” components, which communicate with one another on a common system. The commonality of being connected—from using Wi-Fi, cellular or satellite connection wherever we go to syncing all our devices—is an expectation in the off-highway equipment industry, says Danfoss' Henrik V. Joergensen.
FPT Industrial offers a broad range of natural gas engines, with solutions from 136 to 400 hp (101 to 298 kW) for light, medium, and heavy vehicles. The brand is also in the advanced stages of trialing natural gas engines for agricultural equipment, says brand president Annalisa Stupenengo.
NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system. The new STRIs will bring together researchers from various disciplines and organizations to collaborate on the advancement of cutting-edge technologies in bio-manufacturing and space infrastructure.
Heavy-duty trucks have been using telematics for years to communicate a relatively narrow view of engine status. Manufacturers and fleet operators are now looking at the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide an expanded view of truck health, says Bsquare's Dave McCarthy.
Volvo Buses has started the global launch of its latest chassis powered by the 8-L Volvo engine. The Volvo B8R and B8RLE replace the top-selling Volvo B7R and B7RLE, which saw a production run exceeding 40,000 units and sales in 65 countries.
In Volkswagen's Virtual Engineering Laboratory, designers use gesture control to modify concepts via augmented reality. Now, it can also be used by owners of the new Golf; claimed as a first in its segment,.
Uber announced a partnership with Aurora Flight Sciences to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for its Uber Elevate Network. Aurora’s eVTOL concept is derived from its existing XV-24A LightningStrike VTOL X-Plane subscale vehicle demonstrator aircraft.
SAE's Connect2Car Executive Leadership Forum is designed to promote high-level discussion of connectivity business models, technology insertion strategies and other issues concerning the fusion of the automotive and technology sectors.
New engines and transmissions for medium-duty truck applications are evolving rapidly in response to ongoing demands for improved fuel consumption. Software is playing a major role in these advances while also helping improve diagnostic capabilities.