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Continental advances driver assistance towards future autonomy

The company is continuing to develop foundation tools for future autonomous driving by advancing the fundamentals of sensing, planning, and then acting to guide vehicle response. Mimicking a human-like response is requiring new algorithm and systems engineering that better exploits existing sensors.

Subaru carefully reworks Outback on new platform

Fuel economy was one focus and is up to 33 mpg highway on 2.5-L four-cylinder model, with a continuously variable transmissions now standard on four- and six-cylinder models. The twin-camera Eye Sight pre-collision system has a wider-angle capability, and a continuation of IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating is expected.

RCCI engine begins in-vehicle demonstration testing

Higher fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions are two potential benefits associated with Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI), a dual-fuel combustion strategy being spearheaded by a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nylon shapes and custom parts

TECAST cast nylon stock shapes and custom parts from Ensinger offer a combination of physical and wear properties, along with inherently lighter weight, to provide users with a cost-effective alternative to metal parts.

Airframe drilling and countersinking book

Offers a stepped approach for evaluating possible areas for applying automation and a detailed description of the process for choosing, acquiring, and transitioning the right machinery for success.

Walking through some ideas for improved pedestrian safety

Vehicular traffic deaths decline, but pedestrian fatalities unchanged. Proposed solutions range from greater use of roundabouts, new signaling, and vehicles with pedestrian detection and auto-braking. Some success found with driver and pedestrian education. "Vision Zero" program adopted in New York City.

Camry's mid-cycle "refresh" more than just front and rear panels

The body of the U.S. market's best-selling sedan is almost all-new, with atypically aggressive front treatment. Toyota expects the car, which comes to market as 2015 model in the Fall, to carry a Top Safety Pick + rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, along with a NHTSA 5-star rating.

Rugged pressure switches

Ashcroft pressure switches offer a selection of features to meet the requirements of most industrial applications.