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Taking the lag out of dynamics simulation

Software company rFactor Pro developed software for a major F1 team to overcome the problem of driver-in-the-loop simulator dynamics reaction lag (latency); now it is cascading the solution into production vehicle simulators.

Design software targets germs, dry air

Concerns about airborne diseases and flu pandemics coupled with increasing passenger concerns about environmental conditions are prompting some aircraft designers to take a closer look at ventilation systems. In many instances, improvements in air quality and cleanliness are being expedited by using design tools such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Mazda Hazumi B-segment concept previews Mazda2

Since the 2011 Mazda Minagi concept closely resembled the production CX-5 that followed, and the Takeri Concept that appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show that year gave rise to the Mazda6 production model, it is hardly surprising that the Hazumi concept revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show was widely expected to pave the way for the production Mazda2 replacement.

Prodrive process 'clips' carbon-composite costs by up to 40%

The technology organization has developed an innovative process to help reduce the cost of composite component use. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be molded directly onto the back of high-quality composite panels, producing a more cost-effective part than a conventional bonded assembly.

dSPACE enhances environment for electric motor controller testing

dSPACE’s latest solution for electric motor testing combines SCALEXIO hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation technology with an DS2655 FPGA base module and a scalable electronic load to enable users to test electric motor control systems in a more realistic environment by emulating the real motor and generator currents.

Tools, partnerships provide security for software

Security is becoming a major factor for automakers, driven by several of the dominant industry trends. Connectivity and increasing volumes of software are among the factors prompting many design teams to partner with security specialists.

Voice processor

Fortemedia Inc.’s FM1388 voice processor supports multiple interfaces and enables flexible system integration with voice tracking capability for in-car applications.

All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts in Detroit

The new car's interior and exterior styling complements a segment-first standard nine-speed automatic transmission with electronic shifter and the segment's first application of a fully disconnecting AWD system.