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Alt fuels make inroads despite obstacles

2017-03-17
Commercial vehicles are beginning to adopt alternative energy sources, but the transition remains slow. Batteries and an array of renewable fuels are seeing more usage, but costs and infrastructure remain hindrances for these fragmented technologies.
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Demand grows for electrified off-highway machines

2017-05-16
Improved productivity and maintenance requirements are attractive benefits driving the growth of hybridization and electrification in various off-highway segments and on-highway heavy-duty vehicles. Ultimately, it all comes down to payback, says Chris Mays, Commercial Vehicle – Senior Technical Specialist at BorgWarner.
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Case compact dozer loader concept spawns 30 pending patents

2017-03-11
Called “Project Minotaur,” the Case DL450 compact dozer loader is a “first-of-its-kind” machine that combines the footprint and performance of a compact track loader (CTL) with the power and dozing characteristics of a bulldozer. The crossover concept was revealed at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.
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Medium-duty engines, transmissions shift focus to software

2017-04-24
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.
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NASA to establish new Space Technology Research Institutes

2017-05-05
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.
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Volvo Buses launches B8R chassis globally

2017-05-03
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.
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Engine Ion Sensor

2017-05-08
Detroit Engineered Products (DEP) Inc. offers a commercial prototype of an Engine Ion Sensor that increases fuel economy, lowers hazardous emissions, and can enable multiple fuel types for use.
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Aurora Flight Sciences partners with Uber in contested airspace

2017-04-27
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.
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New sensor payload helps Global Hawk stay relevant

2017-03-28
Northrop Grumman recently completed its successful inaugural flight test of the UTC Aerospace Systems MS-177 sensor payload on an RQ-4 Global Hawk. The ability to carry more powerful sensors close the capability gap between the RQ-4 and soon-to-be-retired Lockheed U-2.
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Next-gen automated transmissions coming from new Eaton, Cummins JV

2017-04-13
Eaton and Cummins announced a new joint venture, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, to design, develop, manufacture and service next-generation automated manual transmissions for heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicles. The JV also includes current Eaton AMTs.
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Work trucks strive to curtail addiction to fuel

2017-03-17
Reducing fuel consumption was a focal point of several trucks unveiled in March. Electric drivetrains and four-cylinder engines were among the tactics unveiled at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
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