Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) uses a combination of high-precision printing technology and advanced electronics. The result is lightweight, package-efficient and physically flexible circuitry, first used by Ford on a limited trial basis in the overhead console of the 2013 Fusion.
Developed in-house over a three-year period, Honda's new transaxle is the industry’s first production 10-speed for front-drive vehicles. It boasts a ratio spread of 10.1 and is set up for rapid skip-shifting.
Colorado-based Boom Technology’s “Baby Boom” XB-1 supersonic demonstrator—a one-third scale stepping stone to a supersonic 40-seat passenger airliner—will make its first test flight late-2017. Although currently under construction, the XB-1 is described as “the first independently developed supersonic jet and history’s fastest civil aircraft.”
Caterpillar plans to showcase 40 machines at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 in March, one being its new 14M3 motor grader that features a larger engine, increased power to ground, and a host of integrated technology solutions such as the newly patented Stable Blade anti-bounce system, to increase operator efficiency and boost productivity levels.
The new Class 8 on-highway truck for North America combines proven Daimler Truck aerodynamic technology with what the truck maker claims is the most fuel-efficient powertrain available, a downsped Detroit DD15 engine and standard DT12 fully automated manual transmission with Intelligent Powertrain Management.
Company engineers see the 48-V ISG system as the "sweet spot" between 200-V capability and 12-V economy, and compatible with gasoline and diesel powertrains in both passenger vehicle and light commercial truck applications.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx discussed a wide range of technology and safety issues following his SAE Government/Industry Meeting keynote speech, including cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, and international harmonization of safety standards.
Delcam’s 2015 version of its PowerINSPECT inspection system includes automatic collision avoidance, faster import of large CAD files, quicker preparation of longer inspection reports, and improved display of results from point-cloud data, plus many other customer-requested enhancements.