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VW I.D. CROZZ makes world debut at Auto Shanghai 2017

Possibly one of the most significant things to so far come out of Auto Shenghai 2017 was courtesy of Volkswagen with the introduction of the I.D. CROZZ concept—the company’s first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) based off the new Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB).

Next-gen automated transmissions coming from new Eaton, Cummins JV

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.

New sensor payload helps Global Hawk stay relevant

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.

Model-based development tool

UniPhi from SimuQuest, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) is an intelligent power tool that frees up time for innovation by automating error-prone manual tasks in the design and development of vehicle control systems and software.

SAE collaborates on Clean Cars project

The Puget Sound Clean Cars Stormwater Partnership is a collaborative research project concerning vehicle fluid leaks and storm water impacts.

All-new 2018 Ford Expedition gets aluminum body, 10-speed

Still riding on a separate hydroformed-steel ladder frame (itself redesigned and CAE-optimized for greater strength and lower mass), the new eight-passenger SUV sheds up to 300 lb (136 kg) compared with the incumbent model. The mass reduction enabled Ford engineers to move to a powertrain format using only the 3.5-L turbocharged V6 with auto stop-start and 10R80 10-speed automatic.

International develops new, lighter A26 engine to replace N13

International Truck recently unveiled its all-new engine for the Class 8 market called the International A26, in addition to a new initiative called Project Alpha, which brought together a small team of powertrain engineers dedicated to a new perspective on engine development.

Fresh air for the passenger experience

The increased use of humidity-control and anti-condensation systems help to prevent moisture problems in aircraft and to enhance the in-flight comfort of crew and passengers.

Advancing 3D-printed NdFeB magnets

Magnet Applications, a Bunting Magnetics Co., has made a technological advance in 3D-printed neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets.

CNH advances driverless tech for tractors

Working with Utah-based technology provider Autonomous Solutions Inc., CNH Industrial’s Innovation Group developed autonomous technology and demonstrated it via tractor concepts based on the existing Case IH Magnum and New Holland T8 high-horsepower conventional tractors.

Perdix: overwhelming numbers and success

The U.S. military recently announced that it has successfully tested a swarm of 103 autonomous Perdix micro-drones over the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, CA. The drones operated as a group to complete four specific missions during the test sortie.