Active in aero Several automakers-notably Mercedes-Benz and Audi – used the Frankfurt Motor Show stage to reveal sleek vehicles that aggressively employ active aerodynamic elements and other advances to reduce drag.
Composites permeate inside and out Composite materials are gaining popularity for both unseen structural components and for exterior eye candy.
Powertrain testing: coping with complexity With increasing use of electrical components to extend the performance of conventional combustion engines, powertrain development has never been more complicated. The good news is that test and development engineers are harnessing advanced simulation techniques and computer processing to develop the most efficient and fun powertrains ever.
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Porsche unveils new downsized, boosted 3.0-L boxer six.
Johnson Controls, Faurecia envision interiors for autonomous driving.
Jaguar enters performance crossover SUV segment.
Honda's all-new global 2016 Civic targets Mercedes refinement.
Opel designs a new Astra.
Peugeot Fractal demonstrates a new take on sound design.
Tearing down the global barriers Steering systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, as Ian Adcock discovers when talking to the men leading Nexteer’s European expansion
€1.1 billion worth of Bentley luxury Bentley’s Bentayga is the first in a new generation of luxury cross-overs. Ian Adcock reveals its engineering secrets
Goal: “virtual” perfection Should simulations be 100% accurate? It’s impractical and unnecessary, says one expert, and lays out the reasons why
The weighting game Ryan Gehm and Kami Buchholz report on how new materials help vehicles to shed weight
Enter the engineering entrepreneurs Behind the exhilarating headlines that are the very stuff of motorsport, you will find the specialist entrepreneurs, using their multiple talents to take on the most daunting of engineering challenges
Below the surface, into the future ‘Sense, plan, act’ is German supplier Continental Technology’s mantra for future technologies, as laid out at the company’s recent symposium
Ground-breaking engine concepts unleashed Clément Dumand, manager, advanced engineering and research department, PSA Peugeot Citroën, reveals to Ian Adcock how Convergent Science’s meshing software is aiding engine design
HMIs extend beyond the cab Telematics functions are being integrated into multi-function user interfaces.
Standards step forward in design of off-highway electronics Functional safety standards are starting to impact many development projects, while the auto industry’s AUTOSAR standard is being deployed to help enable software reuse and simplify designs.
Leveraging automotive lightweighting techniques to improve off-highway emissions Where systems engineers can gain efficiencies in off-highway equipment is agnostic, they'll take it anywhere, and so they should, but one of the ways, often underestimated, is through the use of strong and lightweight advanced materials.
Waste heat recovery for the long haul A WHR system based on an organic Rankine cycle has been developed for a long-haul Iveco Stralis truck.
Powering on Rolls-Royce’s Chief Engineer discusses how new technologies in the Trent XWB family of engines are inspiring current R&D design and evaluation work as part of its strategic roadmap for future big fanjets. Ongoing development work and associated test programs extend across a broad range of activities and involve many partners.
Countering cybersecurity threats against unmanned vehicle systems Cranfield University researchers have developed a monitoring system whose purpose is to monitor mission profile implementation at both high level mission execution and at lower level software code operation to tackle specific threats of malicious code and possible spurious commands received over a vehicle's data links.
The advent of stop-start technology As environmental concerns grow for R&D teams, OEMs look to bring the strategy further into the mainstream.
Recycling opportunities for hybrid/electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries With limited reserves and strict environmental regulations, re-cyclers look to established extraction means to reuse, recycle, and dispose of the used batteries.
Cameras look to go the distance Automakers seek vision systems with greater distances, improved reliability, and more functionality, thanks to ruggedized complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technologies.
Getting right with composites With composites now a mainstay in most new aircraft de-signs, the engineering emphasis has switched from understanding if they work to thinking through the most efficient way to manufacture them, such as using design-for-manufacturing software.
Autonomous vehicles Unmanned vehicles are a thing of the present for many off-highway applications, particularly in the agriculture and mining industries.