• Democratizing hybrid technologies
      Engineers continue to wring efficiency and mass out of their latest electrified propulsion systems with the aim of mainstreaming the technology.
    • Automakers see possibilities, limits for gesture controls
      Recent concepts have shown the possibilities of gesture for controlling infotainment functions but the need for industry standards and control simplification complicate development.
    • Ferrari massages 458 to create 488 GTB
      Ferrari engineers have further refined the 458 Italia model with a new turbocharged and downsized engine and revised aerodynamics to create the 488 GTB.
    • GM's CTO driving new paths to technology leadership
      'We're making actual production commitments regarding our advanced-technology strategy, rather than just talking about it,' says GM's CTO Jon Lauckner. 'We're absolutely going to be among the leaders, if not the leader, in these areas.'
    • Aluminum prepares for its next big leap
      Ford's F-Series blockbuster was just the beginning. New micromills now in pilot phase aim to bring vastly stronger and more formable light-alloy materials at higher capacity, says Alcoa's Mike Murphy.
    • Slick solutions for friction reduction
      From new lubricants to 'smart' oil pumps and clever bearing technologies, engine designers are attacking every potential source of spin losses and internal friction in the quest for more mechanical work out of less fuel.
    • Next-gen NSX: a twin-turbo, multi-material Ferrari-fighter
      The production NSX made its much-awaited global debut at NAIAS in January. More technical details of Acura's mid-engine AWD hybrid supercar will be shared by Honda R&D experts at the SAE 2015 World Congress.
    • Virtual casting improves powertrain design
      As designers continue to look for ways to cut weight and increase performance, casting simulations are helping optimize designs through faster, more accurate predictions of the casting process used to create key components.
    • Horse racing
      America's pony cars are a favorite of racers and fans alike, so racing them against each other is natural.
    • SAE 2015 World Congress Preview
      Tech trends and exhibitor products are highlighted. Tech trends and exhibitor products are highlighted in this special section, which features an exclusive interview with Honda R&D America's Jim Keller.
    • Replicating the racing experience
      Professional driving simulators can be successfully exploited to shorten the traditional design-prototype testing-production process relative to a new racecar.
    • Getting a grip on AWD efficiency
      The safety and performance benefits of all-wheel drive are undeniable, but so are the penalties of added weight, friction losses, and complexity. Clever axle disconnects and E-axles are driving future AWD developments.
    • E pluribus unum
      Inputs from many sensors are being combined to give safety systems a true vision of vehicle surroundings, with the resulting sensor fusion becoming a mainstay of autonomous vehicle electronics.
    • Lightweighting poses repair challenges
      Mass-produced aluminum bodies and mixed-material structures present challenges for assembly and repair, as automakers increasingly pursue these lightweight strategies.
    • Setting the standard
      Meggitt CTO Emeritus begins term at helm of SAE International, seeks to encourage cross-sector relations, elevate image of SAE as aerospace industry leader.
    • Hard to answer
      Technical and personal issues make it challenging to link smartphones to vehicles.
    • New OGeco hybrid transmission is a space-saver
      Finding space for an electric motor, battery, and all the controls that go with them while still providing sufficient 5-passenger cabin room and trunk/luggage capacity is a challenge.
    • Mazda enters subcompact crossover segment
      Mazda dove into the burgeoning market for subcompact crossover SUVs with the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show introduction of the CX-3, a stylish new tall wagon built on the platform of the new Mazda2/Demio.
    • 2015 Hot Technologies
      Our annual year-end review of new and significant technology applications for the upcoming model year's vehicles.
    • Can Toyota's Mirai be the next Prius?
      Toyota's first fuel-cell car has a range of 300 miles, fills up in 5 minutes, and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 9 seconds.
    • Integrated automotive gateway can enable connected cars
      One of the biggest challenges connected cars pose is the integration of information and consumer electronics into the car and ensuring connectivity among them.
    • 2015 engines ride a technology tidal wave
      Powertrain engineers are diving deeper to find new ways to make light-duty power units more efficient without compromising performance.
    • Connectivity for comfort
      Seat suppliers such as Continental, Johnson Controls, and Faurecia pursue 'networked' seats to enhance safety, personalization, and comfort.
    • Assembling aluminum vehicles in volume
      Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup pioneers high-volume mass-production of lightweight aluminum car and truck structures.
    • Outlook for autonomous driving includes cloud
      Connectivity with off-board data and services and among vehicles will be crucial in maintaining safety and security in future autonomous vehicles.
    • The next wave of crash simulation
      As computing speed has improved and software itself has made significant speed and performance gains with each release, modeling tools are now quick enough to build high-quality, large, high-detail vehicle models in a very efficient manner.
    • SAE 2014 Convergence preview
      Interest in advanced driver-assistance technologies is surging, with automotive engineers and decision makers at OEMs and suppliers working feverishly on the convenience vs. safety trade-off and other electronics-related challenges.
    • Cooled EGR shows benefits for gasoline engines
      Exhaust gas recirculation systems now in use on diesel engines are used mainly to meet emissions regulations. In gasoline engines, they are an appealing way to meet ever more stringent fuel-economy standards
    • Women in Vehicle Engineering
      Across the industry, talented women are ascending the engineering-career ladder at higher rates than ever before, but they continue to face challenges in a male-dominated industry. In this Special Report, AE speaks with current and future industry leaders from U.S., European, and Asian OEMs, academia, and other experts, and analyzes data, to assess progress to date and plot the future of this critical and dynamic professional trend.
    • Fuel cells
      As higher-volume mass production gets underway, OEMs and suppliers are finetuning their capabilities.
    • 2015 New Vehicle & Technology Preview
      Automotive Engineering editors take a look at some of the more intriguing new models, including GM's full-size SUVs, BMW's i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car, Acura's TLX sedan, and Ford's F-150 full-size pickup truck.
    • Picturing the map for smoother rides
      Next-gen A/C
      As conventional vapor-compression cooling technology faces phase-out, what could take its place? The U.S. Department of Energy's ARPA-e has funded research to help answer this question.
    • Steel red-hot for weight reduction
      The steel industry's focus to remain a top material choice has not diminished, especially with automakers and suppliers looking for ways to lightweight passenger vehicles to meet the U.S. government's 54.5-mpg fleet average requirement in 2025.
    • Global Viewpoints
      The latest strategies are investigated for vehicle development by automakers and major suppliers.
    • Sports cars embrace array of green technology
      IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship promotes a variety of green technologies to link racing to the road.
    • More gears, more challenges
      Many strategies, as well as key software and hardware aspects related to controllers, networks, sensors, and actuators, must be considered to keep automatic transmissions shifting smoothly as more gears are added to improve fuel economy.
    • Advancing structural composites
      Industry experts address the opportunities and challenges involved with moving toward composite-intensive vehicles, including Nissan's effort to produce a high-volume, fully recyclable composite liftgate with low metal content.
    • Systems-engineering a new 4x4 benchmark
      Chrysler Powertrain teamed with AAM to create the industry's most capable, sophisticated-and arguably most fuel-efficient-AWD/4WD driveline. Top engineers talk about their collaboration.
    • Achates aims at 2025 light-truck power
      After more than a decade of steady development, Achates Power's opposed-piston two-stroke diesel is impressing powertrain experts with its test results and pace of technical progress.
    • Lighter, stronger chassis
      Development of a new high-strength aluminum casting alloy for the production of suspension components.
    • Driving good dynamics
      How the demands of safety, light weight, ride, and handling can be brought together to create cars of character.
    • No hands, lots of brains
      A hefty amount of computing power built with new hardware and software architectures will be needed when vehicles begin taking over more of the driving tasks.
    • Aerodynamics and flow simulations come of age
      With the advent of faster computers, engineers are using CFD software as a practical tool, shaping designs early in the product development cycle. The challenges today are in how best to use it and by whom.
    • New rules shuffle the F1 deck
      New turbocharged hybrid-electric power units and revised aerodynamics may scramble the familiar order in Formula One for 2014.
    • Stars of the show floor
      The editors of Automotive Engineering annually select from among SAE World Congress exhibitors the technologies that meet their criteria for a coveted Tech Award. Judging is based on level of design and engineering innovation, uniqueness, potential for 'real world' production application, and potential benefit for industry customers and end users. Read on for articles on the five SAE 2014 Tech Award winners, followed by briefs on additional show-floor highlights that we call 'What's New.'
    • Alternative fuels face challenges
      With gasoline prices seeming to stabilize and fuel economy measures taking hold is there a compelling need for alternative fuels? Automotive engineers offer some surprising reasons why there is.
    • Touch-less control coming to cars
      Use of proximity and gesture-recognition systems in auto cockpits could rise fifty-fold within a decade.
    • Forming a strong bond
      Multi-material vehicles are becoming more prevalent as automakers attempt to reduce vehicle weight and boost fuel efficiency. Selecting the proper adhesive is critical when bonding dissimilar materials.
    • SAE 2014 World Congress preview special section: 'Creating New Possibilities'
      Host company Hyundai and Tier 1 Strategic Partner, Delphi, established "Creating New Possibilities" as the theme for this year's premier engineering event taking place April 8-10 in Detroit's Cobo Center. This special Congress preview section uncovers some of those possibilities, featuring insights from the event's executive leadership; details of a Delphi/Hyundai advanced engine program; highlights from the technical program in the areas of powertrain, materials, testing and simulation, electronics, interiors, and body/chassis; and more.
    • Designing for downforce
      Airflow is paramount for performance vehicles, which require aerodynamic enhancements to promote high-speed stability and greater cornering capability.
    • Powering a drive to higher voltages
      48-V systems are likely to power a new generation of functions including stop-start technology.
    • Managing the deluge of data
      The model-based development (MBD) process has been a key enabler of technical advancement in the transportation industry; however, the MBD process leads to the generation of large volumes of data artifacts and work products. To maintain efficiency while continuously improving the quality of products, it is necessary to be able to manage this data in an efficient manner.
    • A vision for SAE's future
      Longtime GM engineering executive and STEM education supporter Daniel M. Hancock brings a focused approach to his term as SAE International President.
    • Picturing a brighter future
      Displays are becoming a central focus for automotive interior design, forcing engineers to examine myriad trade-offs related to size, resolution, and supporting electronics.
    • New technologies for 2014
      OEM and supplier engineers are all about technical innovation. In this special feature, Automotive Engineering International highlights (in no special order) some notable ones debuting on 2014 models.