Touch input and smarter knobs help drivers control a growing array of functions and devices.
Providers of design automation and product lifecycle management software tools believe they can help drive out waste from the automotive product development process.
The focus was on environmentally responsible cars and alternative powertrain technologies and fuels at January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Southwest Research Institute engineer assumes SAE President duties for 2008.
Foreign carmakers face higher auto parts import tariffs to "encourage" them to bring new advanced technologies and manufacturing expertise into the country.
European standard enters the U.S. marketplace as automation of the complex operation takes over.