Achieving major cuts in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption continue to be the big challenges facing the European automotive industry. But are the targets realistic, can emerging technology deliver solutions, is driveability likely to suffer, and will the end-user face higher costs?
The European industry is creating more (or at least as much) with less for the latest-generation powertrains.
Is it time for suspension system designs--increasingly costly to develop--to be standardized to conform to the ride and handling requirements of particular types and segments of cars instead of constantly being re-invented? The mere idea is anathema to some, but tempting common sense to others.
Priorities for interior design are many and include increased safety, reduced noise, greater comfort, less complex ergonomics, and more systems support for the driver.
Automakers' concept vehicles test the limits, but even extreme dream cars harbor some production content.
Engineers are developing technology that can help control vehicles to avoid accidents, but implementation for some features will come sooner than others.
Math-based technology is transforming how automakers accomplish product development tasks.
Detroit is attracting more and more automotive technical centers as its manufacturing base declines.
SAE 100 Future look: When you talk about traditional perceptions of materials in the automotive industry, you talk pounds, pellets, and pails.
SAE 100 Future look: Michelin is passionate about technology and innovation, which have been bred into the company's culture since its founding more than 100 years ago.