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Automotive Engineering: September 2018

2018-09-01
Engineering at the crossroads As the industry pivots to automated/connected vehicles, new research and initiatives are guiding SAE to develop training and education programs to help working engineers and students succeed. Opel’s revamped engineering mission Now part of France’s PSA Group, engineering remains Opel’s core—with an interesting new options list.
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MOMENTUM: SEPTEMBER 2018

2018-09-01
Universität Suttgart tops the field at Formula SAE Michigan A team from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in Spain surprised the field by capturing third-place overall and first place in the Endurance event on a course that featured a hairpin turn. AutoDrive Challenge: cultivating a new generation of engineers This newest SAE International Collegiate Design Series competition serves as a proving ground for engineers interested careers related to autonomous driving. RIT brings home the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award for best Baja SAE season RIOT RACING ends Michigan Baja Racing’s three-year reign as season champion. Lords of the skies A new rule for SAE Aero Design 2018 required planes in the Micro class to carry PVC piping as payload.
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Automotive Engineering: August 2018

2018-08-02
LiDAR: new “eyes” for vehicle autonomy The steadily-evolving sensor tech offers big leaps forward in capability—once cost is reduced. e-Axles speed electrification Creating a practical ‘bridge’ between today’s legacy ICE architectures and the electric future. McLaren earns its Ph.D in handling McLaren Automotive and the University of Cambridge collaborate on a no-compromise semi-active suspension for the 720S supercar. Jaguar’s new EV pacesetter The 2019 I-Pace brings benchmark vehicle dynamics to the nascent battery-electric SUV segment. Editorial Connecting SAE with China’s mobility future Supplier Eye Supplying the multi-energy platform The Navigator Traversing the autonomous trust gap What We're Driving 2018 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD; 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser; 2018 Toyota Corolla Eaton goes internal with its next-generation EGR solution Driver out, simulation in for AV transmission, driveline engineering Teaming carbon fiber—and embroidery?
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: August 2018

2018-08-02
Editorial V2Reality Blockchain Unchained! The weird world of cryptocurrency exists because of the intense mathematics of blockchain technology. The mobility sector is looking beyond Bitcoin to put blockchain to work in potentially game-changing ways. Are Blockchain and ‘Smart Contracts’ the Secure Future? Legal risk and reward of blockchain and smart contracts as a prescription for automotive applications Software Building Blocks for AV Systems Elektrobit’s unique software framework is designed to smooth development of automated driving functions. Cyber Security Goes Upstream The first cloud-based solution for connected vehicles was born in Israel and is now pilot testing at global OEMs. Electronic Architectures Get Smart Upgradable, scalable and powerful new architectures will help enable data-hungry connected, autonomous vehicles. Aptiv’s VP of Mobility Architecture explains.
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MOBILITY ENGINEERING: June 2018

2018-06-01
Roadmap for future Indian passenger drone sector Internet of Vehicles: connected vehicles & data - driven solutions Development and verification of electronic braking system ECU software for commercial vehicle Engineering the Motivo Way Broad capabilities, unparalleled project diversity and an innovative culture have put this thriving California “idea factory” in high demand. Developing an alternative engine concept Ricardo’s CryoPower engine leverages two unique combustion techniques for reduced emissions and fuel consumption—liquid nitrogen and split combustion. Long-haul trucking and stationary power generation will be the first beneficiaries of the technologies. Spark of genius Mazda’s Skyactiv-X—the nexus of gasoline and diesel tech—remains on track for 2019 production. We test-drive recent prototypes to check development status. Plain bearings for aerospace applications
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Automotive Engineering: June 2018

2018-06-01
Underway on nuclear power Ford Motor Co. CTO Dr. Ken Washington is driving new approaches to technology innovation—from inside and outside the enterprise. Silicon drives autonomy movement Renesas’ Amrit Vivekanand explains how the software and semiconductors that underlie the industry’s rapid transition are rapidly evolving. Automotive propulsion ‘On a journey’ CTO Jeff Hemphill explains how Schaeffler Group is blending its longstanding mechanical-systems expertise with critical investment in electrification and autonomy. Steeling for reduced mass and higher strength New 3rd-generation AHSS and steel-polymer hybrid tech aim to cut mass by up to 30%—and take a bite out of aluminum’s business. Balancing the rumble and roar Multiphysics simulation is part of the development toolset at Mahindra Two Wheelers, as the Indian motorcycle and scooter maker expands into global markets with larger bikes. Le Mans 2018: can anyone beat Toyota’s hybrids?
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: May 2018

2018-05-03
Editorial Tragedy to Transform AV Testing? Detecting Pedestrians Safety of vulnerable road users is driving new technologies as pedestrian deaths rise worldwide. When Autonomy Underperforms: the Evolving Liability Model As autonomy-related accidents expand, expect legal liability to shift to products rather than people. Seeing Through Fog Fog, rain and snow are big challenges for optical sensors, particularly active systems. Engineers need to understand the impact of fog conditions on cameras and thermal sensors used in AVs. Rethinking Architectures: From Chips to the Cloud New concepts and strategies for controls architectures are emerging as AV boundaries expand and options skyrocket. Cabin Fever As humans do less actual driving, autonomous vehicle interiors will transform radically to provide more creature comforts. Threat Vector: Car Washes! For vehicles with automated-driving sensors, the “cleansing” experience can go too far.
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Automotive Engineering: May 2018

2018-05-03
Testing for cold-climate comfort AE goes way north to the Arctic Circle for an inside look at Hyundai's winter testing of the new Nexo FCV and Kona EV and their unique and critical HVAC systems. Innovation more than skin deep A new wave of engineered plastics are delivering structural, mass-reducing, and aesthetic benefits for new vehicle applications. A secret weapon for roof-crush testing Before you crush that bus or racecar chassis, find out how engineers at CAPE are optimizing test-rig performance. Editorial: Tesla's Model 3 is two very different cars SAE Standards News A hive of activity Supplier Eye Why aren't there more unibody pickups?
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MOMENTUM: APRIL 2018

2018-04-02
The road to victory is not a straight line Through highs and lows and curves in the road, Milwaukee School of Engineering's Formula SAE Hybrid team kept its focus and ended up with a championship. Winging it BYU-Idaho students develop innovative wing-to-fuselage connection for SAE Aero Design competition. The SpiRIT of Baja BYU-Idaho students develop innovative wing-to-fuselage connection for SAE Aero Design competition. Kettering Baja SAE hoists the SAE Collegiate Cup Seven SAE Collegiate Design Series teams competed in an annual presentation contest hosted by the SAE Mid-Michigan Section.
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Automotive Engineering: April 2018

2018-04-01
Engineering the Motivo Way Broad capabilities, unparalleled project diversity and an innovative culture have put this thriving California "idea factory" in high demand. Steering toward lower NVH Systems-based analysis at Saint-Gobain shows how a small part can make a big difference to steering, and to overall vehicle quality. Not dead yet: The resilient ICE looks to 2050 The mobility industry will need to keep evolving the combustion engine for many years, says Dr. John Heywood. Technology time-warp The road to autonomous driving has been under construction for decades, as showcased by SAE's Mobility History Committee at the 2018 WCX in Detroit.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: March 2018

2018-03-08
Editorial Autonomy's data binge is more like a 5-course meal. Big Data, Big Challenges Cloud services and multiple partnerships are issues the mobility industry grapples with as data implications expand outside the vehicle. Reinventing the Automobile's Design The convergence of electric propulsion, Level 5 autonomy, and the advent of car-free urban zones, is driving new approaches to vehicle design and engineering. When Steering Isn't Steering Anymore High-level autonomy requires new thinking for even basic vehicle controls. Steer-by-wire technology eases some of the complexities automated driving presents-and offers desirable new possibilities. Autonomy and Electrification: A Perfect Match? Combining SAE Level 4/5 functionality and EV platforms brings chal-lenges-and opportunities for cost reduction and systems optimization. Who's Ahead in the Automated-Driving Race? The 2018 Navigant Research Leaderboard study brings interesting insights on the industry's progress.
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Automotive Engineering: March 2018

2018-03-08
Truck Tech War! Ford, GM, and Ram arm their profit-pumping half-ton pickups for the 2020s' efficiency battle. Mobility mecca: WCX 2018 Provocative thought leaders, emerging disruptors, and the industry's best networking and career guidance all under one big roof: the 2018 SAE World Congress Experience is coming April 10-12. Mercedes adopts Harman UX for A-Class The 'smart' architecture is capable of OTA updates and features more-accurate voice recognition. Spark of genius Mazda's Skyactiv-X-the nexus of gasoline and diesel tech-remains on track for 2019 production. We test-drive recent prototypes to check development status. Taking aim at the drowsy-driver threat Hyundai Mobis is leveraging Level 4 tech to move 'departed' drivers safely off the road. Editorial: Fear and loathing on the path to Level 4 driving Supplier Eye Variability, risk and the value stream The Navigator How will automated vehicles deal with potholes?
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MOBILITY ENGINEERING: March 2018

2018-03-01
Advancing toward driverless cars Autonomous-driving technology is set to revolutionize the auto industry. But getting to a true "driverless" future will be an iterative process based on merging numerous individual innovations. Overcoming the challenges of HCCI combustion Homogenous-charge compression ignition (HCCI) holds considerable promise to unlock new IC-engine efficiencies. But HCCI's advantages bring engineering obstacles, particularly emissions control. Simulation for tractor cabin vibroacoustic optimization Method of identifying and stopping an electronically controlled diesel engine in runaway mode Electrification not a one-size-fits-all solution Efforts in the off-highway industry have been under way for decades, but electrification technology still faces implementation challenges. 700 miles, hands-free! GM's Super Cruise turns Cadillac drivers into passengers in a well-engineered first step toward greater vehicle autonomy.
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MOMENTUM: MARCH 2018

2018-03-01
All quiet on the snowmobile front Two mechanical engineering students at Michigan Technological University chose snowmobile noise attenuation as the topic of their senior design project. A return to glory days? Once dominant, Cornell University's Formula SAE team views its strong 2017 performance as a hopeful sign that it's back on a championship path.
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MOMENTUM: FEBRUARY 2018

2018-02-01
The drive to success Gopher Motorsports at the University of Minnesota places special emphasis on reliability, with positive results ensuing. Technology designed to win École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) student engineers developed an electronic continuously variable transmission that was the first of its kind used in Baja SAE competition. Big Data a focus for 2018 SAE President Mircea Gradu Velodyne CQO sees use of Big Data as a way to capitalize on multiple industry trends including vehicle electrification and automated vehicles.
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Automotive Engineering: February 2018

2018-02-01
Leaf turns to the 2020s Nissan's pioneering battery-EV finally gets styling, propulsion and feature upgrades that put it back in the thick of the expanding electric-car race. A rebel's guide to chassis engineering Before the advent of FEA, engineers used their hands to study chassis strength and stiffness. The approach still offers benefits today, notes the man who wrote chassis engineering's "bible." Auto tech comes on strong at CES 2018 The automotive sector showed up at CES with autonomy announcements by the score and a spectrum of new-technology unveilings. New SAE President focused on Big Data Mircea Gradu, senior VP and quality chief at lidar specialist Velodyne, targets data analytics, electrification and connectivity, and STEM initiatives during his 2018 term.
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Automotive Engineering: January 2018

2018-01-01
Level Zero hero Jeep's iconic Wrangler is all-new-and unapologetically analog. Fusing sensors for the automated-driving future Complex processing architectures, faster networks and even more sophisticated software are vital for 100% accurate Level 4 and 5 systems. Who wants Afreecar? One billion people globally survive on less than $2/day but desperately need personal mobility and electric power. One of the auto industry's most creative minds offers what could be a unique and sustainable solution. Dana opens new chapter on CVTs A dedicated development center is hustling the unique VariGlide "spherical traction drive" toward 2020 production. Plastics key to mobility innovations The 2017 SPE Innovation Awards highlight the design, engineering and materials-science collaborations between vehicle OEMs and their tier suppliers.
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MOBILITY ENGINEERING: December 2017

2017-12-01
Rockets re-engineered-a step further into the cosmos Powertrain design for reliability Ice breaker Mazda's Skyactiv-X beats the big companies to market with a promising new engine that marries Otto and Diesel attributes. Advances for off-highway engine design As manufacturers continue to drive out cost and meet a worldwide patchwork of regulatory frameworks, the tools for developing those engines are advancing. From showcase prototypes to advanced analytical techniques, suppliers are helping the cause. Aeroacoustic simulation delivers breakthroughs in aircraft noise reduction Autonomy testing: Simulation to the rescue Autonomous technology development injects new rigors on vehicle-development testing.
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Automotive Engineering: November 2017

2017-11-02
700 miles, hands-free! GM's Super Cruise turns Cadillac drivers into passengers in a well-engineered first step toward greater vehicle autonomy. Toyota rethinks the Flagship The 2018 Lexus LS moves to twin-turbo V6 power and piles on the takumi. Honda 2018 Accord: Antidote for crossover fever The all-new, tenth-generation Accord is Honda's best-ever-and makes the case for why crossovers shouldn't take over the planet. Autonomy testing: Simulation to the rescue Autonomous technology development injects new rigors on vehicle-development testing.
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MOMENTUM: NOVEMBER 2017

2017-11-01
All about endurance Co-founder of San Diego State University Baja SAE team narrates a success story from behind the wheel. Air superiority Legacy of the astronaut Neil Armstrong helps provide institutional motivation for aerospace engineering students at the University of Cincinnati. Spartan power Concentration on new engine helps propel San Jose State to success at 2017 Formula SAE Michigan competition.
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