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Automotive Engineering: December 1, 2016

2016-12-01
Editorial: What's old (and revered) is new again Toyota sticking with measured, 'Teammate' approach to autonomous development Straight-sixes are back (with electrification) at Mercedes-Benz McLaren faces the electrified and autonomous future Can low-volume supercars survive amid stringent CO2 regs and robot cars? McLaren is betting £1 billion on a speedy, powerful-and independent-sports-car future. New Peugeot SUVs jump to modular platform, increase composites use Mercedes EQ concept previews 2019 electric SUV 2017 Nissan Rogue adds hybrid system with EV-only mode Renault's kids' racer
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Automotive Engineering: January 6, 2016

2016-01-06
Time to get personal Industry engineers are combining apps, voice, the cloud, and other technologies such as artificial intelligence to enable drivers to customize their vehicles and anticipate their needs. Technology report GM and TARDEC co-developing fuel cell powered Chevrolet Colorado for military evaluation vehicles and anticipate their needs. Global vehicles Sports cars take center stage in Tokyo
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Automotive Engineering: July 7, 2016

2016-07-07
Technology report Quest for 'new-car smell' dictates interior-materials changes Doing it again-this time with 10 After a successful decade-long collaboration on 6-speed transaxles, Ford and GM partner again on an all-new 10-speed automatic. Here's a look inside the gearbox and the project. Large-scale additive manufacturing for rapid vehicle prototyping A case study from Oak Ridge National Laboratory bridges the 'powertrain-in-the-loop' development process with vehicle systems implementation using big area additive manufacturing (BAAM). Global Vehicles Steel-intensive Mazda CX-9 sheds mass, debuts novel turbo setup
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Automotive Engineering: February 3, 2016

2016-02-03
Baking in protection With vehicles joining the Internet of Things, connectivity is making cybersecurity a must-have obligation for automotive engineers, from initial designs through end-of-life. New Engines 2016 Highlighting the design, engineering, and technologies inside some of the most competitive new gasoline and light-duty diesel ICEs. Citizen of the world Cuneyt L. Oge begins his term as 2016 SAE International President with a vision about auto-mobility and aero-mobility 2050. CES rollouts extend connectivity, app integration Ford looks to spread Corning's new lightweight Gorilla Glass beyond the 2017 GT New 40%-scale wind tunnel increases GM's aero-development capacity Surface Generation speeds composites throughput with one-shot stamp-forming process 2017 Cadillac XT5 debuts GM's new lightweight crossover architecture Porsche and Bentley plan electric future
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Momentum: October 2015

2015-10-01
Finding success on an international track Student members of the University of Missouri's Formula SAE team are learning firsthand that international collaboration is the future of engineering. A vision. A car. A cause. New Mexico State Aggies are tough enough to race pink. CyberAuto Challenge helps close talent gap Having a supply of high-quality young engineers is key to beefing up the automotive industry's cyber defenses.
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Momentum: September 2015

2015-09-01
UMich-Ann Arbor team takes home Baja season's Iron Team Award Cornell University also had a strong 2014 season, but not strong enough to fend off Michigan Baja Racing. Georgia Tech and Warsaw University were double-winners at SAE Aero Design competitions University of Akron and University of Cincinnati were the other winners at the twin 3-class competitions, the former setting a record in the process. West Coast teams win 2 of 3 Formula SAE events Oregon State captures its fifth crown while Jose State enjoys its first overall victory and UPenn tops the electric field. Taking action early to conquer the STEM crisis Interest in STEM subjects falls precipitously as students progress through elementary and middle school.
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Momentum: November 2015

2015-11-03
Behind-the-scenes methods have made MRacing, the team from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a consistent contender in the Formula SAE student design competition. Presenting their winning aero design to the SAE International Board of Directors, University of Akron students tell a story of engineering excellence and resiliency. Presenting their winning aero design to the SAE International Board of Directors, University of Akron students tell a story of engineering excellence and resiliency. Eleven students from Montreal university journey to Seattle for an education on aerospace technology and aerospace careers.
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SAE Off-Highway Engineering: February 4, 2015

2015-02-06
Rotary SI/CI combustion engines: A thing of the future? The internal combustion engine enjoys widespread use as an inexpensive and reliable power conversion system. While piston engines date back 150 years, various alternative engine architectures and cycles have been considered. Aftertreatment comes with challenging diagnosis Diagnosing engine and aftertreatment systems is forcing design teams to look at new ways to diagnose problems over long vehicle lifetimes. Taking on NVH reduction techniques A look at the enhanced durability benefits obtained by changing the polymer composition, manufacturing methods, and design optimization of a powertrain mount for an off-highway vehicle.
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Automotive Engineering: January 14, 2014

2014-01-14
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.
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Automotive Engineering: March 18, 2014

2014-03-18
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.
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Automotive Engineering: May 6, 2014

2014-05-06
Driving good dynamics How the demands of safety, light weight, ride, and handling can be brought together to create cars of character.
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Automotive Engineering: September 16, 2014

2014-09-16
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.
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Automotive Engineering: August 5, 2014

2014-08-05
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.
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Automotive Engineering: December 2, 2014

2014-12-02
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.
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Automotive Engineering: February 4, 2014

2014-02-04
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.
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Automotive Engineering: June 3, 2014

2014-06-03
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.
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Automotive Engineering: March 4, 2014

2014-03-04
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.
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Automotive Engineering: April 1, 2014

2014-04-01
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.
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Automotive Engineering: September 2, 2014

2014-09-02
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.
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Automotive Engineering: November 4, 2014

2014-11-04
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.
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