New camera technologies, along with better algorithms and software, are enabling the move to active-safety systems that warn and then take control of vehicles in dangerous situations.
Eager to find alternative-propulsion solutions, automakers are betting that renewed emphasis on fuel-cell vehicles will pay off in the long run, with the latest examples aiming to prove higher-volume production feasibility.
The hydrofluoro-olefin refrigerant HFO-1234yf has emerged as Europe's favored R-134a replacement, but some prefer R-744.
The next generation of simulation tools could help better synchronize manufacturing engineering and product design.
Though one of the more complex disciplines within automotive engineering, designing for good noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics can enhance safety by reducing driver fatigue and bring to the most modest of cars a perception of high quality.
At Mazda North America, well-executed product planning involves trend forecasting, market-data interpretation, and a vehicle-development program built for flexibility.