Category Archives: engineering

Driverless Vehicle Technology – Not All Good?

California SB 1298, which directed the DMV to write rules covering driverless vehicles, required the department to have regulations for the public use of the robot vehicles in place by Jan. 1, 2015. DMV – dealing with complicated new technologies – missed that deadline and is still working on driverless car public use regulations. Continue reading

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Delphi Record Try for Longest US Autonomous Drive

In an old-fashioned publicity stunt that includes some real prototype engineering, Delphi Automotive try to set a record by conducting the longest autonomous drive ever attempted in the U.S. Continue reading

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Jet Wiper on Volvo XC90 Safer, More Efficient

Electronics, combined with spray nozzles integrated in the wiper arm are the reasons. Continue reading

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Test World Opens Second Indoor Snow and Ice Test Track

Test World Indoor allows testing in a controlled environment, which brings cost savings for auto, supplier and tire companies, even as it adds another coffin nail to the slumping spy photo business. Continue reading

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Tiny Talking Robot Kirobo Returns from Space

After 18 months on board the International Space Station, humanoid communication robot Kirobo returned to Earth as a passenger on SpaceX’s CRS-5 Dragon cargo supply spacecraft, which successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean earlier today. Continue reading

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Porsche Buys Climatic Wind Tunnel From Modine

Modine Europe in 2004 built the wind tunnel in Filderstadt-Bonlanden, which is near Weissach. Porsche claims it still has up-to-date equipment and is suitable for both sports cars and the increasing variety of sport utility vehicles and sedans that Porsche is now selling in record numbers. Porsche will keep on two wind tunnel experts who have been working at the facility to date. Continue reading

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UMD Researchers Get $1 Million for EV Battery Research

Lithium-ion batteries are problematic in electric vehicles due to short driving range, high cost, and low safety and reliability. Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicles by 2020. Legal Issues Slow Use

The classic ‘who pays’ problem is the core issue. Automakers might assume responsibility for their vehicles, but it is improbable that they will assume responsibility for safely operating them. There remain significant technical barriers as well. Computing power, glitch free software development, high-end image processing and sensor cost and coordination are all issues. Continue reading

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Auto Research Labs Help keep Young Minds in Detroit

“Detroit is the place to be,” said Snyder. The governor went on to say that a lot of it (the so-called brain drain) has to do with a “marketing” and “perception” problem. That problem disappears when people actual visit southeastern Michigan. In addition, Snyder noted there is a looming housing shortage in Detroit due to the young moving in. Continue reading

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VW to Introduce New Diesel Engine in U.S. in mid-2014

Volkswagen Group of America today confirmed the timing of the company’s newest diesel engine, the so-called EA288 will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Passat, Jetta, due in dealer showrooms during the second half of 2014. Continue reading

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Milestones – First Asphalt Road

On this day in 1870, a U.S. professor who had emigrated from Belgium applied an asphalt sheet to William Street in Newark, New Jersey as a test. It worked. Edward de Smedt, the inventor of asphalt mix, proved the value of his invention in combating the ubiquitous mud or dusty roads of the day. Continue reading

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Toyota Leads in U.S. Patents During 2012

The 1,491 patents issued to Toyota companies demonstrates the intellectual property rights that the U.S routinely grants offshore companies, rights saw critics that often do not exist in the countries trading with the U.S. Continue reading

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Supreme Court Dismisses Ethanol Waiver Case

The United States Supreme Court today dismissed a petition by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers or AFPM challenging an EPA regulation that allows for 15% ethanol in gasoline. Continue reading

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Honda Begins Leasing Walking Assist EV in Japan

Test walks by AutoInformed of an earlier model at the Society of Automotive Engineers Convention revealed a surprisingly good EV once you let the device take over. Continue reading

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Toyota Recalls FJ Cruiser Models for Defective Safety Belts

In its latest safety problem, Toyota Motor Sales is recalling 209,000 FJ Cruiser trucks because the safety belt retractors can pry loose. These safety belt retractors for the driver and front passenger safety belts are mounted in the rear access doors of the vehicle. Continue reading

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