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January 3, 2018 by Andrew Conallen
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In 2009, just as the dark clouds of the 07-08 financial crisis began to clear, the General Motors Corporation filed for bankruptcy. Huge losses had resulted from a series of missteps, alongside the crash in demand caused by the global economic crisis. Today, reborn as the General Motors Company, GM has demonstrated that Lazarus can indeed rise Read more
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January 3, 2018 by Peter Els
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Quoting the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), EETimes Europe reported in November 2016 that 137,423 vehicles with alternative powertrains were newly registered in the third quarter of 2016, representing a growth of 7.0 % over the same period last year.
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January 3, 2018 by Peter Els
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Although rudimentary experiments on self-driving cars were already being carried out in the 1920s, the first self-sufficient and truly autonomous cars only made an appearance in the 1980s; with Carnegie Mellon University's Navlab, ALVs venture and Mercedes-Benz and Bundeswehr University's Eureka Prometheus Project in 1987.
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December 13, 2017 by Colin Pawsey
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Noise, Vibration and Harshness reduction in automotive design is nothing new, but increasingly stringent EU legislation is putting more pressure on manufacturers to develop quieter, more ‘acoustically comfortable’ vehicles.
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November 28, 2017 by Gary Eastwood
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The internal combustion engine has served the automotive industry well for over a century, but with sales of electric and hybrid vehicles predicted to grow rapidly over the next 10 years, it could be that it has had its day. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the number of battery-powered vehicles globally passed the 1 million Read more
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November 21, 2017 by Al Tuttle
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The operation of HVAC systems in PEVs or any fully electric vehicle poses many of the same problems that running other systems face, but HVAC use poses some unique challenges, too. In climates where electric cars are or will be a major part of the transportation load from now on, consumers demand efficient and powerful heating and cooling in their Read more
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November 21, 2017 by Vittorio Bollo
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The automotive industry is possibly at its most exciting and revolutionary crossroads in its storied history. Autonomous driving is not only possibility but will soon be mainstream reality. The implications for car design and engineering are already immense with external lighting an integral part of that (r)evolution. That we know. Far less clear Read more
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November 13, 2017 by Al Tuttle
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Quickly removing heat and mitigating the damage from excessive heat has been a primary concern for motor vehicle designers since the internal combustion engine was first used. As engines got more powerful and were enclosed in compartments, reducing heat became more critical. Of course, as vehicles became more complex and accessories were added, Read more
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October 23, 2017 by Peter Els
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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated vehicles are rolling out faster than many in the industry ever imagined: In May 2017 Germany became the first EU country to legalize self-driving cars, allowing any form of automated driving as long as a licensed driver is behind the wheel. A mere two months later, the American House Energy Read more
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October 16, 2017 by Peter Els
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Once considered the planet’s savior from greenhouse gas emissions, diesel was delivered a body blow by the American Environmental Protection Agency on the 25th September 2015 when VW was issued with a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act: Not only did this set in motion a series of events that would cost the manufacturer an estimated USD30 Read more
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