Category Archives: engineering

Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Execs to Start CAR MBS

Presidents from Mercedes-Benz U.S. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing will discuss their companies’ investments and strategies for bringing luxury vehicle production into U.S. manufacturing facilities, during the opening World Class Manufacturing session at CAR MBS on August 1.

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Toyota Claims Lead in Patents

Toyota is the only automaker listed among the top 20 on the IPO list. Other key innovators in the top 20 include Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft. Continue reading

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Google to Use Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids for Autonomous Driving Tests

This is the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its autonomous driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle. Continue reading

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Autonomous Drive Cars – Makers Targeting Wrong Groups?

Young consumers are much more trusting in automotive technology, paving the way for autonomous drive vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Tech Choice Study released today at the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. Continue reading

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BMW Laptimer to Add More GoPro Camera Functions

“This allows us to provide BMW drivers the ability to safely capture and share their track experience,” said Christian Schmid, senior development engineer at the BMW Group Technology Office USA. Continue reading

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DOJ: Cybersecurity, Hacking Urgent Issues for Automakers

Electronic innovations that revolutionize new vehicles create hacking vulnerabilities if not carefully deployed. Continue reading

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Does Less CO2 = 3-Cylinder Engines?

As the quest to lower CO2 emissions continues two engineering approaches are emerging – down size engines and run them at lower speeds. This typically results in higher stress in the engine/powertrain. Engineers are looking closely at fundamental changes in combustion and parasitic losses, while monitoring material and component stress. Continue reading

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OnStar Commercial Link – Vehicle Tracking and Management

Commercial Link can be customized around the needs of each user, allowing for personalization of account dashboards and the ability to set up text or email alerts around sensitive items, such as if a driver is low on fuel or requires vehicle maintenance. Continue reading

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Toyota Expands Autonomous Vehicle Program with Jaybridge Robotics Software People for Crash-Free Driving

First announced in November 2015, TRI is a research and development enterprise designed eliminate the chasm between fundamental research and product development, particularly to address the 1.25 million traffic fatalities each year, worldwide. Continue reading

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Rand McNally Unveils Connected Car Tool

With a starting cost of $399 for a tablet and mounting device, OverDryve offers comprehensive navigation including congestion alerts, hands-free calling and texting, collision warnings and music from multiple sources. With advanced features include back-up and forward cameras to alert danger or record a collision, and links with roadside assistance. Continue reading

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New Semi-Autonomous E-Class Premiers at NAIAS

What E-Class does to the art of driving and distinctive vehicle character is subject to debate. Will driving fun still exist? Continue reading

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BMW to Show ‘Vision Car’ at Consumer Electronics Show

The AirTouch menu – it’s claimed – reduces the number of steps needed to make a selection. This might cut down on the deadly drive distraction epidemic. More likely this is a precursor to offer additional control options when the vehicle is traveling in highly automated mode. Continue reading

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Ford Touts Patent Application Numbers

Patent applications do not necessarily mean that innovation is coming, though. And even innovations can fail in the marketplace, say the My Ford Touch disaster or Th!nk (sic). Competitive actions and first movers – er, ‘think’ Toyota hybrid and fuel cell technologies – can mean that new ideas mean only the same market share and profitability. Moreover, innovation is expensive, sapping profitability at already low-margin automakers. Continue reading

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New IBM Cloud Service for Automakers Debuts at IAA

By 2020, it is estimated that 90% of new cars will be equipped with extensive connectivity services. Automakers are increasingly using so-called IoT solutions (Internet of Things – more industry gibberish) that help to, allegedly, to deliver data generated from cars directly to the cloud for near real-time analysis. Continue reading

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Ford Doubles Down on Micromill Aluminum with Alcoa

General Motors has decided to short cycle its recently revised Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks in response to Ford’s success with alternate materials and pending fuel economy regulations. Continue reading

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