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2014-09-15
Germany's ZF has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. for $13.5 billion, according to a Sept. 15 TRW press release. ZF has stated that TRW will be operated as a separate business division within ZF.
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2014-09-09
The marriage of vehicle electronics with mechanical systems is growing ever closer in intimacy, as the organizers of the first Convergence conference 40 years ago expected. Counseling on that relationship—and the crucial conflicts (e.g., simplicity vs. complexity) that must be resolved for a happy and resilient union—will be offered at SAE 2014 Convergence in the form of a seven-session panel program.
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2014-09-09
The University of California-Davis, and CATARC (China Automotive Technology and Research Center) will cooperate to speed commercialization of plug-in and fuel-cell electric cars in China and the U.S. under an agreement signed Sept. 6 in Tianjin, China.
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2014-09-05
Days before Tesla on Sept. 4 announced it has selected Nevada as the state in which it will build a large "Gigafactory' battery plant, Lux Research opined that the savings in lithium-ion battery costs owing to high-volume efficiencies will not be as much as the automaker expects it to be.
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2014-09-04
Delphi Automotive on Sept. 3 announced formation of a Technology Advisory Council designed to help guide the company's product strategies. Council members include: • Hamid Akhavan, Principal at Telecom Ventures LLC, an international technology-focused venture capital firm, formerly CEO of Unify Inc. and T-Mobile International. • Jens Hadler, General Manager of German advanced automotive engineering supplier Automobil-Prüftechnik Landau GmbH and professor for sustainable mobility at the University of Magdeburg, formerly head of powertrain development at Volkswagen. • Magnus Jonsson, formerly Senior Vice President of Product Development for Volvo Cars.
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2014-09-04
Toyota announced on Sept. 4th that it will pump $35 million into its Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in Ann Arbor, MI, to focus on safety technologies related to connected- and automated-vehicle technologies. 
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2014-09-04
Lotus has hired the CEO of Millbrook Proving Ground in the U.K., Miguel Fragoso, as Engineering Director. Before his career at Millbrook, he held senior positions in engineering and corporate planning at General Motors operations in the U.K., mainland Europe, and Japan.
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2014-09-03
Land Rover digitally revealed the first in a new Discovery family, the 2015 Discovery Sport SUV, on Sept. 2. The company claims a first in providing 5+2 seating in premium compact SUV; the vehicle's footprint is no larger than existing five-seat premium SUVs, it says.
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2014-08-29
Built-in voice recognition surpasses wind noise as the problem most frequently reported by new-vehicle owners, according to J.D. Power. The J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study released Aug. 28 notes that the number of new-vehicle owners complaining about voice recognition is larger than it was in last year's study, with 8.3 problems reported per 100 new vehicles in 2014; the figure was 7.6 in 2013.
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2014-08-29
NIRA Dynamics AB has developed friction algorithms for where the rubber meets the road, and is seeking partners to put them into action for improved safety. Existing driver-assistance systems are “steps in the right direction, but with the new algorithms by NIRA cars can take a large step further and get even smarter,” the company says in an Aug. 28 press release.
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2014-08-28
LG Innotek on Aug. 28 announced it will begin production in early 2015 of an electric motor for use in automotive dual-clutch transmissions (DCT) that does not use rare-earth metals—a world-first for this application, the company claims.
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2014-08-28
Visteon Corp. claims its in-car wireless device charging system is an industry first in that it complies with both of the main standards: Power Matters Alliance (PMA)/Powermat and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)/Qi. 
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2014-08-27
With the recent publishing of four technical reports, SAE International now offers a series of recommended practices designed to enhance overall ambulance safety in several areas, including patient compartments and occupant restraint.
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2014-08-27
Volvo Cars on Aug. 26 unveiled the redesigned XC90 for the 2015 model year as part of what the company says is a $11 billion investment program that includes a new platform for the XC90 and other models called the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
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2014-08-25
Infineon Technologies AG will buy International Rectifier Corp. under a definitive agreement announced Aug. 20. The acquisition combines two semiconductor companies with leadership positions in power-management technology.
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2014-08-20
A soon-to-be-published SAE International standard, AS6500, is designed to encourage suppliers and OEMs to put more focus on manufacturability during the early phases of a product’s life cycle. The objective: more reliable, affordable, and on-schedule weapon systems.
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2014-08-19
A former player on Google's self-driving car project has been named head of a new Continental unit that will focus on intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Based in Silicon Valley, Seval Oz will lead an international team to be composed of engineers and related professionals from the information-technology and automotive industries.
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2014-08-19
The U.S. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is seeking information and insights from automotive and related industries as it moves to mandate certain vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies for improved safety.
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2014-08-14
FSAE Michigan 2014 was held may 14-17 at Michigan International Speedway. Oregon State University won its 4th overall title at the event. Click http://articles.sae.org/13251/ for an article on the event by SAE's Automotive Engineering magazine.
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2014-08-13
As alternatives to silicon (Si), use of wide-bandgap materials (WBGs) such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) for power electronics in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles can have a major impact on systems and overall vehicle costs, according to a Lux Research report.
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2014-08-12
Johnson Controls has opened a new crash test facility at its automotive seating headquarters in Plymouth, MI. One of the highlights of the facility is a Seattle Safety ServoSled that allows the automotive supplier to offer what it claims is the most accurate, standardized safety testing of seats globally through collaboration with its other testing facilities located in Burscheid, Germany; Changchun and Shanghai, China; and Yokohama, Japan.
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2014-08-12
Chrysler Group on Aug. 12 announced creation of a vehicle safety and compliance office, and appointed the former Senior Vice President-Engineering, Scot Kunselman (SAE Member, 1985), to the post. Previously, the company’s global engineering group was responsible for vehicle safety and regulatory compliance.
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2014-07-31
Panasonic will handle the cell-making activity at Tesla's coming battery manufacturing facility dubbed the Gigafactory, the two companies announced July 31. Panasonic already supplies cylindrical (18650 type) battery cells for the Tesla Model S from its factories in Japan.
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2014-07-24
SAE International recently published J2601 “Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles,” the light-duty hydrogen-fueling protocol that will serve as the baseline for fueling the first generation of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEVs).
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2014-07-20
Formerly spread across 12 different buildings on Porsche's development center in Weissach, Germany, engineers doing electrical and electronics work now are co-located as part of an expansion at the Weissach campus.
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2014-07-15
Electric propulsion has been limited so far to small movements of the satellites once it is in its geostationary orbit. The Boeing 702SP innovation is its use of electric propulsion to raise the satellite from its launch-vehicle drop-off point to geostationary orbit.
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2014-06-26
IEEE has announced formation of the IEEE 802.3 Single Twisted Pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet Study Group to explore the market opportunities and needs for a 100 Mb/s speed for Ethernet in automotive networking.
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2014-06-24
SAE International is gauging interest in development of an SAE recommended practice addressing the relationship between engine status and airbag functionality. Keith Wilson, Technical Project Manager, SAE Global Ground Vehicle Standards, wrote in a letter to members of relevant committee members under the SAE Motor Vehicle Council: "If sufficient industry support exists, our intent is to develop an SAE recommended practice for a minimum time or a motion-based metric for airbag systems to be active after ignition cutoff or loss of power.
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2014-06-24
Chrysler is cascading its stop-start system in the NAFTA region to certain versions of the Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200 later this year, promising fuel-economy improvements of up to 3% (and a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions) over the conventional models.
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2014-06-16
SAE International and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) have signed a two-year memorandum of understanding to build a cooperative partnership in the standardization of vehicle electronics and consumer electronics products to improve the driving experience.
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