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2010-06-21
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Cell phone technology is rapidly making its way into vehicles, giving both product developers and auto owners a way to leverage the rapid changes in consumer electronics. OEMs and Tier 1s are developing strategies that let them run apps approved for automotive use, though developers are controlling access to approved software.
2009-09-08
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Engineers are leaving no path unexplored as they devise systems that prevent crashes. Many are beginning to tap into navigation and GPS data, using the information to augment radar and cameras.
2008-03-31
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As China rolls out its HDTV format during preparations for this summer's Olympics, broadcasting to vehicles is a key requirement. The standard that came into use late last year will be deployed on thousands of buses and cars in Beijing during the games.
2008-03-31
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As government regulations spur automakers to trim emissions and fuel consumption, engine control systems are getting increased attention from chipmakers. Infineon has boosted the performance of its controllers, prompting BMW to tap the chipmaker's line for its M Series engine.
2011-04-18
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The auto industry can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions and energy usage, but people’s habits will have to change. A key factor will be the shift to hybrids and electric vehicles, Coventry University Professor Peter White said during the SAE 2011 World Congress.
2008-04-10
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The dual-core processors that dominate the PC world are slowly making their way into automotive applications. However, for the technology to make significant inroads, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are seeking help from tool and chip providers.
2008-04-11
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The Toshiba Storage Device Division has boosted the capacity of its automotive-grade disk drive to 80 GB and improved its operating range. The move comes as market analysts predict that drives will remain a niche product in the U.S.
2008-04-11
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General Motors is making energy conservation a key part of its strategic focus, with a number of programs designed to cut fuel consumption in all parts of the globe. And though Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is confident that GM can gain a lead position in the new focus on green vehicles, he’s not shy about criticizing government regulations that are helping drive the transition.
2008-05-13
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Programmable logic devices (PLDs) that were once used primarily for prototyping are now seeing use in production vehicles. Altera Corp. is among the PLD makers responding to this new market opening, producing more automotive-grade FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) and complex PLDs.
2008-05-13
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The two companies are strengthening their partnership in powertrains, extending it to hybrid controls. The move comes as Freescale hits a number of milestones during its transition to a new CEO.
2008-08-07
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Two topics of high interest to the auto industry—the decline of U.S. automakers and the push for energy conservation—are at the forefront of research projects at Argonne National Laboratory. The research lab will spend around $40 million for transportation research this year, and its research efforts could help to determine what projects the U.S. Department of Energy suggests Congress should consider supporting.
2008-06-19
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Focusing on efficiency, ZF Passau GmbH is rolling out systems that trim fuel consumption. Its Efficiency Package improves driveline technology for vehicles such as wheel loaders and diesel lift trucks that must perform quickly with millimeter accuracy, while Ergopower L II focuses on dump trucks.
2008-06-09
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Yet another application is poised to switch from metal to plastic. Mann+Hummel unveiled a plastic oilpan at April’s SAE World Congress, saying the technology is already designed into a model year 2009 North American vehicle.
2008-06-19
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Mack Trucks is beefing up its engine line with the MP10 engine, a big-block diesel with up to 605 hp (451 kW). It is the most powerful engine Mack has produced.
2008-06-19
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A new counterweight technology is being deployed on a 2300-t (2535-ton) crawler crane that Manitowoc Co. plans to begin shipping in 2010. The new balancing technique reduces the amount of ground that needs to be prepared for the crane’s operation.
2008-06-19
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The number of electronic elements on today’s vehicles is soaring, and operators are being challenged to manage the many functions they bring. Bosch Rexroth is addressing each of these trends with controllers that offer high I/O counts and advanced graphics capabilities.
2008-06-19
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Hydraulics may not seem to be at the forefront of the green movement, but the transition from fossil fuels to alternative power sources is creating many challenges for hydraulics companies. Evidencing the uncertainty that’s arising during this changeover, some equipment makers are looking at hydraulic technology as an alternative to electric-motor hybrids, while some hydraulic vendors are looking at electric motors.
2008-06-19
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Hydraulic engineers who know a lot about fluid pressure and other topics may not understand the intricacies of the software that's transforming hydraulic systems. They'll still be able to create programs using a range of new tools coming from vendors.
2008-06-19
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Trimble, which provides GPS services to a number of off-highway equipment companies, is expanding its reach by adding control and monitoring capabilities. The complete system, the CCS900 compaction control system, includes a display with human machine interface, along with GPS hardware and an accelerometer.
2008-06-19
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The battery-powered hybrid technology used throughout the automotive industry is making its way into the off-highway marketplace. Volvo Construction Equipment demonstrated a prototype of its L220F hybrid wheel loader at ConExpo, saying the vehicle can save fuel and extend engine lifetimes.
2008-06-19
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One of the most unusual aspects of Caterpillar's upgraded M series motor graders was replacing the steering wheel and other controls with a joystick, reducing operator motion by 78%. The design features over 100 patents.
2008-06-19
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When it came to entering the military market, International Truck and Engine found that speed and safety were as closely intertwined in vehicle design as they are in the animal kingdom. Using a modular technique shortened time until shipments while also enhancing safety.
2008-06-19
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When several sensors are added throughout a vehicle, setup and calibration are far less of a problem than in the past. That is if off-highway test engineers use sensors that employ a standard that stores identification data on the sensor, bringing plug-and-play to the testing field.
2008-07-09
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Intel is making a concerted effort to gain a foothold in the nascent telematics market, unveiling an open Linux-based architecture that helps automakers respond to rapid changes in the marketplace. The company plans to leverage its expertise with mobile devices, augmenting those capabilities through partnerships.
2008-06-19
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Parker Hannifin’s Runwise technology is based on an energy recovery system that collects energy when brakes are applied and when the engine is idling, storing this energy in a hydraulic accumulator. The hybrid technology was developed in conjunction with Autocar, a garbage truck developer, but Parker is also examining systems that can be used in wheel loaders and other vehicles that often start and stop.
2008-05-13
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The standard has seen a slow start, but it looks as if momentum for the interface between hardware and software is starting to grow. A number of electronics suppliers and their tool providers are ramping up, and automakers continue to show support.
2008-06-19
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Engineers who analyze combustion processes do not need more variables. However, biofuels, which have burning and performance characteristics that differ sharply from petrodiesel, will alter the way engines perform.
2008-06-19
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Emissions regulations are prompting changes in the backup generation market. Suppliers in all ranges of the gen-set market are rolling out efficient, clean-running stationary engines.
2008-05-13
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Freescale Semiconductor is expanding its presence in China, teaming up with Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. to create a virtual automotive lab. The two will combine to create silicon, software, and systems for vehicles sold in China and later for export.
2008-08-06
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Expanding into new areas is a big challenge for companies, one that offers high risk-reward trade-offs. Both risks and rewards are high in emerging markets, according to panelists who provided the Wall Street View on Strategy and Execution during the SAE World Congress.
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