Automotive Engineering International 2007-03-01

Automotive Engineering International 2007-03-01
    • Cars become more understanding
      Software and hardware advances are enabling voice-recognition technologies to rise to industry challenges.
    • Wanted: Broader knowledge, new skills
      Continuous learning is a must for engineers to meet greater technology and productivity challenges -- and boost their own marketability.
    • Seeing green
      Environmental and cost benefits are driving the auto industry to adopt materials derived from renewable sources such as soybeans and corn.
    • Searching for fossil-fuel alternatives
      Future engine and drivetrain programs at Volkswagen are focused on alternative fuels and radical changes to engine combustion, but the battery may yet provide the light at the end of the technology tunnel.
    • Emissions rules keep labs humming
      As long as there are regulations, engineers and technicians will be busy running tests in laboratories.
    • Low cost, but not cheap
      Cars engineered for developing markets are designed to be less expensive, but they don't skimp on safety or environmental features.
    • Toyota adds Asian flavor to SAE 2007 World Congress
      Japanese host company looks to take steps toward sustainability at the April 16-19 event.