Looking forward to safer highways
New camera technologies, along with better algorithms and software,
are enabling the move to active-safety systems that warn and then
take control of vehicles in dangerous situations.
Eager to find alternative-propulsion solutions, automakers are
betting that renewed emphasis on fuel-cell vehicles will pay off in
the long run, with the latest examples aiming to prove
higher-volume production feasibility.
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The hydrofluoro-olefin refrigerant HFO-1234yf has emerged as
Europe's favored R-134a replacement, but some prefer
Strengthening the link through software
The next generation of simulation tools could help better
synchronize manufacturing engineering and product design.
NVH challenges get tougher
Though one of the more complex disciplines within automotive
engineering, designing for good noise, vibration, and harshness
characteristics can enhance safety by reducing driver fatigue and
bring to the most modest of cars a perception of high quality.
Planning for the future
At Mazda North America, well-executed product planning involves
trend forecasting, market-data interpretation, and a
vehicle-development program built for flexibility.