Lighting the way
Exterior lighting systems are not just contributing to safety, they
are also changing cars' styling.
Sensing a change
As sensor use grows, providing input for all sorts of functions,
engineers are responding to the design challenges through
standardization and shared use of signal output.
Attacking hybrid cost
Hybrid-electric vehicle costs must be slashed significantly for the
technology to become mainstream. HEV developers reveal many routes
in the cost-reduction crusade.
Engineering with the enemy
In a program devoid of bloodshed, General Motors and Ford
codeveloped a new six-speed automatic that is key to both
companies' future vehicle plans. The program managers explain
why they'd eagerly do it again.
Japan's leading companies have focused development on reducing
size, mass, and cost.
Testing rolls on
A new generation of rolling road systems is helping both vehicle
manufacturers and race teams better simulate road conditions to see
the effect of minute changes.
Honda Civic: AEI's Best Engineered Vehicle for
With the eight-generation model, the Civic has again re-established
itself as the benchmark in its segment, setting new standards for
safety, technology, and performance.
From form vs. function to form +
Their jobs are distinctly different, but engineers and their design
counterparts share an end goal: the best vehicle possible.
Wired for safety
Carmakers and suppliers collaborate to augment drivers' skill
and judgment with electronics.
Cost, power, safety, and more
Automotive engineers heading for this year's SAE World Congress
sound off on the hottest trends and greatest challenges facing the
AEI 2006 Tech Awards
The editors of Automotive Engineering International highlight some
of the more innovative new products and technologies on display at
the SAE 2006 World Congress, based on the latest information
provided by exhibiting companies.
OEMs are developing tools so that engineers from around the world
can validate vehicles for regulations conformity and other
objective and subjective aspects.