Driven to test
As automotive manufacturers and suppliers continually attempt to
cut costs and reduce development cycle times, outsourcing of
testing is becoming more prevalent in the industry.
This section highlights some of the latest testing products,
equipment, and technologies used in sundry automotive applications
from the industry's suppliers.
In this comprehensive review of technology, ZF's Group Vice
President for Product Development concludes that the future belongs
to automated manual, continously variable, and six-speed automatic
and manual transmissions with increased capacities.
Automotive moodular developments
Engineers from Plastic Omnium Auto Exterieur and Inoplastic Omnium
discuss design considerations for front-end module and plastic
Flexible controls architecture for hybrid-electric
General Motors and Motorola collaborate on a prototype vehicle for
Modeling fuel-cell vehicle systems
Ricardo is leading the way in simulating fuel-cell systems as OEMs
race to bring the technology to market.
Electronics architecture for the
New perspectives and innovative relationships are needed within the
industry as the technology at the core of vehicles evolves.
Fuel properties for advanced engines
A study by Toyota shows that fuel characteristics can be critical
in engines with new injection and catalyst systems.