Technology development under pressure
Achieving major cuts in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption continue
to be the big challenges facing the European automotive industry.
But are the targets realistic, can emerging technology deliver
solutions, is driveability likely to suffer, and will the end-user
face higher costs?
The European industry is creating more (or at least as much) with
less for the latest-generation powertrains.
Is it time for suspension system designs--increasingly costly to
develop--to be standardized to conform to the ride and handling
requirements of particular types and segments of cars instead of
constantly being re-invented? The mere idea is anathema to some,
but tempting common sense to others.
Priorities for interior design are many and include increased
safety, reduced noise, greater comfort, less complex ergonomics,
and more systems support for the driver.
Automakers' concept vehicles test the limits, but even extreme
dream cars harbor some production content.
Getting active in safety
Engineers are developing technology that can help control vehicles
to avoid accidents, but implementation for some features will come
sooner than others.
The digital way
Math-based technology is transforming how automakers accomplish
product development tasks.
A Motor City evolution
Detroit is attracting more and more automotive technical centers as
its manufacturing base declines.
It's all about solutions
SAE 100 Future look: When you talk about traditional perceptions of
materials in the automotive industry, you talk pounds, pellets, and
Passion for an airless future
SAE 100 Future look: Michelin is passionate about technology and
innovation, which have been bred into the company's culture
since its founding more than 100 years ago.