Automotive Engineering International 2005-03-01

Automotive Engineering International 2005-03-01
    • Production preview from Detroit
      Attendees of the 2005 North American International Auto Show in the "Motor City" this January were treated to nearly 70 vehicle introductions, 24 of which were worldwide production cars and trucks. AEI editors present the technical highlights of some of the more significant 2005 and 2006 production vehicles. Significantly this year, the cars we've highlighted outnumber trucks by more than two to one.
    • DSPs start progressing
      Math processors will help to provide more functionality in the cabin and improve motion contorl throughout the vehicle.
    • Sliding doors the Toyota way
      Door openings are about more than hinges and pillars, according to the Japanese automaker.
    • Accelerating technology
      Hybrid technology is gaining in popularity, broadening its scope to embrace performance, and driving industry collaborations.
    • SAE 2005 World Congress preview
      General Motors is host company of the April 11-14 event, and has high expectations for its success in SAE's centennial year.
    • Design "demarqueation"
      PSA's new design center will improve collaboration between teams while preserving individual brand identity, according to the company.
    • Connected
      SAE 100 Future look: When an automotive designer is asked to envision a vehicle of the future, the response is likely to be, "Define the society of the future and I can create a vehicle responsive to that society."
    • Tomorrow's smart car will make drivers better, smarter
      SAE 100 Future look: Driving on today's expressways is as dangerous as ever. Drivers face the daily challenges of extremely congested roads and distractions from cell phones, passengers, and even in-vehicle DVD systems.
    • Powertrain electronics: a systems evolution
      SAE 100 Future look: Market forces, driven by consumer and regulatory demands, coupled with advances in technology, have created tremendous opportunities for engineering innovation.
    • Telematics to focus on OEM ROI
      SAE 100 Future look: It is no secret that a couple yearas ago many in the automotive industry wrote off telematics as a dead issue. That chapter has long since passed, and what you will see emerge in the coming years is a reborn telematics industry that has little resemblance to what we have seen in the past.
    • A gateway to the connected car
      SAE 100 Future look: Each generation of cars has not only brought drivers sleeker designs and more powerful engines, but also more advanced electronics in the form of features such as satellite radio and navigation.
    • Testing resources
      This special edition of Product Briefs highlights some of the latest equipment used to develop cleaner, quieter, and safer vehicles.