Technical highlights from Geneva
The high-profile event combined new technology, fresh design,
debuts of major production models, and styling concepts in a
North American technology trends
Every year in the May issue, Automotive Engineering International
explores the major technology trends defining the auotmotive
industry in North America. In June, it will do the same Europe, and
in August Asia.
Despite a century of refinement, the gasoline engine still has
untapped potential, say industry executives.
The quest for light, quieter, and safer cars and light trucks
influences the design and engineering of most vehicle areas--body
Chassis integration keeps the rubber on the
U.S. OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are collaborating to deliver the
latest technology for performance and safety, but integration stays
Spending time in--and money
North American OEMs and suppliers are doing their best to match
their European and Asian competitors in the areas of interior
appearance, functionality, and overall satisfaction.
Sensing significant growth
Through use of new technologies and integration, the industry
continues to broaden the reach of sensors in passenger
Digital signal controllers
The relatively new semiconductor type combines a 16-bit
microcontroller and a digital signal processor on one chip, with
the benefits of both, says Microchip Technology.
Mega-scooters and motorcycles
Although better known for passenger cars, the Tokyo Motor Show also
featured the latest two-wheeler technology from the Japanese
Building vehicles to order
Logistical obstacles continue to limit true build-to-order, but
manufacturers pursue alternatives.