No hands with Bluetooth
A major effort is underway to implement the wireless specification
in cars and cell phones to reduce driver distraction.
The boom is light on wireless, heavy on intelligence.
Water and heat in the fuel-cell balance
Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Millenium Cell, and DaimlerChrysler are working on a sodium
borohydride system tha thas the potential to meet FreedomCAR's
weight-percent hydrogen-storage targets.
Far East optimism
Asia's Big Three--Toyota, Honda, and Nissan-- relied to a large
extent on their global presence to post strong profits in 2002 as
they and other Far East automakers prepare for an upswing in their
Models of choice
Seven of the eight Japanese passenger car/light truck manufacturers
offer various configurations of compacts, which are taking off in
Japan stays on high-tech course
Japanese OEMs optimize existing technologies while laying the
groundwork for advanced hybrid and fuel-cell technologies.
Matching engines to vehicles
As Asian automakers introduce new vehicles, they are developing new
engines and transmissions to optimize their performance.
Formula SAE: More than just racing
This annual competition, now in its 22nd year, allows students to
gain hands-on experience designing, fabricating, and competing with
small formula-style race cars--experience that can help students
find engineering jobs after college.
With HFC-134a on the Kyoto Protocol list of global warming gases,
and the European Union intending to elimate it, experts at the SAE
Automotive Alternative Refrigerants Symposium in July debated the
futrue, with the goal of developing a more environmentally friendly
alternative to keep vehicle occupants cool.
Automakers refine the model changeover process as they try to
introduce new and updated models more frequently.
Nissan boldly goes South
Riding recent successes, Nissan launches a new plant in Mississippi
to keep production and sales figures on an upward trajectory.
Pushrods for economical power
The V16 engine of Cadillac's Sixteen concept car previews
future technology from General Motors that could see production in
upcoming vehicles such as the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette.
Preparing for TS 16949
BSI Management Systems believes the challenges for implementing the
new internationl quality standard that supersedes QS-9000 can be
turned into benefits for automotive suppliers.