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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

2019-12-05
Heavy-duty engine design What are the most significant factors influencing the way engine developers approach near-term design and development cycles? Two experts provide their insights from recent programs. Reducing winter range loss for electric trucks Researchers at the Austrian Institute of Technology have developed an air exchange system that's capable of reducing heat load by 37% in real-world tests. Narrower focus, bigger payoff Design teams are targeting focused markets for their commercial electric-vehicle programs to combat challenges like range and infrastructure. Removing complexity for autonomous trucks Narrowing the operating domains for driverless commercial vehicles reduces the requirements of autonomous technology and speeds time to market. Plastics innovations 2019 The 49th annual SPE Automotive Awards highlight the ongoing benefits of lightweight polymers and composites.
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MOMENTUM: NOVEMBER 2019

2019-11-04
Getting an engineering foundation through Formula SAE Having an underclassman with no leadership experience as team captain proved to be no hindrance to the University of Texas-Arlington Formula SAE team. Experience and innovation walk hand in hand Team from Pontifical Catholic University carries success in native Brazil to U.S. in SAE Aero Design competition. 'Complete, finish, win' University of Stuttgart team rides that motto to victories and podium finishes by the dozen.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: August 2019

2019-08-01
Electric machines find their niche Smaller machines working in cities are particularly ripe for electrification, but most off-highway applications will retain the internal-combustion engine. Big data, big benefits Data mining helps users and equipment developers use data from on-vehicle sensors to work more efficiently. Data connectivity in harsh environments Ensuring high-speed data transmission requires OEM designers to think more about components, placement and the impact of environmental conditions early in design. Trucks with intuition Perceptive Automata partners with Volvo Trucks to demonstrate AI technology that can determine when pedestrians will cross the road. Change is afoot Cummins and its CTO help focus the 2019 SAE COMVEC on the fast-shifting technology landscape that faces both on- and off-highway sectors. Editorial AI, ADAS & AVs-oh my!
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: July 2019

2019-07-05
Editorial The consolidation plot thickens The Navigator As the world turns to C-V2X, Europe picks WiFi Complexity of Autonomous-Systems Simulation, Validation Soars to the Clouds Scalable, cloud-based architectures are gaining greater acceptance for simulating and testing the myriad development aspects of automated driving. Connectivity Solutions for AVs The promises of fully connected autonomous vehicles are great, but so are the challenges. What M&E Can Teach the AV Industry About Data Media & entertainment offers important learnings on data retention, management, scalability and security. The Rodney Dangerfield of Automated-Driving Sensors Radar and lidar get all the attention, but Inertial Measurement Units are the backbone of sensor fusion. Suppliers are scrambling to make IMUs more accurate-and much less expensive. The Sense-itive Side of Autonomous Vehicles BASF is exploring how specific materials-and even paint colors and finishes-can improve the capabilities of AV sensors.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: May 2019

2019-05-02
Editorial AVs, data and 'surveillance capitalism' SAE AV Activities SAE launches Office of Automation The Navigator Lessons from the 737 Max-8 debacle Scorecard Waymo, GM and Ford pegged as autonomous leaders Designs to Dye for: Autonomy's New-Materials Revolution From pineapples to bacteria, Envisage's research is focused on new-mobility's 'inside' story. Dining on Data Processing, in real-time, the enormous data stream that's flowing through AVs is increasingly the job of NVIDIA's mighty GPUs. Danny Shapiro relishes the feast. New Performance Metrics for Lidar Frame-rate measurement is so yesterday.
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MOMENTUM: APRIL 2019

2019-04-01
Reliability overhaul: a lesson in resilience A chain issue sets back University of Minnesota team at Formula SAE Michigan 2018, but it's a different story at the subsequent FSAE competition. Full circle Over its 21-year history, the University of Toronto Formula Racing Team's chassis department has left no stone unturned. Lap simulation tool shows the way Until now, the University of Alabama Formula SAE team assumed that the fastest lap times would result in the highest score from the Endurance and Efficiency Events, but that assumption is changing.
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Automotive Engineering: March 2019

2019-03-01
Rethinking the HUD Advanced tech solutions move toward augmented reality to bring greater capability to head-up displays. Motor matters New designs and materials are key to the next generation of electric machines for EV propulsion. Harnessing the power of Sim Serious cost savings could come from eliminating vehicle- and systems-level tests. Powerful simulation tools may be the only way to tackle the increasing complexity in mobility development. An OBE for the SAE Meet Paul Mascarenas-SAE International's 2019 president. He's a staunch advocate for professional development for engineers amid the mobility industry's transformation. Solving the propulsion puzzle Must-attend expert panels at SAE's WCX '19 will cover the propulsion-tech future like no other. Editorial Kill the EV tax credit by 2025 SAE Standards News SAE and Synopsys collaborate on cyber study Supplier Eye New Co. vs. Old Co.
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MOMENTUM: FEBRUARY 2019

2019-02-01
Battling the elements Cold Canadian winds can't stop University of Manitoba team from reaching SAE Aero Design heights. How to lead a team Virginia Tech engineering student discovers leadership skills she didn't know she had. 'Hard work, determination, and a little bit of luck' A complete vehicle overhaul helped the SAE Supermile-age team from Northern Illinois University score a second-place overall fin-ish at the 2018 competition.
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Automotive Engineering: January 2019

2019-01-08
Pickup shocker With the R1T, Rivian emerges as the startup most likely to build the electric vehicle all of America will want to own. Plastics spur tech innovations The SPE Innovation Awards recognize vehicle OEMs and their supply chains for novel material developments and applications. A lesson in Multiphysics OEM engineers reveal how new software from Comsol improved their modeling and analysis of EV battery performance and audio-system sound quality. Heat pumps-expensive but worth it? They add 50% to the cost of the Jaguar I-Pace climate-control system, but improved designs are indicating the cost can be recovered-whether for a Jag or an electric school bus.
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MOMENTUM: NOVEMBER 2018

2018-11-01
The art of 'why?': exploring the impact of autonomy Kettering University students reconciled different viewpoints and backgrounds to explore the impacts of autonomous vehicles through the AutoDrive Challenge. Finding the right frequency The University of Minnesota Duluth snowmobile team's use of noise frequency analysis helped it achieve its bester-ever finish in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Inside Rennteam Uni Stuttgart. A formal structure and precisely defined roles help the Formula Student team from the University of Stuttgart remain a perennial power.
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MOMENTUM: OCTOBER 2018

2018-10-01
Meeting the challenge The AutoDrive Challenge team from Texas A&M overcame its own challenged to place second in SAE's newest Collegiate Design Series competition. Record-breaker Penn State Behrend surpasses 3,0900 miles per gallon at SAE Supermileage competition. The measure of success An all-seniors team at LSU extended the school's string of strong performances in the 2018 SAE Aero Design West competition.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: October 2018

2018-10-01
Are higher voltage architectures imminent? As the limitations of current 12V architectures become more apparent, the commercial vehicle industry could be on the verge of adopting 48V. The only question is, will improvements in other technologies offer something better? Sensing changes in autonomous trucks Requirements for sensors and controls for commercial vehicles differ significantly from those used for cars. Many paths lead to reduced emissions A wide range of ICE technologies are needed to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations. Quotes from COMVEC 2018 Industry leaders spoke extensively about all things autonomous-ADAS, big data, connectivity, cybersecurity, machine learning-at the annual SAE event. Here's some of what they had to say. Fuel-cell Class 8-take 2.0 With a longer-range and more-refined fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck, Toyota aims to eventually eliminate emissions from trucks serving increasingly congested California ports.
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Automotive Engineering: August 2018

2018-08-02
LiDAR: new "eyes" for vehicle autonomy The steadily-evolving sensor tech offers big leaps forward in capability-once cost is reduced. e-Axles speed electrification Creating a practical 'bridge' between today's legacy ICE architectures and the electric future. McLaren earns its Ph.D in handling McLaren Automotive and the University of Cambridge collaborate on a no-compromise semi-active suspension for the 720S supercar. Jaguar's new EV pacesetter The 2019 I-Pace brings benchmark vehicle dynamics to the nascent battery-electric SUV segment. Editorial Connecting SAE with China's mobility future Supplier Eye Supplying the multi-energy platform The Navigator Traversing the autonomous trust gap What We're Driving 2018 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD; 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser; 2018 Toyota Corolla Eaton goes internal with its next-generation EGR solution Driver out, simulation in for AV transmission, driveline engineering Teaming carbon fiber-and embroidery?
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Automotive Engineering: May 2018

2018-05-03
Testing for cold-climate comfort AE goes way north to the Arctic Circle for an inside look at Hyundai's winter testing of the new Nexo FCV and Kona EV and their unique and critical HVAC systems. Innovation more than skin deep A new wave of engineered plastics are delivering structural, mass-reducing, and aesthetic benefits for new vehicle applications. A secret weapon for roof-crush testing Before you crush that bus or racecar chassis, find out how engineers at CAPE are optimizing test-rig performance. Editorial: Tesla's Model 3 is two very different cars SAE Standards News A hive of activity Supplier Eye Why aren't there more unibody pickups?
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Tech Briefs: May 2018

2018-05-01
New Technologies Tackle UAV Challenges Robotic Applique Kits Leverage Existing Assets Educating UGVs Implementing AI Advancements in Thermal Image Training Data Sets Protecting Critical Data on Unmanned Underwater Platforms Advancements Made to the Wingman Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) Simulation: How to Operate the SIL New features include the creation of virtual environments that match real-world gunnery test courses. Soldier-Robot Team Communication: An Investigation of Exogenous Orienting Visual Display Cues and Robot Reporting Preferences The effective use of robots to conduct dangerous missions depends on accurate man-machine communications. Soft Robotic Fish Swims Alongside Real Ones in Coral Reefs GPS Enabled Semi-Autonomous Robot Combining GPS signals with acoustic and encoder data gives a robot the ability to determine its location and orientation within a reference frame.
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MOMENTUM: MARCH 2018

2018-03-01
All quiet on the snowmobile front Two mechanical engineering students at Michigan Technological University chose snowmobile noise attenuation as the topic of their senior design project. A return to glory days? Once dominant, Cornell University's Formula SAE team views its strong 2017 performance as a hopeful sign that it's back on a championship path.
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Automotive Engineering: February 2018

2018-02-01
Leaf turns to the 2020s Nissan's pioneering battery-EV finally gets styling, propulsion and feature upgrades that put it back in the thick of the expanding electric-car race. A rebel's guide to chassis engineering Before the advent of FEA, engineers used their hands to study chassis strength and stiffness. The approach still offers benefits today, notes the man who wrote chassis engineering's "bible." Auto tech comes on strong at CES 2018 The automotive sector showed up at CES with autonomy announcements by the score and a spectrum of new-technology unveilings. New SAE President focused on Big Data Mircea Gradu, senior VP and quality chief at lidar specialist Velodyne, targets data analytics, electrification and connectivity, and STEM initiatives during his 2018 term.
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Automotive Engineering: January 2018

2018-01-01
Level Zero hero Jeep's iconic Wrangler is all-new-and unapologetically analog. Fusing sensors for the automated-driving future Complex processing architectures, faster networks and even more sophisticated software are vital for 100% accurate Level 4 and 5 systems. Who wants Afreecar? One billion people globally survive on less than $2/day but desperately need personal mobility and electric power. One of the auto industry's most creative minds offers what could be a unique and sustainable solution. Dana opens new chapter on CVTs A dedicated development center is hustling the unique VariGlide "spherical traction drive" toward 2020 production. Plastics key to mobility innovations The 2017 SPE Innovation Awards highlight the design, engineering and materials-science collaborations between vehicle OEMs and their tier suppliers.
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MOMENTUM: NOVEMBER 2017

2017-11-01
All about endurance Co-founder of San Diego State University Baja SAE team narrates a success story from behind the wheel. Air superiority Legacy of the astronaut Neil Armstrong helps provide institutional motivation for aerospace engineering students at the University of Cincinnati. Spartan power Concentration on new engine helps propel San Jose State to success at 2017 Formula SAE Michigan competition.
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MOMENTUM: OCTOBER 2017

2017-10-02
Boot camp at Georgia Tech Integrating new students into the aero design team helps keep Georgia Tech in winning form. A fresh start Keeping it simple is a key component in turning around the fortunes of Kettering University's Formula SAE team. No secrets to success for Michigan Baja Racing Hard work and a focus on winning are the simple reasons why the team keeps coming out on top in Baja SAE.
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