Spec Formula One
The series is moving forward with new rules to reduce cost and make
racing more directly relevant to road-car development.
Radar and cameras will work together to help drivers avoid
Lexus LS 460:AEI's Best Engineered Vehicle for
The fourth generation of Lexus' global flagship sets new
standards in engineering, technical innovation, refinement, and
Hot off the grid
New interest in plug-in hybrids has sparked intense R&D in
battery chemistries and systems integration.
Ever-improving computer-based tools are helping engineers complete
more complex designs in shorter time frames with downsized
Sensor-linked lighting systems, automatic high-beam control, LED
headlights, and brand-identifying cabin lighting are enhancing
safety, convenience, and the feel-good factor.
Handling the surge
The pressure facing automakers and suppliers to meet
ever-more-stringent emissions regulations has fueled a boom in
business for emissions testing providers.
Cost remains the boss
Engineers on their way to the SAE World Congress cannot escape
cost-reduction pressures. But vehicle efficiency, biofuels, and
"green" materials are also capturing their
AEI Tech 2007 Awards
The editors of Automotive Engineering International highlight some
of the more innovative new products and technologies on display at
the SAE 2007 World Congress, based on the latest information
provided by exhibiting companies.
Funding the hydrogen future
The Department of Energy's FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership
programs hope to aid the domestic industry as it develops
next-generation hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles.
Of crystals and crashes
The microcrystalline structure and performance behavior of
multiphase automotive steels are enabling stronger and safer