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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in November 2011
Chevy Volt Battery Fires Arouse Investigations
Blog 
11/30/2011  17 comments
Are the lithium ion (LiOn) battery used in the Chevy Volt and the car's charging stations involved in recent battery fires?
Crash-Optimized Composites Advance Automotive Designs
News 
11/29/2011  21 comments
The use of composites in cars is picking up pace.
India Goes Upscale on Auto R&D
News 
11/29/2011  7 comments
India has created an automotive test center designed to improve the quality of India-made vehicles.
Malibu Headlamp Replacement Necessitates Bumper Removal
Made by Monkeys 
11/23/2011  65 comments
If you want to change the headlamp on the Chevy Malibu, get ready to take apart half the car.
Changing the Oil? Check That Seal
Made by Monkeys 
11/22/2011  24 comments
When the motorcycle started sliding through the turn, it was clear the oil seal wasn't holding.
Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Electronic News & Comment 
11/21/2011  42 comments
Engineers from General Motors say fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
Would You Vacation With Your Customers to Build a Better Product?
Electronic News & Comment 
11/18/2011  26 comments
Do you trust your customers to help you innovate? For most design engineers, the public answer is most likely "yes." The reality, though, may be a little more nuanced than that.
3D Inspection Cutting Automotive Defects
Blog 
11/18/2011  12 comments
3D machine vision techniques are taking on an increasing role in automobile production lines in a bid to up overall production quality and cut defects.
Automotive Infotainment Grows Up
Captain Hybrid 
11/16/2011  20 comments
The in-car PC is gone, but in-car connectivity is back – better and safer than ever.
Don’t Disintegrate My Mercedes Wiring Insulation
Made by Monkeys 
11/16/2011  16 comments
There's something hot about the wiring in the early 1990s Mercedes.
Slideshow: BMW Busting Out With All-Electric; Sports Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
11/15/2011  35 comments
The luxury automaker BMW Group will go green in a big way in the next three years, rolling out purpose-built pure electric and hybrid-electric cars that will make heavy use of carbon fiber materials.
Ford to Jog Drowsy Drivers With Lane-Keeping Tech
Electronic News & Comment 
11/14/2011  35 comments
If you're one of the 40% of Americans who say they've nodded off at the wheel, then Ford Motor Co. may have news that will jump-start your next moonlight drive.
Mystery of the Failing Ignition
Sherlock Ohms 
11/14/2011  20 comments
Sometimes a manufacturing flaw can take 27 years to finally cause consternation.
Backwards PCV Valve Broke My Car
Made by Monkeys 
11/11/2011  18 comments
One simple and inexpensive PCV valve -- if it's defective -- can destroy your engine.
Slideshow: 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Preview
Features 
11/10/2011  14 comments
The 2012 International Consumer Electronics show has innovative designs of interest to mechanical engineers. Check out our CES slideshow.
An Engineer's Alphabet of Thoughts on Design
Blog 
11/8/2011  17 comments
Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski offers his unique list of technically oriented A to Z definitions.
Electric Vehicles: How Far Have We Come in 100 Years?
Captain Hybrid 
11/8/2011  29 comments
To get a sense of how far the electric car market has come, it's instructive to read "Foreign Trade in Electric Vehicles" on the New York Times Website.
When Mechanicals Outlast the Electronics
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2011  23 comments
Electronic touch screens and entertainment components will wear out well before the vehicle does. What do we do about that?
Gadget Freak Jr.: Manned Electric Helicopter
Gadget Freak 
11/4/2011  9 comments
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's an ultralight helicopter running via DC motors and lithium-ion batteries.
Slideshow: Autonomous Vehicles Leave the Driving to... Themselves
Captain Hybrid 
11/3/2011  13 comments
Our gallery spotlights the self-driving cars developed to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) annual Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race.
Would You Buy a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt?
Wolfe's Den 
11/2/2011  59 comments
We asked members of Design News's Systems & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn whether they're ready to embrace electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
Did a Forklift Fire Burn Down the Store?
Sherlock Ohms 
11/2/2011  6 comments
A fire investigation found that a forklift with faulty design and repairs was responsible for a fire.
Smartphone's Next Role: Reducing Highway Fatalities
Electronic News & Comment 
11/1/2011  9 comments
Smartphones could reduce highways fatalities by running vehicle-to-vehicle communication applications.
Short, Happy Life of GM LEDs
Made by Monkeys 
11/1/2011  19 comments
Two different GM vehicles suffered the same early LED burnout in the life of one frustrated car owner.




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