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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in February 2013
Motion Control is Key to OSU's Futuristic Electric Car
Blog 
2/28/2013  11 comments
Urban EV is half the size of your average passenger car, corners like it’s on rails, and is capable of being folded to fit into a parking spot.
Energy Efficiency Drives Motor Control Design Trends
Features 
2/28/2013  4 comments
The latest model-based methods can also shorten time to market.
Slideshow: Fisker Says 'Plug-In Hybrids Make More Sense Than Pure Electrics'
Automotive News 
2/27/2013  26 comments
The worldwide auto industry is taking the wrong path to environmental friendliness, Fisker Automotive co-founder Henrik Fisker told an audience at the recent Chicago Auto Show.
Video: Researchers Use Spray-Coating Technique to Develop Cheaper Solar Cells
Blog 
2/27/2013  5 comments
Researchers in the UK have come up with a way to fabricate solar cells that involves a process similar to spray painting and lowers the price of manufacturing the cells, potentially making them more accessible.
Slideshow: Diesels, Turbochargers Power Chicago Auto Show
Blog 
2/25/2013  20 comments
Coming less than a month after the auto industry's biggest exhibition in Detroit, the recent Chicago Auto Show featured a distinct flavor all its own.
Slideshow: Chevy Cruze Diesel Is About the Torque
Automotive News 
2/22/2013  36 comments
After a long drought, an American-made compact car, the Chevy Cruze, will finally offer a diesel engine later this year.
Running Robots off the Cuff
Sherlock Ohms 
2/22/2013  16 comments
When they order the wrong robot and you have to keep the line running, it's time to find a hack solution.
The Saturn’s Failing Plastic Window Parts
Made by Monkeys 
2/21/2013  40 comments
When the plastic part that lifts the window in your Saturn breaks, get plenty of replacement parts. You'll need them.
Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala
Blog 
2/18/2013  6 comments
See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.
Ford, GM Face Off on Truck Engines
News 
2/14/2013  32 comments
Two of the world's biggest automakers are squaring off for a multi-year truck engine battle, with one company trying to win by addition, while the other aims for victory by subtraction.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
Features 
2/13/2013  12 comments
Design News is pleased to announce the winners in our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Auto Execs: Plug-In Hybrids Will Soar, Pure EVs Decline
Automotive News 
2/8/2013  33 comments
Automotive executives foresee a big future for plug-in hybrids over the next five years but are less bullish on the future of pure EVs, a new study from KMPG International says.
Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
Engineering Materials 
2/8/2013  36 comments
A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
Slideshow: Powertrain Technology Moves to the Forefront
Automotive News 
2/6/2013  32 comments
From tiny three-cylinder engines to massive V-8s, these engines demonstrate that fuel efficiency is the biggest motivator for automakers going forward.
Boeing's Woes Shouldn't Be an Indictment of Electric Cars
Electronics News 
2/4/2013  38 comments
If Boeing's problems with its 787 Dreamliner serve as an indictment of lithium-ion batteries, then that's a shame.
Report: World Industrial Robot Demand Up 38 Percent
Blog 
2/4/2013  10 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
Automotive News 
2/1/2013  12 comments
At the recent North American International Auto Show, automakers from around the world displayed technologies aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency and luxury.




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