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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in March 2012
Tesla CTO Says EVs at Tipping Point
News 
3/30/2012  16 comments
During his keynote address at DESIGN West this week, Tesla co-founder JB Straubel said EV batteries will continue to offer higher ranges, better performance, and lower costs.
Are Automakers' Managers Hurting Engineering?
Automotive News 
3/29/2012  50 comments
Toyota and Honda again dominated Consumer Reports' reliability ratings, while BMW, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Chrysler again brought up the rear.
GM Robo-Glove
DNTV 
3/27/2012  3 comments
Automaker hopes the glove will reduce the risk of repetitive stress injury on the shop floor.
Video: GM's Robo-Glove Mimics Human Hand
News 
3/27/2012  27 comments
A robotic device may make it easier for auto workers to grip and squeeze objects on an assembly line.
Internal Combustion Engines Primed for Performance
Automotive News 
3/26/2012  70 comments
From tiny inline-fours to muscular diesels to split-cycle engines, conventional internal combustion engines are advancing at a torrid pace.
Ford Hands-Free Liftgate
DNTV 
3/21/2012  7 comments
The technology uses capacitive sensors to recognize the presence of the driver’s foot and shin.
Ford Escape Taps Capacitive Sensing for Hands-Free Liftgate
Electronics News 
3/21/2012  19 comments
Ford engineers used capacitive sensing technology to create a hands-free liftgate on the 2013 Ford Escape.
High Voltage Amps Up the Automobile
Automotive News 
3/20/2012  15 comments
Engineers need a new breed of wires, interconnects, and other electronic components to handle the bigger loads of electrified vehicles.
Electric Car Subsidies Won't Make EV Batteries Better
Automotive News 
3/19/2012  38 comments
Higher subsidies would likely boost electric vehicle sales, but experts say the battery issue still need to be addressed.
DESIGN West Preview: Tesla CTO Keynoting on EV Innovation
Automotive News 
3/16/2012  5 comments
JB Straubel, chief technical officer and a founding team member of Tesla Motors, will deliver a keynote speech on creating electric cars at the Design West show and conference.
Chevy Volt Revealed: Teardown Videos
News 
3/14/2012  17 comments
After driving a Chevy Volt across the country, we took it apart.
Slideshow: Airbags From the Inside Out
Automotive News 
3/13/2012  65 comments
Automakers once balked at the idea of an airbag mandate. Today, airbags come standard, and are even seen in seatbelts and center consoles.
$100k Fisker Karma 'Bricked' During Consumer Reports Test
Automotive News 
3/12/2012  56 comments
A Fisker Karma died in a parking lot during testing at the Consumer Reports automotive test facility in Connecticut last week.
GM: We're Not Pulling the Plug on Chevy Volt
Automotive News 
3/7/2012  41 comments
The temporary halt in the production of the Chevy Volt isn't a sign that the Volt is dead or that electric cars are disappearing.
EV Battery Might Triple Electric Car Range
Automotive News 
3/6/2012  103 comments
A startup company has created a low-cost electric car battery with an energy density they claim is almost three times as high as that of the Nissan Leaf battery.
Debate Continues as Ruling on Backup Cameras Postponed
Automotive News 
3/2/2012  49 comments
The postponement of a rule on backup cameras in new vehicles did not stop the debate over the issue.




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