GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Automotive News 8/30/2012 56 comments General Motors says it will shut down the plant that builds the Chevy Volt for four weeks to match supply with demand and to accommodate its Impala production schedule.
V2V Technology Gets Its First Big Test
News 8/27/2012 14 comments The US Department of Transportation launched the first big test of V2V and V2I technologies last week, equipping nearly 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses in Michigan with modules that might one day prevent up to 80 percent of the crashes on American roadways.
54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Automotive News 8/24/2012 227 comments The White House's goal of a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy could inspire innovation, but it could also lead to safety and costs trade-offs.
Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels
Engineering Materials 8/23/2012 72 comments A Japanese prototype with motors in its wheels can go 218 miles on a single charge, 30 percent farther than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.
Littelfuse's Thane Parker Amps Up Circuit Protection
Blog 8/8/2012 6 comments Pressured by the ever-shorter cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window for test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
3D-Produced Carbon Composites Coming to Cars, Planes
Engineering Materials 8/6/2012 9 comments A revolutionary joint development initiative between Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to develop a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process for making production volumes of carbon fiber composite components entirely out of autoclave.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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