Ford (www.ford.com) and General Motors (www.gm.com) have agreed to jointly develop a high-volume, front-wheel-drive, 6-speed automatic transmission that would offer a 4% improvement in fuel economy over 4-speed automatic transmissions available in today's cars. Other new features would include a wider gear ratio span, a compact design, and higher torque capacity. The new transmission would be available in mid-to-late decade on front-wheel-drive cars and SUVs.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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