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Advanced Metals Gaining Ground in Lightweight Vehicles
Blog 
7/29/2015  6 comments
After more than a century of dedicated service, metals are still upping their game and delivering lighter, stronger bodies and frames to the auto industry.
Suppliers Challenge PVC Cables with Green Alternatives
Blog 
7/29/2015  Post a comment
Suppliers are chipping away at the dominance of the venerable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) electrical cable with rollouts of new environmentally safe, recyclable alternatives.
Jeep Hack Sparks Massive Recall from Chrysler
News 
7/27/2015  1 comment
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announces recall of 1.4 million vehicles that could be susceptible to cyberattacks after real-world test infiltrates a Jeep Cherokee.
Exclusive: Take a Look Inside NASA’s Orion Spacecraft
Electronics News 
7/24/2015  13 comments
NASA’s Mars mission may still be 20 years away, but its engineers are already hard at work. We climbed inside Orion's "glass cockpit" to take a look.
Freescale's New Automotive MCU Is Designed for Software Engineers
Product News 
7/21/2015  Post a comment
A new family of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers (MCUs) promises to help designers speed and simplify the creation of automotive products ranging from power seats and door locks to touch interfaces and chassis controls.
Paralyzed IndyCar Driver Uses Sip, Puff, and Yaw to Drive Again
Electronics News 
6/29/2015  6 comments
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
News 
6/25/2015  7 comments
At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
Oven Uses Solid State RF to Cook Foods Better, Faster
News 
6/25/2015  5 comments
A revolutionary new oven promises to combine the best features of convection and microwave technology, enabling home users to cook foods to restaurant-type quality within a few minutes.
Video: Eurotech's Mirror Is Smarter Than Your Mirror
Electronics News 
6/23/2015  2 comments
Hilary Tomasson of Eurotech Inc., explains how the company’s network gateway can be applied to a smart mirror that displays personal calendars, weather information, new feeds, or other information.
Carbon Fibers Spearhead Automotive Lightweighting Effort
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2015  1 comment
To meet looming fuel efficiency standards, automakers are using carbon fiber composites in hundreds of automotive components.
Chip Makers Target Internet of Things Complexity
Electronics News 
6/15/2015  2 comments
As issues of time and complexity increasingly dog embedded product developers, semiconductor makers are stepping in to help.
3D Systems Going Mainstream in Heathcare
News 
6/12/2015  Post a comment
3D printing’s move to the medical industry is accelerating rapidly, due largely to its ability to offer solutions to patients who seek a more customized form of healthcare, an expert told engineers at this week’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East show.
Sensor Transmits Readings to Wireless Mobile Devices
Product News 
6/11/2015  Post a comment
A new sensor package with a built-in wireless transmitter enables pressure, temperature, and humidity to be tracked via a mobile tablet computer or smartphone.
'People Post-It' Takes the Ouch Out of Bandage Removal
News 
6/10/2015  5 comments
By using an adhesive that departs from the half-century-old chemistry of common medical tape, 3M has produced a product that can be easily removed from human skin and reused.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
News 
6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Automotive News 
5/28/2015  28 comments
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Touch Interface Simplifies Process Control
Product News 
5/27/2015  Post a comment
A new process controller delivers smartphone-type functionality to chambers, furnaces, ovens, and industrial machinery needing thermal control.
Concept EV Transforms to Solve Urban Parking Problems
Automotive News 
5/26/2015  17 comments
For city dwellers, finding a parking space can be a time-consuming and downright exasperating task. Now, however, engineers may have found a solution to that old urban problem.
Home and Grid Energy Storage Gains Momentum
Electronics News 
5/19/2015  13 comments
Tesla’s recent entry into the home and grid storage market may be well timed, but the automaker is hardly alone in its quest to bring new sources of electrical power to consumers.
Yes, Electric Cars Still Need an Innovative Battery
Opinion 
5/18/2015  92 comments
Why aren’t electric car sales better? The answer can’t be repeated often enough: It’s the battery; it’s the battery; it’s the battery.
Ford Aims to Boost Fuel Efficiency With Lightweighting
Automotive News 
5/15/2015  18 comments
If Ford Motor Co.’s recent efforts in lightweighting are any indication, the auto industry is about to go on a diet.
Partial Autonomy Coming, Full Autonomy a Long Way Off
Automotive News 
5/13/2015  1 comment
Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) are poised to become a $102 billion market by 2030, but just a sliver of that technology will be applied to cars that can be fully autonomous in all conditions, according to a new study.
HBM Rolls Out Data Acquisition Module for Harsh Mobile Apps
Product News 
5/12/2015  Post a comment
A new data acquisition module with a built-in web server could make it easier for engineers to gather data from vehicles ranging from road graders to tractors to dump trucks.
7 Things You Need to Know About Designing With Micro-Miniature Connectors
Blog 
5/11/2015  Post a comment
As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges.
Thermodynamics Absolved in 'Deflategate' Scandal
News 
5/7/2015  22 comments
A new report commissioned by the National Football League has concluded that thermodynamics is unlikely a suspect in the New England Patriots “Deflategate” scandal.
Video: See How Ford Used Virtual Reality to Design the GT Supercar
Automotive News 
5/7/2015  Post a comment
Using a headset and a giant ultra-high definition display, Ford Motor Co. last week provided a glimpse of how virtual reality enabled its engineers to collaborate across continents on the design of its new GT supercar.


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After more than a century of dedicated service, metals are still upping their game and delivering lighter, stronger bodies and frames to the auto industry.
Suppliers are chipping away at the dominance of the venerable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) electrical cable with rollouts of new environmentally safe, recyclable alternatives.
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