Automotive Engineer is the magazine of the EAEC

Automotive Engineer

Focus

Realising the vision

Ben Sampson, .

Volvo’s next car launch and the company’s investment in testing facilities are important steps towards its ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents involving its vehicles

Data blending

James Scoltock, .

As the number of sensors on cars grows, data fusion will become more important in order to process information and make driving safer

Achieving the impossible

James Allen, .

Advanced driver-assistance systems are pushing the boundaries of what vehicles can do. Improved sensors and better mapping are helping to avoid hazards, and the combination of both is leading to greater autonomy

Storage hunters

James Scoltock, .

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled OEMs to develop several electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, reducing fleet carbon emissions. But work remains to be done before the technology's full potential is unlocked, say experts in the industry

Charging up

James Allen, .

It has been a laboured journey to the electrification of the vehicle, but recent developments in the motor to increase torque and improve efficiency should speed things up

Going the distance

James Scoltock, .

Boosting electric vehicle range is a key target for OEMs, and lithium-sulphur batteries could be key. The technology's 500Wh/kg energy density could let cars travel 500km on a single charge

Leading from the front

James Scoltock, .

BMW’s front-wheel drive, transverse architecture has spawned a new generation of automatic transmissions. But the firm sees the torque converter as the future, not dual-clutch systems

Commercial Success

James Scoltock, .

Developing driveline technologies that meet the stringent demands of commercial vehicles is a challenge. Dana's director of product planning, Steve Slesinski, explains the firm's approach

Turning a corner

James Scoltock, .

Ford has developed increasingly complex chassis technologies to allow its high-performance vehicles to meet dynamics targets, but future systems are likely to involve greater use of ESC technology

Twist in the tail

James Scoltock, .

Integrating electric powertrain components into the rear suspension could aid packaging in small vehicles but, with such a complex design, NVH targets remain a challenge