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Automotive Engineer

Focus

Big improvements

Ben Sampson, .

Smarter trucks will reduce driver workload, accident statistics and fuel consumption. Scania's R&D chief Dr Harald Ludanek describes his firm's technology roadmap

Driving goes digital

Lee Hibbert, .

Audi’s reconfigurable instrument cluster is designed to be simple to use, with a clear screen and a wide range of functions

Surge in voltage

James Scoltock, .

Moving to 48V architectures will improve vehicle efficiency, performance and functionality. Suppliers and OEMs explain the challenges involved in introducing the technology and how it will change domains such as powertrain and chassis

The bigger picture

James Scoltock, .

The use of sophisticated algorithms should lead to improved detection systems that can predict the likely behaviour of pedestrians

Efficiency in equilibrium

Making downsized spark ignition engines consume less fuel while reducing emissions of all types – at an affordable cost – is a balance OEMs must strike. Powertrain chiefs outline their strategies to meet the challenge

Without a trace

Euro 6c particulate number limits and proposals for Real Driving Emissions testing will prove challenging for some spark ignition engines. Filters can guarantee compliance but there are concerns about cost, packaging and fuel efficiency. Experts highlight the key issues

Data stream

James Scoltock, .

As the amount of information entering vehicles grows, firms will have to control its flow better, relieving pressure on bus networks and processing technology

Openness breeds creativity

James Scoltock, .

The use of open-source software promises to bring new brains into the industry and will enable OEMs and suppliers to add functions and to update systems faster

The dangers of downloading

James Scoltock, .

Connectivity is increasing and that’s forcing suppliers to develop systems to protect vehicles from malicious software and other external threats

Sensing the future

James Scoltock, .

Increasing the vehicle's role in daily driving should cut accident figures but there's a lot of work still to do on sensors and data processing