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Automotive Engineer

Focus

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

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

Elemental decision

Using the world's simplest, most abundant element to power fuel-cell vehicles has many advantages. Toyota claims to have solved the engineering challenges but the hydrogen infrastructure must be developed

Charging ahead

Renault remains convinced batteries and motors are the solution to the CO2 problem. EV programmes vice-president Béatrice Foucher explains the lessons learned and what must happen next

Going full circle

Hub motors drive up unsprung mass but optimisation of suspension geometry plus the benefits of precise torque control could more than compensate for the extra kilos

A step change

Dual-clutches have taken market share from manuals and driven up the efficiency of planetary gear automatics. Hybridisation should make them more popular still

Smooth progress

James Scoltock, .

Premium vehicles have long used torque converter automatics but efficiency must keep improving. More speeds will help but that’s only the start

Efficiency gains traction

Consumers want all-wheel drives but OEMs need to cut fuel consumption. Full-disconnect systems satisfy the requirements of both, and improve vehicle dynamics as well as CO2