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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

Hardwired for the future

James Scoltock, .

More use of electrification is helping to improve efficiency, but if engineers can reduce the weight of high-voltage components the benefits could be far greater

Plug in, power up

James Scoltock, .

Battery-electric cars might be the solution to urban mobility but, as emissions legislation tightens, plug-in hybrid technology could be the key to keeping premium performance vehicles on the road

History lesson

James Scoltock, .

Toyota’s hybrid technology has pushed carbon emissions below 80g/km. Future development work promises to reduce that figure further and to bring fuel-cell vehicles to the market at last

Validation rules

James Scoltock, .

Testing protocols need to be adapted to cope with growing vehicle complexity. Experts predict how the validation procedures of 2025 will differ from those of today

It’s complicated

James Scoltock, .

The numbers of sensors and the functionality of assistance systems are on the increase as firms try to reduce accidents, making testing
and validation a more complex process

Eyes on the road

James Scoltock, .

Infotainment functionality is increasing rapidly, but developing systems that don't distract the driver from the road presents a challenge for OEMs and suppliers

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