January-February 2016

Senior R&D heads outline their predictions for the future technological trends and the associated challenges

NEWS

US government investing in autonomous technology

Audi uses AMOLEDs in its latest HMI system

Volvo powers autonomous vehicles with Nvidia processors

Visteon works on reducing driver distraction

TECHNOLOGY

Audi steps up its interest in fuel-cell technology

Broadcom enhances satellite reception in the vehicle

Harman keeps its eye on driver drowsiness

Honda wants to make its mark with its new SUV the HR-V

REGULARS

Big changes in the industry are nothing to fear 

Viewpoint: Computational fluid dynamics are rapidly improving

Milestones: The benefits of an all-steel body structure

Diary: All the events you need to attend

Recruitment: If you want to boost your career, look here

The Job: Being patient with OEMs at Rightware

FEATURES

Audi R8 V10 Plus
The sports car benefits from a more efficient gasoline engine and a multi-material body

Volvo XC90
A new modular platform brought significant challenges, but also efficient engines, improved safety features and light suspension

Q&A: Peter Virk
JLR's connected technologies and apps head on ensuring that vehicle infotainment services are kept safe

Challenging conventions
Addressing the possibility of removing the combustion engine at the latest EAEC congress in Bucharest

Technology forecasts
Senior R&D heads outline their predictions for future technological trends and the associated challenges

Batteries included
Canadian scientists develop a cheaper, more readily available alternative to graphite use in battery-electric vehicles

Q&A: Dan Nicholson
FISITA president-elect on the role the body can play in helping to avoid a recurrence of the recent emissions scandal

FOCUS : Electric vehicles
Greater electrification of the vehicle is occurring, but is taking time. Higher costs, as well as social acceptance of the technology, are barriers that are being addressed and overcome. Providing student engineers with hands-on experience of EVs in competition formats is not only offering valuable insights and learning that will support them well into their future careers, but is even advancing the technology today. For EVs to reach mass-market audiences, however, much more needs to be done in regard to provision of the infrastructure that the technology requires. In this issue we focus on the efforts being made to not only develop the technology but to ensure it is affordable and there are sufficient recharging points available

tags: Jan-Feb 2016
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