When you control the power of batteries and gas engines, you make the powertrain more efficient. When you make powertrains more efficient, you improve fuel economy. One group of technologies that can you help you better manage your vehicle’s energy: ADAS, or advanced driver assistance systems.
As the automated vehicle market grows, manufacturers need to choose drivetrains that offer the most flexibility and design freedom. A Tech Briefs article explores your off-wheel traction options, from complex power-transfers to common drivetrains that include a belt and pulley.
Replacing traditional steel components like drivetrains, suspensions, and transmission gears with lightweight materials such as high-strength steel, magnesium alloys, aluminum alloys, carbon fiber, and polymer composites can directly reduce the weight of a vehicle’s body and chassis by up to 50 percent.
In the Tech Briefs article, see for yourself how the CO2 laser welding of transmission gears stacks up to fiber lasers. Up-close images reveal how the fiber laser welding and CO2 laser welding of powertrain gears give essentially identical results: a deep penetration weld, good aspect ratio, and no spatter.
Rolls-Royce officials in London are using data gleaned from its Trent aircraft engines in service with airlines to optimize maintenance, service, and even product development. The power and propulsion technology provider is using IFS Maintenix from global enterprise applications company IFS in Linkoping, Sweden, to exchange data with airlines operating Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, Trent XWB, and Trent 7000 engines.
Urban Electric Networks, Ltd. – a British electric vehicle (EV) charging station start-up – has developed the first pop-up charge point that addresses the problem of charging for the 50% of urban drivers in the United Kingdom that park on-street at night.
Subaru Corporation is partnering with Pittsburgh-based ANSYS, Inc. to develop control systems that deliver unrivaled safety and reliability for their next-generation hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Namely, Subaru is using ANSYS SCADE tools to automate and expedite the precise design and validation of embedded software in the electronic control units (ECUs) for the company’s new e-Boxer system.
Phoenix-based Local Motors is debuting its new Olli self-driving shuttle at a major business park in Rancho Cordova, California. According to Local Motors, the 12-passenger autonomous vehicle is the world's first to be co-created using additive manufacturing techniques, commonly referred to as 3D printing, at distributed microfactories.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and EVgo Services LLC. are installing 200 direct current fast chargers (DCFC) across the United States to expand the available charging network for electric vehicle (EV) owners. The DCFC units are capable of delivering 100 kilowatts of power and have both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors to facilitate a wider variety of EVs.
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