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Editorial

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: March 2020

Editorial Director-Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 20AVEP03_01
Published 2020-03-01 by SAE International in United States

Some may remember - from a time before “brands” were intricately managed corporate personalities - a stays-in-your-head advertising campaign for the soft drink 7 Up. Pushing for share in a largely one-dimensional market dominated by Coke and Pepsi, 7 Up billed itself as the “Uncola.”

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Hyundai, Uber show electric VTOL air-taxi concept

Automotive Engineering: March 2020

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 20AUTP03_11
Published 2020-03-01 by SAE International in United States

Hyundai at CES 2020 revealed a fullsize electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) “air taxi” concept and confirmed it has joined Uber's aerial ride-share initiative known as Elevate. Hyundai said the S-A1 concept, in addition to its VTOL configuration, is designed for cruising speeds up to 180 mph (290 km/h) for trips of up to 60 miles (97 km). Operating altitudes are targeted at between 1,000 to 2,000 ft. (300 to 600 m) for the four-passenger vehicle. The S-A1's performance is within Uber Elevate's broad guidance for urban aero-rideshare designs.

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GM deploying electricals of the future

Automotive Engineering: March 2020

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 20AUTP03_08
Published 2020-03-01 by SAE International in United States

In tandem with its corporate strategy to “skip” vehicle hybridization and focus solely on electric vehicles (EVs) for future propulsion (see cover story), General Motors recently offered media a deeper look at the company's all-new vehicle electrical architecture that was first confirmed in mid-2019, saying the vehicle-wide electrical system is associated with more than 100 new patents.

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Build it and they Will Come

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: March 2020

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 20AVEP03_08
Published 2020-03-01 by SAE International in United States

Moving beyond vehicles, Toyota plans to manufacture a whole city.

There's hardly a region on Earth that Toyota doesn't reach. At the 2020 CES conference, the company announced a visionary project of similar scope, saying it intends to build a “prototype town of the future” to prove out new technologies of all kind, not just transportation-related. Toyota's Woven City is envisioned as “home to full-time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.”

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Ford's max Mustang brings ‘world class’ into the sports coupe conversation

Automotive Engineering: March 2020

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 20AUTP03_12
Published 2020-03-01 by SAE International in United States

There's the old saw about a something being better than the sum of its parts. That phrase applies to the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 - despite most of its parts being categorically bombastic. Its performance far exceeds any old-school ponycar yardstick, but those expecting a straight-line brute will be surprised. The Shelby GT500's sublime chassis stands it more in the company of powered-up Porsches than howling Hellcats.

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Superior Interiors

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: January 2020

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 20AVEP01_03
Published 2020-01-01 by SAE International in United States

New-mobility thinking is changing how vehicle interiors will work for everyone.

Future-vehicle interior renderings have always stoked our imaginations for what may be possible in the cabin environment. Automated vehicle (AV) developments, including high-function driver assistance features and mobility as a service (MaaS), are bringing new dimensions to those possibilities.

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Akasol packs industry-leading energy density into new battery design

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP12_08
Published 2019-12-01 by SAE International in United States

Projecting the market for full-electric and hybrid-electric commercial vehicles will continue to expand, Germany-based lithium-ion battery specialist Akasol recently announced production-readiness of a newly-developed battery pack that sets an energy-density benchmark. The company's president also confirmed Akasol will build a manufacturing facility in the Detroit area targeted to begin production in mid-2020.

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Editorial

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Editorial Director-Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_01
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

After digesting some of the fascinating insights from surveys taken of automated-vehicle test riders - most of them first-timers - who participated in SAE International's Demo Days program (see pg. 31), you've got to conclude that the only thing predictable about the new-mobility landscape is its unpredictability.

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STATE OF CHARGE

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_01
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

With just 16 hours to complete a three-state, 600-plus-mile roundtrip, we judge whether the nation's non-Tesla fast-charging network is a match for the new breed of long-range EVs like Jaguar's inspired 2019 I-Pace.

It's a trip we've done scores of times with barely a thought. From our home near SAE International headquarters in western Pennsylvania to the metro Detroit area is approximately 300 miles (483 km) of highway driving. We often do it in four-and-a-half hours without a stop of any kind, much less for fuel. Some diesels and hybrids, and even a few conventional gasoline vehicles, can knock off the entire roundtrip on a single tankful.

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Battery experts: solid-state EV tech could be five years out

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_11
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Solid-state batteries are the “reach” energy-storage technology slated to take electric vehicles (EVs) - and to a lesser extent, other consumer-electronic products - to the next level. And at September's 2019 Battery Show of North America, speaker panels and presentations about solid state certainly were in abundance. Just one problem: experts at the show's Solid State Battery Feasibility roundtable discussion where brutally realistic in agreeing the technology won't meet criteria for mass-production EVs for at least five years.

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