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Honda ready with new injury-reducing airbag

Automotive Engineering: October 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP10_08
Published 2019-10-01 by SAE International in United States

Starting next year, Honda will begin fitting vehicles with a new, advanced-design passenger-side front airbag that its engineers said is designed to mitigate brain and neck injuries by cradling the head like a baseball in a catcher's mitt. The design is particularly effective, Honda said, for angled impacts or when an occupant is not in optimal position when the crash occurs, reducing rotational acceleration of the head that can traumatize the brain.

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Ford revisits OHV layout, big displacement for new commercial-truck V8

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: October 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP10_09
Published 2019-10-01 by SAE International in United States

In a still-heated market for highly profitable heavy-duty pickups and commercial vehicles, Ford doesn't intend to be outdone by General Motors' and FiatChrysler's recently-launched new efforts, announcing the power and torque figures for its all-new 7.3-L gasoline V8 for its 2020 models and reminding that major revisions for 2020 for its Power Stroke diesel V8 also portend to increased power.

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EDITORIAL: Losing the plot of the Engineering story?

Automotive Engineering: October 2019

Editorial Director-Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP10_05
Published 2019-10-01 by SAE International in United States

I think we all will agree that passenger vehicles are “technical” consumer products.

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Frankfurt with an ‘E’

Automotive Engineering: October 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP10_13
Published 2019-10-01 by SAE International in United States

Early September's Frankfurt Motor Show was all about production-ready or near-production electric vehicles (EVs), as Europe's propulsion transformation gains momentum. With European Union-wide carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions regulations closing in and societal pressure on the auto sector's contribution to climate change and sustainability, Europe's automakers-particularly those in Germany - are hastening their EV development timelines.

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‘Smart’ in Ohio's Heartland

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: September 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP09_09
Published 2019-09-01 by SAE International in United States

With a 45-year history in vehicle testing, Ohio's Transportation Research Center launches a $45-million investment in the automated-vehicle future, becoming North America's largest dedicated AV test facility.

As notions advance regarding the evolving needs and requirements of automated-vehicle (AV) testing, there's a concurrent focus on the capabilities available from the world's comparatively meager number of suitable test facilities. Physical testing of AVs-and vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)-in controlled environments is crucial, but demand for independent testing capacity continues to swell.

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Ford ‘cranks’ it up with another big V8 for Mustang

Automotive Engineering: September 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP09_11
Published 2019-09-01 by SAE International in United States

When Ford introduced the Mustang Shelby GT350 in 2015, it was the pinnacle of Mustang-ness thanks to its 5.2-L DOHC “Voodoo” V8 that featured a flat-plane crankshaft design to enable sky-high revs (the GT350's 8200-rpm redline is one reason Ferrari has long specified flat-plane V8s) and a rollicking 526 hp at 7,500. Then there's the exotic “rip” exhaust note unique to flat-plane V8s.

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Stuck on structural adhesives

Automotive Engineering: September 2019

Bill Visnic, Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP09_02
Published 2019-09-01 by SAE International in United States

As the need for lighter materials and enhanced body performance intensifies, structural adhesives flourish as a materials-joining solution.

A funny thing happened on the way to the total-vehicle light-weighting that's now a common engineering dictate for nearly every new vehicle: structural adhesives-which entered low-volume automotive use in the 1980s-got pulled into the mainstream.

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GM underway with plan to build U.S. electric-vehicle charging infrastructure

Automotive Engineering: September 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP09_10
Published 2019-09-01 by SAE International in United States

Tesla has its coveted Supercharger network of high-voltage fast chargers, but despite a widely-discussed goal of contributing to a future with zero vehicle emissions, Mike Abelson, General Motors' vice president of EV infrastructure, admitted at the 2019 CAR Management Briefing Seminars conference that his company doesn't “wish to spend our capital to build (DC) fast chargers-we wish to spend our capital to build more electric vehicles.”

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Ford returns to OHV for new commercial-truck V8

Automotive Engineering: September 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP09_14
Published 2019-09-01 by SAE International in United States

In a still-heated market for highly profitable heavy-duty pickups and commercial vehicles, Ford doesn't intend to be outdone by General Motors' and FiatChrysler's recently-launched new lineups. It announced the SAE-certified power and torque figures for its all-new 7.3-L gasoline V8 for its 2020 models, while reminding that major revisions for its 2020 Power Stroke diesel V8 also portend to increased power.

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Editorial

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: September 2019

Editorial Director-Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP09_01
Published 2019-09-01 by SAE International in United States

Although editor-in-chief Lindsay Brooke's cover story detailing the foundations of Israel's surging tech sector helps to explain the nation's expanding expertise in all things cyber-secure, much of this issue deals with security and privacy of another kind-the access we grant almost daily to all manner of digital “providers” of goods and services.

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