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PICKUP SHOCKER!

Automotive Engineering: January 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP01_01
Published 2019-01-01 by SAE International in United States

With the R1T, Rivian emerges as the startup most likely to build the electric vehicle all of America will want to own.

Rivian founder and CEO R.J. Scaringe isn't claiming he's developed the formula for cold fusion, but it's possible he's cracked a code of similar import to the automotive world: the formula to make electric vehicles truly resonate with mainstream America.

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Electrify the U.S. Postal fleet!

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Editor-in-Chief-Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_01
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

They're hot in the summer and cold in the winter, their drivers complain. Their sub-10-mpg fuel efficiency and emissions profile are stuck in the 1980s. Onboard fires are not uncommon due to poorly routed fluid lines. With rear-drive only, their traction in slippery road conditions is “scary,” according to U.S. Postal Service carriers who brave rain, snow and gloom of night in the Long Life Vehicle-the familiar residential mail truck that is finally nearing replacement.

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Moving the goalposts of emission compliance

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Michael Robinet
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_03
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

This industry has worked hard to reduce or at least control several critical risks. The effort has been key for all constituents, impacting strategic direction, the allocation of valuable human and financial capital, and enterprise profitability.

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Detecting battery leaks at production speeds

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Kami Buchholz
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_07
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Inficon has launched what it said is an industry-first, robotic-compatible leak-detection system that can use either helium or hydrogen-forming gas to ferret out minuscule cracks in the batteries of electrified vehicles.

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WHAT WE'RE DRIVING

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_05
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Can any vehicle with a three-cylinder engine really regard itself as “premium?”

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Lexus soups-up seventh-generation ES sedan

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_10
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Sedans and any configuration of a “car” might be a tough sell at the moment, but Toyota's Lexus division certainly wasn't going to let that stop it from launching a new, seventh generation of the ES midsize sedan, which by a large margin just happens to be the brand's best-selling car (51,398 last year in a shrinking U.S. market for sedan bodystyles). The ES typically accounts for nearly half of Lexus' total car sales.

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AV testing is for DUMMIES

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_12
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Rapid development of automated vehicles is driving ATD innovations, as Humanetics' CEO explains.

A few years ago, Chris O'Connor started to notice a common talking point emerging from within the many autonomous vehicle conferences and meetings he was attending.

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SPOTLIGHT: ADAS SENSORS

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_14
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

ROHM's (Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif.) BD9S series of automotive synchronous secondary buck dc/dc converters have a high reliability and low power consumption in a compact form factor with a temperature range of −40 to +125°C (−40 to 257°F). The products are offered in a leadless package with wettable flanks, making them suitable for use in applications such as radars, cameras and sensors that can be used for assisted driving. Comprised of very compact, high-efficiency automotive-grade power supply ICs, the BD9S series includes an enable function to adjust the start-up time and a PGOOD output indication to improve system functional safety. This broad lineup of products supports output currents from 0.6 to 4.0A. Offered in the “industry-leading” (according to a ROHM September 2018 study) 2 and 3 mm2 (0.003 and 0.004 in2) space-saving packages, they deliver high efficient operation, resulting in a best-in-class power conversion efficiency of 90% (at 3.6-V input/1.8-V output).

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SAE publishes first global standard on shared mobility

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Jennifer Shuttleworth
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_02
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

As the way people travel is transforming due to demographic shifts, technical advances and environmental concerns, the shared-mobility industry has been challenged with discrepancies in use and definition of terms.

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Mazda details electrification strategy, confirms rotary engine's return

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_06
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

In an announcement from Japan in October, Mazda-one of the few established automakers to articulate a comprehensive longterm commitment to hybridization or all-electric vehicle propulsion-said it intends to incorporate some type of electrification in all its vehicles by 2030. Yet in nearly the same virtual breath, the company affirmed its connection to “soulful” forms of internal combustion, including a confirmation that it will renew its longstanding enthusiasm for the rotary engine.

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