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Article
2014-09-09
The marriage of vehicle electronics with mechanical systems is growing ever closer in intimacy, as the organizers of the first Convergence conference 40 years ago expected. Counseling on that relationship—and the crucial conflicts (e.g., simplicity vs. complexity) that must be resolved for a happy and resilient union—will be offered at SAE 2014 Convergence in the form of a seven-session panel program.
Standard
2014-09-09
This SAE Standard covers dimensions, performance parameters and nomenclature of a push-pull control cable used in inboard marine throttle and shift applications.
Book
2014-09-09
With current LED performance nearing or surpassing that of most traditional light sources, LEDs are now addressing most lighting applications (indoors, outdoors, transportation vehicles and so on), with prices coming down rapidly over the past three to five years. Advances in materials will also broaden LED consumption through improved performance. The report looks at the competing light-source technologies for automotive applications, including Halogen, HID/ Xenon, Combined HID and LED, LED technology, Organic LED (OLED) and Laser technology. It also examines the design flexibility and power savings that LEDs give designers, as well as the differing optics technology and related strict regulations. The Advanced Automotive Lighting and Vision Systems Report - 2014 Edition addresses uses for lighting in vehicles, looking at both exterior and interior applications and the unique set of challenges presented by each. It also looks at how lighting technologies are increasingly being combined with vision systems to create complete modules.
Article
2014-09-08
Additional $35 million will fund the company’s unique research center an additional five years, concentrating on a ‘safe transition’ to future of automated and connected vehicle technologies.
Standard
2014-09-05
This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) discusses characteristics of data communications for the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS). This document provides guidance on the aspects of transport media, unmanned systems and the characteristics of JAUS itself that are relevant to the definition of a JAUS transport specification.
Standard
2014-09-05
This document, the JAUS Compliance and Interoperability Policy (ARP6012), recommends an approach to documenting the complete interface of an unmanned system or component in regard to the application of the standard set. While non-SAE AS-4 JAUS documents are referenced in this ARP they are not within the scope of this document and should be viewed as examples only.
Article
2014-09-04
Toyota announced on Sept. 4th that it will pump $35 million into its Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in Ann Arbor, MI, to focus on safety technologies related to connected- and automated-vehicle technologies. 
Article
2014-09-04
Two major design trends, the push to provide more exotic human-machine interfaces and the march towards autonomous driving, are sparking interest in cameras not now used in vehicles. Time-of-flight cameras provide gesture recognition for HMIs and tell autonomous controllers whether drivers are watching the road with their hands on the wheel.
Magazine
2014-09-03
Putting lightweighting to the test Material laws and orientation information are coupled in a single finite element analysis to predict the performance of the hybrid composite beam under a dynamic three point bending load. Screens, cameras provide new look in cabs Video inputs are another option showing up on displays that increasingly offer touch control. Big performance in small packages By regulating light-duty engine variable speed fans based on heat rejection demands and ambient temperature, consistent power savings over the entire operating spectrum can be achieved.
Magazine
2014-09-03
Start-up ability of UAVs on task Besides low cost, easy manufacturability, light weight, long operation time, and high durability, miniature UAVs need restart capability during flight.
Book
2014-09-03
William C. Messner
Over the years, the DARPA Challenges in the United States have galvanized interest in autonomous cars, making them a real possibility in the mind of the public, but autonomous and unmanned vehicles have been increasingly employed in many roles on land, in the water, and in the air. Military applications have received a great deal of attention, with weaponized unmanned aircraft (drones) being the most prominent. However, unmanned vehicles with varying degrees of autonomy already have many civilian applications. Some of these are quite familiar (such as the Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaner), while others remain largely out of the public eye (such as autonomous farm equipment). Additional applications and more capable vehicles are rapidly coming to the markets in the years ahead. This book examines a number of economically important areas in which unmanned and autonomous vehicles, also understood here as autonomous technologies, are already used or soon will be. Co-published by SAE International and AUVSI, Autonomous Technologies: Applications That Matter will assist the reader in identifying profitable opportunities and avoiding costly misconceptions with respect to civilian applications of autonomous vehicle technologies as it brings together chapters on how air, water, and ground vehicles are becoming ever more used and appreciated.
Article
2014-09-02
We huddled in a tight circle by the finish line, frantically waiting for radio updates on the progress of our team’s rider, Rob “Bullet” Barber, who was miles in the distance and closing fast. Our 11-person team of student engineers and support crew from The Ohio State University could hardly breathe as we got the report: Barber was battling for third place—a podium finish—in the TT Zero class for electric racing motorcycles at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.
Article
2014-09-02
Electronic controls play an invisible role in making each new model year's vehicles better than before. Case in point is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. In this week's SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at how electronics improve the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco.
Magazine
2014-09-02
2015 New Vehicle & Technology Preview Automotive Engineering editors take a look at some of the more intriguing new models, including GM's full-size SUVs, BMW's i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car, Acura's TLX sedan, and Ford's F-150 full-size pickup truck. Picturing the map for smoother rides Next-gen A/C As conventional vapor-compression cooling technology faces phase-out, what could take its place? The U.S. Department of Energy's ARPA-e has funded research to help answer this question.
Technical Paper
2014-09-01
Zachary A. Collier, Steve Walters, Dan DiMase, Jeffrey M. Keisler, Igor Linkov
Counterfeit electronic components entering into critical infrastructure and applications through the global supply chain threaten the economy and national security. In response to the growing threat from counterfeits, the Society of Automotive Engineers G-19 Committee is developing AS6171. This aerospace standard is focused on testing facilities with a goal of standardizing the process of counterfeit detection. An integral part of the standard is a semi-quantitative risk assessment method. This method assigns risk scores to electronic components based on a number of relevant criteria, and places the components into one of five risk tier levels corresponding to an appropriate level of laboratory testing to ensure the authenticity of the component. In this way, the methodology aims at standardizing the risk assessment process and bases the identified risk as guidance for commensurate testing protocols. This paper outlines the risk assessment method contained within AS6171 and briefly explores other complementary efforts and research gaps within the G-19 and electronics community.
Article
2014-08-29
The relationship between consumer electronics and automotive infotainment systems is intensifying as smart phone operating systems become a factor in development strategies.
Article
2014-08-29
In this Ford Motor Co. research project, the driver instructs a plug-in hybrid electric car when to operate in electric-only mode before starting the vehicle.
Article
2014-08-29
During the transition from a future fully autonomous vehicle to a human controlling the steering wheel and brake pedal in emergency take-overs of vehicle control in complex situations, a distracted driver is bad news.
Article
2014-08-29
Built-in voice recognition surpasses wind noise as the problem most frequently reported by new-vehicle owners, according to J.D. Power. The J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study released Aug. 28 notes that the number of new-vehicle owners complaining about voice recognition is larger than it was in last year's study, with 8.3 problems reported per 100 new vehicles in 2014; the figure was 7.6 in 2013.
Article
2014-08-29
Wires and cables help design teams add electronic features and functions, but networks and wiring harnesses add a fair amount of weight while their connections can be the cause of failures. That’s prompting developers to examine ways to reduce the size and weight of wires and cables.
Article
2014-08-28
Visteon Corp. claims its in-car wireless device charging system is an industry first in that it complies with both of the main standards: Power Matters Alliance (PMA)/Powermat and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)/Qi. 
Article
2014-08-26
Tesla Motors is learning that making trouble-free autos is no easy task. In this week's SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at the American electric car maker and recent reports of problems with its Model S luxury sedan.SAE Eye on Engineering can be viewed at http://youtu.be/kgbdTHxuegw.
Standard
2014-08-26
This ARP specifies the recommended methods of marking electrical wiring and harnesses to aid in the positioning/routing of electrical wiring, harnesses and cable assemblies.
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