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2014-02-26
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Technical sessions focused on interiors at the SAE 2014 World Congress span the designated technology areas, including electronics, materials, and safety/testing. One example in the electronics area, to take place April 8 at 9:30 a.m., covers multi-media systems. As part of the discussion, Takata researchers will present new touchscreen concepts such as a smart display surface that could benefit steering-wheel design.
2014-02-25
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Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has introduced a human-machine interface (HMI) that it says predicts a driver’s needs to safely and easily operate complex HMI tasks in one or two steps and in no more than 15 s.
2014-01-30
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Interior Climate Control Committee reactivates development of standards for R-744 mobile air-conditioning (carbon dioxide as a refrigerant), after several German automakers choose to renew work on a system. R-1234yf maintains worldwide lead as low-global-warming refrigerant choice to replace R-134a. German association of the auto industry (VDA) assigns R-744 development work to automakers.
2014-01-22
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Concerns about airborne diseases and flu pandemics coupled with increasing passenger concerns about environmental conditions are prompting some aircraft designers to take a closer look at ventilation systems. In many instances, improvements in air quality and cleanliness are being expedited by using design tools such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
2014-01-22
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Of eleven minicars evaluated in recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "small overlap front" crash testing, only one achieved an "acceptable" rating. With "good" ratings in the testing organization's four other categories, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark qualifies as an IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick—the only one among minicars.
2014-01-20
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Company using new plastic technology to reduce size of heat sink on standard model, set for 2016 applications. Now offering “mini” for use with its navigation systems.
2014-01-15
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Acoustic performance has become a key competitive factor for off-highway equipment due to an increasing focus on operator comfort and noise pollution as well as continuing regulatory pressure.
2014-01-08
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Dassault Aviation has built into its upcoming Falcon 5X flight controls and displays experience not only from the Falcon family of business jets but also from the Rafale multi-role combat fighter.
2014-01-08
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Color displays are transforming operator environments as human-machine interfaces make it easier for operators to understand complex tasks and diagnostic information.
2014-01-06
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Its CalAmp-supplied module, which plugs into OBD II connector, can access vehicle data such as from the powertrain, but if given OE access, can offer more, including voice command of texting and browsing. With Access Via Mobile coming to Chrysler products later in 2014, popular smartphone apps also will be available on touchscreen.
2013-12-19
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As some features quiet children, others interfere with driver concentration on the road ahead, studies by AAA and MIT find. Toyota is testing transfer of tasks to passengers to relieve the driver of cognitive overload.
2013-12-09
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A collaborative effort of AVL, Eberspächer, Topsoe Fuel Cell, Volvo, and Forschungszentrum Jülich, called the DESTA project, is exploring the benefits of utilizing solid-oxide fuel-cell APUs to help meet heavy-duty truck anti-idling requirements. In 2014, a vehicle demonstration on board a U.S.-market Volvo Class 8 truck will be performed.
2013-12-06
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The system has a Tegra 2 graphics processor from Nvidia and Qualcomm Technologies module and can produce 3-D images and deliver download speeds up to 100 Mbps--seven times faster than previous 3G system.
2013-12-05
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Bringing the aftermarket into advanced connected-car era raises technological and legal issues, but SEMA show exhibitors and forum speakers display ability to participate. Aisles of retrofit kits for electronic feature content show aftermarket's intent.
2013-11-25
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As telecom suppliers and insurance companies strive to leverage connected-car technologies and increase revenues from autos, they’re also attempting to reduce the dangers of distracted driving. Sprint has focused on texting while driving, coming out with a tool that will block texting functions when the vehicle is in motion.
2013-11-25
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Infotainment systems often account for a solid portion of the 100 million or so lines of code on today’s vehicles. That’s prompting many product developers to turn to open-source software, which can trim the development cycle roughly in half.
2013-11-04
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With its new line of automotive fabric and leather concepts for customers worldwide, Lear’s seat surface material capabilities now extend to a full range of custom finishing techniques, including laser etching, embroidery, embossing, perforations, and polymer printing.
2013-10-31
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New R-1234yf production is promised by Arkema. SAE Cooperative Research Group shows R-445A blend has potential, and vehicle prototype charging equipment for assembly line and service shop is undergoing testing. German automakers resurrect the R-744 (carbon dioxide as a refrigerant) development program.
2013-10-31
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The interior supplier showed five concept seats featuring customization via various secondary processes at its fall 2013 fashion show. One such advanced technology, polymer printing, enables Lear designers to create a unique look that is then laminated onto the leather as a 3-µm (118-µin) thick film.
2013-10-15
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Soform from Asahi Kasei Plastics is a specialty soft-touch polypropylene for automotive interior applications.
2013-10-11
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Luxurious interior and electronics content update the SRT while maintaining the "beast" image, and the new 2014 TA (Time Attack) package is a street-legal, track-ready package.
2013-09-25
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Chemical reaction-based "thermal batteries" could provide HVAC services to lighten the load on electrochemical batteries.
2013-09-24
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Body styling, color, and engine power may have to start sharing their role as key differentiators with yet another vehicle attribute—the human-machine interface (HMI). A growing number of companies are focusing on HMIs amidst predictions that more car buyers will make decisions based on these electronic controls.
2013-09-19
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Autoliv’s adaptable seatbelt features improved safety for all occupants, especially children.
2013-08-30
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TRW Automotive’s new anchor seatbelt pretensioner in a rotary configuration features a lightweight design and compact packaging for easy integration in vehicle interiors.
2013-08-30
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Ford engineers and university research partners are exploring adsorption-based thermal batteries that could provide power for HVAC systems and lessen the load on battery packs, allowing electric vehicles to travel farther.
2013-08-15
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Panasonic Avionics signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Telecom Satellite Communications Ltd. to jointly develop, implement, and support in-flight connectivity solutions for the Chinese market.
2013-08-13
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In a move to strengthen its hand in vehicle climate control and electronics, Visteon on Aug. 13 announced it has agreed to sell its 50% stake in a interior systems joint venture with a Chinese supplier and to increase its stake in an electronics joint joint venture with the same company.
2013-08-05
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The Connected Farm mobile fleet app from Trimble was designed to give managers and technicians access to fleet information from any location.
2013-07-12
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Technomelt XPO 1050 polyolefin-based hotmelt from Henkel can bond a variety of interior-related substrates without the need for pretreatment of the plastic surface.
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