Transmission: on a mission Ian Adcock speaks with Oerlikon Graziano's head of performance, automotive, Paolo Mantelli, about the revolution ahead for transmission systems. Inside the proving factory Ian Adcock reports on a new business model designed to bridge the skills gap between engineering start-ups and the motor industry. Sensing danger, maximum response Automotive Design looks into passenger safety systems.
DuPont: from art to part DuPont's newly appointed global automotive technology director Jeffrey Sternberg, in conversation with Ian Adcock. Igniting the creative spark Ryan Gehm and Lindsay Brooke report on breakthrough technologies at the SAE Congress. Winning ways Ian Adcock exclusively reveals the newly formed Williams Advanced Engineering facility. Driverless future: steering a safe course Google unleashing 100 driverless, motorised pods on to the road has put the need for rigorous safety standards centre stage, as Ian Adcock reports
Downsizing: the heat is off Ian Adcock discovers why a material developed in the nuclear industry could prove a real boon for OEMs as they look to downsize engines. Lightweight champions Could an alloy with the strength of steel, but as light as aluminium, prove to be a game changer for the automotive industry? Ian Adcock investigates. Road fatalities: eliminating the human factor In a new series on vehicle safety, Ian Adcock looks at the need for more driver intervention systems.
Exhausting Possibilities A novel herringbone design of exhaust catalyst could be the 'Eureka' moment for emissions reductions, says ACAT Global's CEO Joseph W Moch. Ian Adcock tries to unravel the story behind it A right royal performance An interior influenced by the Jubilee celebrations? James Brewer finds out more Virtually, the real deal OEMs want faster time to market, reduced development costs and ever more sophisticated testing. Ian Adcock reports
Top tech talent Spotlight on some of the technologies that have been judged worthy of an AEI SAE 2013 Tech Award On the charge New solutions for turbocharger hoses were revealed at a leading international conference. Ian Adcock reports Gateway to electronic future Chris Edwards asks if field-programmable gate array will be the next big step in automotive electronics
Green revolution How green can a car plant be? Hugh Hunston travels to Tangiers to discover if Dacia has the answers Stop, thief! Facial recognition could be the answer Manufacturing reformation Additive 3D printing could well revolutionise manufacturing, as Ian Adcock discovers
Walking the torque A system that fills in the torque gap of a turbocharged diesel engine, allowing a smaller power unit to punch well above its size, without the dreaded 'lag'-that has to be a winner, surely. So a decade later, why has it yet to come to market? Ian Adcock ponders the reasons Tipping the scales The original Range Rover revolutionised the automotive industry when it was launched. Some 42 years later, the latest version looks very much set to do the same as Ian Adcock reports Can computers take control safely? In the name of improved safety, some favour a future where automation takes charge of a fast-moving vehicle. The more cautious support advanced systems that simply warn drivers of potential problems. Who will win out? Chris Edwards reports
The welding game changer Daniel Jubera of Novelis talks exclusively to Ian Adcock about its new laser weldable aluminium On the supercharge A new variable supercharger from V-Charge could herald a new era of downsized engines. Ian Adcock reports Making the MOST of in-car data Mark Fletcher takes a look at MOST and discovers how it is helping OEMs to keep pace with consumer demands
Spotlight on Bernard Gilmont Ian Adcock talks with the European Aluminium Association director about light weighting and improved vehicle efficiency Hydrogen: The Power Broker Andrew English on the challenges of storing hydrogen, using metal-organic frameworks Bridging the gap In an Automotive Design exclusive, Richard Yarrow reveals the secrets behind Harman's interconnected infotainment technology
Spotlight on Wolfgang Dürheimer Ian Adcock discovers ambitious plans for Bentley, Bugatti, and Volkswagen motorsport Pixel-ated In an Automotive Design exclusive, Ian Adcock gets the inside track on TATA's and Torotrak's unique zero-turn technology 'Buy to drive' Manufacturing Keith Howard investigates the benefits of additive manufacturing
Spotlight on Matt Roney Tony Lewin talks with TRW's Matt Roney about the megatrends now shaping future vehicle technology-and the emphasis is on delivering maximum value. The new black Imagine a future where cars weigh half what they do today, emit less carbon dioxide and are much easier to recycle. That vision may well be on its way, as Ian Adcock, Paul Horrell and Lou Reade report. Safety first Volvo's electric-powered C30 presented its engineers with a unique set of safety challenges, not least integrating a 300Kgs battery pack.
Spotlight on Bernhard Bihr The President of Bosch Engineering explains to Ian Adcock why he believes the internal combustion engine (ICE) will continue to dominate Flywheel power booster Battery hybrids are grabbing the headlines, but a rival could be cheaper and more efficient, as Ian Adcock discovers Sounds fantastic The auto industry is looking to provide studio quality sound on the move. Graham Pitcher tunes in