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Bullish Forecast for Autonomous Vehicle Sales

Posted July 19, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Reflecting a substantial increase from previous estimates, global sales of autonomous vehicles are now predicted to exceed 75 million through the year 2035. Key factors influencing this growth, reports IHS Automotive, include increasing investment in autonomy by OEMs, suppliers, and technology companies, as well as new mobility solutions such as ride sharing and car sharing programs. The U.S. market is expected to see the earliest deployment of autonomous vehicles as it works through challenges posed by regulation, liability, and consumer acceptance.


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How Ford Motor Company Views the Future

Posted June 18, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Wearables, personal assistants, and augmented reality — Ford is exploring the possibilities of all these technologies in the company's different Research and Innovation Centers. While some of this work focuses on the long term, 10 to 15 years from now, about 60% of the effort is dedicated to the near term, or three to five years ahead. Collaboration is critical. As this report explains, Ford is quick to team up with universities and companies outside of the car realm to expand their own horizons.


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Concept Car Shows Off Future Manufacturing Trends

Posted May 16, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Shell has unveiled a concept car that dramatically reduces primary energy use over its entire lifecycle. According to the company, the car would require about half the energy to manufacture and operate than a small family car, and about two thirds less energy than that required for a sports utility vehicle. Built around the Gordon Murray Design iStream platform, the 550 kg (1,212 lb) vehicle is a showcase for recycled carbon fiber and other lightweight materials as well as components made from 3D printing.


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Not Ready for Prime Time

Posted April 01, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The autonomous vehicle was at fault. That was the rendering of California's Department of Motor Vehicles regarding a recent accident between Google's self-driving car and a California bus. Perhaps more disconcerting, the autonomous vehicle - in a recent 15 month period - failed to take control on 341 separate occasions.


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On-the-Go Internet Service

Posted March 19, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Before 4G LTE communications have had a chance to become a standard feature in the connected car, a new technology has emerged that may take its place. Toyota has teamed up with Kymeta to develop an embedded flat antenna that mounts inconspicuously on the roof of vehicles and supports on-the-go satellite connectivity. The antenna, called mTenna, leverages software and liquid crystal technologies to acquire, steer, and lock onto any satellite (see video). What makes this technology so attractive? Satellite communications offer a global footprint and provide 1,000x more spectrum and higher transfer speeds than cellular services.


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