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Who Controls Your Car?

Posted September 22, 2014 2:43 PM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Cars rely on computers to optimize performance, and these systems often reside on the same network that connects the vehicle to the Internet. This cyber link to the outside world becomes a gateway for hackers to access critical functions like steering and brakes - as demonstrated in this article's embedded video. CNN looks at popular models such as the Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Prius and gauges the vulnerability that car owners face. On the positive side, hacking today's vehicles is more time consuming and difficult than breaking into more vulnerable PCs and smartphones.


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A Glimpse into the Rarefied World of Rare Cars

Posted September 04, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

By the time you read about the cars featured in this story, high-rolling automobile enthusiasts from around the globe will have paid record prices for the privilege of ownership. Gizmag highlights the prestigious vehicles featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - cars from the past as well as new prototypes never seen before. It's a rarefied world of beauty held at a beautiful venue. Certainly, there's no harm in looking.


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Reinventing the Wheel

Posted August 20, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Two materials companies have teamed up with a German automaker to reinvent the wheel. Instead of metal, the new configuration will be a composite made of a high heat-resistant thermoplastic polyetherimide (PEI) resin. Kringlan Composites of Switzerland is using the groundbreaking Ultem resin from chemicals maker Sabic to design a wheel that not only offers superior performance but may one day replace those made of metal and aluminum alloy - helping automakers reduce weight, cut emissions, and lower manufacturing costs.


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Manufacturing Goes Virtual

Posted July 24, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Ford's IntoSite pilot project takes manufacturing into the virtual world, eliminating much of the risk of innovation, enabling global collaboration, and honing a tool that can optimize production processes. The IntoSite cloud-based application uses Google Earth technology and unified communications to share data, better understand manufacturing processes (see video), and enable navigation through 2D and 3D versions of assembly plants.


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Plug-in Sales Outpace Previous Hybrids

Posted July 08, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Plug-in hybrid and electric car sales are far ahead of those of first generation hybrids at the same stage in each technology's development. A report from IHS Automotive says that at the end of 2013, Nissan's Leaf had sold 100,000 units and Chevy's Volt 70,000. When first introduced, the Toyota Prius sold 52,000 as of its fourth year of production. The report adds plug-in sales should surge even more with Ford's introduction of the C-Max Energi plug-in (video) in Europe this year.


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How Will Driverless Cars Respond to Emergencies?

Posted July 04, 2014 12:00 PM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Decision-making software in driverless cars must cope with significant challenges. Suppose the car must choose between colliding with a pedestrian or a car full of people, or colliding with a relatively crash-resistant Volvo or a more vulnerable Mini Cooper. In the second case, the laws of physics suggest opting for the Volvo, which will likely suffer less damage. As this article from Wired magazine suggests, liability law may not agree. Learn how seemingly sensible programming design could very well present ethical challenges.


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