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Autonomous Vehicles: Innovation, Ethics, and Responsibility

Posted April 16, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Considering that American consumers are not entirely comfortable with autonomous vehicles (AV) and the ability of the vehicle to make "moral" decisions, the development of AVs has spawned questions and discussions around ethics and responsibility in engineering. Follow this discussion through the "trolley problem" to responsibility in research and innovation.


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Toyota Upgrades UK Plant to Support New Design Platform

Posted March 30, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Starting in 2017, the facility will be upgraded with new equipment, technologies, and systems. This will enable production of vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. Read more


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Rotary Engines Reimagined

Posted March 18, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The last rotary engine-powered production vehicle rolled off the Mazda assembly line in 2012. Since almost all conversation regarding the future of rotary engines begins and ends with Mazda, auto enthusiasts are wondering, will Mazda revive its rotary engine? Perhaps with some unique — and even mysterious — ideas about how to do so.


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Method to Mass Produce Complex Composite Parts

Posted February 09, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Composite materials are increasingly being used by automakers to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy; however, because of the expense and complexity of many composites, these materials have been relegated largely to luxury-class vehicles. Now, a new process provides for the cost-effective mass production composite parts could change that.


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What is Driving MEMS for ADAS Applications?

Posted January 15, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Safety and convenience are driving the move from assisted driver systems to autonomous vehicles. The combination of the performance requirements and cost makes microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors a valuable automotive solution.


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