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The promising outlook for natural gas in M/HD trucking

The promising outlook for natural gas in M/HD trucking

Advances in gas extraction techniques mean that vast untapped underground reserves of natural gas are becoming more readily accessible, increasing the production potential of natural gas for industrial and transport applications and indicating a shift in demand away from imported petroleum fuels. As a result, OEMs and suppliers have increased ...

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The auto industry falls for aluminium

The auto industry falls for aluminium

There are several advantages to using aluminium in automotive applications: it is a third of the weight of steel, and can be applied in ways that match the strength of steel while remaining 50% lighter. This helps reduce tailpipe emissions during the use phase, and once a vehicle reaches the ...

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2020 Vision: a first look at GHG 20 for US M/HD trucks

2020 Vision - A first look at GHG 20 for US M-HD trucking

In February 2014, the Obama Administration required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to propose and finalise a rule that will usher in the second phase of medium and heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency standards. The EPA and NHTSA have until March 2015 to ...

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Carbon fibre goes mainstream

Carbon fibre goes mainstream

Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) is currently one of the most talked about lightweight automotive materials, owing to its high potential for vehicle weight reduction and premium finish quality. Over the next 20 years or so, a significant reduction in costs is expected for the material in automotive applications, bringing ...

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The future of automotive HMI

The future of automotive HMI

The way drivers interact with their vehicles, and the way vehicles interact with drivers and vehicle occupants is evolving rapidly. As the driver-vehicle relationship evolves, the race is on to identify and develop future-proof human-machine interface (HMI) technology that will enable drivers to interact safely and efficiently with their vehicles; ...

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Understanding Open Source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI)

Understanding Open Source IVI

The use of open source software development is increasing in the automotive industry, primarily in the area of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI). Several software platforms operate in this space, including the GENIVI Alliance, QNX and Microsoft. With the pace of change in electronics development being set by the consumer electronics industry, ...

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Natural gas for medium/heavy CV applications

There will be around 18 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) on the world’s roads by the end of 2013, according to industry estimates. NGVs have been popular in developing countries with good supplies of natural gas because it is considerably less expensive than liquid petroleum fuels. Now, lower cost and ...

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The prospects for autonomous vehicles

The prospects for autonomous vehicles

Testing of semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles on public roads became legal in Nevada in March 2012. Similar authorisation is spreading to other US states, enabling several automotive OEMs and Google to log hundreds of thousands of test miles. OEMs and suppliers are working on differing levels of autonomous driving technology, ...

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The outlook for the light vehicle ICE

Automotive World Briefing: The outlook for the light vehicle ICE

With powertrain electrification and alternative fuels enjoying much publicity but so far making very small inroads into the new light vehicle market, it is clear that the internal combustion engine (ICE) will be the dominant transportation power source for the foreseeable future. This Automotive World Briefing provides a brief review ...

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