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Ford Releases Electric Car Patents to Competitors

May 28, 2015 4:41 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ford is making the plans for its electric cars available for purchase in order to foster industry-wide research. Patents available for purchase include a method and apparatus for battery charge balancing ...

Volvo Recalls 200 New XC90s for Airbag Issues

May 28, 2015 12:04 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo is recalling about 200 2016 XC90s due to a potential issue with an electric wire harness...

Volvo App Coming to Apple Watch

May 28, 2015 10:55 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo has teamed up with Apple to allow drivers to unlock their car and control services such as...

GM to Offer Android, Apple Systems in Many 2016 Models

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

By the end of the year, nearly every major automaker will begin offering Apple's CarPlay or...

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GM Adding Shift, Upgrading Camaro Plant

May 28, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it's returning a second shift and 500 workers to a Michigan plant to build the new Chevrolet Camaro. The Detroit-based automaker announced Thursday that the shift will ...

UAW Rival at VW Represented By 'Union Avoidance' Expert

May 28, 2015 9:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rival group to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee brands itself as local, independent and free of outside influence or political agenda. But the American Council of Employees won't divulge ...

Lamborghini Signs Deal to Build New SUV

May 28, 2015 9:41 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Super sports carmaker Lamborghini confirmed Wednesday it will enter the luxury SUV market and signed a deal to produce the new vehicle in Italy after receiving more than 80 million euros ($87 million) in government incentives ...


Top 5 from RAPID 2015

May 28, 2015 9:23 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Last week, Long Beach, California was home to the latest in 3D printing and scanning technology. RAPID celebrated its 25th anniversary with a smorgasbord of innovative technology from both established companies and ...

Self-Braking Car Accident May Have Been Test of Non-Standard Feature

May 27, 2015 4:48 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A car that violently struck two people during a demonstration in the Dominican Republic did not actually have the pedestrian detection capability the driver may have been testing ...

Semiconductor Market Grew 7 Percent in 2014

May 27, 2015 2:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Revenue from the power management semiconductor market grew nearly 7 percent last year, said market research firm IHS Inc. This is partially because demand was high in the automotive and industrial end markets ...

Today in Engineering History: Golden Gate Bridge Opens

May 27, 2015 2:26 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened. The celebration (called The Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta) lasted from May 27 to June 2. The news reported as many as ...

Ford Recalls Nearly 423K Vehicles for Power Steering Problem

May 27, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling nearly 423,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the power-assisted steering can fail while they're being driven. The recall covers certain Ford Flex and Taurus vehicles, as well as ...


Cheap Motorbikes Bring Opportunity & Chaos to Haiti

May 27, 2015 9:16 am | by David McFadden, Associated Press | News | Comments

Joseph-Marc Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it ...

Hyundai Is first to Offer Android Auto System

May 27, 2015 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is the first carmaker to offer Google's Android Auto system. Starting Tuesday, Android smartphone users with a 2015 Sonata can ask dealers to download the system for ...

GM Plans $1.2B in Upgrades for Pick-Up Truck Plant

May 27, 2015 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced Tuesday it would spend $1.2 billion on new facilities and technology at an Indiana factory where it builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks ...

U.S. Closes Probe after Can-Am Spyder Maker Agrees to Recall

May 26, 2015 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles after the manufacturer agreed to a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says ...

Engineering Racing Greatness: The Conditions

May 26, 2015 10:37 am | by TE Connectivity | Videos | Comments

Even racing’s ideal conditions are less than ideal. In the second installment of Engineering Racing Greatness, a collaboration between Andretti Autosport and TE Connectivity, we take ...


Photos of the Day: Extreme Off-Road Unimog Weighs 14.5 Tons

May 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Daimler | News | Comments

The Unimog U 5023 model combines the diversity of equipment familiar from the Unimog equipment carrier with the particular advantages of extreme off-road vehicles. In addition to the fording capability of up to ...

Automakers to Reveal Models Covered by Wider Air Bag Recall

May 26, 2015 9:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eleven automakers are expected next week to reveal which models are being added to a massive recall of air bags made by Takata Corp. On Tuesday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced ...

Survey Suggests Motorists are Driving on Underinflated Tires

May 22, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Memorial Day weekend is typically filed with droves of motorists eying sun-filled escapes from their hectic lives, and this year will be no different as more than 33 million Americans are expected to hit the roads ...

Uber Tests 'Autonomy Systems' in Pittsburgh

May 22, 2015 1:08 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An autonomous Uber car may have been spotted in Pittsburgh, although the ride-sharing company denies that the vehicle is truly automated ...

Electromagnetic Rail Launchers Among 5 Patents This Week

May 22, 2015 12:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, the new design seeks to increase a rail launcher's energy efficiency and compactness, as well as to allow the use of proven and simple technology components ...

Army Outfits First Vehicles with Electronic Stability Control

May 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by Charles Parsons, Army Program Office, MRAP, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support | News | Comments

Soldiers laud the ballistic protection Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicles that provide them against underbody threats, but now a brand-new MRAP feature, the first of its kind for the Army, will help maximize ...

Honda Driver Rahal Says Chevrolet Has 'Huge Advantage'

May 22, 2015 9:48 am | by Dan Gelston, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Graham Rahal knows which manufacturer is the one to beat in the Indianapolis 500 — and it's not his own. A Honda driver, Rahal has spent May looking up at all the Chevrolets ahead ...

Tuk-Tuk Taxi Maker Aims to Make Inroads in U.S.

May 22, 2015 9:39 am | by Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk ...

Where Will 3D Technology Take Us Next?

May 22, 2015 9:32 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

From TE Connectivity’s unveiling of a fully functional 3D printed motorcycle to Forecast 3D’s reveal of a race car with more than 70 3D printed parts, the show floor was alive with innovation and ingenuity. The motorcycle ...

Feds Seek to Manage Takata Recall, Speed Up Repairs

May 22, 2015 9:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. are so dangerous that U.S. safety regulators want to manage a massive recall so cars can be fixed faster. On Tuesday Takata doubled the size of its recall to 33.8 million air bags ...

Toyota Promises to Find Cause of Takata Airbag Defects

May 22, 2015 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to about 53 million vehicles worldwide, stressing that regaining consumer trust ...

Engineering Newswire 140: Jet Powered Go Kart Reaches 60 MPH

May 21, 2015 10:15 am | by Melissa Fassbender, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire we’re riding in a jet powered go kart, cutting components with an all new controller, and building the world's longest glass bridge …

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