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Engineering Newswire 118: Musk Unveils Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

November 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re bringing sports car sounds to the minivan, landing drones on an autonomous spaceport ship, and sculpting the world’s smallest human ... in the nude ...          

Rickshaw Research Reveals Extreme Pollution

November 26, 2014 10:41 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American...

HotSpot: Mercedes' Self-Driving Cars

November 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices: NVIDIA unveiled a new...

Honda Admits Failing to Report Deaths, Injuries

November 24, 2014 5:02 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its...

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State Sues GM Over Delayed Recalls

November 24, 2014 4:29 pm | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines ...   

Mouser Promotes New Formula E 270hp Electric Vehicle Racing Tech

November 24, 2014 3:34 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now promoting the technology and development of the new Formula E Electric Vehicle (EV) Racing. Mouser is a proud sponsor of the China Racing Formula E Racing Team, race cars running on batteries which ...  

Hackers Dissect Cars, Automakers React

November 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or ... 

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Ford Designates CMU Engineering Students for Premier Recruiting

November 21, 2014 2:41 pm | by Central Michigan University | News | Comments

Central Michigan University’s engineering program has been designated one of a select number of universities nationwide to be invited to participate in the Ford College Alliance. This new initiative is managed by the Ford Motor ...  

GM Spending $200 Million at 2 Michigan Plants

November 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will spend $200 million at two suburban Detroit plants for new vehicle production. The Detroit automaker announced Friday that it will invest $160 million at the Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township for ...  

3D-Printing Innovation Makes Stronger, Lighter Metal Parts

November 21, 2014 11:17 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A Purdue innovation that produces stronger, lighter metal parts that work for the automotive and aerospace industries through a new, 3D printing technology is being commercialized through Frontier Additive Manufacturing ...    

Toyota Recalls Nearly 423K Lexuses for Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says that the cars' fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against corrosion. Some lines could have been built with particles coming in contact with a gasket. That can cause the sealing property to ...    

Takata Quality Chief Shuns National Air Bag Recall

November 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Macy Gordon & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary. In testimony before the Commerce Committee, Senior Vice President of ...

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Japan Orders Air Bag Maker to Conduct Probe

November 21, 2014 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's transport ministry has told air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the U.S. and other countries. Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said Friday that the ...

Senators Get No Clear Answers on Air Bag Safety

November 20, 2014 9:59 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. A hearing ...  

GM Shakes Up Management, Names New Quality Chief

November 20, 2014 6:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has promoted its purchasing chief to be its head of quality as part of a management shakeup. The move comes after all GM brands but Buick performed worse than average in this year's Consumer Reports auto reliability ...  

The Latest List of Cars Involved in Air Bag Recalls

November 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NHTSA urges owners to use their vehicle identification number on manufacturer sites to see if vehicles are have been recalled by the manufacturer. Here's the latest list of models covered by multiple Takata-related recalls ...   

Hearing Draws Apology, Admission in Air Bag Mess

November 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags ...     

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Teaching Self-Driving Cars Ethics of the Road

November 20, 2014 11:23 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second ...

Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 11:18 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ...          

Electric Car Challenge Sparks Students' STEM Interest

November 20, 2014 11:17 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Aspiring automotive engineers from 27 middle schools across New Mexico will compete in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Highland High School gymnasium in Albuquerque ...  

New Tech Uses Wood Fibers to Reinforce Plastic Materials

November 20, 2014 9:04 am | by Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Joshua Otaigbe's research blends chemical engineering with materials structure and properties, most recently in trying to develop new and stronger composites that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. The longtime National ...  

Ford: Lower Oil Prices Unlikely to Slow Green Cars

November 20, 2014 6:59 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The executive chairman of Ford Motor Company said he doesn't think that a drop in oil prices will dissuade people from buying fuel-efficient vehicles. Bill Ford, the great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, said the ...    

Minivans Do Poorly in New Crash Tests

November 20, 2014 12:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all ... 

Nominee for Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 12:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind is a nationally known expert in human fatigue. He may soon inherit a government agency that's been criticized for being asleep at the wheel. President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a former NASA scientist with a ...

Photos of the Day: 6 Key Models at the L.A. Auto Show

November 19, 2014 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was purchased in California. So it's no wonder automakers save some of their most important introductions for the Los Angeles Auto Show ...        

Sonata Evolves into More Sophisticated Car

November 19, 2014 4:08 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hyundai Sonata sedan, poised to set a new U.S. sales record this year, feels like a more premium car for 2015 and adds interior room, improved ride, more standard equipment and new, luxury-car features. Standard features on every ... 

Safety Agency to Push for National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 4:01 pm | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver. The action Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers ...

Showdown Looms Between Gov't, Air Bag Maker

November 19, 2014 3:45 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants Takata Corp. to recall millions of ...  

VW Recalls 442K Cars for Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash. The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Jettas and 2012 through 2013 Beetles ...  

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