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India's Automotive Bearing Market is Set to Bounce Back

July 2, 2015 1:36 pm | by 6Wresearch | News | Comments

India’s automotive sector is all set to revive back after sluggish demand during the period 2012-14. Increasing consumer confidence and recovery of the economy has pushed the market ...

Deflating Baby Floats Among 5 Design Fails This Week

July 2, 2015 12:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, gas tanks are leaking, wheel hubs are flying, glass is shattering, brakes...

Hidden Cameras, Invisibility Cloaks in Israeli Spy Expo

July 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by Daniel Estrin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at...

Self-Aerating Wine Bottle Among 5 Patents This Week

July 2, 2015 11:24 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The wine bottle design has remained relatively unchanged for years. While new devices have been...

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Engineering Newswire 146: Bulletproof Car Seat also Massages

July 2, 2015 10:02 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re exploring the moon with Audi, shedding new light on solar energy in the dark, and building a bulletproof car seat ...

Tesla Tops 11,000 Vehicles Delivered in Second Quarter

July 2, 2015 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles. The Palo Alto, California, electric car maker surpassed 10,000 vehicles ...

Jaguar XJ Flagship Is Distinctive Luxury Style

July 1, 2015 4:57 pm | by Ann M. Job, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An odd thing happened as Americans' taste for luxury vehicles grew in recent years: Jaguar, the venerable British marquee, struggled to gain traction. In fact, U.S. sales of ...


GM Stops Production at Its Single Plant in Russia

July 1, 2015 4:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has halted production at its single assembly plant in Russia as sales have plummeted amid an economic downturn. Sergei Lepnukhov, GM's spokesman in ...

SUVs, Muscle Cars Help Auto Industry Maintain Momentum

July 1, 2015 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in ...

I Saw a Snake-Inspired Robot in Milan

July 1, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Last month, I traveled to Milan, Italy for the unveiling of Comau’s newest robot, the Racer3. Quite honestly, I had little idea of what to expect, but as I’m always looking for new story ideas and ...

Toyota's Top Female Executive Resigns After Arrest in Japan

July 1, 2015 9:33 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Julie Hamp, Toyota's most senior female executive, has resigned following her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations, the automaker said Wednesday ...

Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Stations for Fuel Cells

July 1, 2015 9:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society." Fuel cell vehicles emit no pollution ...


Tractor-Trailer Hitches Could Be Faulty, 6,000 May Be in Use

July 1, 2015 9:00 am | by Tom Krisher & Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters ...

New Nanogenerator Harvests Power from Rolling Tires

June 30, 2015 2:07 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction ...

Today in Engineering History: First Corvette Built

June 30, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, June 30, 1953, the first production Corvette was built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. All 1953 Corvettes were manufactured with a white exterior ...

Consumer Reports Finds Some Newer Cars Burn Too Much Oil

June 30, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer Reports magazine says its annual auto survey shows that some newer Audi, BMW and Subaru vehicles can burn too much oil. The magazine says in some cases owners of ...

Toyota Tops Domestic Auto Production Rankings

June 30, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report ranks two Toyota models as the most "American-made" vehicles in the U.S. as overall domestic sourcing in the auto industry continues to fall. The 2015 American-Made Index from ...


Death Toll from Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 119

June 30, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by two to 119. Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least ...

Fear of Longer Commutes Puts Pressure on U.S. Cities to Act

June 29, 2015 11:07 am | by Joan Lowy & Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of ...

Many Options, No Single Solution to Nation's Traffic Snarls

June 29, 2015 10:26 am | by Joan Lowy & Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. Build more roads ...

Avoiding Future Freeway Congestion Could Come with a Cost

June 29, 2015 9:57 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Toll lanes are an increasingly ...

Takata Debacle Exposes What's Wrong with America's Recall Process

June 29, 2015 9:55 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Takata’s lack of oversight resulted in the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The number of vehicles involved in the recall continues to grow, with GM adding another 243,000 cars to the tally ...

Hyundai Sees Green Future in Hydrogen-Powered Cars

June 29, 2015 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it believes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales. South Korea's largest automaker has ...

Digital Messages on Vehicle Windshields Make Driving Less Safe

June 26, 2015 2:28 pm | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Augmented-reality head-up displays (AR-HUDs) that present digital images on windshields to alert drivers to everything from possible collisions to smart phone activity, are meant to ...

On-Vehicle Atmosphere Cleaning Among 5 Patents This Week

June 26, 2015 2:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Ozone is produced by a photochemical reaction between HC and NOx which are contained in exhaust gases. Therefore, this patent explains ...

Today in Engineering History: Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 Approved By Congress

June 26, 2015 12:13 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, June 26, 1956, the U.S. Congress approved the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The highway legislation initially set aside $25 billion for the construction of ...

GOP Measure Would Permit Longer Tandem Trucks

June 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation's ...

Economic Officials Say Tesla Factory Will Open in a Year

June 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Riley Snyder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada economic officials say work on a massive Tesla Motors battery factory east of Reno is going smoothly and it should be operational within a year. Steve Hill, director of the ...

Photos of the Day: An Inside Look at Italy's Maserati Plant

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Comau | News | Comments

The whole Maserati process involves the assembly of parts and subgroups through the insertion of 4,785 welding spots for each model. Of these, 1,083 are performed in ...

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