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Mini UAV Torpedoes Among 5 Patents This Week

April 17, 2015 1:05 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent, assigned to Boeing, describes a miniature, lightweight torpedo that can be carried and launched by an unmanned aerial vehicle. According to the patent, the torpedo features ...

Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and local officials are calling a proposed manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000...

China Auto Brands Enjoying Rebound Driven By New Models

April 17, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese auto brands, pressed by foreign competition, are enjoying a rebound as they head into...

VW Recalls Chrysler-Made Minivans to Fix Ignition Switches

April 17, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling nearly 21,000 minivans for a second time to fix faulty ignition switches...

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Air Bag Recall Expanded After Injury

April 17, 2015 9:42 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag. The incident also raises questions about whether ...

Volkswagen Board Leaders Back CEO After Struggle

April 17, 2015 9:37 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will remain in his job and can look forward to having his contract extended, the leadership of the board said Friday, after a comment by chairman Ferdinand Piech raised widespread doubts about his future ...

10 Best Green Cars of 2015

April 16, 2015 12:01 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As summer nears and road trips become more prevalent, the editors at Kelley Blue Book have announced their “10 Best Green Cars of 2015,” with the all-electric BMW i3 getting the nod as the top pick ...


U.S. Probes Subaru Air Bag Seat Sensors

April 16, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars. The probe covers about 33,500 cars from the 2012 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says ...

Few Jeeps Fixed 2 Years After Recall Began

April 16, 2015 10:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the vehicles has repaired only a fraction of the Jeeps covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal ...

Behind the Wheel of Lexus' Sport Coupe

April 16, 2015 9:53 am | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest from luxury automaker Lexus is an audacious-looking sport coupe that turns heads and challenges long-held stereotypes of Lexus cars as sedate, plush rides. The four-seat, two-door, 2015 Lexus RC is certainly not sedate ...

GM Shielded From Death Claims Before Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars. But Judge Robert Gerber in New York, who handled ...

Army Looks Toward Fully Autonomous Tactical Vehicle

April 15, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ms. Lisa Ferdinando (ARNEWS Org Page) | News | Comments

The Army is working toward developing a fully autonomous tactical vehicle, a robotics expert said. "When you start looking at the mid-term, five to 10 years, we start talking about tapping into external systems," said Mark Mazzara, robotics ...


GM Drops Price of the Electric Chevrolet Spark

April 15, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric cars have struggled in the U.S market, particularly since gas prices dropped. General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of ...

Toyota Building Plants in Mexico, China After 3-Year Hiatus

April 15, 2015 9:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota is building two new auto plants, one in Mexico and the other in China, ending a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls. Toyota Motor Corp. announced ...

GM Says it has Fixed 70 Pct. of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of ...

Thrill Ride Turns Deadly at Racing Attraction

April 14, 2015 9:20 am | by Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill. People who drive minivans during the week can settle in behind the wheel of ...

U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped in February

April 13, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Manufacturing Technology orders within the United States dwindled in February, according to a report Monday from the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) ...


Energy Efficient, Passenger-Focused Air Conditioning

April 13, 2015 1:58 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

How can a pleasant vehicle climate be achieved efficiently? Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) pursued this question in the context of the research project Visio.M funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and ...

Reliable Systems for Recharging Electric Vehicles

April 10, 2015 2:17 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

The success of electric vehicle networks depends on economical vehicles – and efficient power grids. Existing power lines were not designed for the loads generated by electric vehicles. Fraunhofer researchers have developed prototype ...

Living Test Bed for Smart Cars & Traffic Systems

April 10, 2015 2:04 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and NXP Semiconductors are building a high-tech living test bed for smart cars and traffic systems on the NTU campus. Supported by Singapore Economic Development Board, the new ...

IndyCar Forcing Manufacturers to Strengthen Body Components

April 10, 2015 10:39 am | by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

IndyCar officials are requiring engine manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet to make structural upgrades before this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The enhancements, announced Thursday, are intended to minimize the amount of ...

Japan's Mitsubishi Sets Sights on Niche in Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Elaine Kurtenback, AP Business | News | Comments

At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regional jet and aiming to fulfill Japan's long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power ...

Nissan, BMW Recall 94K Vehicles to Fix Fuel Pumps

April 10, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling. The recalls cover 76,000 Nissan Rogues from the 2014 model year and another 18,000 BMW 2, 3 and 4 series models from ...

Material Used in Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 9, 2015 1:40 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Power management chips are like second-born kids. They do a lot of hard work, but don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Like microchips inside computers and laptops, power management chips are pieces of semiconductor as ...

Engineering Newswire 135: TRON Lightcycle Breaks Out of the System

April 9, 2015 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re savings lives with a tiny dot, driving a super-efficient SuperTruck, rewriting rock history, and going to auction to bet on TRONs light cycle ...

U.S. Ends Brake-Line Rust Probe, Urges People to Wash Vehicles

April 9, 2015 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

If you live where salt is used to clear the roads of snow and ice, U.S. safety regulators have a message for you: Wash the underside of your car. The message came Wednesday from ...

LA Mayor Envisions Greener, More Walkable City in the Future

April 9, 2015 9:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Los Angeles, known for its cars, smog and sprawl, wants to reinvent itself as the home of electric vehicles, solar panels and bicycle paths. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday unveiled ...

Government Investigating Nissan Versa for Safety Issue

April 8, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is investigating the Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompact cars because the driver's foot can allegedly get caught in the trim panel that holds the carpet ...

U.S. Agency Denies Request to Probe Fiat Chrysler Minivans

April 8, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have denied a New Jersey man's request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says ...

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