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25-05-2018 | Driver Assistance Systems | News | Article

Continental increases its investment in Digilens

Continental increases its investment in Digilens to nearly 18 percent. The supplier is working on future generations of head-up displays in partnership with the U.S. company.

25-05-2018 | Automotive Electronics + Software | News | Article

Fraunhofer ISC wants to further develop the lead-acid battery

Battery experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC are working on the lead-acid battery of the future. The energy storage device used as a starter battery in cars continues to offer numerous advantages in future, too

24-05-2018 | Race Cars | News | Article

Porsche presents the 911 GT3 R customer race car

Porsche has designed a customer race car for the global GT3 series from 2019. The Porsche 911 GT3 R is based on the 911 GT3 RS sports car.

24-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Metal-Phosphate Flakes Improve Corrosion Protection

Zinc-phosphate coatings are frequently used to protect steel structures against corrosion. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed special, flake-shaped metal-phosphate particles to improve passivation and increase the diffusion barrier to corrosive substances.

22-05-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Conveyor with Silicone Muscles

Researchers have developed an energy-saving conveyor technology that individually adapts to the conveyed goods according to size, weight and desired speed: silicone muscles under the conveyor.

18-05-2018 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

Audi's electric car strategy up until 2025

Car maker Audi is firming up its plans to electrify its model range. Its strategy is to offer an electrified version for every model by 2025.

18-05-2018 | Drivetrain | News | Article

Kia introduces the 48-V system for diesel engines

The new "Ecodynamic+" powertrain combines a 48-V system with a diesel engine. The first mild hybrid diesel will be the Kia Sportage compact SUV, followed by the Kia cee'd next year. 

18-05-2018 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

Rolls-Royce unveils its first SUV – the Cullinan

With the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the British car firm unveils its first SUV. This all-terrain vehicle is intended for people who drive themselves, rather than employing a chauffeur, and can therefore also be configured as a "family car".

18-05-2018 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Inexpensive Carbon Fibres for Lightweight Construction

Producing carbon fibres is still too expensive for the mass market. This should change with the ComCarbon technology from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, which focuses on an inexpensive melt-spinning process with special meltable PAN copolymers.

15-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Disorder Increases Thermal Insulation

Powders are highly suitable for thermal insulation when they comprise a disordered collection of differently sized nanoparticles. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have discovered how the thermal conductivity of powders is influenced by the order and disorder of their components.

14-05-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

All-Round Talent in Aircraft Construction

Unfinished aircraft components come in different sizes and designs, which complicates automatic machining. A new mobile robot can rapidly adapt to shape deviations, as well as product and type changes, and machines the components highly accurately.

11-05-2018 | Automotive Manufacturing | News | Article

BMW M GmbH Presents the 460 kW M5 Competition

The BMW M5 Competition represents an exclusive combination of motorsport and practicality. This high-performance saloon will be the first independent model from BMW M GmbH.

11-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Upcycling PET Bottles

An innovative procedure should permit re-utilisation of PET waste from used beverage bottles to produce industrial plastic, thereby reducing the consumption of new, high-grade polyamide-based plastic. 

09-05-2018 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

New Volvo Infotainment System Integrates Google Services

The next generation of Volvo's Sensus infotainment system will be based on the Android application. This will allow apps such as Google Maps or Google Assistant to be integrated into vehicles.

08-05-2018 | Companies + Institutions | News | Article

Diess Calls for Change in Volkswagen’s Culture

Speaking at the annual general meeting, VW CEO Herbert Diess announces his intent to step up the pace of Volkswagen’s transformation, but that this could succeed only through a cultural change.

07-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Origami à la Earwig

Researchers at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) have developed multifunctional origami structures and produced them on a 3D printer. They copied the principle underlying the shapes from the earwig.

04-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Precisely Predicting Material Failure

When components are made in several solid-forming steps, the loads involved can invisibly damage the materials. A new simulation model can precisely calculate the damage progression to predict the time and location of material failure.

03-05-2018 | Automotive Electronics + Software | News | Article

ZF Joins the Esync Alliance Platform for OTA Updates

ZF is joining the manufacturer-independent Esync Alliance. This initiative’s goal is to create an open, scalable and inexpensive standard for over-the-air (OTA) updates and fault diagnostics.

03-05-2018 | Mobility Concepts | News | Article

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to Cooperate with Didi Car Sharing

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Group is joining the car sharing giant "Didi Auto Alliance", which aims to become the global market leader in car sharing.

02-05-2018 | Commercial Vehicles | News | Article

"Customer’s Use Case will define the Propulsion System"

Commercial vehicles might need an even broader range of powertrain solutions than passenger cars. At the 39th Vienna Motor Symposium MTZ talked with Anders Nielsen, CTO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, about the challenges for his business.

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