Hybrid Technology

HYBRID TECHNOLOGY

Normally a “Hybrid” is an offspring of two dissimilar plants or animals, but one must wonder how “Hybrid” is related to Automotive Technology. The US Dept. of Energy defines a hybrid as a type of electric vehicle (HEV) which combines two or more energy conversion technologies (e.g., heat engines, fuel cells, generators, or motors) with one or more energy storage technologies (e.g., fuel, batteries, ultra capacitors, or flywheels).

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are somewhat as same as today’s day to day automobile; it is different only in one sense that it has two “engines” (sources of power). Today some  companies are using gasoline or diesel internal combustion “heat” engines (or ICEs), a few  are using electricity-generating micro turbines, and a few are using fuel cells.

In today’s gasoline-only vehicles, the ICE is “sized” to the vehicle for peak load demands like accelerating, hill climbing etc. While “pure” battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are considered pollution free, they unfortunately lack extended range, quick recharge, and a charging infrastructure… plus the batteries are heavy. To overcome these obstacles, the lighter, cleaner, more fuel efficient

Telematics – Connecting present through future!

Telematics – Connecting present through future!

The worldwide market for trucks industry is widely divided into two sectors:

The First: Europe, North America, Japan & other industrialized East Asian nations
The Second: BRIC countries & other emerging markets which are highly cost conscious and experiencing faster growth.

The developed markets have always been characterised by high level of environmental regulations and increasing demand for sophisticated technological improvements.

However, with the growing competition in emerging markets, the increasing demand for quality, features & services is now playing a pivotal role in intensifying industry dynamics. The customer demands are driving the shift from merely being low-cost solutions towards higher value, heavier trucks, aftermarket sales & latest innovations.

For the global truck industry, the latest growing trend in the segment of Innovative products is “Introduction of Telematics-enabled services”.

Globally, telematics technology is expected to become a standard automotive equipment by 2020.

Till now, the Indian telematics market has grown at a steady pace owing to factors like early adoption, upgradation of infrastructure and government regulations. After 2010, companies like Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra and TATA have ventured into the telematics business. But,

Automotive industry to gain from simulation-based engineering

Growing Automotive Industry

Automotive industry to gain from simulation-based engineering

The global automotive industry has been growing constantly. Technologies such as connected transport, smart driver experience, improved battery management systems and better fuel efficiency are reforming the automotive industry.Innovation never stops!

Automotive manufacturers are required to work in uncertain conditions with increasing complexity as a result of wide range of products available to the customer, changing technologies, increasing pressure to innovate, environmental concerns and globalization.

Simulation-based engineering

Engineers are constantly under pressure to develop products that are future-proof. Hence, it is vital to bring the right expertise together that can combine multiple engineeringdisciplinesto handle challenging applications that lead to faster production.

Simulation-based engineeringhelps develop the products in a risk-free environment. This is a faster and more cost effective way to test the products when the expectations are high and failure can be disastrous.Simulation is the key to shorteningtime tomarket as it will accelerate the workflow from design to prototype.

COMSOL Multiphysics enables automotive engineersto accurately investigate design concept to production and fully benefit from the virtual

Respect Your Wheels

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re a pedestrian through and through. You’ve never owned a car, truck, van, or SUV, and you’ve worn holes in the soles of your Foot Locker shoes from walking everywhere you need to go. Because of this, your range is severely limited. You can’t always get where you need to go, you’re often late, and walking to and from a hard day of work leaves you exhausted. Then, as if by divine intervention, or black magic, you’ve been a car and the ability to drive it. How do you feel? If the answer is not “incredible, thanks for asking,” I”m a bit disappointed. After all, a set of wheels is instrumental in our modern worlds for just about everything. Have we as a society lost track of that basic fact? Have we ceased to be grateful for this technological marvel that so recently revolutionized all of human civilization? I think we have.

Speaking as someone who only recently upgraded from pedestrian to cyclist and has still never owned a car due to poverty, I can say that people are entirely too

Software Updates in Cars – To provide a Better Driving Experience

From being more mechanical to surprisingly intellectual is what defines now-a-days cars that are all ready to embrace the trending software updates. Cars that get software updates not only shrink gap between your car and dealer but stands on the front line to provide improved safety, fortified performance and reduced driver’s distraction while driving. While these many benefits are amazing each and every car lover, an evident advantage of getting those benefits without gearing up wheels is what buzzing in the automotive industry – Yeah, there is no need to travel under the roof of a dealership every time a new update got pop out – It is easy to get updates released from the manufacturer straight away on car with the help of a Wi-Fi connection.

Despite every car tends to hurl off the point being old with the help of sophisticated software updates, only cars from some leading manufacturers like Tesla, Ford, Toyota are simplifying the customer needs and grabbing newness through innovative software updates.

Tesla Motors, one of the world’s popular car brands renowned for producing electric cars is committed to offer a series of software updates for its acclaimed Model S in

Microsoft to Put Voice-Activation Software in Hyundai

Microsoft is expected to announce Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea, that it will develop a version of its Microsoft Auto software for the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, the world’s fifth-largest automaker.

Microsoft already has a deal with the Ford Motor Company for its Sync system, which uses voice activation technology to operate cellphones and play digital music.

With both Ford and Hyundai as customers, Microsoft’s software could potentially be put into more than eight million vehicles worldwide each year. Its competitors include OnStar from General Motors, Johnson Controls and QNX Software Systems from Harman International.

Systems based on Microsoft Auto are available in Fiat Group vehicles in Europe and South America, as well as in 12 Ford models in North America.

Microsoft Auto will first appear in Hyundai vehicles in North America in 2010, said Martin Thall, general manager of Microsoft’s automotive business unit. Subsequent versions will give drivers voice control over navigation systems and video entertainment, in addition to

GT-R Can’t Hide Its Horses

IT seems as though the only time you hear about car companies fudging horsepower numbers, it’s when they’re busted advertising more beans than are actually present in the under-hood burrito. Mazda got in trouble for exaggerating the 2001 Miata’s power output. Ford had to recall the 1999 SVT Mustang Cobra when owners realized its motor fell about 20 horsepower short of its official numbers.

I have a theory on where all those phantom ponies went: They’re under the hood of the new Nissan GT-R.

Like those other cars, the GT-R’s stated power — 480 horsepower — is a long way from reality. But in the case of the Nissan, the car seems to have more power than they’re letting on. The question is, how much more?

Thanks to the principle of substitution, we can look at several aspects of the GT-R’s performance and deduce roughly what kind of firepower would be required to accomplish such feats.

The Nissan GT-R laps Germany’s N?rgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 29 seconds. For reference, the Corvette Z06, which has 505 horsepower and weighs a whopping 700 pounds less than the GT-R, is 13 seconds slower, with a time

A Black Box for Car Crashes

When Timothy P. Murray crashed his government-issued Ford Crown Victoria in 2011, he was fortunate, as car accidents go. Mr. Murray, then the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, was not seriously hurt, and he told the police he was wearing a seat belt and was not speeding.

But a different story soon emerged. Mr. Murray was driving over 100 miles an hour and was not wearing a seat belt, according to the computer in his car that tracks certain actions. He was given a $555 ticket; he later said he had fallen asleep.

The case put Mr. Murray at the center of a growing debate over a little-known but increasingly important piece of equipment buried deep inside a car: the event data recorder, more commonly known as the black box.

About 96 percent of all new vehicles sold in the United States have the boxes, and in September 2014, if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way, all will have them.

The boxes have long been

Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab

Crisscrossing the country, hundreds of thousands of long-haul truckers use computers in their cabs to get directions and stay in close contact with dispatchers, saving precious minutes that might otherwise be spent at the side of the road.

The trucking industry says these devices can be used safely, posing less of a distraction than BlackBerrys, iPhones and similar gadgets, and therefore should be exempted from legislation that would ban texting while driving.

“We think that’s overkill,” Clayton Boyce, spokesman for the American Trucking Associations, said of a federal bill that would force states to ban texting while driving if they want to keep receiving federal highway money.

The legislation will be discussed at a conference on distracted driving in Washington, starting Wednesday, organized by the Transportation Department.

The issues raised by truckers show the challenges facing advocates for tougher distracted-driving laws, given that so many Americans have grown accustomed to talking and texting behind the wheel.

Mr. Boyce, who

New Audi A8 creates a brilliant tech and luxury

After months of teasers and information trickles, the all-new, fourth-generation Audi A8 has officially arrived. The high-tech sedan becomes the first production car to include Level 3 autonomous capabilities, and it also has an intelligent active suspension, heavily digitized cockpit with new MMI infotainment engine, and all-wheel steering. Buyers in this segment who weren’t thinking Audi before might just want to wait a few months and schedule an A8 test drive.

Audi revealed the all-new A8 at the Audi Summit in Barcelona on Tuesday, focusing in on the German version, which will launch in late 2017.

Autonomy reaches Level 3

There’s a lot of technology going on under the gently massaged skin of the new A8, the most newsworthy being the advanced piloted driving functions. Audi has been one of the world leaders in testing and demonstrating autonomous tech, and it’s now cashing in by making the A8 the first production car with Level 3 capabilities.

That means the driver will be able to take hands off the wheel completely, for extended periods of time, under specific conditions. It provides a “flipping through a magazine or reading email” level of disengagement, though naps are out since Level 3 requires

Prepare Your Car For Winter

Rain, snow, ice, fog… in winter, weather conditions make the roads dangerous and there is also less light. That is why it’s important to properly prepare equipment before facing the bad weather.

When we’re preparing a vehicle for winter, we often think more about wheels than lights. Yet powerful and good quality lighting is essential to better anticipating hazards. The key to safety is reaction speed: designed for optimal visibility and performance, Philips X-tremeVision vehicle lights allow driver reaction times to be reduced by two seconds. 130% brighter than the competition (with a color temperature

Using New Technology to Make Older Cars Safer

LIKE many parents of young drivers, Shane Coulter wants his 16-year-old daughter’s car to be as safe as possible when she takes to the road. But like many older vehicles, the 2008 Jeep Wrangler that he bought for her lacked many high-tech safety features, like a rearview camera, that are increasingly found in newer cars.

But that didn’t mean he had to be left out of the technological revolution. Audiovox makes a rearview camera that can be added on.

“I actually put it on my daughter’s Jeep,” said Mr. Coulter, who lives in Warner Robins, Ga.

The rearview camera is one of the most popular of a growing list of add-on devices and services that promise to bring modern features to aging jalopies.

“Lane departure and collision warning, pedestrian warnings, high-beam control and traffic sign recognition — all of those can be retrofitted in a customer’s car,” said Elad Serfaty, a vice president at Mobileye, whose technology is built into a variety of vehicles from BMW, Volvo and other carmakers that offer collision

Toyota Invests $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence in U.S.

Calif. — Silicon Valley is diving into artificial intelligence technology, with start-ups sprouting up and Google and Facebook pouring vast sums into projects that would teach machines how to learn and make decisions. Now Toyota wants a piece of the action.

Toyota, the Japanese auto giant, on Friday announced a five-year, $1 billion research and development effort headquartered here. As planned, the compound would be one of the largest research laboratories in Silicon Valley.

Conceived as a research facility bridging basic science and commercial engineering, it will be organized as a new company to be named Toyota Research Institute. Toyota will initially have a laboratory adjacent to Stanford University and another near M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass.

Toyota’s investment invites comparisons to earlier research initiatives, such as the Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, created by Xerox in 1970 to help the company compete with IBM. Xerox was never able to find a strategy to make it a significant player in computing, but the technologies invented at PARC during the next decade were used by Apple and Microsoft to completely remake

Innovative Driverless Vehicles

In today’s world everything turning to be automated and this is considered to be the competitive edge for the product or the process. Most importantly systems are giving space to make them automated. Since the artificial intelligence has come up and doing miracles in different industry sectors at commercial and individual level, the expectations of the industry and market raised and the demand is been realized by the manufacturers. The artificial intelligence in the automotives has set the expectations more high for driverless cars.
In automotives the trend is bringing up many changes, innovations and autonomous driving cars are no more science fictions. The recent result is Google’s Driverless Car that stood as a revolution in the field. However, driverless or autonomous cars footage is since 1939, when GM’s sponsored Norman Bel Geddes’s Futurama was showcased at the 1939 World’s Fair. This was followed by Mercedes-Benz robotic van and DARPA-funded Autonomous Land Vehicle in the year 1980, twin robot vehicles VaMP and Vita-2 of Daimler-Benz and Ernst Dickmanns of UniBwM during 1994 and in the year 1995, Dickmanns re-engineered autonomous S-Class Mercedes-Benz. Meanwhile, Carnegie Mellon University Navlab and University of Parma also came up with

6 Small Cars

Small cars that energize people who tend to embrace the qualities like easy to drive and fuel-efficient, outstrips many other categories with the power of being small in size and economical while offering almost all the necessary features of a larger car. Here is a list of best small cars.

Honda Fit

Stands to its name, Honda Fit cut downs the pressure of parking at ever busy areas in cities through its easy-to-fit size. Comes with four seating option, 13 feet length, 5 feet 5 inches width, Fit gives a merry filled journey experience to its consumers with its spacious interiors and easy-to-fold seating mechanism. It has a 1.5-liter, 117-horsepower engine, compartment for safe storage of valuables and a lot of cargo space.

Ford Focus

If a car is looking deep enough to stand tall in the first row with high-end features and extra efficiency, Ford Focus is the one. It sports 123-hp 1.0-liter turbo 3 cylinder, leather seats and self parking system – reverse your car, press a button and feel the magic of your car getting parked by its own. Not just its self parking system astonishes us but its

Challenges of a Car Dealership

The Car manufacturing industries, just like any other, have got business challenges of its own, which need to be taken care off on a regular basis. Maintaining the current market position while fulfilling the customer’s demand is a tough task when factors like low manufacturing cost, production timing, proper planning, and execution can easily decide your fate in the target market if overlooked. The material and component suppliers make the competition even more severe with constant innovation and delivering better quality parts at the lowest possible level.

Dealers are one of the most prominent partners in the car manufacturing industry who are facing the real challenges to persuade a buyer. They need to interact, convince, and show extraordinary skills to influence a customer to buy the vehicle. Moreover, nowadays customers have the choice of online stores where they can compare prices, know the technical specifications in detail, etc. Therefore convincing a customer is becoming more challenging for the dealership as customers are aware of every detail of vehicles.

Research carried out by a third party shows that 60% of the Auto industry business is done by the existing customers, 11% through the internet and the rest

Best Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Car

If you have a car, you have to do a lot of things to keep it running smoothly and effectively. Investing in buying a car is a great thing; if you know how to keep you know the basics of keeping it in a good condition.Experts always provide you tips in order to keep your car in a proper working condition. There are few tips listed below.

Be patient-
First, be extra patient during the break in period, specially first thousand miles or sixteen hundred kilometers. Keep your car speed under 55 mph and avoid using heavy loads on the drive train.

Go to a reputable gas station-
Second, fill the gas tank of your car from reputable gas stations. Avoid filling it up from the gas stations where underground tankers are getting filled because the turbulence can cause sediments which may result in clogging the fuel injectors and filters. This is also become the reason of your cars poor performance.

Check and change oil-
Third, on a regular basis, change the oil of the car. This can save your car’s engine and will give it a longer life. By changing the oil and filtering

Vital Reasons For Filling Nitrogen Gas In Your Vehicle Tyres

Have you ever thought that filling of Nitrogen gas in the tyres of your vehicle would help in the maintenance of the tyre? Well, today in this article we will discuss as to why Nitrogen gas is must for our car and bike tyres.

Nitrogen is a chemical substance which is non-flammable in nature. It is a non-toxic gas and belongs to the family of inert gases. The property of inert gases is that they do not fuse with any other gas at any temperature. The fundamental nature of nitrogen is to keep minimum moisture inside the tyres.

Since nitrogen gas is cooler than the naturally compressed air, it makes the car useful in any driving conditions. How come? Since the stress level on the tyre, while moving is less, it means that the tyre remains cool. Due to less temperature, the wear and tear of the tyre are also less.

After long hours of running the temperature of the tyres become very high and has a tendency to burst. So, filling of a tyre with nitrogen gas reduces the chances of explosion by 90%. This becomes a lifesaver on the highway where high-speed and

Best New Cars for 2018

1. 2018 Audi A1

Since the time it was unveiled in 2010, The Audi A1 did not make much news in the premium supermini segment. It was somewhat eclipsed by the rival MINI. However, the second generation A1 is all set to lock horns with its iconic British rival. Priced at $18,000, the 2018 Audi A1 comes with hi-tech makeover including a revamped infotainment setup and plush upholstery. Based on VW group’s new MQB architecture, it should be fun to drive. Spy shots indicate a more hatchback like design in contrast to the existing model’s bubble shape. The release date is expected at the beginning of 2018.

This small city car will have a wide variety of engines. Beside 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter engines, it also comes with a 1.6-liter diesel engine. Some rumors say that by 2019, Audi will offer an S1 version which will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine.

2. 2018 BMW i8 Roadster

One of BMW’s much-awaited models, the i8 Roadster is all set to be unveiled in 2018. The Coupe will have a hybrid powertrain. At approx $155,000, it is not meant for the faint hearted ones. It

Car Buying Tips

Anyone thinking of buying a new or a used car, or even leasing one, would do well to start off by investigating and arranging their financial credit. Knowing how much money they can afford to spend on any type of car gives them a much better structure both in terms of whether to buy a new or a used car, or type of model of a particular vehicle will best suit their needs.

By far the most important things to is to obtain a copy of your credit report. A credit report is a document or a dossier that is compiled by one of the main credit rating agencies that is used as a basis for generating a credit score.

A credit score is the determining factor that the credit rating agency and any lender will use in determining whether or not to lend you any money, and if so on what terms and conditions. These terms and conditions normally include things such as size of a down payment, the length or term of the loan, the interest rates charged, the size of the monthly down payments and any body repayment charge the event of