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Category Archives: Driving it Tomorrow

TO AV OR NOT TO AV?  TO WHAT EXTENT?—YOUR VIEWS REQUESTED

I AM QUITE THE LUDDITE when it comes to personal transportation: My Honda Crosstour is ten years old; my Mazda Miata, a first-generation 1990. Thus, I have little first-hand experience … Continue reading

November 27, 2022 · 15 Comments

SAE INTERNATIONAL ON SMART CITIES   PART 2 

YESTERDAY AN SAE INTERNATIONAL Update discussed smart city aspects of pedestrian-to-vehicle communication and evolving standards for micromobility. Today in Part 2 another Update author explores the basic tenents of smart … Continue reading

November 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

SAE INTERNATIONAL ON SMART CITIES PART 1

WE HAVE SMARTS GALORE: smart phones, smart kitchen appliances, smart clothes, smart cars, even smart cities. But what exactly does this term mean?  More than just stamping the tops of … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

AN ATOM’S ADVENTURE

“A METAL ATOM IS a metal atom,” says Alan Nelson, senior vice president for battery materials at Redwood Materials, a company that has specialized in recycling. “That element doesn’t know … Continue reading

November 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

AUTOMAKER GREEN—AND NOT JUST MOOLA

IN SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS NEWS, General Motors recently announced that it had secured all of the renewable energy it needs to power all of its U.S. facilities by 2025, fully 25 … Continue reading

November 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’—WITH H2 PART 2

ENCOURAGED BY MITCHELL/BORRONI-BIRD/BURNS, yesterday we began a discussion of hydrogen-fuel-cell trucking. Today in Part 2, evidence for and against various ideas is offered. Is Blue Hydrogen Worth the Candle?  You’ll … Continue reading

November 1, 2022 · 3 Comments

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’—WITH H2 PART 1

WHEN BILL MITCHELL, LARRY BURNS, AND CHRIS BORRONI-BIRD proposed mobility for this century, they envisioned a vehicle mix with propulsion depending upon size and distance.  Based on range and infrastructural … Continue reading

October 31, 2022 · 3 Comments

BATTERY RECYCLING—MORE THAN AN ENVIRONMENTAL NICETY 

AS CITED IN SAE INTERNATIONAL’S Automotive Engineering, October 2022, “Recycling battery materials is vital to the electric-vehicle future, but the way forward faces a host of hurdles.” Jim Motavalli describes … Continue reading

October 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

SKATEBOARDING INTO THE FUTURE

AUTOMOTIVE CHASSIS DESIGN has a relatively concise history: Body-on-frame follows practices dating back to horse-drawn carriages. Unibody is a 20th-century innovation. And skateboarding is likely to be the 21st-century norm.  … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

DON’T FORGET HYBRIDS

LINDSAY BROOKE IS Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineering, the monthly magazine of SAE International. It was 1979 when I jumped ship to R&T from the Society of Automotive Engineers (its interim … Continue reading

May 12, 2022 · 3 Comments