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The Cost of Electrification

There isn’t a single automaker in the world who believes it can earn profit from electric cars in the short term. The reason is the high cost of batteries that are needed to give the range drivers expect. In ...

Autonomous vehicles: driving into a very big cloud

Today, you cannot pick up a newspaper—much less an automotive industry journal—without seeing an article related to autonomous or connected vehicles. What was relegated to the distant future less than a decade ...

New Choices in Fuel Efficient Cars

Despite two-dollar per gallon gasoline in the U.S., automakers are developing new, even more efficient power solutions. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Brooke looks at the ...

Evaluating Energy Storage Options for Hybrid Electric Aircraft

The automotive industry has pioneered hybrid electric vehicle development. The aerospace industry has not followed the automotive trend largely due to integration challenges, a long and costly product development ...

The aircraft of the future: How electrifying will they be?

As mobility’s industry revolution on the ground captures all the press—electric and fuel-cell vehicles, driverless cars, etc.—it should not be a surprise that the aerospace industry’s drawing boards are full ...

Confessions of Cybersecurity Experts

What keeps you up at night? Cybersecurity experts at the SAE 2016 World Congress were asked about their deepest worries during a panel session on the levels and nature of cyber challenges. Their responses: ...

Powering the More-Electric Aircraft

It is theorized that systems and equipment for an All Electric Aircraft (AEA) will be developed 20 years hence as a More-Electric Aircraft (MEA) with no bleed system, which is a concept typified by the Boeing 787, ...

Fearing the Driverless Car

What will connectivity and mobility be like in the 2020s? Although the start of the decade is less than four years away, an expert panel at the 2016 SAE World Congress cited research that sees 200 billion devices ...

48 V Mild Hybrids Dominate

The consensus of global forecasts suggests that 48 V mild hybrids will soon come to dominate the market. In fact, due to tightening vehicle efficiency and emissions regulations and increasing demand for onboard ...

New Aerospace Radio-Frequency Identification Standard

Technology that allows the aircraft to “talk” to technicians about maintenance issues. And consequently, plays a major role in the safety of the plane. These advancements take shape in the form of the recently ...