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17 Dec, 2014

Roller Coaster Ride

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen 2014 has been an outstanding year for aerospace, and particularly the commercial space and commercial aviation market segments. In fact, the military portion of the military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry has been in the doldrums of late, especially in the United States and European Union, in the age of tightening defense budgets. Commercial aviation and commercial space took their knocks this year, … Read More

17 Dec, 2014

Ticket to Ride

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Transportation is a hotbed of activity, and an industry vertical that is garnering as much attention as it is investment. By drilling down into different market segments, we see positive numbers and continued innovation. The automotive sector continues its strong progression, with global automotive sales reaching a record high in 2013, with more than 82 million sold and a growth rate of more than seven … Read More

16 Dec, 2014

Following the Ghost Car

Posted by John Day

John Day This isn’t quite ready yet but it should be quite something to see when it is. Jaguar Land Rover is conducting research the goal of which is (1) to make a car’s A, B and C pillars transparent to improve visibility and (2) to project an image of a vehicle in front of the driver’s car – a ghost car, as it were – for the driver to follow, turn-by-turn, until the desired destination is reached. Pillar-wise, … Read More

12 Dec, 2014

Capital Boosters.

Posted by Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston Enterprise class software used by electrical engineers – Mechanical 3D CAD, Product Lifecycle Management and Engineering Requirement Tracking Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning, is subject to scrutiny from users who find opportunity for improvement. I have yet to work with a perfect piece of software. I’m going to share with you in the next few posts how you as a customer can contribute make Capital … Read More

11 Dec, 2014

John Day The past week or so has been relatively momentous for automotive Ethernet. – The OPEN Alliance (One-Pair EtherNet) Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the formation of several new technical committees, – the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) announced expanded interoperability testing and support for 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (40G/100G) including automotive … Read More

5 Dec, 2014

Testing the 2015 Subaru Outback

Posted by John Day

John Day The more I learn about automotive electronics, the more excited I am about what’s coming in cars. I had the opportunity to see a bit of the future that’s available now when I tested the 2015 Subaru Outback, specifically, a 3.6R Limited with a 256-hp, 3.6 liter BOXER six-cylinder engine. The 2015 Outback is said to have a more “up-market” interior, presumably compared to last year’s model, with extensive … Read More

28 Nov, 2014

John Day

ADEPT, the Advanced Diesel-Electric Powertrain project, is a 48V mild hybrid under development in the UK by technology companies including Ricardo, Ford, CPT, EALABC, Faurecia and the University of Nottingham. The vehicle was displayed at the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Automotive 48V Power Supply Systems. According to participants at the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Automotive

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25 Nov, 2014

John Day IDTechEx Chairman Dr. Peter Harrop A new report from IDTechEx  predicts that over $125 billion will be spent on range extenders for electric vehicles by 2025. That’s for all kinds of electric vehicles. Pure electric vehicles – such as forklifts, golf carts, and mobility vehicles for the disabled – tend to be small and rarely need to travel long distances, but roughly half of the electric vehicle market … Read More

20 Nov, 2014

John Day Infiniti is turning 25, and it took the opportunity to look back on all it has accomplished in that time. What caught my eye was how many of those accomplishments – industry firsts – had to do with electrical/electronic systems: Rear and Around View Infiniti’s RearView Monitor, or backup camera, debuted on the 2002 Q45. The automaker first offered a 360-degree Around View® Monitor on the 2008 Infiniti … Read More

19 Nov, 2014

Paul Johnston Capital software covers the automotive electrical design process from early conceptual architectural design through product engineering. And onwards too through manufacturing engineering to manufacturing assembly. In this entirety one would expect sophistication is needed the ability to handle complexities, nuances and variations. Doing this while sustaining a user-friendly reputation has to be achieved … Read More

18 Nov, 2014

Wait Till Next Year

Posted by John Day

John Day Prospective car buyers in California will have an opportunity next fall to own or lease a Toyota Mirai, the hydrogen-powered four-door, midsized sedan the company announced this week. The Mirai (a Japanese word that means “the future”) uses no gasoline and emits nothing but water vapor. It refuels in about five minutes and can go up to 300 miles on a tankful. It will be available outside California … Read More

14 Nov, 2014

Waiting for My Next Car

Posted by John Day

John Day There is a bit of a disconnect between automotive technology and our – or at least my – desire for immediate gratification. For example, the car I drive, as nice as it is, doesn’t have a rearview camera with or without cross-traffic alert. Recently I had the opportunity to drive a 2015 Subaru Outback, which does have such a camera (more about that in a future post). It’s true that walking down to the … Read More

31 Oct, 2014

Great Balls of Fire

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen NASA has increased its reliance on private, commercial space companies following the retirement of the U.S. Space Shuttle program in 2011. Among NASA’s growing list of commercial partners is Orbital Sciences Corp. in Dulles, Virginia. The Antares launch vehicle, from Orbital Sciences Corp., is the largest rocket produced by the company and the largest to be launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport … Read More

30 Oct, 2014

John Day Bosch noted this week with some justifiable pride that the electronic stability program (ESP) it pioneered becomes a standard in the European Union as of November 1. From there on in the EU, all newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles … Read More

30 Oct, 2014

Up in Flames

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen NASA personnel have gotten really good at social media. In fact, NASA engineers, scientists, and officials have been taking to various social media and news outlets, generating a great deal of excitement over a night launch on the East Coast of the United States. Military and aerospace (mil/aero) enthusiasts everywhere – this mil/aero geek included – watched with bated breath for what was to be an historic … Read More


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