Training Techs To Fix EVs Using VR – Autoline Exclusives

May 14th, 2020 at 5:00pm

Ford Motor Company is using technology from PIXO VR, a small software startup, to train techs on the Mustang Mach-E. Even though the vehicle is not yet in production, this technology allows techs to be fully trained before the first Mach-E goes into the showroom. The technology offers all kinds of other applications, as Sean Hurwitz, the CEO of the company explains.

ATW #2414 – Unleashing Innovation Through Design

May 14th, 2020 at 4:00pm

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Traditional automakers work at a much slower clock-speed than Silicon Valley. In many respects, they have to. Automobiles are very complicated pieces of machinery and can have a big impact on public safety. Even so, automakers want to speed up their clock-speed. Today’s show is about how they’re doing that.

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Advanced Safety Systems Fail to Keep Drivers Engaged – Autoline Exclusives

May 12th, 2020 at 2:52pm

Automated driving systems, like GM’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot, are meant to relieve some of the burden of driving. But according to the IIHS those same kinds of systems are failing to keep drivers engaged enough to take back control of the vehicle. David Harkey, the President of the IIHS, highlights the issues and how automakers should have increasing levels of reminders to help keep driver’s eyes on the road.

Talking Accidental Design Cues on the Kia Telluride – Autoline Exclusives

May 11th, 2020 at 10:45am

Kia used to be the El Cheapo brand everyone made fun of. Not anymore. Now Kia has gone off in a design direction of its own. It’s winning accolades all around the industry, and the brand is gaining market share. Tom Kearns, the Head of Design for Kia Motor America, talks about how they’ve accidentally discovered certain design cues.

Ralph Gilles Runs FCA Design From His M1 Garage – Autoline Exclusives

May 8th, 2020 at 2:49pm

How do you run a global automotive design group when no one can go to the studios? Ralph Gilles, Head of Design for FCA, talks about the workarounds they’re adopting, and explains why the work his designers are doing in isolation is some of the best they’ve ever done.

AAH #508 – Grooming a New Generation of Race Engineers

May 8th, 2020 at 9:52am

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03:42 – Formula SAE
27:40 – GM Earnings: What Do They Know Ford Doesn’t?
37:42 – Do We Need Cash-for-Clunkers, the Sequel?
45:21 – Does Ride-Hailing Have a Future?
48:22 – Contact-less Car Shopping: The Norm Going Forward?
51:48 – New Vehicle Launches in the Age of COVID-19

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No, You’re Not Cross-Eyed. That is a 3D Dashboard Display – Autoline Exclusives

May 7th, 2020 at 1:00pm

BHTC is a small German company that amongst other things, makes HMI displays. Its latest technology, which is still a couple of years away from production, provides a 3D display. You don’t need 3D glasses or any special screens. It just makes the display look like it’s floating in space.

Plasma Ignition Making Progress – Autoline Exclusives

May 5th, 2020 at 3:00pm

We’ve been using spark plugs to ignite fuel inside of engines for over 100 years. Maybe it’s time to change that. Transient Plasma Systems (TPS) developed a system that uses fast pulses of plasma, an electrically charged gas, at a low temperature to ignite all sorts of fuels. The low temperature improves thermal efficiency and the whole process requires less energy and provides better emissions. Here Sean McElroy talks Dan Singleton, the CEO of TPS.

Hyperloop Challenges Will Push Debut to 2040 – Autoline Exclusives

May 4th, 2020 at 2:44pm

Multiple major cities around the world could soon start building what could be the first functioning Hyperloop. It sounds like it won’t be long before people are flying through tubes in high-speed pods, right? Chris Robinson, Senior Analyst from Lux Research shares what challenges face Hyperloop and its introduction might be further off than you’re thinking.

A Positive Aspect of the COVID-19 Crisis – Autoline Exclusives

May 1st, 2020 at 4:00pm

The world is in turmoil with COVID-19, and people are mourning a heavy loss of life. But Bill Kozyra, CEO of TI Fluid Systems, says that there’s some important lessons that are coming out of the crisis. He says they’re learning new ways of doing business, and that while the auto industry has taken a big hit now, it’s likely that more people will want their own personal transportation in the future.