SAE hopes April brings 'em in
Organizers bet on mild weather, more activities to boost attendanceChanging times in the industry call for a new approach by the Society of Automotive Engineers to its annual world congress in Detroit. So the organization moved this year's event to April 11-14 from the traditional mid-March slot, hoping for better weather and higher attendance.
Panel topics include interiors, electronics, safety
The annual Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress will feature more than 30 seminars on engineering technology at Detroit's Cobo Center. Here is a rundown of events at the technology theater.
Honeywell has high expectations for diesels
Honeywell Turbo Technologies, manufacturer of the Garrett brand of turbochargers, says its turbocharger business is booming because of the popularity of diesel engines in Europe.
Lutz: GM outgrew engineering structure
This month General Motors created a global committee to revamp the way it develops platforms and produces vehicles for sale around the world. Robert Lutz, GM's vice chairman of product development, discussed the changes with Product Editor Rick Kranz at the Geneva auto show this month.
GM's use of outside research boosts fuel cells
General Motors is bullish on hydrogen's role in the future of the auto industry. GM's hydrogen-powered Sequel concept, shown at the Detroit auto show in January, was designed to run using compressed hydrogen stored in three tanks. The tanks are housed in the lower portion of the vehicle, sometimes referred to as the skateboard.
SAE conference explores Sweden's attraction
While many automotive minds are focused on business opportunities in China, the U.S. government is offering advice on how suppliers can get into the market in Sweden. Sweden? Yes, Keith Curtis says emphatically.
Who's getting juiced about plug-in hybrids?
They use less fuel than regular hybrids, but don't get much respectAutomakers are trying to educate consumers about the gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles that are coming to the market. One thing automakers repeatedly say: You don't plug hybrids into an electrical outlet. Maybe they should drop that message. The reason: Someday the industry may need to re-educate consumers about the benefits of hybrid cars or trucks that you do plug in.
50 things you always wanted to know about SAE
In case you'd like to run out and get a card, the Society of Automotive Engineers International is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. To fine-tune your engineering acumen, here are 50 things worth knowing about SAE.