2016 Prius: The Fourth Generation

Prev Next Image This is what the future looks like—except that the future is actually the production model 2016 Toyota Prius. Which literally means the future is now. The lithium-ion battery pack for the Prius. Historically, the vehicle has had nickel-metal hydride batteries. The Prius Two model still does. All the rest get lithium-ion. Here’s […]

Data-Driven Assembly Technology

Learning by doing. Robots enabled with LVC (Learning Vibration Control) shave up to 15 percent in spot-welding time. Related Suppliers FANUC America Corporation Promess Inc. “Automotive assembly is going to change more in the next 10 to 15 years than in the last 50.” Neil Dueweke, general manager, Automotive Components and New Domestic Group; Body […]

Four Levels of Collaborative Robotics

Just as is the case with autonomous vehicles, where there are “levels” of autonomy (from Level 0 where you drive to Level 4 where you can safely shave, apply makeup or otherwise let the vehicle do the driving), there are levels of collaboration between robots and humans. Nachi Robotic Systems (nachirobotics.com) has developed four collaborative […]

On the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro: The Sixth Generation

Prev Next Image Although the Generation Six Camaro shares an overall shape that resembles its predecessor, the lines are sharper, the package is tighter, and it has shed a non-trivial amount of mass. This is a 1995 Camaro, part of the fourth generation, which ran from model year 1993 to 2002. What’s interesting to note […]

Optimizing Automotive Lightweighting

Prev Next Image With Autodesk Helius Composite 2016, designers can work on bolted connections interactively because the display of the composite plates with the bolts will update automatically. The Part Cost Estimator in CES Selector 2016 shows how material selection can be affected by shaping processes, batch size, part size and complexity, and other factors. […]