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Reduce Weight to Boost Efficiency and Performance

Driven by increasingly ambitious regulations in North America and around the world, the future of the mobility industry is being shaped by a growing need for improved fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Lightweighting – the process of reducing the weight of a vehicle via a variety of engineering efforts – has emerged as a viable strategy to help original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) reach these new standards across nearly all vehicle platforms.

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Categories: Commercial Vehicle, Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Light Vehicle, Lightweighting, Off-Highway, Regulation, Technology, Vertical Integration

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6x2 Efficiency and 6x4 Performance: Fleets Can Have it All

With new standards to meet, the commercial-vehicle industry is looking to new, high-level technologies to increase efficiency and improve fuel economy. The Spicer® AdvanTEK® Dual Range Disconnect™ concept from Dana combines the best of both worlds by offering high performance and dependable traction with reduced drivetrain losses. 

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Categories: Commercial Vehicle, Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Technology, Trade Shows, Transportation

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Investing in the Future to Move What Matters

Dana engineers have paired up with Detroit-area entrepreneurs through a mentorship-driven technology accelerator to help foster the next generation of innovators in the transportation industry. Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit will bring new technologies to market that address the future of moving people, goods, and services.

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Categories: Collaboration, Commercial Vehicle, Light Vehicle, Technology, Transportation, Future, Off-Highway, Mobility, Mentoring, Entrepreneurship

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Big Data Offers Real-Time Solutions and Predicts Vehicle Trends: Part 2

In our last Mobility Matters post, we discussed big data’s infiltration of nearly every industry, along with the importance of breaking down massive streams of information into smaller scopes to detect patterns and discover new insights. The second part of this conversation further explores data filtering and considers strategies that may help fleet managers overcome uncertainties to recognize the benefits of a prognostic approach to data.

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Categories: Commercial Vehicle, Light Vehicle, Off-Highway, Productivity, Technology, Safety, Transportation, Efficiency

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Big Data Offers Real-Time Solutions and Predicts Vehicle Trends: Part 1

The practice of collecting and analyzing information began long before the digital age. But today’s culture of 24/7 connectedness combined with more sophisticated, less expensive technology has allowed big data to infiltrate nearly every industry.

Within a large and complex data stream, telematics takes data to the next level by weeding through to find the most useful information. In the transportation industry, telematics has been adopted to monitor a variety of factors, from fluid levels to vehicle suspension.

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Categories: Commercial Vehicle, Light Vehicle, Off-Highway, Technology, Transportation, Safety, Productivity, Efficiency

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The Global Trend toward Engine Downspeeding

Emerging Challenges from Low-RPM, High-Torque Powertrains

Two events last month on opposite sides of the Atlantic have made the subject of engine downspeeding top of mind for commercial-vehicle manufacturers and fleets alike.

At the IAA Commercial Vehicles tradeshow in Hanover, Germany, numerous exhibitors presented their latest solutions for supporting engine downspeeding.  For example, MAN presented its new six-cylinder, Euro 6-compliant D3876 engine, which supplies maximum torque in the 930- to 1,350-rpm range, enabling...

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Categories: Efficiency, Commercial Vehicle, Fuel Economy, Trade Shows, Torque

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U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards Tighten for Commercial Vehicles

As Fuel Economy Standards Change, Fleet Owners and Truck OEMs Require New Approaches

While increasingly stringent fuel economy standards are always a focus for the light-vehicle segment, they are top of mind for the U.S. trucking industry as well. Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create and issue new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.

In a statement issued by the White House, President Obama said that while heavy-duty trucks only account for four percent of the vehicles on U.S. highways, they are responsible for about 25 percent of on-road fuel consumption.

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Categories: Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Transportation, Lightweighting, Commercial Vehicle, Regulation

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