Why Volvo is considered one of the most safest cars in the world?

I found this Volvo plying on the road, badly damaged, after a truck hit it from the rear. Volvo is considered one of the most safest car in the world. When I looked from that angle I found…

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What is inside the Automotive Safety Handbook?

Examining the state of art in passenger car vehicle safety, this book of Automotive Safety Handbook is an essential reference book on safety engineering. This book covers both active and passive safety systems and it describes basic relationships…

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Total Quality Management and Automotive Industry

Total quality management consists of organization-wide efforts to install and make permanent a climate in which an organization continuously improves its ability to deliver high-quality products and services to customers. So, when it comes to maintaining quality and…

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What is a Steering Ratio, Gear Ratio and Variable Gear Ratio in a Rack & Pinion type automotive steering system?

Let us discuss about a Rack & Pinion type steering gear, which is manual type (that is not a power steering system) So, a rack-and-pinion gearbox does two things: It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel…

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What is great about the V8 engine of the Maserati?

A friend of mine who owns one informed me that the compact and lightweight 4.7-litre V8 is fitted on all GranTurismo models, develops 460hp, 520Nm of torque and revs up to an impressive 7,500 RPM. He is all…

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The solar car in Adelaide (South Australia) and the world solar challenge!!

My friend, from Adelaide, South Australia, caught this solar car crossing the street, while on way to his work and sent me this picture!

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The truck with the huge cargo on the national highway…

Yesterday while traveling on the national highway No. 8 (on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, in northern India) I saw this trucker carrying a huge cargo (a steel vessel).

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Gurgling noise while rotating the steering wheel of the vehicle fitted with a Rack & Pinion type hydraulic power steering system !

A car engine can make a variety of noises. There are many fluids and mechanical parts in the vehicle which get hot and cold thus there can be a gurgling noise

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Accidents & reconstruction

An accident reconstruction is a scientific approach to solving the problems of how and why an accident occurred.

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Why automotive headlamp’s plastics fade over time?

There are two types of plastic used in lamps: Poly-carbonate (PC) and Poly-methyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
Poly-carbonate is softer and more flexible but sensitive to abrasion and UV.

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Has the cruise control in a car and an auto pilot in an aircraft got any similarities, function wise? 

These days, any driving enthusiast will always welcome the cruise control feature in the car which one can use while on long highway drives.

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Materials used in an automotive steering wheel!

The steering wheel is an integral part of the restraint system as the driver airbag is located in the hub of the steering wheel and the performance of the airbag in a crash will depend on the steering…

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World’s biggest automotive steering system manufacturer—Koyo Seiko (now JTEKT Corporation) of Japan!

This is the picture of Koyo Seiko company in Nara, Japan. This picture was taken in the year 2005 when the company name was Koyo Seiko. Now the name has been changed and is called JTEKT Corporation.

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Material Science & Engineering! I love this field!!

Materials have played a key role in the development of mankind. Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is an interdisciplinary field of science and engineering which investigates how changes in the structure of a material influence its properties.

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How come two different vehicles (from same manufacturer) are having same registration numbers?

Somewhere, I noticed that two vehicles arriving at the dealership for regular servicing were having same registration numbers! How was that possible?! strange! Really strange!! Here is the second vehicle shown below having the same registration number!!

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Are our vehicle test centers world class?

I often travel to the Manesar industrial hub to meet various automotive parts suppliers. There I see this R&D centre while on the way. This automotive testing set up is a full-fledged, though still growing R&D centre, meeting…

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Honda Jazz – misaligned hatch door and side panel curves or an example of inaccurate sheet metal work…?

On almost all the older Honda Jazz, sold in India, I often see these misaligned hatch door and body curves, as highlighted in this picture above. Or is this an example of poor sheet metal press work. Looks…

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Keeping a tyre pressure monitoring gauge handy in your vehicle should be a good idea!

I always keep a handy tire pressure monitoring gauge in my vehicle. There are two advantages. One, you can check the air pressure at any time and at any location while traveling, especially when you feel that tire…

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The role of a CV Axle in a car

A typical CV axle assembly looks like as shown above! This transmits power from engine to wheel through a link as above.  

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The type of sedan I would like to buy at 1.5 million Rupees!!

Often it comes to my mind on what you get when you spend 4 or 5 Million Rupees on a sedan in India? Every sedan has its own sets of pros and cons. And what a person gets…

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The 1950’s Mercedes Bus in Colombo

Recently my sister and her husband were in Colombo and they came across this bus. This passenger bus symbolizes the commissioning of the Cylon Transport Board (CTB) on the occassion of nationalization of private bus companies on Jan…

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Is it an energy absorbing feature or a cost cutting exercise in the new Honda City 2017?! 

The car —Honda City! With car manufacturers now trying to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, are they compromising with the safety? I often ask this question—improving fuel efficiency of the vehicle but at what cost? There…

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Steer-by-Wire in vehicles (Fly-by-Wire in aircrafts)!!

It was in the year 1987 when I heard that India has procured 30 Airbus 300 aircrafts from France. And the technology in it was Fly-by-Wire. Instead of the regular yokes (as we find in the Boeings) there…

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Some examples of electric and hybrid cars…

Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and recently Tesla are some of the examples. A Toyota Prius A Nissan Leaf A Tesla Toyota Prius is a hybrid while Nissan Leaf and Tesla are all electric vehicles!

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Understanding what a worn tire says about itself!

This tire wear shows that the alignment was out and the car kept on drifting in one direction for a longer duration resulting in this kind of wear. One side of the tire is completely worn and one…

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