Technological Trends in Automobiles

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Science  10 Aug 1984:
Vol. 225, Issue 4662, pp. 587-593
DOI: 10.1126/science.225.4662.587


Current technological trends in the automotive industry reflect many diverse disciplines. Electronics and microprocessors, new engine transmission concepts, composite and ceramic materials, and computer-aided design and manufacture will combine to make possible the creation of advanced automobiles offering outstanding quality, fuel economy, and performance. A projected "average" vehicle of the 1990's is described to illustrate the application of these new concepts.