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Why don't vehicles use headlights which turn with the front wheels?

Oh boy, this is my chance to write about Citroen DS, the most beautiful car ever made, and the most innovative car in history. This car represents the leap in design and technical innovation in automobile. And yes, it also has Active Headlamps which turns with its front wheels. The Citroen DS19 was created by two men and their staff teams. Both were originally recruited by André Citroën and designed the Traction in 1934. André Lefèvre was an aviation engineer, while Flaminio Bertoni was a draftsman and sculptor. To create and sculpt the sensual lines of the DS, Flaminio Bertoni worked in close cooperation with aviation engineer André Lefèvre, whose main concern was the aerodynamics. The DS made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show on 6 October 1955. Within 45 minutes, 749 orders had been taken, and by the end of the day, 12,000. The world was stunned by the radical innovation in design and engineering of this car. ,Innovations: , The DS was the first mass production car with front power Disc Brakes. It also featured a novel Hydropneumatic Suspension, including an Automatic Leveling System and Variable Ground Clearance. The original Hydropneumatic system used a vegetable oil ,liquide hydraulique végétal, (LHV), a Green Innovation already, and in 1955! ,Directional Headlamps:, In 1968 model year, the DS introduced the first ,mass-produced car, ,with directional headlamps,. This allowed the driver to see "around" turns, especially valuable on twisting roads driven at high speed at night. Behind each glass cover lens, the inboard high-beam headlamp swivels by up to 80° as the driver steers, throwing the beam along the driver's intended path rather than uselessly across the curved road. The outboard low-beam headlamps are self-leveling in response to pitching caused by acceleration and braking. Today, they call it "Active Headlamps" or "Adaptive Headlamps", and are available in more expensive cars. It is easier to make these now, with car computer (ECU) and sensors, but one must marvel at the engineering innovation Citroen did on this "Active Headlamp", without the aid of ECU. Actually, Active Headlamp System is not a necessity or important safety feature, that's why it's not widely used by car manufacturers. Read more about Citroen DS19: 1956 Citroen DS19, Most Beautiful Car of All Times

What are the latest technologies introduced in automobiles?

Some that I am a fan of. .. Rear-mounted radar. Backing out of a parking space in a busy lot can be an adventure. Although rear-pointing radar has been around for a few years alerting drivers to unseen objects immediately behind them -- a fence, wall, tree or another vehicle -- new radar technology searches for approaching cross traffic. When it "sees" traffic approaching while you're backing up, it sounds an alarm. Chrysler's version is available in its minivans and is called Cross Path Detection System. It includes visual indicators in the outboard mirrors. Ford's system is called Cross Traffic Alert. Offered in the just-released 2010 Fusion and Mercury Milan, it also has outboard mirror alarm indicators. Night vision with pedestrian detection Although night vision in vehicles isn't a new technology -- Cadillac offered it in 2000 -- the Mercedes-Benz updated version is called Night View Assist Plus. Unlike the Night View Assist, which has been available in the S-Class since 2005, the new system pinpoints pedestrians, highlighting them on a dashboard display. It's offered in the 2010 E-Class in showrooms late this spring. BMW has a similar system with a pedestrian identifier that also shows the direction the pedestrian is moving. As the distance closes between pedestrian and vehicle, a warning appears on the night vision monitor as well as the head-up display on the windshield if so equipped. BMW offers this system on the 2009 7 Series. Automatic high-beam control. In the redesigned RX, Lexus offers a system that automatically illuminates and dims the high-beam headlights in relation to approaching traffic. A camera mounted on the rearview mirror detects when the vehicle is closing in on oncoming traffic, as well as vehicles ahead traveling in the same direction, and disengages the high beams. Mercedes-Benz takes the technology one step further with its Adaptive Highbeam Assist. Also found in the new E-Class, it doesn't merely switch between low and high beams, but reacts by gradually increasing or lowering the light distribution based on the distance of approaching traffic. It also dims the high beams for sharp turns and then re-engages the high beams if there is no approaching traffic once the turn is completed. Parental control. Parents who are afraid their teen driver might speed or be distracted by playing the vehicle's audio system at an excessive volume can use Ford's new MyKey system to limit speed and volume. When programmed, MyKey limits the speed to 80 miles per hour. It can also be programmed to limit the audio volume and to sound a continuous alarm if seat belts are left unfastened. Eventually available in all Fords, MyKey is offered in the recently released 2010 Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid. GPS vehicle tracking. Parents wishing to expand on the Big Brother theme can purchase the LiveViewGPS Live Trac PT-10. Retailing for $550 with a $40 per month subscription fee, it is a GPS tracking system that updates a vehicle's position every 10 seconds. Watching it live requires only Internet access. Small and portable, the tracking device can be moved from vehicle to vehicle. It can also alert parents through their cell phone if the vehicle's preset speed threshold is exceeded or if the vehicle enters/exits certain areas. It and similar LiveViewGPS products are also handy tools for businesses that need to track their fleet vehicles. Cameras. Not so many years ago there was an undeclared competition among vehicle manufacturers to see who could scatter the largest number of cup holders around a vehicle's interior. Now the competition seems to have switched to cameras. Camera systems that provide a view behind the vehicle when shifted into reverse are so yesterday. The new trend is toward multiple cameras providing enlarged fields of view. Available on its current 7 Series, BMW's Valeo multicamera system employs three to five cameras, depending on the version, to display a panoramic view when parking. Precise distances are indicated by lines on the image. It also sounds an alarm when the vehicle closes in on an unseen object during the maneuver. Infiniti's Around View Monitor has four wide-angle cameras mounted in the front, rear and sides, providing a bird's-eye, 360-degree view for parking purposes. Distances are illustrated by color graphics, and a beeping alarm sounds when the vehicle closes in on an object. It's available on the EX35 and FX. Driver capability. Although it might be beneficial to have a system that evaluates driver aptitude and shuts down the vehicle when incompetence is detected, we aren't there yet. But technology exists that measures a driver's fitness and issues warnings when a driver is judged overly tired or impaired. Attention Assist, found in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, remembers a driver's normal behavior behind the wheel and establishes it as the driver's baseline profile. Continually measuring factors such as speed, lateral acceleration, steering wheel angle, pedal use and so forth, the system determines if there is any deviation from the baseline. If so, it alerts the driver visually and audibly that it's break time. Even external influences such as crosswind and road surface are factored in. In-car Internet. Although pure Wi-Fi Internet access from a moving vehicle is still in the future -- albeit the near future -- there are systems that allow for surfing using cell phone technology. The first system to turn your vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot is Autonet Mobile. Using a portable router mounted in the trunk or other out-of-the-way location, this system uses a 3G network to supply an uninterrupted signal regardless of cell tower blind spots, tunnels and so forth. In addition to the $399 router, there is a monthly subscription fee of either $29 or $59 based on estimated usage. Chrysler currently offers its UConnect Web system in several models while Ford offers a system called Ford Work Solutions on the current F-150 pickup truck that primarily targets contractors. It dovetails several technologies into an integrated system that can complete a variety of tasks from maintaining your tool inventory to sending out invoices, creating spreadsheets and surfing the Internet through the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. And while not part of a car, I think everycar should have something like this in it. A cheap, compact life saver! http://www.americasaudio.com/avtek-jp88-multi-function-compact-emergency-12v-jump-starter/

What's the most beautiful failed automobile?

The most beautiful failed automobile, in my opinion, would be the Tucker. Technologically, this car was ahead of its time with adaptive headlights. The light in the middle would turn with the steering wheel. Only 51 of these vehicles were produced in 1948.

What new technology of automobiles should I know as a final year mechanical engineering student other than textbook knowledge?

Thanks for A2A ; I like the question may be one of the best question in my view and it falls under my favorite category. Most people depend to much on the text books just reading what it says . They do not try to come out of it and try to explore more about it. Ill just say about the topics and its your work to google them :) Engine technologies. Direct injected petrol engines (GDI gasoline direct injection) ,Vigneshwarraj Chandrasekaran's answer to Why are GDI engines not being used in India in place of MPFIs? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? HCCI engines ( Homogeneous charge compression ignition ) Cylinder deactivation Variable valve timing ( mostly found in petrol engines) ,Vigneshwarraj Chandrasekaran's answer to What is a VVT engine? Variable geometry turbo (VGT), Vignesh War Raj's answer to What is turbo engine? There are researches to make Petrol engine as compression ignition ( preventing detonation and controlled ) Multi air by Fiat Multi jet diesel engines by Fiat Fuel stratification in petrol engines Hybrid , semi hybrid engines Exhaust gas re circulation to prevent NOx Kinetic energy recovery systems Variable compression engines ( petrol engines ) Lean combustion in both petrol and diesel engines Peizo electric fuel injectors Nitro boost Engine auto stop and start while idling Transmission Automatic transmission ( dual clutches) ,Vigneshwarraj Chandrasekaran's answer to What is the difference between automatic and semi-automatic cars? Slipper clutch in bikes Centrifugal actuating multi plate clutch (rekluse clutch) All wheel drive (AWD) Types of differentials (LSD , locked up or torsen type ) Vehicle control modules Anti collision braking Electronic braking distribution Pre safe brakes Hill hold and hill decend control Electronic stabilty program Lane keeping assist Adaptive cruise control Driver attention assist Innovations Audi matrix headlights Static bending head lights Automatic climate control ORVM control Autonomous driving Safety SRS Airbags Crumble zone in cars Bio weapon defense mode in Tesla Tire pressure monitoring ( so no need to repair punctures) Blind spot detection Occupant sensitive airbags ( can detect is it a Kid or empty seat or heavy parcel on the seat) Suspension Magneto fluid dampers Multi link suspension Torsion beams (semi independent) Still there are much more technologies , hidden in cars most are under development stages If you find any other technology in automobile just comment below , ill just add up :P A automobile is a field which incorporates almost all field of sciecne , hats off to modern world

Why do fewer and fewer people die of traffic accidents in developed countries?

Fact is, that despite drivers' idiocy in breaking all the laws, including drunk driving, automobiles have gotten steadily safer. Standards today, largely a result of Federal laws, have decreased auto fatalities each year. Seatbelts, ABS brakes (non skidding), airbags, sensors for seatbelt detection, front and side curtain air bags, daytime driving lights, child safety seats and harnesses, weight sensors in seat cusions, non-breakable safety glass, elevated brake lights, side panel turn signals, rear back-up cameras and audio beepers, collision warning systems, adaptive headlights, drowsy alerts, lane keep assistance and more. Fatality Facts National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Motor Vehicle Safety 8 features that improve safety: ,Welcome to USAA!

What are some of the most brilliant automobiles ever made? In your opinion, what made those automobiles brilliant and if you could modify the design in any way, what would you do?

The very rare Tucker 48, only 50 were ever made, many are still roadworthy. It had many progressive design concepts. The most significant was the Cyclops middle headlight. The headlight was attached to the steering mechanism, and pointed in in the direction of your turn. Early adaptive headlight are still rare over 7o years later. It is worth checking out.

What are the projects can be made by 1st year mechanical engineering students?

My mini project was in automobile field and it was an adaptive headlight system. It was a based on a very simple idea, that the headlight (fog lamps, to be precise) will adapt as per the steering direction,but that was in my third year. In the first year, if you really wanted to do a project, you can do some very simple projects. I would suggest you to learn and understand the concepts, then you will be able to decide and apply those learning in executing it as a project. Once you understand the basics in first three years you can even build a car on your own and participate in competitions like SAE baja. If you are really desperate to build a project in first year, you can do it in renewable energy like powering a house using a solar panel or build a windmill, where you can generate electricity enough to charge your mobile. Thanks for the A2A and all the best..

Why are adaptive headlights on vehicles that move along with the steering wheel not standard?

Question: ,“,Why are car headlights that move along with the steering wheel not standard?,” Head lights that turned with the steering wheel were at one time quite common…at least on expensive cars. Let me introduce you to the Pilot-Ray Automatic Self-Steering Safety Light. The Pilot-Ray Automatic Safety Light consisted of one or two auxiliary driving lights. In the 1920s such driving lights were mounted on the headlight bar. When the headlight bar was eliminated in the early 1930s the lights were mounted on a bracket that attached to the bumper brace. They were connected, usually by means of a flexible shaft, to a mechanism that attached to the steering arm of the car. The system was somewhat complex involving a lot of parts, as can be seen by looking at the parts diagram for a typical installation. (Some of the smaller parts appear to be used for installation on different car models.) These accessory lamps were expensive, and they were generally only seen on cars such as Packards and Duesenbergs. In 1931, when a new Ford Roadster cost $385, The Franklin automobile accessory company charged $60 for dual Pilot-Ray driving lamps In 1936 Cord incorporated retractable headlights that turned with the wheels in their ‘Coffin Hood” 810 model. But in the 1940s the DOT regulated car lighting and limited manufacturers to the then new 7-inch Sealed Beam. The Sealed Beams were a big improvement over the separate bulbs and reflectors in earlier car lighting, the reflectors of which would easily become tarnished over time, seriously diminishing the amount of light that could be directed onto the road. But those regulations, which remained unchanged for decades, also limited the development of better automotive lighting. And state laws, often rigorously enforced by traffic cops, limited the number of lights that could be lit at one time. Those regulations effectively eliminated the market for the Pilot-Ray and similar products. Headlights that turned with the wheels were used, however, on some European cars such as the Citroen DS models which were built from 1955 through 1975. Note in the photo of the DS that the inboard headlight is turned in the direction of the front wheel. And in the 1970s Cadillac offered something similar with Cornering Lights on some modes that would illuminate the front and side of the road when the headlights were on and the directional signal used. Today active headlights on many modern European cars do respond to movement of the front wheels but they do so electronically, not by physically rotating the lamp.

What are some new automobile safety features that will become commonplace and/or required soon?

What are automobile safety features that will become commonplace and/or required soon? 4 wheel disc brakes auto-leveling headlights adaptive headlights (if they can get past gov. approval) full ABS all wheel drive with traction control lane departure warning driver sleep warning backup cameras built in navigation and control all LED external lighting forward collision avoidance all Electric drive