NEW11 - Vehicle Technology and Trends 2011
Vehicle Technology and Trends 2011 (NEW11)
Course format: Classroom instruction with written test
Estimated Duration: 4 hours
After taking this course you will be able to:
Recognize new vehicle materials and designs, safety features, park-assist systems, collision-warning systems, and alternative fuel systems
Describe features and technologies that distinguish newer model vehicles from their predecessors
Determine repair procedures for technology trends such as plug-in electrics, hybrid high-voltage batteries, and pressure-based sensors
Understand how the economic climate, new efficiency practices, and government mandates are contributing to rapid changes in vehicle technology
Identify the newest technologies found on North American, Asian, and European vehicles
Identify the trends that will become tomorrow’s standard features
Module 1 – Trends and Industry Influences
This module shows some of the latest technology available on today’s vehicles and the factors that influence trends in technology. The student will gain information on new features such as electric vehicles, fuel-saving tires, stronger aluminum, and side airbag pressure-based sensors. The student will also learn about the considerations around the Thatcham Safe Repair Project.
Module 2 – North American Vehicle Makers
The course continues with a description of features, technologies, and materials found on new North American vehicles, including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and other small automotive companies. The student will learn about the considerations around the extended-range Chevrolet Volt, lithium-ion batteries, and a new inflatable seat belt.
Module 3 – Asian Vehicle Makers
As the student moves through the course, he or she will be introduced to new features found on Asian vehicles including Honda/Acura, Hyundai, Nissan, Suzuki, and Toyota/Lexus vehicles. The student will gain insight into new hybrid vehicle offerings, a pure-electric production vehicle, Toyota’s new position on cabin reinforcements, and the continued use of advanced high-strength steels.
Module 4 – European Vehicle Makers
This module highlights new features being introduced by European vehicle makers including Audi/Volkswagen, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Topics discussed in this module include bolt-on pillar reinforcements, sun-reflective leather, zinc-coated boron steel, pyrotechnic gull wing doors, and a self-calibrating adaptive cruise control sensor.
Module 5 – Future Trends and Other Developments
The final module of the course concludes with information on trends that point to future innovations in vehicle technology. The student will gain awareness of future steel vehicles, new U.S. fuel economy standards, expandable metal, metal that straightens itself, electric and plug-in plans, smarter headlamps, and more airbags.