USCAR Team Awards recognize those teams and members who leveraged their resources, exceeded expectations, overcame challenges and created outstanding value for our member companies.
AUTOSAR North American User Group – Subgroup Leads
AUTOSAR is a standardization initiative of leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers founded in 2003. The goal is the development of a reference architecture for ECU software that can manage the growing complexity of ECUs in modern vehicles. USCAR initiated and leads the AUTOSAR North American User Group.
The AUTOSAR-North American User Group is a different type of team than most other USCAR teams. Instead of conducting research and developing technology, the AUTOSAR group takes an existing software development tool and helps it become more widely used. AUTOSAR’s success is measured by how well software developers at our Member companies are trained in the correct and efficient use of AUTOSAR. In a normal year, the USCAR AUTOSAR group would be expected to make technical presentations on best practices, host single-topic workshops on the latest methods and meet to define future needs.
2019 was unique in which all typical tasks were completed but with more frequency and variety of content than could be expected. AUTOSAR then went further by recognizing the need for more skilled developers and started a partnership with research universities to introduce AUTOSAR at the student level, for the benefit of both the students and our Member companies.
Team members recognized as part of the AUTOSAR Subgroup Leads are:
Electrical Wiring Component Application Partnership (EWCAP)
In 2019, EWCAP performed as if they were three different high-performing teams: a connector team, a terminal team, and a high-frequency data connector team. This was accomplished with a single point-of-contact engineer from each company. The EWCAP team met in-person every Tuesday throughout the year, more than any other USCAR team. This dedication paid-off with the publication of two major specification updates and two major design releases. EWCAP re-wrote both USCAR-2, the electrical connector validation spec for evaluating the next generation of airbag connectors, and USCAR-21, the electrical terminal crimp validation spec for validation of billions of wire-to-terminal joints used by our member companies. EWCAP also developed two designs for common high-frequency coaxial cable connectors; many applications for these new connectors are for systems that enable automated driving. These accomplishments resulted in increased lab efficiency from common testing and supply base efficiency from common parts.
Team members recognized as part of EWCAP are:
Transmission Working Group – Axle Subcommittee
The Axle Subcommittee managed and completed two very involved projects simultaneously. The first project, Independent Front Axle Spin Loss, developed a singular axle efficiency comparison method and evaluated spin loss benefit of front axle disconnect systems. This work will be captured in an SAE recommended practice that has entered into the writing stage and will be vetted by the SAE Axle subcommittee as a recommended practice to be used for break-in of front axle systems.
The second project was on Rear Beam Axle Characterization, which developed an axle break-in schedule using the asymptotic regression approach to predict axle efficiency change. The SAE Axle Subcommittee published SAE technical papers and a recommended practice, SAE J3218 for use in breaking in rear axle systems.
Team members recognized as part of the Axle Subcommittee are:
USABC Beyond Li-ion RFPI Workgroup
The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Beyond Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Request for Proposal Information (RFPI) Workgroup started a new RFPI targeting development of high energy density batteries using a lithium metal negative electrode. The RFPI has two categories: one focuses on cell technology; and the other on large-scale manufacturing of lithium-metal foil which can readily be integrated into high-speed electrode fabrication processes. Gap charts also were developed for each of these categories listing performance targets and requirements. These are the first targets developed for battery technology using lithium metal as negative electrode for automotive xEV applications. The Workgroup exercised great effort to ensure that both technical and economical factors unique to the automotive industry were integral to the targets and thus will help guide future applicants toward project scopes of highest possible value to our industry; it also has laid the groundwork for OEMs to explore new and potentially disruptive technologies for lithium-metal negative electrodes on the market.
Team members recognized as part of the USABC Beyond Li-ion RFPI Workgroup are:
Department of Energy
Idaho National Laboratory