Automotive Engineering is increasingly global in its outlook and multidisciplinary in its operation, for example approximately 30% of the value of a modern car lies in its electronic systems. The automotive industries are central to the manufacturing sectors of many countries. This includes the UK where companies like Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota continue to fly the flag of automotive innovation and quality production. Furthermore, these brands are supported by a huge network of manufacturers who constitute an elaborate and wide-ranging set of suppliers to the industry both in the UK and internationally.
With skills ranging from mechanical design, electronic systems, manufacturing techniques, management, ergonomics and human perception of things such as noise, vibration and performance, the well rounded automotive engineer will be equipped for a broad range of career options. Typical destinations range from research and development positions within industrial or academic establishments, to design and manufacturing posts in car companies or the supply industries.
The course at Warwick has been developed with a local consortium of leading companies and scholarships are available for suitable candidates.
Car buyers say silence isn't golden - Researchers help customers literally sound out quality cars
The technology improvements that are giving us ever quieter cars are not proving popular with many car drivers. Car manufacturers now want to restore to the inside of a car the sounds their customers want to hear while preserving the reduction in exterior noise. But what exactly do their customers want to hear? Researchers at the University of Warwick’s WMG are helping them answer that question.
In partnership with Bedfordshire company Sound and Vibration Technology Ltd, researchers have been using a performance car simulator, built into a car frame, to gather information on what engine sounds are preferred by various different types of customers. Customers and car engineers can use the simulator to compare and contrast potential sounds from a range of different cars and make judgment about which sound they prefer.
The researchers, led at the University of Warwick by Principal Research Fellow Paul Jennings are working with a range of car companies. They are finding a wide variation in preferred sounds among drivers of different classes of car.
The research team are also considering the issue of how pedestrians will cope with ultra silent electric or fuel cell powered cars. Without any sound cues at all that these cars are approaching there are obvious dangers for pedestrians unless external sounds can be artificially added thus replicating what pedestrians normally expect to hear.