Explosions do not disturb residents of Draguignan, the “artillery capital of France.” But a visitor to this southeastern city is surprised that the sound of an 18-ton Caesar self-propelled howitzer travels 20 km (12 mi.) from Camp de Canjuers, the biggest proving ground in Western Europe.
With its relentless push towards driverless cars, intelligent-highway data links, fuel-efficient aerdynamics and low-cost composite bodies, the automotive industry appears to be on a course of technology convergence with aerospace. What can automotive manufacturers learn from aviation’s long experience with safety-critical systems and leaning position in unmanned technologies? And what could aerospace gain from automotive’s low cost targets, fast development cycles and mass production processes?...More