DETROIT -- Even in a virtual world, Newton’s Third Law is problematic. Aerodynamics, crashworthiness, handling, NVH and the myriad of other design considerations that afflict automotive engineers are challenging enough on their own. But in the real world, they influence each other and affect outcomes. Therefore, this interaction must be duplicated in the netherworld of the en­gineer’s computer. And the task of enabling this duplication is the next plateau for software developers. “The ...

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