For 13 years, Ed VanDyne has been trying to light a fire under the auto industry establishment. A SmartFire, to be precise. Finally, interest is heating up. “The ignition system today has become a commodity,” says VanDyne, president and CEO of Adrenaline Research Inc., developer of SmartFire plasma ignition control software. “The design is 100 years old. Yes, it’s been refined. But it’s 100-year-old technology.” However, times are changing. Auto makers are being squeezed by pending ...

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