When debris on a Seattle-area freeway pierced the battery of a $70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for electric-vehicle owners. It also caused rare jitters among investors, who of late have viewed Tesla as nearly invincible.
A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S.
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's headlines: Venturi unveils world's most powerful electric car: Ohio State University and French manufacturer, Venturi Automobiles is out to set a new record with what will be the most powerful electric car ever made.
One of the ironies of automobile research: As diesel engines become more fuel efficient, reducing their emissions becomes more challenging. Better efficiency means that more of the energy in diesel fuel is being used to move the vehicle and less is escaping out the tailpipe in the form of heat.
ProTek Devices has added to its family of overcurrent protection devices with new surface-mountable poly-switch temperature coefficient thermistor (PPTC) devices that include the company’s first resettable PPTC thermistors. The new components are suitable for circuit protection in many applications such as automotive, mobile device battery packs, computer motherboards, and more.
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new, dual full-bridge driver designed to operate one bipolar stepper or two brush DC motors. Each full bridge uses DMOS power devices with integrated freewheeling diodes. Peak motor current can be limited providing higher efficiency and reduced motor heating.
Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, AppSeed has turned to Kickstarter to help grow their idea of turning paper sketches to prototypes, with the help of your cell phone. The new app bridges the gap between ideas in ink and functioning prototypes through the use of computer vision.
Researchers at Purdue University have shown how to reduce fuel consumption while improving the efficiency of hydraulic steering systems in heavy construction equipment. The new approach incorporates several innovations: It eliminates valves now needed to direct the flow of hydraulic fluid in steering systems and uses advanced algorithms and models to precisely control hydraulic pumps.
Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. Our forth and final category is automotive technology.
Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. announces the availability of the 150W HEW DC/DC series. The HEW Series has a wide 4:1 input range, 9 to 36VDC and 18 to 75VDC. Output voltages are 3.3, 5, 12, 15, and 24VDC. All models are isolated input to output. The power rating of the HEW is 150W.
Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced a new 2-chip version of the Oslon Black FlatOslon Black Flat LED. As with other LEDs from the Oslon Black Flat family, the new version features a high level of brightness and is suitable for all headlight functions.
A temperature sensor developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could improve the efficiency, control and safety of high-temperature engines. The sensor minimises drift –degradation of the sensor which results in faulty temperature readings and reduces the longevity of engine components. The new sensor, or thermocouple, has been shown to reduce drift by 80 per cent at temperatures of 1200 degrees Celsius...
Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars. The luxury tax exemption, expected to give a boost for Japanese car manufacturers, applies to locally assembled vehicles...
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: The versatile G-12 off-road e-bike: The Greyp G-12 is a versatile, electric off-road bike with three driving modes: street, eco, and power.
It can take up to two and a half turns to steer a modern vehicle. While turning, the driver must release the wheel in the necessary hand-over-hand movement, which is unsafe. In his upcoming HFES 2013 Annual Meeting paper, Rene Guerster, who has been concerned with steering improvement since he was a child, proposes an alternative steering device...
Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management. We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.
Solid-state lighting is now becoming commonplace in automotive designs, replacing more costly, less energy efficient and not as reliable incandescent lamps. Though it is only in recent times that it has started to be considered for the parking lights, brake lights, side lights and front lights on the car’s exterior...
Mouser Electronics, Inc. now stocks International Rectifier’s (IR) family of AEC-Q101 Automotive qualified 40V N-channel MOSFETs, featuring IR’s proven Gen12.7 trench technology with ultra-low Rds(on). International Rectifier's Automotive COOLiRFET Power MOSFETs from Mouser Electronics target rugged automotive applications.
Here are 10 of the most eagerly awaited new cars going on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The show opens to journalists on Tuesday, industry visitors on Thursday and the public on Saturday. It runs through Sept. 22. BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car: Uses carbon fiber parts to achieve light weight and quick acceleration...
One-time entry authentication methods, such as passwords, iris scanners and fingerprint recognition are fine for simple entry whether to a protected building or a private web page. But, a continuous biometric system is needed in some circumstances such as authenticating drivers of vehicles carrying valuable commodities and money...
Tool suite qualified to be used in safety-related software development according to IEC 61508, ISO 26262, and EN 50128 applicationsSeptember 5, 2013 9:30 am | Ldra Technology, Inc | Product Releases | Comments
LDRA has been awarded TÜV SÜD certification. The TÜV SÜD certificate verifies that the LDRA tool suite is qualified to be used in safety-related software development according to IEC 61508 (industrial safety), ISO 26262 (automotive), and EN 50128 (rail) applications.
AVX Corporation has added several new high temperature varistors to its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series. Based on AVX’s patented multilayer varistor (MLV) technology, the new components are rated for -55°C to +150°C, qualified to AEC-Q200, and feature a robust construction....
Green Watt Power announces the introduction of the EVC-116-1300, a 1300 Watt constant current and constant voltage two stage charger specifically designed to charge Lithium Ion battery systems in Electric Vehicles such as scooters, motorcycles, carts, etc.
As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.