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.
Cars that drive themselves could be on U.S. roads by the end of this decade. But don't take your foot off the pedal just yet.Automakers, universities and others are at various stages in the development of autonomous cars. Google is testing some in California.
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Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior. This episode features: During the asteroid redirect mission, the Orion spacecraft and crew would launch atop the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket.
Nissan Motor Co. says it will make cars that drive themselves by 2020. The Japanese automaker made the pledge Tuesday at an event in California. CEO Carlos Ghosn has said before that he wants Nissan to be the first to sell self-driving cars. But Tuesday's announcement was more specific.
Toyota has two important vehicles coming in 2015: the next-generation Prius hybrid and the company's first hydrogen fuel cell car. Satoshi Ogiso, a top Toyota engineer who helped develop the original Prius 20 years ago, said Wednesday that the new Prius will get significantly better fuel economy...
Fast-charging technologies are driving the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) recharging market, with the cumulative number of stations established worldwide expanding by a factor of more than 100 times from 2012 to 2020, according to a new report from IHS Automotive, part of IHS.
Melexis Technologies NV has announced the release of its latest advanced motor controller IC for use with the direct current (DC) and single or dual phase brush-less direct current (BLDC) motors now being designed into modern vehicles. Intended for environments with elevated temperature levels...
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car. This episode features: NASA researchers plan to drop a 45-foot CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage from 30 feet to test improved seats and advance experimental techniques and crash worthiness data.
Volvo Cars Japan said Tuesday it has begun selling in Japan six models with advanced safety technology for detecting and avoiding collisions with bicyclists. When radar or a camera at the front of these vehicles detects a cyclist, the technology sends a light-and-sound alert and automatically applies the brakes before the car hits the cyclist.
Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds. The revamped Hofu plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture, southwestern Japan...
ams AG announced next-generation sensor-enabled RFID tags offering breakthroughs for medical, automotive safety and other applications where temperature, physiological or environmental data is required. The new devices, the SL13A and SL900A enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications.
Nordson EFD introduces the PICO xMOD Valve, a new and exciting fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. Nordson EFD's PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation technology for continuous operation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second.
Almost 80 percent of air pollution involving soot that spreads from China over large areas of East Asia — impacting human health and fostering global warming — comes from city traffic and other forms of fossil-fuel combustion, such as home cooking with coal briquettes.
Linear Technology Corporation announces a new high reliability MP-grade, wider temperature range version of the LTC3245, a versatile 250mA high voltage buck-boost charge pump. The MP grade has an operating junction temperature range of -55°C to +150°C.
Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....
Electric motorcycles will hit the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for the eight-lap FIM eRoadRacing World Cup. "I think it's a great idea and it's a great venue, and that's been evidenced by the amount of fans and interest," Brammo team manager Brian Wismann said.
Singapore's first clean and green driverless shuttle transportation system will soon see passengers shuttling between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation's (JTC) CleanTech Park. In a partnership between NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)...
TVS devices provide overvoltage protection & EMI attenuation over a broad range of frequencies in automotive applicationsAugust 14, 2013 2:10 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments
AVX Corporation has introduced the new TransFeed Automotive Series, which combines the best electrical characteristics of its TransGuard Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVS) and its Feedthru Capacitors in a single chip to provide state-of-the-art overvoltage circuit protection and EMI reduction....
It's a common driving predicament: As you approach the intersection, the light is yellow. Do you hit the brakes or face a red light camera fine? Some municipalities engineer their traffic signals to force drivers into this situation in an effort to generate revenue from the cameras.
No other part in a vehicle is as failure-prone as the starter battery. According to ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), battery problems have quadrupled between 1996 and 2010. ADAC, Europe’s largest automotive club, says further that each third breakdown involves either a discharged or defective battery.
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. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.
In October 2009, GreenTech Automotive Inc.'s owner, Chinese businessman Xiaolin "Charles" Wang, unveiled four prototype cars during a flashy ceremony and promised to build a $2 billon plant in Mississippi, the poorest state in the U.S. The company said production of fuel-efficient vehicles would start in three years...
The STW78N65M5 and STW62N65M5 from STMicroelectronics are said to be the industry’s first 650V AEC-Q101 automotive-qualified MOSFETs in the popular TO-247 package. The 650V rating provides exceptional safety margin when exposed to high-voltage spikes, enhancing the
The Bloodhound supersonic car is going to take a shot at going supersonic in the summer of 2015, and it is relying on rapid manufacturing to speed past the 1,000 mph speed barrier. The tip is subject to forces as high as 4,915 lbs/ft2. To cope with such loadings, a prototype tip has been designed in titanium and will be bonded to Bloodhound's carbon fiber monocoque body.