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Video game players can check out Toyota concept

January 13, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future. The Japanese automaker took the wraps off the FT-1 on Monday during press previews at the North American International Auto Show.

Japan automakers to unveil concept cars in Detroit

January 13, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are among the major players in an increasingly confident automotive industry unveiling new concept models to stir excitement in the improving U.S. market at the North American International Auto Show that opened Monday in Detroit. U.S. research company Edmunds.com estimates 15.66 million new cars were sold in 2013...

Lithium ion battery charger designed for electric vehicles

January 13, 2014 10:02 am | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc., announces the 240 Watt EVC-52-240 Lithium Ion battery charger. The EVC-52-240 is designed for charging lithium ion batteries for a variety of applications including electric scooters, all terrain vehicles, etc.

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Photos of the Day: A self-righting, all-electric motorcycle at CES 2014

January 10, 2014 3:06 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor PDD | Articles | Comments

The C-1 from Lit Motors was presented at CES 2014 as an all-electric, self-righting motorcycle, even though the enclosure makes it look more like a smart car. Using two gyroscopes, the vehicle is able to keep itself upright at a stand-still, and also provides greater stability during riding and the occassional bump in the road.

Solid tantalum chip capacitors designed for automotive

January 10, 2014 2:46 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of molded, automotive-grade MicroTan® solid tantalum chip capacitors. For the next generation of space-constrained automotive electronics, the TP8 is the first AEC-Q200-qualified tantalum capacitor series to employ a high-volumetrically efficient packaging solution to enable industry-high capacitance-voltage ratings in small case sizes down to 0603.

Battery development may extend range of electric cars

January 10, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's known that electric vehicles could travel longer distances before needing to charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can just overcome a few technical hurdles. Now, a novel design for a critical part of the battery has been shown to significantly extend the technology's lifespan...

Alternative energy powered cars on a roll at CES

January 10, 2014 10:32 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

While autonomous driving is a major theme at the International CES gadget show, cars that use futuristic sources of energy are potentially much closer on the horizon. Ford Motor Co. showed off a prototype solar hybrid car called the C-MAX Solar Energi, which has a gas engine along with rooftop solar panels that also power the engine.

Carmakers: Driverless cars need legal framework

January 10, 2014 10:28 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The future of driving is right around the corner. Hydrogen- and solar-powered vehicles are on the streets. So are cars that can get you through stop-and-go traffic while you sit back and send texts from behind the wheel. Cars are even using radar, ultrasonic waves and cameras to jump into...

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Wanxigang increases offer for Fisker

January 9, 2014 1:12 pm | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp. has increased its offer for Fisker Automotive, heating up the fight for the failed electric-vehicle maker. Wanxiang sweetened its bid with an additional $10 million in cash. An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors...

December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.

Processor integrates audio peripherals for infotainment, stand-alone consumer audio

January 7, 2014 11:38 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices announced an audio-centric addition to its SigmaDSP processor line that exceeds the signal processing capabilities of earlier SigmaDSP devices. Improvements in hardware and software enable the ADAU1452 SigmaDSP processor to execute up to

Toyota ups orders for hydrogen-powered car in US

January 7, 2014 11:05 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday that it expects to sell more hydrogen-powered electric cars in the U.S. than previously planned. The car, which Toyota calls FCV for now, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery and emits only water vapor as exhaust. Toyota said the car will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015.

Electric race car debuts on Las Vegas Strip

January 7, 2014 11:00 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new kind of race car made its debut Monday with cartoonishly loud revving, the smell of burning rubber, and not a trace of exhaust. That's because the new FIA Formula E Championship car is all electric. The championship is the first series exclusively for electric cars. Organizers gave racing aficionados their first glimpse of the car in action...

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French company demos driverless shuttle at CES

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S. The Navia shuttle isn't ready for U.S. street traffic yet, but this standing-room-only shuttle can transport up to 10 people from point to point on university campuses or in airport parking lots at speeds topping out at 12.5 mph. It even charges itself wirelessly.

Tesla station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope. And yet, one day last month, a Model S sedan pulled quietly in at the America's Best Value Inn Covered Wagon Motel in Lusk, population 1,557.

Corvette will let owners record, share drives

January 6, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

Self-driving vehicles offer potential benefits, policy challenges for lawmakers

January 6, 2014 9:03 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Self-driving vehicles offer the promise of significant benefits to society, but raise several policy challenges, including the need to update insurance liability regulations and privacy concerns such as who will control the data generated by this technology, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

C compiler supports Power Architecture

January 3, 2014 1:42 pm | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

Altium Limited announced a new major release of its TASKING C compiler solution for automotive application development, supporting the Power Architecture-based microcontrollers from the Freescale Qorivva/5xxx Series and STMicroelectronics SPC5 Series. The new compiler brings

Gate drive IC shrinks automotive high current switching systems

January 2, 2014 10:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the compact AUIR08152S automotive-qualified gate drive IC featuring high output current in excess of 10 A that shrinks system size and is said to boost performance in automotive and industrial high-power switching applications.

Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES

January 2, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car uses a gasoline engine combined with a gizmo that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels.

Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

January 2, 2014 9:54 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies. This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices — a major weakness.

Step-up converter delivers up to 350 W from 12-V input

January 2, 2014 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited announced the F351 Series of a step-up, full-brick DC-DC converter that delivers up to 350 W from a nominal 12-V (11-V to 18-V) input. These converters are suited for battery back-up, transportation, industrial controls and automotive applications.

Delphi to highlight automated driving technologies at 2014 International CES

December 30, 2013 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As one of the few automotive suppliers that can deliver the extensive portfolio needed for tomorrow’s automated vehicles, Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) will showcase highly integrated active safety and connectivity technologies at the upcoming 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. These technologies will be key building blocks to achieving fully automated driving.

Explosion-proof dual-beam headlamp provides up to 13.5 hours of useable light

December 30, 2013 9:02 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EXP-LED-HL-DFX Explosion Proof Dual Beam Headlamp is ideal for a wide variety of uses including Industrial Safety, Public Works & Utilities, Law Enforcement, Hardware/Tool, Automotive, Marine, Sporting Goods and Consumer applications.

Innovative vehicle-to-vehicle communications

December 23, 2013 10:34 am | by Tullio Cettolin, Strategic Marketing Director, Micron Automotive Division | Micron | Articles | Comments

Last September, several major car and automotive systems manufacturers, including Daimler, Nissan, and Tesla, announced plans to commercially introduce autonomous self-driving cars by 2020. These manufacturers join a list of companies, like Toyota and Audi, who have already announced similar development projects.

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