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'Distracted driving' at an all-time high; new approaches needed

March 18, 2015 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Young, inexperienced drivers have always gotten into more automobile accidents, but if you add in a lot of distractions, it's a recipe for disaster - and a new Pacific Northwest research program is learning more about these risks while identifying ...

How ethernet will save the connected car

March 18, 2015 10:59 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Mobility is a given in today’s hyper-connected world. This is especially true in cars where, at least in the U.S. – the second largest automobile market...

Engineering Newswire: Elio unveils engine prototype for 3-wheel, 84 MPG car

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

The tiny 3 wheeled Elio has a projected top speed of more than 100 mph, and a goal of up to 84 mpg. Now, the company has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype. And with the goal of ...

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Supersonic car gets armor plating

March 16, 2015 9:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

When a car is traveling at 1,000 miles per hour, sometimes things get weird. One of several design challenges faced by the Bloodhound Supersonic car, built in the UK both as an educational tool and to break the land speed record....

Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

Electric vehicles make the connection

March 12, 2015 11:56 am | by Mark Jennings, Engineering Director of Dawson Shanahan | Articles | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are booming, with UK registrations in 2014 up to nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 10 percent from last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Not to mention, Nissan sold its 100,000th LEAF, making it the best-selling EV in history.

Flow cell concept car has 1,000 km range

March 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A concept car using the first low-voltage flow cell engine in the world was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. The Quantino, one of two new models introduced by nanoFlowcell at the show, is powered by a two-sided flow cell....

u-blox combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in compact, host-based client

March 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by u-blox | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox announces full production availability of the ELLA-W1 series of compact, automotive-grade, multiradio modules. The modules promise predictable, reliable results and easy implementation of in-car wireless connectivity. Applications include hands-free telephony, in-car hotspots ...

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Shared opportunities for natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle markets

March 10, 2015 8:03 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, says a new Sandia National Laboratories report, “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” The ...

Electric buses: More advanced than you think

March 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception ...

Making our highways safer and more efficient

March 6, 2015 9:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

All over the world, gridlock, stop and go driving and constant and sometimes dangerous lane changes are a daily frustration for highway motorists. However, new research by Dr Xiaobo Qu from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia ...

Current sensing using resistors

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | by Kory Schroeder, Director of Product Marketing and Engineering at Stackpole Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Current sensing resistors are a rapidly growing technology focused on regulation and monitoring of power from a supply to an end device. Current sensing resistors are used for a wide variety of handheld electronic devices, and while the concept of current sensing ...

Connecting with the connected car at MWC

March 4, 2015 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

You think you know what a connected car is and then you actually experience one and it’s something else altogether. That was my experience at Mobile World Congress after taking the driver’s seat in a concept vehicle ...

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Dual inductors offer a high operating temperature range to +155 °C

March 2, 2015 11:17 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the first device in its new IHLD series of low-profile, high-current dual inductors. Offering two inductors in one 4032 package, the space-saving automotive-grade IHLD-4032KB-5A is the industry’s first dual inductor to offer a high operating temperature range to +155 °C....

Could pilots fly aircraft using their minds?

February 27, 2015 8:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The BRAINFLIGHT project has an ambitious goal – complete control over aircraft (or a significantly reduced workload) using nothing but your mind. The team from Tekever and a collection of European researchers recently demonstrated their brain-computer interface (BCI) ...

Power resistor lowers costs in automotive and industrial applications

February 25, 2015 11:28 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new AEC-Q200-qualified, 25 W thick film power resistor in a compact surface-mount TO-252 style (DPAK) package. For automotive, industrial, and military applications, the Vishay Sfernice DTO25 saves space compared with previous-generation solutions....

In quest for better lithium-air batteries, chemists boost carbon's stability

February 25, 2015 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To power a car so it can travel hundreds of miles at a time, lithium-ion batteries of the future are going to have to hold more energy without growing too big in size. That's one of the dilemmas confronting efforts to power cars ...

An introduction to 3D-printed cars

February 25, 2015 9:24 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as "structural electronics" - one structure performing mechanical, electrical and other functions....

High-current inductor features temperature range to +180 °C

February 19, 2015 12:13 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new automotive-grade IHLP low-profile, high-current inductor in the 4040 case size featuring an industry-high continuous operating temperature range to +180 °C. Offering a low profile of 4.0 mm, the Vishay Dale IHLP-4040DZ-8A provides a wide ...

7 engineering advances that could change the world

February 18, 2015 11:38 am | by Ohio University | Blogs | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering has made great strides when it comes to improving the overall quality of life.

Remcom announces benefits of time-domain electromagnetic simulation

February 18, 2015 9:45 am | News | Comments

Remcom announces unique benefits of time-domain electromagnetic simulation for automotive radar sensors via XFdtd® 3D EM Simulation Software.  XFdtd enables simulations of full sensor models with a bumper’s fascia ...

Linear voltage regulator ruggedized for high reliability

February 17, 2015 11:58 am | by Cissoid | Product Releases | Comments

CMT-ANTARES is a new fixed-voltage 5V linear voltage regulator ruggedized for high reliability and high temperature automotive and industrial applications. CMT-ANTARES delivers up to 200mA to the output load from input voltages between 5.5V and 30V. The output voltage is stabilized to 5V +/- 5% including ...

PWM inverters deliver 500VA with pure sine wave output voltage

February 17, 2015 11:39 am | by Absopulse | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics’ CSI 500-2XD3-IP66 series was developed for the transportation, mining, marine, military, telecom, oil and gas applications that require a rugged, waterproof, dust-proof, sand-proof, fire and explosion proof* pure sine wave output solution. The CSI 500-2XD3-IP66 high frequency PWM inverters deliver 500VA....

I/O companions optimized for high-speed automotive infotainment

February 17, 2015 10:38 am | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the world’s first H.264 video I/O companion integrated circuits (ICs) optimized for the proven and robust Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) high-speed automotive infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) ...

Fuel cell cars: Caution needed

February 17, 2015 8:39 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Launches of fuel cell cars are reportedly planned by up to six carmakers from 2015 including Tata Motors of India, owners of Jaguar Land Rover. They are portrayed as pivotal in creating success for ...

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