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What’s the most innovative aspect of vehicle-to-vehicle communications?

December 20, 2013 4:25 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

I have the latest ACC with radar in my car, camera, lane departure warning, and what have you. Still, I need to watch out all the time, analyze the situation, engage, disengage, set a new setpoint, and so on. If I don’t do that, it can still become dangerous or at least uncomfortable, because the still relatively dumb system does not understand all it “sees”.

Factory programmable digital Hall effect sensors promise custom solutions at off-the-shelf prices

December 20, 2013 10:39 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV introduced two parts to its programmable digital Hall effect sensor line. The MLX92231 and MLX92211 feature EEPROM memory, allowing magnetic switching thresholds to be configured (including hysteresis). Both are factory pre-programmed to precise Hall effect switch or latch

Strategies to reduce a 3-phase BLDC motor control and drive system

December 18, 2013 3:23 pm | by Brian Chu, Product Line Marketing Manager, Analog and Interface Products Division, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Highly integrated semiconductor products are not only a trend in consumer products, but also in motor-control applications. Concurrently, the share of Brushless DC (BLDC) motors is gradually increasing over other motor types in a number of markets, such as automotive and medical applications.

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MLC series protects automotive electronics from ESD threats

December 17, 2013 1:39 pm | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns announced the introduction of new ChipGuard ESD protectors designed specifically to guard sensitive automotive electronics from the threat of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and are qualified to meet up to IEC 61000-4-2 Level 4 standards.

Toyota eyes putting higher focus on environmental, safety technologies

December 17, 2013 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase resources including funds and engineers devoted to advanced environmental and safety technologies starting next year even at the cost of reducing such resources for the development of new models, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Monolithic flyback DC/DC converter actively balances high-voltage stacks of batteries

December 16, 2013 3:09 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8584, a monolithic flyback DC/DC converter designed to actively balance high voltage stacks of batteries. These battery stacks are commonly found in electric and hybrid vehicles as well as fail-safe power supplies and energy storage systems.

Power MOSFETs offer a low-side maximum on-resistance down to 6.4 mΩ

December 13, 2013 9:52 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology launched two new AEC-Q101-qualified, 40 V, dual n-channel TrenchFET power MOSFETs in the asymmetric PowerPAK SO-8L package. For automotive applications, the Vishay Siliconix SQJ940EP and SQJ942EP combine both high- and low-side MOSFETs....

Engineering Update #37: A drone-hacking drone

December 12, 2013 2:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode is brought to you by Components Corporation. In this week's Engineering Update: A drone that hijacks other drones, mid-air: The Skyjack seeks out wireless signals of other UAVs and take control of them, even while in flight.

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Brazil gov't may backtrack on auto safety laws

December 12, 2013 1:35 pm | by BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian government may delay "by one or two years" the implementation of a law requiring automakers to install frontal air bags and anti-lock braking systems in all new cars, the finance minister said Wednesday. Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind...

Leo partners with Venturi for FIA team

December 10, 2013 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Catch him if you can: Leonardo DiCaprio is getting into the electric race-car business. The Oscar-nominated actor announced Monday he's partnering with Venturi Automobiles and will enter a team in the FIA Formula E Championship, which is the first series exclusively for electric cars.

SMART Driverless golf cart provides a glimpse into a future of autonomous vehicles

December 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Future Urban Mobility Interdisciplinary Research Group (FM IRG) recently showcased its driverless golf cart. Fitted with an onboard computer and laser sensors, each with a field vision of 270 degrees, the golf cart can drive on its own and stop to pick up and drop off passengers.

Hall effect sensor IC targeted at advanced technology vehicles

December 6, 2013 9:55 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis has announced a further addition to its customer programmable TriaxisHall effect sensor IC portfolio. Targeted predominantly at use in electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and renewable energy systems, the high speed devices in the MLX91208 series each offer a response time of just 3μs.

LED street light cuts energy use in half

December 6, 2013 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree is building on the industry’s most versatile LED street light portfolio with the LEDway High Output (HO) LED street light. With its higher lumen output, the new LEDway HO LED street light enables the LEDway Series to address large multi-lane freeways and expressway applications....

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Gate-drive IC shrinks automotive high-current switching systems while boosting performance

December 5, 2013 4:35 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

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

Engineering Update #36: Amazon's new drone delivery system

December 5, 2013 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

If you're already signed up for Amazon prime for its next-day delivery, you might want to get onboard the drone trend since Amazon says that's the next big thing in sales. The drones would be capable of carrying packages and orders under 5 pounds to any site within 10 miles of a fulfillment center.

SolarCity to back up solar with Tesla batteries

December 5, 2013 10:22 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The solar panel installer SolarCity is beginning to address one of solar power's big drawbacks: The sun doesn't always shine. The solution: big battery packs that will provide backup power while lowering electric bills. The supplier: electric car maker Tesla Motors, whose CEO Elon Musk is also the chairman of SolarCity.

Daihatsu recalls 764,053 vehicles over transmission, sensor trouble

December 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daihatsu Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 764,053 minivehicles due to possible damage to a gear shaft in a continuously variable transmission and faulty engine sensors. The nine models subject to the recall include the Move, Tanto and Mira, manufactured between May 2006 and November 2010, the automaker said.

Tokyo Motor Show ends with visitor numbers up

December 3, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show ended Sunday after drawing more visitors than the previous event. During the 10-day program, 902,800 people visited Tokyo Big Sight, up from around 840,000 in the previous show in 2011, to see 426 cars and two-wheelers displayed by 178 companies from 12 nations.

Using moving cars to measure rainfall

December 2, 2013 9:30 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Drivers on a rainy day regulate the speed of their windshield wipers according to rain intensity: faster in heavy rain and slower in light rain. This simple observation has inspired researchers from the University of Hanover in Germany to come up with 'RainCars', an initiative that aims to use GPS-equipped moving cars as devices to measure rainfall.

Engineering Update #35: The E-Volocopter and Spark-Renault's Formula E race car

November 27, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Spark-Renault debuts the Formula E car: The all-electric Formula racer by Spark-Renault will soon begin racing in 2014. The 18-rotor electric Volocopter: E-volo's Volocopter resembles a quadcopter with 18-rotors.

Choke for automotive Ethernet boasts desirable common-mode noise suppression

November 26, 2013 3:19 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announced a series of chokes for automotive Ethernet that features, according to the company, the world’s best common-mode noise suppression. Measuring in with a footprint of 4.5-mm x 3.2-mm and an insertion height of just 2.8-mm, the miniaturized ACT45L Series is said to

Capacitive touch controllers provide 5V operation and improved proximity performance for consumer and automotive applications

November 25, 2013 3:55 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced a new family of capacitive touch controllers—the CAP12XX Family. These turnkey capacitive touch controllers expand the CAP11XX RightTouch product portfolio, providing a wide variety of slider, button and proximity functionality.

Tokyo Motor Show opens to public

November 25, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public Saturday, with leading automakers showcasing next-generation fuel-cell cars and self-driving vehicles. A total of 426 passenger and commercial cars as well as two-wheelers are on display at Tokyo Big Sight through Dec. 1.

Photos of the Day: Network of electric car chargers stalled in Calif.

November 22, 2013 8:32 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year. By fortifying the state's still-spotty charging infrastructure, the settlement between NRG Energy Inc. and California energy regulators was sold as key to jump-starting enthusiasm....

Electronic tilt sensor can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously

November 21, 2013 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DURAKOOL is proud to debut the new electronic tilt sensors to their line of sensing devices. The E-tilt sensor is multi-axis and can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously. On top of its multi directional feature this sensor is programmed to your customers' exact specifications.

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