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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.

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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....

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Engineering Newswire 65: Efficient batteries go viral

November 21, 2013 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're launching drones from tiny boats, recycling shower water, using sensors to prevent serious brain injuries, and making batteries more efficient by going viral. Typically, distance per charge is the biggest complaint and fear of those driving electric vehicles. Now, MIT researchers have started using genetically modified viruses to help the situation.

Next-generation green cars in spotlight at Tokyo Motor Show

November 20, 2013 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tokyo Motor Show opened to the press Wednesday, with leading automakers showcasing next-generation fuel-cell cars and electric vehicles as they look to the burgeoning green car market. At the 43rd motor show, which will open to the wider public from Saturday at Tokyo Big Sight, at least 76 vehicles will be showcased for their world premiere.

Enabling flexible, cost-effective testing of tire-pressure monitoring systems and other automotive subsystems

November 19, 2013 11:43 am | by Hock Yew Yeap, Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Passenger safety is a major element of every automotive design. This focus is supported by ongoing efforts to enhance safety-related features, either as a competitive advantage in the marketplace or in response to government requirements. One such mandated feature is the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS)....

Photos of the Day: Pressure cooking to improve electric car batteries

November 19, 2013 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Batteries that power electric cars have problems. They take a long time to charge. The charge doesn't hold long enough to drive long distances. They don't allow drivers to quickly accelerate. They are big and bulky. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have redesigned the component materials of the battery in an environmentally friendly way....

New approach advances wireless power transfer for vehicles

November 18, 2013 11:29 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver – moving engineers closer to their goal of creating highway “stations” that can recharge electric vehicles wirelessly as the vehicles drive by.

Constant False Alarm Rate soft IP core designed for automotive driver-assist applications

November 18, 2013 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnSilica has launched a Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) soft IP core for use in situational awareness radar sensors for automotive driver-assist applications. The hardware accelerated CFAR IP is matched to EnSilica’s pipelined FFT IP core....

Government speeds research on car safety systems

November 15, 2013 10:38 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't properly buckled in. Officials also said Thursday that they expect to decide by year's end how to encourage automakers to make some special safety systems already in certain high-end vehicles available in more cars.

This is a real-life Batmobile

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Batmobile is arguably one of the most recognizable fictional transportation devices. Its sleek design has been imagined and reimagined by every Batman movie and a few comics, but it always maintains that certain je ne sais quoi that makes it powerful, sexy, and impressive all in one.Every so often, a superfan will try to recreate the Batmobile...

Pressure sensors feature an extended temperature range of -40 to +150 degrees C

November 11, 2013 8:36 am | Merit Sensor | Product Releases | Comments

Merit Sensor Systems announced its TR Series temperature-compensated pressure sensor product line. The TR Series packaged pressure sensor features Merit Sensor’s “back-side entry” approach, where the sensing media cannot come in contact with the active, top side of the pressure sensing die.

This rock-climbing robot will haunt your dreams

November 8, 2013 9:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Every so often, you see a robot on the internet that is so macabre-looking it belongs in a horror film. There is a quality about these robots that’s not quite robot, but not quite human. Generally, in the technology community, nine out of ten of these robots come out of the Department of Defense sponsored Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (a.k.a DARPA). (If you need proof, check out DARPA’s PETMAN)

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