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Amsterdam goes green with electric scooter taxis

October 2, 2012 8:37 am | by Roberta Cowan, Reuters | News | Comments

Six years ago Dutchman Ruben Beugels was on an Amsterdam tram that broke down, leaving him stuck in an out-of-the way place, and late for an appointment when he couldn't quickly find another means of transport."I was very frustrated at being late, and it was then that I thought, hey a scooter

Software-based programmable automation controller ideal for computationally intensive applications

October 1, 2012 3:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced SoftPAC(tm), a software-based programmable automation controller (PAC) ideal for use with computationally intensive applications as well as applications that must log, manipulate, and exchange large amounts of data. SoftPAC joins Opto 22's existing

10 must-see posts from September

October 1, 2012 12:28 pm | by The ECN Editors | Articles | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for September. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

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Engineering Newswire 5: The world's fastest electric motorcycle

October 1, 2012 9:54 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV: A group of dedicated engineering students from San Jose State University is attempting to build a self-balancing electric motorcycle. German researchers think they may have found a better way to protect astronauts, and future Mars colonists, from cosmic radiation.

LED spotlight includes improved spot beam pattern

September 28, 2012 4:47 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Lxlite.com has released a high grade LED spotlight designed for demanding applications which require a more precisely focused light beam. The LEDLB-21-3C-R 21 Watt LED Spotlight produces a 1,750 lumen light beam reaching over 500 feet in length with better beam control and less spread than normally found with LED spotlights.

Nobody's driving: California governor signs legislation paving the way for driverless cars

September 26, 2012 9:10 am | by TERENCE CHEA Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown rode to Google headquarters in a self-driving Toyota Prius before signing legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California. The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate autonomous vehicles on state roads and highways.

Electric car maker Tesla unveils solar-powered charging stations to promote longer trips

September 25, 2012 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled a solar-powered charging station on Monday that it said will make refueling electric vehicles on long trips about as fast as stopping for gas and a bathroom break in a conventional car.CEO Elon Musk said at a news conference at the company's design

This app could save your teen driver’s life

September 25, 2012 9:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

We’ve all seen it. You’re driving down the road and see someone driving erratically only to find that person is messing with the radio, yelling at their reprobate children, shaving, eating, or applying makeup. Distracted driving has taken on an entirely new meaning with the advent of texting.

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Thermal interface material exhibits thermal conductivity of 1.10 W/m°K

September 24, 2012 2:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sarcon 30QR from Fujipoly is a low hardness thermal interface material that exhibits a thermal conductivity of 1.10 W/m°K and a thermal resistance of .57 °Cin2/W. This material is available in roll or sheet form and can easily be die-cut, molded or extruded to accommodate your unique application specification...

Toyota drops plan for widespread sales of electric car

September 24, 2012 8:53 am | by DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press | News | Comments

  Toyota Motor Corp has scrapped plans for widespread sales of a new all-electric minicar, saying it had misread the market and the ability of still-emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands. Toyota, which had already taken a more conservative view of the market for battery-powered  

Software helps developers with driver assistance systems

September 20, 2012 2:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SPACE Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) now work with PreScan, a software program from TASS for high-quality sensor and environment simulation. This tool combination enables developers to optimize the efficiency of intelligent assistance systems at an early stage with highly precise sensor simulation and flexible, reproducible traffic simulation.

New airport system facilitates smoother take-offs and landings

September 20, 2012 9:13 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

For airline passengers who dread bumpy rides to mountainous destinations, help may be on the way. A new turbulence avoidance system has for the first time been approved for use at a U.S. airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings across the United States and overseas.

Robotic tuna is built by Homeland Security

September 20, 2012 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

No question about it… they're very good at what they do. But they don't take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they're one of the fastest and most maneuverable

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LED for automotive front lighting offers low thermal resistance and high light output at high currents

September 19, 2012 12:07 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new Oslon Black Flat LED from Osram Opto Semiconductors is a high-performance light source for automotive front lighting systems that offers high light output at high currents, uniform light distribution, thermal stability and exceptionally good contrast for seeing and being seen.

SignalGuru app helps drivers avoid red lights

September 17, 2012 8:47 am | by Natasha Baker, Rueters | News | Comments

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a system that uses dashboard-mounted smartphones to help drivers avoid red lights and reduce fuel consumption.The app called SignalGuru predicts when a traffic signal is about to change, and the speed

Power MOSFETs address emerging eco-design standards

September 17, 2012 8:47 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

A new family of rugged, high-efficiency power products from STMicroelectronics is positioned to enable technology companies to satisfy stricter power and efficiency targets set by eco-design standards and to target green-energy applications such as solar micro-inverters, photovoltaic string inverters and electric vehicles.

When smart cars get street smart

September 13, 2012 8:47 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

In recent years, there’s been a lot of buzz about automotive infotainment systems — features that are built into recent model cars that can offer anything from satellite navigation, DVD players, internet access and more. This has led to concern from regulators about driver inattention and its impact on safety.

Bike alone? You need this helmet sensor

September 11, 2012 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As a naturally clumsy person, I’m all about using technology to improve safety, whether it’s in a car or on a motorcycle. If there was a device that would beep before my knee collided with a desk, cubicle wall, low table, or other immovable object, I would own 12.

10 must-see posts from August

September 6, 2012 4:23 pm | by Editors | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for August. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

Three-phase gate-drive IC serves automotive applications

September 6, 2012 3:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRS20302S three-phase gate driver IC for 12V, 24V and 48V vehicle applications including high-voltage air conditioner compressors, pumps, BLDC motor drives up to 600W and high-voltage motor drives.

End your parking woes with this foldable car

September 5, 2012 3:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Anyone who has ever lived in a city knows what it feels like to drive around attempting to find street parking before giving up and dumping the car in an expensive garage. If you frequently suffer from No Parking Spaces Syndrome (or NPSS)...

Power supplies designed for compact spaces

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the new TDK-Lambda ZWS-BP series of single output, PCB-type AC-DC power supplies. Based on the popular ZWS series, the ZWS-BP is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, thus simplifying equipment design and is offered in two mid-power output models – ZWS150BP (150W) and ZWS240BP (240W). With a 200% peak power capability, the ZWS-BP is ideal for use in electromechanical equipme

A guide to enjoying the (inevitable) robot takeover

August 30, 2012 11:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Let's face it: Robots are better than people.They’re more dependable than humans (i.e. no sick days), they’re usually cheaper, and they don’t complain. The downside is pretty obvious as well, at least with the primitive robots we have today:

Interconnect solutions provide automatic coplanarity compensation

August 29, 2012 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Autosplice has introduced a new series of specialized Solderball Pin Array (SPA) interconnect capabilities that leverage the company’s industry-leading Solderball Pin Technology by creating pre-defined arrays and header configurations that are targeted to meet application-specific requirements.

Ensuring safety through automobile electronics

August 27, 2012 10:31 am | by Anthony Le, Winbond Electronics, www.winbond.com | Blogs | Comments

How many of us have seen cars swerving on the road because the driver is on the phone or texting? The reality is that more drivers are using mobile devices in cars and more electronics are being designed into new cars, such as smart phones, infotainment systems with large tablet-like displays, and various inputs/warning systems resulting in information overload. These gadgets dramatically

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