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Japan automakers launch low-cost green cars at Indonesia auto show

September 19, 2013 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars. The luxury tax exemption, expected to give a boost for Japanese car manufacturers, applies to locally assembled vehicles...

Engineering Update #25: The G-12 e-bike and a hydrogen-powered car

September 19, 2013 11:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: The versatile G-12 off-road e-bike: The Greyp G-12 is a versatile, electric off-road bike with three driving modes: street, eco, and power.

Innovative auto steering device could save lives

September 18, 2013 11:05 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

It can take up to two and a half turns to steer a modern vehicle. While turning, the driver must release the wheel in the necessary hand-over-hand movement, which is unsafe. In his upcoming HFES 2013 Annual Meeting paper, Rene Guerster, who has been concerned with steering improvement since he was a child, proposes an alternative steering device...

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What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

Adding a personal touch to automotive interior lighting via LIN

September 10, 2013 3:59 pm | by Michael Bender, Melexis | Melexis | Articles | Comments

Solid-state lighting is now becoming commonplace in automotive designs, replacing more costly, less energy efficient and not as reliable incandescent lamps. Though it is only in recent times that it has started to be considered for the parking lights, brake lights, side lights and front lights on the car’s exterior...

Power MOSFETs designed for use in automotive systems

September 10, 2013 9:27 am | Mouser Electronics, International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. now stocks International Rectifier’s (IR) family of AEC-Q101 Automotive qualified 40V N-channel MOSFETs, featuring IR’s proven Gen12.7 trench technology with ultra-low Rds(on). International Rectifier's Automotive COOLiRFET Power MOSFETs from Mouser Electronics target rugged automotive applications.

Hybrids, concept cars generate auto show buzz

September 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press, By The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are 10 of the most eagerly awaited new cars going on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The show opens to journalists on Tuesday, industry visitors on Thursday and the public on Saturday. It runs through Sept. 22. BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car: Uses carbon fiber parts to achieve light weight and quick acceleration...

Authentic brain waves improve driver security

September 5, 2013 2:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One-time entry authentication methods, such as passwords, iris scanners and fingerprint recognition are fine for simple entry whether to a protected building or a private web page. But, a continuous biometric system is needed in some circumstances such as authenticating drivers of vehicles carrying valuable commodities and money...

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Tool suite qualified to be used in safety-related software development according to IEC 61508, ISO 26262, and EN 50128 applications

September 5, 2013 9:30 am | Ldra Technology, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA has been awarded TÜV SÜD certification. The TÜV SÜD certificate verifies that the LDRA tool suite is qualified to be used in safety-related software development according to IEC 61508 (industrial safety), ISO 26262 (automotive), and EN 50128 (rail) applications.

Automotive varistors rated for 150°C

September 5, 2013 9:06 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has added several new high temperature varistors to its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series. Based on AVX’s patented multilayer varistor (MLV) technology, the new components are rated for -55°C to +150°C, qualified to AEC-Q200, and feature a robust construction....

1300 watt electric vehicle charger intended for lithium ion applications

September 3, 2013 2:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power announces the introduction of the EVC-116-1300, a 1300 Watt constant current and constant voltage two stage charger specifically designed to charge Lithium Ion battery systems in Electric Vehicles such as scooters, motorcycles, carts, etc.

Top 10 must-read posts from August

September 3, 2013 11:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Engineering Newswire 53: New keyboard shocks internet abusers

September 3, 2013 8:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior. This episode features: During the asteroid redirect mission, the Orion spacecraft and crew would launch atop the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket.

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Nissan pledges to make self-driving cars by 2020

August 29, 2013 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says it will make cars that drive themselves by 2020. The Japanese automaker made the pledge Tuesday at an event in California.  CEO Carlos Ghosn has said before that he wants Nissan to be the first to sell self-driving cars. But Tuesday's announcement was more specific.

Number of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles set to rise to nearly 200,000 in 2020

August 27, 2013 4:42 pm | News | Comments

Fast-charging technologies are driving the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) recharging market, with the cumulative number of stations established worldwide expanding by a factor of more than 100 times from 2012 to 2020, according to a new report from IHS Automotive, part of IHS.

Motor control IC simplifies 12V automotive actuator designs

August 27, 2013 4:10 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV has announced the release of its latest advanced motor controller IC for use with the direct current (DC) and single or dual phase brush-less direct current (BLDC) motors now being designed into modern vehicles. Intended for environments with elevated temperature levels...

Engineering Newswire 52: NASA crashes helicopters

August 27, 2013 11:29 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car. This episode features: NASA researchers plan to drop a 45-foot CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage from 30 feet to test improved seats and advance experimental techniques and crash worthiness data.

Volvo debuts new safety technology in Japan for avoiding cyclists

August 27, 2013 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volvo Cars Japan said Tuesday it has begun selling in Japan six models with advanced safety technology for detecting and avoiding collisions with bicyclists. When radar or a camera at the front of these vehicles detects a cyclist, the technology sends a light-and-sound alert and automatically applies the brakes before the car hits the cyclist.

Sensor-enabled RFID tags extend wireless data-logging beyond identification

August 27, 2013 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG announced next-generation sensor-enabled RFID tags offering breakthroughs for medical, automotive safety and other applications where temperature, physiological or environmental data is required. The new devices, the SL13A and SL900A enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications.

Dispensing valve improves productivity and reduces cost

August 26, 2013 9:54 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD introduces the PICO xMOD Valve, a new and exciting fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. Nordson EFD's PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation technology for continuous operation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second.

Home cooking, traffic are sources of key air pollutants from China

August 21, 2013 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Almost 80 percent of air pollution involving soot that spreads from China over large areas of East Asia — impacting human health and fostering global warming — comes from city traffic and other forms of fossil-fuel combustion, such as home cooking with coal briquettes.

Buck-boost charge pump offered in MP-grade temperature range

August 21, 2013 9:01 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces a new high reliability MP-grade, wider temperature range version of the LTC3245, a versatile 250mA high voltage buck-boost charge pump. The MP grade has an operating junction temperature range of -55°C to +150°C.

Mechanical-mount rotary position sensor includes integral PCB

August 20, 2013 3:02 pm | Piher North America | Product Releases | Comments

Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....

Electric motorcycles set for Indianapolis debut

August 19, 2013 9:48 am | by CLIFF BRUNT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric motorcycles will hit the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for the eight-lap FIM eRoadRacing World Cup. "I think it's a great idea and it's a great venue, and that's been evidenced by the amount of fans and interest," Brammo team manager Brian Wismann said.

NTU to trial Singapore's first driverless vehicle on the roads

August 19, 2013 9:22 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Singapore's first clean and green driverless shuttle transportation system will soon see passengers shuttling between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation's (JTC) CleanTech Park. In a partnership between  NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)...

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