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Intelligent cars warn each other

August 6, 2012 2:15 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The "Safe Intelligent Mobility – Test Field Germany (simTD)" research project aims to help drivers select the best routes, detect obstacles before they see them and cut emissions through energy-efficient driving. To achieve these goals, researchers have electronically networked cars with each other and their infrastructure, known as car-to-car and car-to-x communication. Over the coming months, 120 cars will be testing the simTD consortium's system in real life – putting it through its paces on the highways, country roads and city streets in and around Frankfurt. This new system brought scientists together with private companies and public organizations.

Closed loop servo inclinometers/accelerometers perform in harsh environments

August 6, 2012 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems introduced its Sensorex SX41200 and SX41400 families of rugged, gravity referenced closed-loop servo inclinometers/accelerometers, designed to provide high-reliability tilt or acceleration measurements within harsh environments, and

Enclosures feature ergonomic sloping front

August 6, 2012 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

METCASE has extended its ‘UNIDESK’ range of aluminium terminal enclosures with three new models in black. These ergonomic sloping front enclosures have been designed for desktop and wall mounted electronic systems.

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Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

July 31, 2012 4:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our October issue we’re opening up the Roundtable discussion to our faithful readers. Typically, the Roundtable is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the most recent Roundtable from August here.

Connectors promise high power density, low power loss for rugged mobile communications

July 30, 2012 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FCI announces an advanced series of power distribution connectors for mobile communication applications. The PwrBlade+ Series of connectors combines high linear current density and low power loss with ruggedness and durability for

In 360-degree vistas, Google Street View delivers road trips through 5 Calif. national parks

July 30, 2012 9:17 am | by TRACIE CONE Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon.

Google admits it did not delete Street View data

July 27, 2012 12:42 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Google Inc said on Friday it had not kept its promise to delete all the personal data, such as emails, its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010.

Designing a better seatbelt

July 26, 2012 10:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to safety in new cars, seat belts are a no brainer. They reduce crash-related injuries and death by 50 percent, according to the CDC. Forty-nine states—New Hampshire is taking Live Free or Die a little seriously—have laws requiring people to wear seatbelts, and it’s estimated about 80 percent of people actually wear the belts when they’re in the car.

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UK information watchdog orders city to stop recording taxi cab conversations

July 25, 2012 3:27 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's information watchdog on Wednesday ordered a city council to stop the mandatory recording of people's conversations in taxis, saying the policy breaches the Data Protection act.

M12 connectors for power tout T-coding

July 20, 2012 1:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA introduces the first official line of M12 power connectors with T-coding. The Series 813 connectors use the standard M12 locking thread, but feature a new coding or key to prevent mismating with other M12 versions. Other modifications of the M12 connector have been made in order to increase the maximum rated current, cable and wire size. With these changes the connectors are now even more suitable for power supplies in automation technology.

High frequency transistor delivers low noise figure and high gain

July 20, 2012 11:04 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) released a new SiGe:C High Frequency Low Noise Transistor, the NESG7030M04.

Smartphone app automatically detects and reports pothole locations to Boston city officials

July 20, 2012 8:43 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press | News | Comments

The next time your car hits a pothole, a new technology could help you immediately tell someone who can do something about it.

Switching regulator delivers 2.5A of continuous output current

July 19, 2012 3:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3975, a 42V step-down switching regulator that can deliver 2.5A of continuous output current and requires only 2.7µA of quiescent current. Similarly, the LT3976 can operate from a 40V input, delivers up to 5A of output current and requires only 3.3µA of quiescent current. B

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Sprint to offer auto insurers tracking technology

July 19, 2012 2:04 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint (S.N) said on Thursday it will move into the hot market for tracking technology that lets auto insurers monitor how, where and when their customers drive.

Extending the range of electric vehicles

July 19, 2012 9:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside believe they can extend the range of electric vehicles by at least 10 percent by taking into account real-time traffic information, road type and grade and passenger and cargo weight.

Stanford-SLAC team uses X-ray imaging to observe running batteries in action

July 18, 2012 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Most electric cars, from the Tesla Model S to the Nissan Leaf, run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries – a pricey technology that accounts for more than half of the vehicle's total cost. One promising alternative is the lithium-sulfur battery, which can theoretically store five times more energy at a much lower cost.

The challenges of electric vehicle chargers

July 18, 2012 12:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Charging stations for electric vehicles are still a few years, possibly decades, away from being in every household garage—priced at upwards of $20,000 per unit. Talk about keeping up with the Jones! Despite the challenges of price point, materials, and a general public skepticism, companies are making great strides in designing chargers that are more durable, efficient, functional, and versatile than their predecessors.

German scientists concoct new coolant for electric cars

July 16, 2012 10:39 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists in Germany have come up with a new fluid for cooling the expensive batteries in electric cars and thereby extending their life, another potential step in improving the cost efficiency of electric propulsion. The fluid, dubbed CryoSolplus, absorbs heat more effectively than either air or water and could allow for tighter packing of batteries under the hood, according to a team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology in Oberhausen.

Mechanical engineers develop an 'intelligent co-pilot' for cars

July 16, 2012 10:27 am | News | Comments

Barrels and cones dot an open field in Saline, Mich., forming an obstacle course for a modified vehicle. A driver remotely steers the vehicle through the course from a nearby location as a researcher looks on. Occasionally, the researcher instructs the driver to keep the wheel straight — a trajectory that appears to put the vehicle on a collision course with a barrel.

Private subway cars: The personal luxury of today

July 13, 2012 10:05 am | by Clara Ennist, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Pininfarina, the Italian automaker, has come up with a solution to long commutes and rude passengers on the subway with its Personal Rapid Transit Vehicle.

Drive toward a viable 'City of the Future'

July 12, 2012 4:09 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The urbanization of the world continues to evolve – not only in emerging nations, but in the industrialized world like Europe as well. Already more than half of all the earth's inhabitants live in cities; by 2030, it will be 60 percent. As densely populated sites of human cohabitation, cities are ecological and social tinder boxes. Experts believe that the need for urban space will double by 2050. Megacities also generate megaproblems: With an insatiable appetite, they consume energy, raw materials and space – in addition to producing pollutants, wastewater streams and mountains of rubbish. The transportation system is overloaded, resulting in overcrowding, lack of parking and traffic jams.

Platinum is wrong stuff for fuel cells

July 12, 2012 4:06 pm | News | Comments

Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew.

Sailing with nerves of glass

July 12, 2012 4:04 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The constant hunger to break new records has turned boat building into a high-tech business. The racing yachts that compete at international regattas today are sporting machines designed to reach top speeds. The process of optimizing the boats has been ongoing for decades.

University of Utah physicists invent 'spintronic' LED

July 12, 2012 3:58 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY, July 12, 2012 – University of Utah physicists invented a new "spintronic" organic light-emitting diode or OLED that promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the kinds of LEDs now used in television and computer displays, lighting, traffic lights and numerous electronic devices.

Linear LED driver allows for simplification of auto interiors, signage, lighting circuits

July 12, 2012 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Needing only two additional components, the AL5801 linear LED driver enables designers to simplify automotive interior, signage, and general lighting control circuits.  Integrating a 100V rated N-channel MOSFET with a pre-biased NPN transistor, this small footprint SOT26 packaged device will drive chains of up to 30 low-power, series-connected LEDs with currents from 20mA to 350mA.

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