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Germany is greenlighting driverless vehicles (and it's great)

January 29, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Autobahn, arguably one of the the most famous roads in the world, is about the welcome a new technology to its 8,216 miles and it's very exciting. For the first time, this highway will be home to not just crazy drivers going whatever speed they want, but it will also welcome autonomous vehicles (going whatever speed the technology decides.)

GM's new affordable electric car could upstage Tesla

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge,...

Controller board provides Full HD resolution to panel PCs

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) now offers the CC10S, a multi-display controller board based on a...

Engineering Newswire: Ford’s carbon-fiber supercar

January 16, 2015 9:19 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

This week, Ford has unveiled its all-new GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production...

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Engineering Update #93: A hybrid motorcycle for US Special Forces

January 15, 2015 11:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

Photos of the Day: The 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is unveiled

January 15, 2015 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays ...

My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

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Engineering Newswire: Mercedes' futuristic self-driving car

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Lots of new technologies and innovations were displayed this past week at CES. However, few were more impressive than Mercedes’Benz self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion. Living up to its name, this car looks like something out of a science fiction movie....

Why we should trust autonomous cars

January 9, 2015 11:43 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every year, automotive manufacturers push the envelope of vehicle autonomy.  However, the general public climate toward these vehicles has been cloudy and divided. The comments section of many articles centered on this topic are filled with phrases such as ‘precursor to robot tanks...

On the road to emissions-free cars

January 9, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

A University of Delaware research team is considering the important question of what it will take to create an affordable emissions-free car. The question, an issue of engineering and economics, is being studied by a team led by Yushan Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology

January 9, 2015 9:18 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development...

Coming to a car near you: auto technology at CES

January 9, 2015 9:13 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

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Engineering Update #92: CATS in space

January 8, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

AT&T not worried about network impact from connected cars

January 6, 2015 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market. That’s a lot of new radios...

Predicting how drivers will react

January 5, 2015 9:22 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety systems in cars that can correct dangerous steering movements before they occur.

DC/DC converters designed for electric vehicle applications

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announces the EVD-450 Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically for electric vehicle applications. The input range options for the EVD-450 are 30 – 65VDC, 60 – 90VDC, and ...

Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

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Board-to-board connector features a compact space-saving design

December 18, 2014 4:35 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) announces the use of its DF40 Series board-to-board connector in the newly-released Intel Edison miniature computing platform. The postage-stamp sized Edison chip set uses the Hirose DF40 70-pin header (part # DF40C-70DP-0.4V(51) on ...

TVS diode provides greater protection from load dump

December 18, 2014 1:41 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SLD Series TVS Diode for automotive and high-reliability applications. This AEC-Q101-qualified TVS Diode is designed specifically to protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by ...

Resistor saves space with 7 W rating and resistance to 1 mΩ

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor designed to save space in automotive, industrial, computer, and consumer applications. The Vishay Dale WSHM2818 combines a high 7 W power rating with ...

Photos of the Day: "Rat rods" pieced together from vintage parts

December 17, 2014 10:33 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

The fast machines are pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds. They are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. Old vehicle parts that will be used in Rat Rod projects are stored outside Peter Duvaloois' shop....

Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

December 15, 2014 4:35 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of ...

LDO in SOT-23 package offered in -55° to +125°C MP grade

December 15, 2014 12:14 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces a new military MP grade version of the LT3014B, a high voltage, micropower, low dropout regulator capable of delivering 20mA output current. The LT3014B operates with a continuous input voltage ...

Engineering Newswire: Stephen Hawking gets an upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Intel has upgraded Stephen Hawking’s communication platform to help him better communicate with the world, increase ease of use for his daily routines, and empower him with continued independence. The tailored solution, Assistive Context Aware Toolkit ...

Metal film resistors now available with a 100 ppm TCR option

December 3, 2014 3:25 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) RNV Series high voltage anti-moisture metal film resistors now offer a 100 ppm TCR option. This enables the RNV to be used for high-voltage requirements in harsh environments and applications with low TCR needs. The ...

Engineering Newswire: Elon Musk unveils autonomous spaceport drone ship

December 1, 2014 8:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk has revealed an image of what he calls an autonomous spaceport drone ship. SpaceX has released no official statement on the ship, but musk continued tweeting, explaining that the vehicle will allow for refuel and rocket fly back in the ...

BGA socket adapter constructed with high temperature FR-4 substrate

November 25, 2014 4:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) released a new BGA socket adapter for 724 pin BGA, 1mm pitch, 35x35mm IC size. The BGA socket adapter consists of two modules (female socket module and male adapter module). The patented female socket ...

HotSpot: Mercedes' self-driving cars

November 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars are changing the way designers think about the interiors of vehicles. the car of the future will be more than purely a means of transport – rather, it will become a variable and private area of retreat in increasingly dense urban traffic. By virtue of ...

Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

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