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Acopian Power Supply Announces Launch of New Website

June 24, 2014 5:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Acopian Power Supplies recently announced the launch of their new website. The redesigned site provides richer online content, and a menu of user-friendly tools to help engineers quickly and easily access the power supplies...

City Tells App to Stop Auctions of Parking Spaces

June 23, 2014 3:43 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers. In a letter to the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup Paolo Dobrowolny...

Robot Valet to Park Cars at German Airport

June 23, 2014 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet. An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a smartphone app...

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5 Things to Know about Electric Motorcycles

June 22, 2014 9:05 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new electric motorcycle unveiled this week by Harley-Davidson is a sleek, futuristic bike with powerful acceleration and the hum of a jet airplane taking off. The public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models of the new LiveWire...

Photos of the Day: Harley-Davidson's Electric Motorcycle

June 19, 2014 2:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Spurred by this heritage, the Project LiveWire Experience invites customers to test ride, provide feedback and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don't yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of ...

Harley-Davidson Reveals Project LiveWire

June 19, 2014 1:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Spurred by this heritage, the Project LiveWire Experience invites customers to test ride, provide feedback and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don't yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of ...

Letters to the Editor: The Societal Risks of Self-Driving Cars

June 17, 2014 9:25 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

A recent letter to the editor identifies some apprehensions with connected car technologies...                             

Dutch Government Encourages Self-Driving Car Tests

June 16, 2014 8:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019. The country's infrastructure minister, Melanie Schultz van Haegen...

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May/June 2014 – Connected Cars – Changing the Way We Travel

June 13, 2014 5:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The May/June issue of Wireless Design and Development focuses on connected cars, EMI-quiet environments, and byte-level caching.

Tesla Handing over the Keys to Its Technology

June 12, 2014 11:21 pm | by Michael Liedtke and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised Thursday to give away the company's entire patent portfolio...

Guarding Against 'Carmageddon' Cyberattacks

June 11, 2014 3:07 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

The potential value of turning the nation's freeways into "smart transportation systems" is enormous. Equipping the nation's concrete arteries with a nervous system of computers and sensors that directly control on-ramp signals to keep traffic moving...

New Battery Tech Extends Electric Vehicle Travel

June 10, 2014 11:05 am | by Alcoa | News | Comments

The aluminum-air battery uses air and water to unlock the energy stored in aluminum. According to Phinergy, just one of the 50 aluminum plates in the battery can power a car for approximately 20 miles, and when used to supplement a ... 

Photos of the Day: Aluminum-Air Battery Powers Electric Demo Car

June 10, 2014 11:04 am | by Alcoa | News | Comments

The aluminum-air battery uses air and water to unlock the energy stored in aluminum. According to Phinergy, just one of the 50 aluminum plates in the battery can power a car for approximately 20 miles, and when used to supplement a ... 

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Flaircomm Selects Gemalto to Provide M2M Solution for Car Manufacturers

June 10, 2014 9:21 am | by Ellen Lynch, LPI Communications | News | Comments

Gemalto announces that Flaircomm Microelectronics Inc. is integrating Gemalto’s M2M solution in their telematics control unit (T-Box). The solution designed for car manufacturers in China includes the Cinterion® MIM and integrates smoothly with in-car cellular networks...

Ametherm Acquires High-Accuracy NTC Disc Thermistors

June 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ametherm has introduced new NTC disc thermistors recently acquired from Measurement Specialties (formerly RTI Electronics) featuring a wide range of resistance values and precision tolerances to 1% for high-accuracy temperature measurement...

Binary I/O Card from MEN Micro Supports Safety-Critical Railway Functions

June 9, 2014 12:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the F403, a 3U CompactPCI board with 16 bi-directional digital I/O channels. Designed specifically for modern railway applications, the new board is suited for many different control functions, such as door-locking control and interior lighting...

HotSpot Episode 66: Quantum Teleportation

June 9, 2014 9:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot researchers successfully teleport quantum information; a new system that remotely senses objects across long distances; electronic medical devices that could replace pharmaceuticals; and a recap from IMS2014...                         

Google Starts Street View in Greece after Spat

June 5, 2014 8:17 pm | by Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google launched its Street View map service in Greece on Thursday after winning approval from the country's privacy authority, which had blocked the ground-level map application five years ago. Company officials said the service went live after "extensive and detailed..."

Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel

June 2, 2014 11:02 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Wireless Design and Development hosted a panel discussion at IMS2014 on connected car technology, focusing on safety concerns, security issues, standards and protocols...                                            

Detroit Is a 'Hole'

May 31, 2014 11:07 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

So continues the era of the outspoken president. On a recent trip to Phoenix, AZ, I had the pleasure of listening to Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, give a presentation on the state of the company and more importantly, the state of the industry...

A Look at the Roadblocks Facing Driverless Cars

May 31, 2014 10:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. is pushing hard to bring cars driven by computers — not people — to market. To do so, the Silicon Valley giant first had to persuade states including California to pass laws legalizing the still-emerging technology. After all, a basic premise of driving...

How Google Got States to Legalize Driverless Cars

May 30, 2014 1:58 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers — not people — became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal...

New Laser Sensing Technology

May 29, 2014 10:06 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new twist on 3-D imaging technology could one day enable your self-driving car to spot a child in the street half a block away, let you answer your Smartphone from across the room with a wave of your hand, or play "virtual tennis" on your driveway...

Think Fast, Robot

May 29, 2014 9:25 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One of the reasons we don't yet have self-driving cars and mini-helicopters delivering online purchases is that autonomous vehicles tend not to perform well under pressure. A system that can flawlessly parallel park at 5 mph may have trouble avoiding obstacles at 35 mph...

Google to Build Prototype of Truly Driverless Car

May 28, 2014 12:40 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google will build a car without a steering wheel. It doesn't need one because it drives itself. The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. Though not driving very quickly — the top speed would be 25 mph...

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