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One Step Closer to a New Generation of Electric Car Batteries

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by Waterloo scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles. Chemistry Professor Linda Nazar and her research team in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo have announced ... 

Wearable Technology Alters Your Mind, Like Drugs

January 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, predictive cruise control that reacts to other vehicles; wearable technology that altrers you mind, like drugs; Nissan and NASA team up to create autonomous cars; an SDHC memory card that features NFC; and DARPA's program for tiny UAVs ...             

Microsemi and STMicroelectronics Collaborate on Innovative Home-automation Solution

January 7, 2015 4:35 pm | by Microsemi Corporation, STMicroelectronics | News | Comments

Microsemi Corporation has announced its collaboration with STMicroelectronics on a new electric vehicle car charger solution using Microsemi’s innovative PLC line driver. This is the first of several solutions targeting systems architects and designers who develop solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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AT&T Not Worried About Network Impact from Connected Cars

January 7, 2015 12:42 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | 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 ...                  

Driver Assist Makes Hollywood Fiction a Reality

January 7, 2015 12:29 pm | by Bosch | News | Comments

Bosch has been working on automated driving since 2011 at two locations – Palo Alto, California, and Abstatt, Germany ...                                 

Bosch Sensortec Launches Combo MEMS Solution with Integrated Gas Sensor

January 7, 2015 12:14 pm | by Bosch | Product Releases | Comments

Expanding Bosch Sensortec's existing family of environmental sensors, the BME680 integrates a gas sensor with best-in-class air pressure, humidity and ambient air temperature sensing functions within a single 3.0 x 3.0 mm2 footprint package ...                 

Photos of the Day: Smart Solutions for a Connected World

January 7, 2015 10:50 am | by Bosch | News | Comments

The world is becoming more connected, and at times, it seems as though the Internet and globalization have developed a momentum of their own. Companies like Bosch can help shape these developments. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, Bosch will be ...                    

Innate Behavior Determines How We Steer Our Car

January 2, 2015 9:54 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. The ability to predict what a driver is ... 

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DC/DC Converters for Electric Vehicle Applications

December 23, 2014 10:44 am | by WDD Staff | 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 80 – 126VDC. The output voltages are 14.2 and 13.5VDC. Key features include very  ... 

Controlling a Robotic Arm With Your Thoughts

December 23, 2014 10:20 am | 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 ...

HotSpot Episode 94: U.S. Navy Tests Shark Robot UAS

December 22, 2014 11:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, the Ford SYNC 3, Mirco Location: the new ScenSor chip, the KipstR: Eat, Sleep, Wear, and the Robo Shark. Ford has introduced its new communications and entertainment system, SYNC® 3. SYNC 3’s more conversational voice recognition technology, a more smartphone-like touch screen and ... 

Are Driverless Cars Safe? California's Regulators Weigh Pros and Cons

December 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer ... 

Self-Clinching Nuts and Studs for Automotive Applications

December 12, 2014 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

New PEM® self-clinching nuts and studs introduced for permanent installation into especially hard sheet materials deliver design and assembly benefits for automotive component attachment applications.  Both types (SH™ hard panel nuts and HFLH™ hard panel studs) are manufactured from hardened alloy steel to provide stronger thread ... 

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Fuel Cells A Long Way From Mainstream, Despite Toyota Launch

December 12, 2014 11:10 am | by Neil Winton, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

You would think that when an automotive giant like Toyota declared its fuel cell car ready for prime time, questions about hydrogen technology had been laid to rest. You’d be wrong. The loudest critics of fuel cells may have axes to grind. Electric car maker Telsa Motors’ CEO Elon Musk says hydrogen is more suitable for the upper stage of rockets than ... 

Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

R&S Oscilloscopes Lead in Analysis of High Speed CAN FD Interface Protocol

December 11, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With its R&S RTE and R&S RTO oscilloscopes, Rohde & Schwarz is one of the first suppliers to offer analysis solutions for the CAN flexible data (CAN FD) interface protocol. A new option enables design engineers to analyze CAN interfaces that support the high speed CAN FD bus protocol. These interfaces are seeing increased use in automotive and industry applications ... 

Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

Bourns' New Power Inductor Series Offers DC-DC Conversion Performance

December 9, 2014 1:24 pm | by Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns has announced the new SMD Power Inductor Series that includes nine new devices designed for automotive applications. Designated the Bourns® Models SDE0403A, SDE0604A, SDE0805A, SRF0703A, SRF0905A, SRF1280A, SRR0745A, SRR1210A and SRR6040A, the new series consists of non ...

Fused High CV Tantalum SMD Chip Capacitors

December 8, 2014 5:19 pm | by AVX | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released a new series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations. The new F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging, an internal thin film fuse that protects against short ... 

Volvo Introduces the World’s Most Powerful and Cleanest SUV

December 8, 2014 12:56 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

The first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match. When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even ... 

GNSS Receiver Module Offers Continuous Indoor and Outdoor Positioning

December 5, 2014 4:20 pm | by SkyTraq Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SkyTraq Technology Inc. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) introduces state-of-art, all-in-one S2525DR8 GNSS dead-reckoning module, integrating MEMS sensor and interface logic on-board, enabling ease of use and fast time to market, ideal for road vehicles requiring high accuracy 100% positioning availability. Based on SkyTraq’s latest Venus 8 multi-GNSS platform and ... 

MIT's Cheetah Bot Controlled by Video Game Technology

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites, and ballistic missiles ...                            

An Eel-Lectrifying Future for Autonomous Underwater Robots

November 26, 2014 11:42 am | by Philly Lim, World Scientific | News | Comments

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media ...                      

Driving Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 9:48 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road ...

HotSpot Episode: Mercedes' Self-Driving Cars

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, NVIDIA unveils a new addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator; a portable printer for your smartphone; a modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles; and the interiors of self-driving cars ...     

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