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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...

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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 ... 

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...

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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...

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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...

EMC Tests Find Higher Uptake as Wireless Technology Gains Currency

May 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

The wider integration of wireless technology into products that were previously wired has caused a steady shift in electromagnetic compatibility test services from classic or non-wireless testing to wireless testing. This trend, along with the proliferation...

Connected Cars – Changing the Way We Travel

May 23, 2014 10:16 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent advancements in wireless technologies are not only leading to exciting and innovative car designs, but are also changing the ways in which we travel. A recent U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announcement exemplifies this, outlining how vehicle-to-vehicle...    

Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 9:02 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard...

'Approaching Object Detection Library' Supports Driver Safety

May 22, 2014 10:58 am | by Fujitsu Semiconductor | News | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited announced that it has released the Approaching Object Detection Library, software for use with the company's graphics SoCs to visualize information from vehicle-mounted cameras to detect people, vehicles, and other objects nearby. This uses proprietary technology...

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

May 20, 2014 2:27 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

At the 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS), WDD is hosting a live panel discussion on connected cars. The event takes place Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at API Technologies’ Booth #1515...               

Improved Supercapacitors for Super Batteries, Electric Vehicles

May 19, 2014 3:15 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a novel nanometer scale ruthenium oxide anchored nanocarbon graphene foam architecture that improves the performance of supercapacitors, a development that could mean faster acceleration in electric vehicles and longer battery life...

Engineering Newswire 90: Hands-Free Corvette on Air Force Test Track

May 15, 2014 5:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire we’re refitting unmanned helicopters, marveling at DEKA’s new prosthetic arm, and driving a Corvette racecar hands-free... Former Indie League racer, Sam Schmidt, got back behind the wheel to race a Corvette...

Bumble Bee, Herbie & K.I.T.T. Cruise into a Bar

May 14, 2014 9:03 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Connected cars, is receiving a lot of attention from design engineers and OEMs due to the safety possibilities and travel efficiencies Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) presents. This technology gives cars the ability to exchange data and interact with one another and...             

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