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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...

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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...

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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...             

Photos of the Day: Miniature Devices Measure CO2 Emissions

May 13, 2014 11:26 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed smart optical measuring devices with companies for uses that include optimization of vehicle engines, reduction and monitoring of environmental emissions, and quality control of pharmaceuticals...

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Companies Commercialize VTT Technology

May 13, 2014 11:20 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed smart optical measuring devices with companies for uses that include optimization of vehicle engines, reduction and monitoring of environmental emissions, and quality control of pharmaceuticals...

HotSpot Episode 62: Unmanned Combat Air System

May 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, an energy harvesting phone case for smartphones; SanDisk's alternative to traditional HDDs; an unmanned combat air system; a virtual keyboard that works with Google Glass; and a car fund from Nokia...

Crocus Technology and TowerJazz Qualify CTSX Magnetic Sensors

May 8, 2014 5:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Crocus Technology and TowerJazz have announced that Crocus' CTSX magnetic field sensor family has completed qualification...

Photos of the Day: Solar Car Reaches 93mph

May 8, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

Iran Students Gear Up Solar Car for US Challenge

May 8, 2014 10:53 am | by Nasser Karimi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

California Back in Running for Tesla Battery Plant

May 8, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval...

Standex-Meder Electronics Unveils KSK-1A35/1 Reed Switch

May 8, 2014 9:56 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of sensors and magnetic components, announces the release of the world’s smallest high-voltage switch: the KSK-1A35/1 miniature reed switch...

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast

May 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for Sangshin Elecom triplexers targeting avionics applications for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), universal access transceiver (UAT), and traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS)...       

Macro Sensors Maintains Domestic Manufacturing of LVDT Position Sensors

May 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Eileen Otto, Manager, Sales and Marketing, Macro Sensors | News | Comments

Offshore production has lost much of its past glamour. While cost was once a major factor in outsourcing manufacturing, rising wages, quality issues, and unstable supply chains are prompting many manufacturers to reconsider the benefits of reshoring production back on U.S. soil...

DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

VITA 59 RCE Rugged COM Express Ensures Robust COMs in Harsh Environments

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Rugged Com Express has introduced the new VITA 59 standard, enabling the COM Express technology to be used in mission-critical and harsh environments. New mechanical parameters guarantee operation in a harsh environment. The new VITA Rugged COM Express standard features...

Compact & Convenient Proportional Valve Control

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO has announced that its new Proportional Valve Module significantly simplifies the connection of hydraulic or pneumatic valves to the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750. Just 12 mm wide...

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