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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 ... 

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...

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...             

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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