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University of California, San Diego researchers say they have developed a way to better estimate what goes on inside lithium ion batteries -- a breakthrough that could lead to lower battery costs and faster charging times for electric vehicles.   Professor Miroslav Krstic and postdoctoral fellow Scott Moura devised the algorithms, or mathematical procedures, to clarify what goes on in the "complicated world" of lithium ion batteries, Krstic said in an interview last week.   There is st ...
The car has been called “the fourth screen” for internet-connected content. But even for high-performance brands like BMW, adapting the car to keep up with the fast pace of mobile computing has been a slow and complicated process. The luxury automaker plans to bring automotive technology up to speed and in sync with smartphones, computers and tablets by leveraging an EU-funded project called “webinos.”     While webinos may be a goofy name – although it& ...
Car buyers and bureaucrats are demanding better fuel economy, so automakers are hellbent on squeezing every last MPG from a tank of gas. The byproduct of this is more fuel-sipping powertrains, but there’s an unintended consequence: more unwanted noise in the cabin.   “Things are happening with powertrains that are good for fuel efficiency, but not necessarily good for the noise character inside the vehicle’s cabin,” John Pelliccio, manager of Technical Product Market ...
  Nissan has created a new system to help reduce the likelihood of pedal misapplication. Called the Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication with Carpark Detection Function (catchy, huh?), the technology uses a version of the company's ingenious Around View monitor to detect if the vehicle is in a parking space. If so and there are solid object such as other vehicles or walls near by, the vehicle's cameras will automatically control acceleration and apply the brakes to prevent a collision ...
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed sophisticated estimation algorithms that allow lithium-ion batteries to run more efficiently.   This algorithms could potentially reduce lithium-ion batteries’ cost by 25 percent and allow the batteries to charge twice as fast as is currently possible.   In one instance, electric batteries could be charged in just 15 minutes.   The researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego are sharing ...

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