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After a series of fatal accindents on German highways in the past months, caused by so-called wrong-way drivers, carmakers were mulling over technological approaches to avoid such accidents. Daimler now comes up with a assistance system that tackles the issue by recognizing no-entry road signs.   Actually, the number of wrong-way drivers on high-speed Autobahn is much higher than just the spectacular cases that made it to the headlines. The German motoring club ADAC estimates that about 28 ...
Automotive supplier Continental has announced to expand the scope of functions of its tire pressure sensors: Future sensor generations will be able to detect the total weight of the vehicle. With this move, the company intends to make a contribution to safety.   In today's passenger vehicles, drivers never really know if the weight of their payload lies within the safety limits or not. To close this gap, Continental is currently developing a generation of pressure sensors that are smart en ...
Less traffic congestions is what a recently concluded pilot project in Cologne aimed at. In the project, the City of Cologne and IBM collaborated in developing algorithms that reduce traffic congestion by means of traffic forecasts.   In order to generate short-time traffic forecasts, the system processed huge numbers of traffic data. According to IBM, with an accuracy of better than 90 percent, the results were very encouraging.   The City disposes of a traffic management centre wit ...
The car as we know it is an obsolescent model. All automotive engineers know this, because their entire work gyrates about re-inventing it everyday. At the recent Euroforum conference on Automotive electronics in Munich, it once again became clear which factors drive the development, and attendees got an idea of how individual mobility in the future will look like.   The point is that not only the vehicle itself is subject to technical progress but also the business model of the carmakers. ...
Automotive supplier Continental has introduced a concept vehicle in which the output signals of multiple driver assistance systems are bundled in an innovative multi-purpose LED display. With this design the inventors hope to reduce driver distraction.   The statistic of the US Department of Transportation speaks a clear language: Driver distraction is a major cause of accidents. In the United States alone, every day ten persons are killed and more than 1100 receive an injury in accidents ...
Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) hitherto have not experienced very high acceptance among customers - for a number of reasons. Of these, the inability to cover long distances is one of ones. The concept of equipping electric vehicles with an additional conventional engine as a range extender is a workaround for this problem. The market research and analysis firm Frost & Sullivan says the demand for such cars will probably rise significantly.   Currently, the commercial market for elect ...
Panasonic Corporation has developed a NiMH-based 12V Energy Recovery System for start-stop systems in vehicles. This system allows the energy generated during braking to be stored in the batteries and use the stored energy to power the vehicle’s electrical components, thus ensuring power availability even when the engine is not being used. The system is also designed to supply power to the drive assist motor, improving fuel economy.   With this 12V Energy Recovery System, Panasonic ai ...
What happens when you leave those fancy new wheels with the teenage valet? Nightmares of squealing tires, blaring radios, and faded brakes may be the first to mind, but GM has thought through something totally different: your security.  With modern cars equipped with navigation systems and Bluetooth, we don’t always think about the data we’re leaving in parking lot.  Phone numbers, addresses and other personal information that we’d normally safeguard on our phones now ...
With the addition of T-Mobile 3G WiFi in its lineup, Audi was one of the first automakers to create a “rolling office” in our personal cars.  However, 3G is quickly finding itself in the backseat to the faster LTE services offered by cellular providers today.  Not to be left behind, Audi has partnered with Gemalto to offer an industry-first LTE-capable infotainment system.   That sounds like a lot of crunchy tech terms, doesn’t it?  Here’s the skinny: ...

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