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Every week – four weeks in all – Freescale will be giving away 25 StarterTRAK tools (100 total!). Simply fill out the form and you will be automatically entered in the drawing to win a FREE StarterTRAK tool!   StarterTRAK USB development tools are specifically chosen 16-bit and Qorivva 32-bit MCU products with rich feature-sets that address automotive chassis, safety, body and powertrain markets. Using StarterTRAK USB tools enable rapid prototyping and tool reuse for automoti ...
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 ...
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 ...
A recent study found that an aluminum electric vehicle can cost up to €635 (US$829) less than that its steel counterpart despite the higher cost of aluminum, given equivalent range targets. The study, conducted by Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka) for the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the International Aluminum Institute (IAI), found that any additional cost of building a car with aluminum is more than offset by the cost savings that can be made on the batte ...
Opel is introducing a new four-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine as part of the fundamental renewal of its powertrain portfolio. The second family of new downsized power units to be introduced after the gasoline 1.6-liter SIDI Ecotec, the 1.6-liter CDTI Ecotec diesels will replace existing 1.7-liter engines and certain lower powered versions of the 2.0-liter range. Featuring closed-loop combustion control and an aluminum block, the new 1.6 CDTI Ecotec is the first diesel from Opel to compl ...
Mercedes-Benz has augmented its driver assistance systems with new functions which are now able to support the driver in a broader range of situations. Using advanced sensor technology, they are able to monitor the area around the vehicle, providing the driver with warnings and support, and reducing driver workload. Mercedes-Benz calls the combination of sensors and systems to support these systems “Intelligent Drive”. Mercedes-Benz recently previewed its next-generation intelligent ...
Peugeot has further lowered the fuel consumption of its 1.6 HDi and 1.6 e-HDi diesel engine through a variety of technologies, including: New variable delivery oil pump, making it possible to adjust effort taken from the engine to just what is strictly necessary; new low viscosity engine and gearbox oils so as to reduce the mechanical losses resulting from friction; new generation crankshaft oil seals, allowing reduced sealing load and so of friction; redesigned alternator drive belt pulley ...
Robert Bosch GmbH and its partners BASF, Wacker Chemie AG, SGL Group, Daimler AG and BMW AG have launched the 3-year, €32.5-million (US$43 million) Alpha-Laion project to develop high-energy traction batteries for electric vehicles. Bosch is the project lead. The aim of the project is to raise the energy density of lithium-ion cells to about 250 Wh/kg. This could increase the range of compact electric cars to 250 to 300 kilometers (155 to 186 miles); or, conversely, reduce the pack size, w ...
Carmaker BMW is offering an LTE access device as an optional accessory part for his vehicles. The device acts as a router for up to eight mobile devices simultaneously, bringing high-speed and low-latency mobile internet access to the road.   Apart from the BMW Car Hotspot LTE an LTE-capable SIM card is required. The first time a mobile device is connected to the BMW Car Hotspot LTE using the mobile device's WLAN interface, an eight-digit code must be entered. This is a one-off requirement. ...
Cars are getting smarter and beginning to react on their own, but the gray matter manning the helm is still the vehicle’s Achilles heel. So to really get inside a driver’s head, automakers are going through their faces, analyzing expressions and muscle movements to determine whether the person at the wheel is too distracted, too tired or even too angry to safely control their ride.   In conjunction with PSA Peugeot Citroën, scientists at the Transportation Center and Signal ...
Your smartphone has the potential to replace nearly everything else in your pockets, so why not your car keys? Hyundai is working to do just that, with an embedded NFC tag that allows you to open your car, start the engine and link up to the touchscreen with a simple swipe.   Hyundai outfitted its i30 compact hatch (aka the Elantra in the States) with NFC technology in its “Connectivity Concept” recently shown at its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. The idea is simpl ...
Deep within Ford’s new 285,000-square-foot Advanced Electrification Center, the automaker has created a system that can put a vehicle’s battery through the equivalent of 10 years and 150,000 miles of travel in 10 months. That kind of testing is a must for any automaker serious about electric vehicle technology, and Ford is showing how serious it is, investing $135 million in the new facility.   The advanced diagnostics program will account for variables ranging from the battery& ...

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