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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. ...
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: ...
The Group of Computer Networks-DISCA of the Universitat Politècnica de València has developed a smartphone application that characterizes our driving style. The new DrivingStyles app, currently available for Android-based phone, detects bad habits and helps promote better driving behavior. Using a Bluetooth device, the application collects information from the electronic control unit of the vehicle such as speed, acceleration, revs, accelerator position and geographical position by ...
Electrically driven micro-cars haven’t quite caught on yet. Smart has the ForTwo Electric Drive, an overpriced two-seater that’s even more impractical than its gas-powered sibling. Toyota has the iQ EV, an electric version that will only be released in extremely limited quantities, despite Toyota’s lofty goals to the contrary. And now Honda is coming out with its own all-electric runabout, the Micro Commuter prototype. What sets Honda’s ultra-small city car apart is its p ...
As required by the bipartisan Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 (PSEA), the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed minimum sound standards for hybrid and electric vehicles. The proposed standard, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, would fulfill Congress’ mandate in the PSEA that hybrid and electric vehicles—including passenger cars, light trucks and vans (LTVs), medium- and heavy-duty trucks, bus ...
Following up to the 2010 Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (PSEA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed establishing a federal motor vehicle safety standard that would set the minimum sound requirements for electric and hybrid vehicles.   The rule applies to EVs and hybrids that have an electric-only propulsion mode whether they are cars, light trucks, heavy-duty trucks, buses or motorcycles.   According to the NHTSA, the new standard will ensure blind, v ...
Unfortunately, around 400 U.S. motorists die each year from drowning when their vehicle plunges into water. To help eliminate the chances of being restrained in a submerged car, a new seat belt mechanism has been designed to make sure that occupants can extract themselves quickly and safely when underwater.   The Escape Belt looks like the traditional female latch that plugs into a car’s buckle. When water hits the interior, a salt pill inside the latch dissolves, causing a hammer to ...
Lithium ion batteries are in use all around you–check out this informative video to learn about the history of batteries and how modern batteries are manufactured.   ...
Google’s autonomous driving program might have engineers, technicians and lobbyists working overtime to bring self-driving cars to the world, but it’s been missing one very important post: a government policy expert. That will be rectified come January 7, 2013, when Ron Medford, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s deputy director takes a position at Google as the company’s Director of Safety for Self-Driving Cars. Medford held down the number-two spot at ...
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& ...
Evatran is bringing wireless electric vehicle charging technology to two new entities through its Apollo Program, with Google and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power joining the ranks. Since early 2012, Evatran has been working with commercial partners to introduce its Plugless Power wireless charging to people across the country. Installations have been done for Hertz, Duke Energy and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. The second phase of the program ...
Audi is working on a new form of ‘coasting hybrid’ that uses a high-power starter motor to enable the car’s engine to be turned on and off frequently during a journey.     Stop-start is now a familiar fitment in modern cars but with the iHEV, Audi is proposing to take this further by switching off the engine during a car’s journey, exploiting momentum and gravity to keep a car moving forward without using fuel.       The Intelligent ...
Will we soon be commuting on real-life hovercraft soon? It depends on what you mean by "soon," "commuting" and "real-life."   Aerofex has released video showing its two-rotor, one-manned vehicle lifting off the ground, negotiating turns and landing.   But Gizmag says the most amazing claim from Aerofex concerns the tandem duct vehicle's guidance system. The company says its prototype uses no flight software or electronics of any kind to give the "pilot" complete control over pitch, ...

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