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Ultrasensitive Sensors Keep Driverless Cars Safer

Sensor chips are implemented in CMOS technology. (© Photo Fraunhofer IMS) News of the first serious accident involving an automated electric vehicle made headlines recently. Researchers are counting on light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, in combination with other components, to fulfill the requirements for independent steering, braking, and acceleration.

Posted in: News, Sensors, Test & Measurement

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Military Sensor Inspires Instrument to Search for Life on Mars

This artist’s rendition shows how BILI could operate on Mars. (NASA) A sensing technique used by the U.S. military currently to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could “sniff” for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system.

Posted in: News, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement

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Design Contest Winner Could Save Trucking Industry Billions in Fuel Costs

Contest Draws over 1,100 Innovative Product Ideas from a Record 71 CountriesNew York, NY – Hyliion of Pittsburg, PA, developer of a hybrid electric technology for semi-trailers, has been awarded a grand prize of $20,000 in the 2016 "Create the Future" Design Contest. Hyliion’s system hybridizes the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer combination and uses regenerative braking to capture power – saving over 30% on fuel and decreasing emissions by 10%.

Posted in: News, Automotive, Electronics

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Validation of Material Models: Study of Joining and Assembly Systems for Thermoset and Thermoplastic Composite Materials

In Conjunction with SAEThis 30-minute Webinar presents an overview of a four-year study that is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership. The objective of this $7 million partnership is to validate and assess the ability of physics-based material models to predict crash performance of automotive primary load-carrying carbon fiber composite structures.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Materials

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Algorithms for Change Point Analysis

Given a series of data, change point analysis involves detecting the number and location of change points, locations in the data where some feature, for example the mean, changes. This has applications in a wide variety of areas, including: Finance, quality control, genetics, environmental studies and medicine. - A brief description linking to NAG Library routines that may help in your applications.

Posted in: White Papers, Aeronautics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Software

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The Friction Factor: Meeting the Challenges of Modern Aerospace Gimbal Sealing

For as long as radar, weapons targeting, and other electronic systems have been used in aerospace and defense applications, design engineers have employed gimbals as a means to protect them. But sealing these gimbals is a balancing act, requiring the right mix of friction, minimal leak rate and maximum service life.

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Would you use drones for home security?

This week's Question: A new home security technology called the Sunflower Home Awareness System deploys a drone to patrol one’s property. The combination of intelligent outdoor sensors and an aerial drone-based camera detects motion, vibration, and sound, and provides users with a view of the home’s real-time surroundings. By analyzing the sensor data, the system can distinguish between a human, a car, and animals. The drone streams video to a smartphone, allowing homeowners to see if their property is at risk. What do you think? Would you use drones for home security?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Aeronautics

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