Special Coverage

NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Robotic Gripper Cleans Up Space Debris
Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space

Sound-Off: Without ‘100-Percent’ Security Assurance, Should We Drive Autonomous Cars?

In a Tech Briefs presentation, a reader asked our automotive expert: “How can we achieve autonomous cars without 100-percent cybersecurity?”

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A Semiconductor Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Boost Thermoelectric Performance

In a report published in October, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNCTs) to advance the thermoelectric performance of organic semiconductors. The carbon nanotube thin films, they said, could ultimately be integrated into fabrics to convert waste heat into electricity or serve as a small power source.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Thermoelectrics, Composites, Materials, Semiconductors & ICs
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Thinking Ahead with 3D Printing: Five Technologies to Watch

A 3D printer's moving parts can lead to vibrations and a flawed final product. Engineers at the University of Michigan anticipated the problem — and now, thanks to their algorithms, machines can do the same.

Posted in: News, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
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Introduction to AUTOSAR Coding Guidelines

AUTOSAR, a partnership of leading organizations in the automotive industry, produces standardized open software architectures for automotive electronic control units (ECUs). It has developed new C++ coding guidelines for engineers who are developing software components according to its new adaptive platform specifications.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Software
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SAE J2360 – A Global Automotive Gear Oil Performance Standard

Providing durability in the protection of axles in commercial vehicles and passenger car vehicles is a key requirement for axle manufacturers, OEMs, and the military. The SAE J2360 performance standard is one way in which an oil marketer or OEM can ensure that a lubricant has been designed to achieve a high level of performance. With the SAE J2360 performance specification, manufacturers can specify and identify high-quality lubricants for use in their equipment anywhere in the world. Fleet owners benefit by gaining access to quality gear lubricants that will reduce equipment downtime and maintenance.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automotive
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Technique Produces Wearable Gas Sensors

A transfer technique could allow high-performance gallium nitride gas sensors to be grown on sapphire substrates and then transferred to metallic or flexible polymer support materials. The process doubles their sensitivity to nitrogen dioxide gas, and boosts response time by a factor of six.

Posted in: INSIDER, Sensors
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New Way to Test Body Armor

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new way to investigate the high-performance fibers used in modern body armor. The testing of soft body armor has been a big concern because the deployment of a new kind of fiber — believed to be superior to the previous material — unexpectedly failed in 2003, resulting in the death of a police officer. That and other incidents prompted a 2005 recall of some of the vests made with the new material.

Posted in: INSIDER, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement
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Soft Sensor Material Enables Tactile Technology

iSoft, a new type of soft and stretchable sensor, is capable of sensing in real time, and can perform “multimodal” sensing of stimuli such as continuous contact and stretching in all directions. It does not require wiring or electronics within the material.

Posted in: INSIDER, Materials, Sensors
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Vision Processing using NXP S32V234 Processor

During this Webinar, you will learn how the comprehensive Vision Software Development Kit (VSDK) for NXP S32V234 Vision Processor will help you with your vision processing applications. The VSDK includes an image sensor processor (ISP) and APEX graph tools. The S32V234 Vision Processor targets surround view, object detection, CNN/DNN neural networks for image classification and sensor fusion applications in Automotive and Industrial markets.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automotive, Electronics & Computers
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Do You Have a High Degree of Confidence in Autonomous Vehicle Security?

Our second INSIDER story today featured an answer to the question: "How can we achieve autonomous cars without 100-percent cybersecurity?"

Posted in: Question of the Week, Automotive
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