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White Papers: Transportation
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Servo-Electric is Changing “Buzz, Squeak and Rattle” Auto Testing

For more than 40 years, servohydraulic four poster test systems have contributed to major improvements in automotive safety and quality. However, in recent years, the...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Solid-State Lithium Battery
This thin film battery can be used for on-package power in mass market electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices.
Briefs: Propulsion
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Using the Virtual Prototype of the S32G Safe and Secure Vehicle Network Processor in Production

The challenge with highly complex automotive devices is to bring up the software as soon as the silicon becomes available, which applies to the entire automotive ecosystem, including internal teams, software partners, and external customers....

Solid state batteries are of great interest to the electric vehicle industry. New technology developed by scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and Xi'an...

Question of the Week: Automotive
Will On-Demand Octane Improve Fuel Economy?

A video on Tech Briefs TV this month demonstrated a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory technology that enables on-demand octane by portioning ethanol from gasoline. PNNL researchers believe their invention could increase fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Do you agree? Watch the video...

Articles: Wearables
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Adsorbed Natural Gas and Its Automotive Benefits

This 30-minute Webinar examines the benefits of adsorbed natural gas (ANG) for automotive applications and how they can be delivered at a fraction of the operational parameters of compressed natural gas (CNG).

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Automotive Electronics: Space Saving Micro Fastening Technology

As electronics-based vehicle systems rise in number and complexity, attachment challenges are also increasing. The trend toward smaller, lighter, thinner designs has engineers looking for new ways to fit and fasten hardware components in extremely restrictive design spaces...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
The Criticality of Autonomous and Electric Car E/E Systems

Innovation and integration of technologies have resulted in a tremendously complex system of electronic control units, sensors, and actuators, as well as the wiring to connect it all together. The size and complexity of these architectures create new challenges for automotive...

On-Demand Webinars: Test & Measurement
Addressing a Unique Challenge of Testing with NVH Sensors on Electric Vehicles

The development of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) sensors for automotive applications, in the past, has been without regard for high-voltage (HV) electro-magnetic (EM) fields, which are now present in electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles...

Tech Talks: Automotive
Overcoming the Major Challenges of ADAS Development and Validation Infrastructure

The automotive industry is in the midst of a highly competitive transitional period, with the ultimate goal of fully autonomous or “driverless” vehicles likely to be realized within a decade, but both the scale and intensity of this goal are...

White Papers: Defense
Advanced Materials Terms and Acronyms

Advanced materials discoveries are revolutionizing the future and enabling technological innovation that benefits society. What are “advanced materials,” and what are some of the terms that are key...

The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Using Lasers in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will 'Metal-Air Scavengers' Power Vehicles and Robots?

Penn Engineering researchers have introduced a "metal-air scavenger" vehicle, which gets energy not from a battery, but from breaking chemical bonds in the aluminum surface it travels over. The technology, which works like both a battery and an energy harvester, has 13 times more energy...

A team at Northwestern University is developing a material so porous that if you were able to unfold a gram of it, you could go farther than a football field.
White Papers: Automotive
High-Performance Starter Contactor Design

Shifts in the vehicle market are forcing changes in internal combustion engine (ICE) starting technology. Most substantively, the advent of start/stop engine technology requires a much longer...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Why Spin Testing Matters for eDrive Systems

As the race for improved electric drives for electric vehicles, drones, and hybrid drive/propulsion systems accelerates, the need for testing of rotors used in high-speed electric motors is also on...

Question of the Week: Automotive
Is Anonymization the Best Way to Protect Personal Data?

A Tech Briefs reader recently asked our industry expert:

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Automated Solutions for Head-Up Display Measurement

Head-up display (HUD) technology is one of the largest growth areas in the automotive market, and standard measurement criteria are rapidly being defined to ensure HUD visual performance...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithm Helps Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.

Even though ultrasound has been studied by scientists for many years, its capabilities in practical applications are yet to be fully harnessed.

Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.

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