Mechanical/​Mechatronics

Transportation

Stay updated on the innovations in transportation technologies. Explore the articles and technical briefs on electrification and autonomous driving that have impacted transportation design and engineering.

Latest Briefs & News

On-Demand Webinars : Transportation
IoT’s Role in Today’s Transportation Systems

The Internet of Things, a vast and ever growing network of connected devices and systems, is helping the transportation industry change for the better. Fleet management, for example, is using IoT for vehicle scheduling, routing, monitoring, maintenance, and performance. Railway systems use it to...

To clear up some of the confusion about what the industry means when it says 5G, here’s a guide to what it’s all about.
Your preview of one of the largest technical mobility events of the year.
See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.
Researchers from the University of Illinois are looking at all the different ways to create a non-pneumatic automotive tire.
This controller minimizes the burden on the power grid.
Briefs : Aerospace
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Question of the Week : Aerospace
Would You Ride in a Flying Car?

A flying car, also known as a rotable aircraft, is something that inventors have been dreaming about for a very long time. Stuck in traffic? Just take-off and get out of there.

Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Will ‘Unbreakable Batteries’ Find a Place in Electronics and Vehicles?

Increasingly, lithium-ion batteries are supporting portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid storage.

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.
Top prizes in the 2019 contest were awarded on November 8 in New York City.
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will We Develop Trust in Autonomous Drones and Vehicles?

For developers of A.I.-guided drones and autonomous technologies, failure is not an option.

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Ethylene Oxide Sterilization: The Future State

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Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Heavy-Duty Engine Design for a Transitioning Market

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Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optical Coating Design

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