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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.

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White Papers: Automotive
Dundon Motorsports fast-tracks production of auto racing parts with HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solutions

In the fast-paced world of auto racing, Dundon Motorsports stays ahead of the competition by 3D printing parts for Porsche GT racecars...

Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.

If you're concerned that electric vehicles don't have the reliability to get you where you need to go, Penn State engineers are working on a battery for...

Question of the Week: Transportation
Has the Vehicle Become Your “Second Space?”

"Honestly, the car has become an office for some people just so they can get away from the noise of their house," said Carla Bailo at CES 2021 last week. "The sound [in the car] is great, and you can connect from anywhere."

In a roundtable presentation at the virtual CES 2021, panelists said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed driving patterns and consumer preferences – and that those shifts are here to stay.
Special Reports: Energy
Vehicle Electrification - January 2021

See how Ford, Volkswagen, Cadillac, and other manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of battery & EV design to compete with Tesla in a rapidly growing market, plus learn about the latest EV...

Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.
Special Reports: Data Acquisition
ADAS/Connected Car - December 2020

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected cars are paving the way for tomorrow's automated vehicles. To help you keep pace with the latest technology developments, we present this...

Briefs: Motion Control
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.

Researchers in the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center at Penn State University are searching for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles. They...

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Change is Right Around the Corner

The US EPA and CARB are finalizing new heavy-duty regulations that will usher in a period of unprecedented complexity, focused on engine efficiency, improvements in CO2 performance, fuel economy, reduction...

A reader asks, "For AV testing, what are the respective role of simulation, closed course, and public road testing?"
A reader asks, "Will the public feel safe enough in an autonomous vehicle?"
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
A new composite from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.
Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Do Software Advancements Make You Feel Safe in an Autonomous Vehicle?

Our lead story today features self-driving car software that prevents accidents by understanding and anticipating safe traffic behaviors.

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Creating a GNSS Test Plan: A Start to Finish Guide

You might think that if your GPS/GNSS receiver is tested in the factory, you don’t have to evaluate how your receiver will perform in the field. But every operating environment is...

Experts predict that by 2040, most forms of transportation will leverage electric motors and/or cleaner sources of fuel to meet heightened emissions standards....

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Can Courtesy Be Programmed Into Self-Driving Cars?

During a recent webcast, a Tech Briefs reader raised an interesting question about self-driving cars:

The new approach could help pave the way for smaller battery packs and greater driving range in electric vehicles.
A reader asks our expert: When it comes to autonomous vehicles, what’s best: Radar, LiDAR, or cameras?

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