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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.

White Papers: Automotive
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: Automotive
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?
White Papers: Automotive
Achieve Alternative Fuel ROI in Less Than Five Years with ANG

Learn how adsorbed natural gas (ANG) can bring operational benefits for your fleet and pay for itself in less than five years. ANG is specifically suited to light-duty fleets and...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electronics Cooling Using Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Deciding between edge computing and cloud computing? Make sure to consider these four major factors, says our industry expert.
Articles: Transportation
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
To achieve vehicle manufacturers’ ambitious goals for electric vehicles, Li-ion batteries need to be improved.
Briefs: Materials
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Charge Wirelessly as You Drive
A new system from Oak Ridge National Laboratory enables electric vehicles to be charged while on the road.
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
The technology could help call attention to important traffic information when it’s dark, with potential benefits for both drivers and pedestrians.
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...

The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Transportation
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: Transportation
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Nature-Inspired Green Energy Technology
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
White Papers: Connectivity
Accelerating the World’s Electric Vehicles, One Connection at a Time

Electrification of the powertrain and accessory applications for trucks, buses, construction, agricultural & recreational vehicles is taking the commercial...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Embedded Solutions Continue to Outperform Externally Mounted Sensors in Off-Highway Applications

The availability of serviceable designs for embedded sensors continue to prove themselves a more reliable solution than externally mounted...

Question of the Week: Energy
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...

Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...

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