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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.

Podcasts : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Here's an Idea: Car Hacking
Here's an Idea: Car Hacking
Today's cars are more connected than ever before — and manufacturers need to ensure those connections are secure.
Here's an Idea: Car Hacking
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
David Barzilai from Karamba Security tells Tech Briefs what threats to the connected car concern him the most.
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Optically Transparent Polyimide Aerogels
Optically Transparent Polyimide Aerogels

Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have expanded their growing portfolio of aerogels to include a new optically transparent polyimide aerogel. Aerogels — low-density, highly porous,...

Optically Transparent Polyimide Aerogels
Application Briefs : Software
Vehicle Design with System-Level Modeling
Vehicle Design with System-Level Modeling
Maplesoft
Waterloo, ON, Canada
www.maplesoft.com

The demand for innovation is universal across industries, as new products are required to meet higher performance standards without...

Vehicle Design with System-Level Modeling
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Device Measures Laser Power in Real Time
Device Measures Laser Power in Real Time

Lasers play roles in many manufacturing processes, from welding car parts to crafting engine components with 3D printers. To control these tasks, manufacturers must ensure that their lasers fire at...

Device Measures Laser Power in Real Time
Blog : Software
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
Irdeto's Stacy Janes tells Tech Briefs if he feels safe driving today's connected cars.
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
Blog : Communications
Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
In 2015, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller demonstrated a hack of the Jeep Cherokee. Valasek tells Tech Briefs what has changed since then.
Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
INSIDER : Energy
New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation
New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation

Fuel cells generate electricity directly from hydrogen and oxygen and produce only water vapor as emissions. But most fuel cells are too expensive, inefficient,...

New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Multi-Axis Motion Controller Accelerates Gear Testing
Multi-Axis Motion Controller Accelerates Gear Testing

Materials testing and characterization is often a lengthy process. It can take more than a year and billions of testing cycles for a manufacturer to characterize the properties of a new...

Multi-Axis Motion Controller Accelerates Gear Testing
Application Briefs : Aerospace
One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems
One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems

There are few industries where the demands for material testing and quality assurance are more challenging than in the aerospace industry. Ensuring the safety of all...

One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Compound-Lens Camera for Industry and Smartphones
Compound-Lens Camera for Industry and Smartphones

A process has been developed that enables the production of a 2-mm flat camera. The lens is partitioned into 135 tiny facets, similar to the eyes of an insect. The facetVISION camera is...

Compound-Lens Camera for Industry and Smartphones
Briefs : Materials
High-Power-Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
High-Power-Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a novel solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with five times the specific power density of currently available SOFCs. This highly efficient SOFC can operate on a...

High-Power-Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion
Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion

It is relatively easy to measure small movements of large objects, but is much more difficult when the moving parts are on the scale of nanometers, or billionths of a meter. The ability to accurately...

Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion
NASA Spinoff : Aerospace
Sterilizing Fogger Cleans Ambulances with a Breeze
Sterilizing Fogger Cleans Ambulances with a Breeze

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields...

Sterilizing Fogger Cleans Ambulances with a Breeze
Articles : Automotive
Innovators Recognized for "Creating the Future" 2018
Innovators Recognized for

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. In the past 16 years, the annual contest has drawn more than 13,000 product...

Innovators Recognized for
Briefs : Transportation
Submarine Swims Without an Engine
Submarine Swims Without an Engine

Researchers have developed a new propulsion concept for swimming robots that exploits temperature fluctuations in the water for propulsion without the need for an engine, propellant, or power supply.

Submarine Swims Without an Engine
Blog : Energy
New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles
New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles
Professor Hart spoke with Tech Briefs about why his team's new battery may someday find its way beyond niche applications and into electric vehicles.
New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles
Blog : Transportation
Answering Your Questions: How Good are Automotive Sensor Simulation Models?
Answering Your Questions: How Good are Automotive Sensor Simulation Models?
A reader asks our industry experts: "How good are the simulation models for automotive ADAS sensors?"
Answering Your Questions: How Good are Automotive Sensor Simulation Models?
5 Ws : Materials
5 Ws of the SAFIRE Lithium-Ion Battery
5 Ws of the SAFIRE Lithium-Ion Battery

Who

The Safe Impact Resistant Electrolyte (SAFIRE) fire-resistant battery can be used in consumer electronics such as cellphones, in drones and cars, and in soldiers’ packs.

5 Ws of the SAFIRE Lithium-Ion Battery
Articles : Medical
2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine) to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. Since...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
Briefs : Automotive
Photonic Communication Comes to Computer Chips
Photonic Communication Comes to Computer Chips

With novel optoelectronic chips and a new partnership with a top silicon-chip manufacturer, MIT spinout Ayar Labs aims to increase speed and reduce energy consumption in computing, starting with...

Photonic Communication Comes to Computer Chips
Articles : Electronics & Computers
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Automotive/Transportation Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Automotive/Transportation Category Winner

ISCAD — ELECTRICAL DRIVE WITH 0% RARE EARTHS, 25% HIGHER DRIVING RANGE, AND 100% SAFETY

Conventional electrical machines suffer from the problem that...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Automotive/Transportation Category Winner
Blog : Imaging
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
How will the use of AR and virtual prototypes impact the role of automotive parts manufacturers? A reader asks our expert.
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Evaluating Effects of Exhaust Heat Recovery Systems on Fuel Economy and Emissions
Evaluating Effects of Exhaust Heat Recovery Systems on Fuel Economy and Emissions

The exhaust heat recovery system (EHRS) in an automobile captures the thermal energy from exhaust and transfers it to the engine coolant. As the car warms up,...

Evaluating Effects of Exhaust Heat Recovery Systems on Fuel Economy and Emissions
Briefs : Aerospace
Air Traffic Management (ATM) System
Air Traffic Management (ATM) System

As the demand for air transportation increases, the capacity of the current U.S. ATM system will eventually be stressed to its limits. New technologies in communication, navigation, and surveillance (CNS),...

Air Traffic Management (ATM) System
White Papers : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Discrete Proportional Valve Technology

This white paper describes an innovative concept for control of coolant flow that avoids many of the pitfalls of traditional valve designs. The valve design discussed is specifically tailored to the unique needs of the EV marketplace, where energy efficiency is paramount.

INSIDER : Transportation
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers

New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that electric vehicle drivers could face longer charging times when temperatures drop. The reason: cold temperatures...

EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
White Papers : Transportation
The Inside Story on Technical Lubricants

Chemours has extensive experience developing advanced flouroproducts vital to many industries, with well-known brands such as Teflon and Krytox renowned for performing under the harshest conditions. The company’s perfluoropolyether (PFPE)-based lubricant Krytox, originally created for demanding...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Research: Magnetic Transducer Element With Vortex State

Many modern technological applications are based on magnetic forces. Examples are moving components in electric vehicles and storing data on hard disks. Magnetic fields are also used as sensors to detect other magnetic fields. In the automotive industry, for example, more precise...

News : Automotive
Even One Automated, Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety

Connected cruise control uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to let automated vehicles respond to multiple cars at a time in an effort to save energy and improve safety. University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated its effectiveness on public roads, even when just one automated...

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robot Applications in the Automotive Industry

Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

Update on Civil Certification of Multicore Processing Systems in...

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Metal 3D Printing

On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Enhance Product Design and Dependability with Advanced Coating Technologies

On-Demand Webinars: Green Design & Manufacturing

Rapid, Selective Volatile Emissions Testing for Vehicles and Components

On-Demand Webinars: Medical

New Developments in Catheter Shaft Components – Part 2