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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.

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
While ADAS has improved freeway and high-speed driving, the basic need for collision mitigation with pedestrians and bicyclists has mostly remained unaddressed.
Application Briefs: Imaging
See what kinds of sensors are supporting self-driving vehicles.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
LIDAR Technology - February 2021

LIDAR sensors and systems are the "eyes" of ADAS and autonomous vehicles. Read about the latest advances in this compendium of articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Autonomous Vehicle...

Articles: Software
When it comes to the research and development of batteries, modeling and simulation (M&S) provide an efficient and low-cost approach.
Briefs: Energy
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Inficon’s lithium-ion battery cell test can detect a leak many times smaller than current methods identify.
Briefs: Energy
Adding polymers and fireproofing to a battery’s current collectors makes it lighter, safer, and about 20% more efficient.
Articles: Transportation
SAE J2954 paves the way for electric vehicle charging without a plug and enables alignment for manual/autonomous parking.
Briefs: Automotive
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Blog: Transportation

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."

Blog: Automotive
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...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
Briefs: Energy
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
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
Briefs: Transportation
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
News: Energy

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...

News: Energy

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...

News: Energy

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...

Blog: Automotive
A reader asks, "For AV testing, what are the respective role of simulation, closed course, and public road testing?"
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A reader asks, "Will the public feel safe enough in an autonomous vehicle?"
Facility Focus: Transportation
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Briefs: Energy
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.

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