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.

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
Briefs: AR/AI
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Imaging
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will 'Metal-Air Scavengers' Power Vehicles and Robots?

Penn Engineering researchers have introduced a "metal-air scavenger" vehicle, which gets energy not from a battery, but from breaking chemical bonds in the aluminum surface it travels over. The technology, which works like both a battery and an energy harvester, has 13 times more energy...

Blog: Transportation
A team at Northwestern University is developing a material so porous that if you were able to unfold a gram of it, you could go farther than a football field.
Briefs: Motion Control
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Even though ultrasound has been studied by scientists for many years, its capabilities in practical applications are yet to be fully harnessed.

Briefs: Transportation
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Briefs: Automotive
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
Briefs: Energy
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Blog: Transportation
As autonomous cars collect data on passing pedestrians, cyclists, and license plates, what privacy measures are in place? A reader asks.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
A reader asks, "What market drivers need to occur for electric vehicles to be considered an acceptable replacement for vehicles with internal combustion engines?"
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Anand Gopalan, CEO of Velodyne Lidar, Inc., discusses lidar software for ADAS and autonomous vehicles
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An interview with Mike Horton, CTO of ACEINNA, Inc. (Boston, MA).
Articles: Connectivity
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.
Articles: Connectivity
Your preview of one of the largest technical mobility events of the year.
Blog: Photonics/Optics
See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.
Blog: Software
Researchers from the University of Illinois are looking at all the different ways to create a non-pneumatic automotive tire.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This controller minimizes the burden on the power grid.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Briefs: Transportation
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.

Blog: Transportation
Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CONEXPO/IFPE - January 2020

Coming to Las Vegas in March, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE are North America's largest events for the construction/commercial vehicle, fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. In this Special...

Special Reports: Design
Vehicle Electrification - January 2020

Demand for electric vehicles is accelerating, presenting new design, manufacturing, and infrastructure challenges. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we...

Briefs: Aerospace
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.

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