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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.

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Briefs: Transportation
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will ‘Unbreakable Batteries’ Find a Place in Electronics and Vehicles?

Increasingly, lithium-ion batteries are supporting portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid storage.

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Top prizes in the 2019 contest were awarded on November 8 in New York City.
Special Reports: Transportation
ADAS/Connected Car - December 2019

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: Transportation
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs: Aerospace
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Briefs: Transportation
A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.
Question of the Week: Defense

For developers of A.I.-guided drones and autonomous technologies, failure is not an option.

Facility Focus: Materials
In recent decades, NSF-funded researchers have discovered quite a bit, including many of the fundamental particles of matter.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See the eight winners of the 2019 "Create the Future" Design Contest
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products: Electronics & Computers
OnLogic has introduced the Karbon 700 high-performance rugged computer.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A prototype of the AC 'Biode' battery has been developed at 20W.
Briefs: Imaging

UCLA engineers have made major improvements on their design of an optical neural network — a device inspired by how the human brain works — that can identify objects or process...

Briefs: Software

Most of us know optical lenses as curved, transparent pieces of plastic or glass, designed to focus light for microscopes, spectacles, cameras, and more. For the most part, a...

Blog: Aerospace
Editor Bruce A. Bennett offers a look at the Association of the United States Army's 2019 Annual Meeting.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Copper cables send data around today's vehicles. "Why not fiber optics?" asks a reader.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How can the automotive industry protect itself and its customers against digital attacks?
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Software Applications for the Control and Management of the Amine Swingbed Experiment

The Swingbed software applications provide for the control, command, fault detection, fault recovery, and telemetry monitoring aspects of the Amine Swingbed experiment. These software components are the Swingbed Loader Computer Software Configuration Item...

Briefs: Transportation

An advanced manufacturing process was developed to produce nano-structured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder in a single step. Using a Solid Phase Processing...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Toposens, Sunnyvale, CA, released the TS3, a 3D ultrasonic sensor suitable for autonomous systems including robotics, autonomous vehicles, and other positioning applications that require...

Articles: Automotive
While most cars today run on 12-volt DC batteries, cars in the future will run on 48 volts. This increased voltage could affect ball bearing performance.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A high-sensitivity and low-noise MEMS accelerometer was developed using multi-layer metal structures composed of multiple metal layers. The accelerometer achieves 1 μG level resolution that has...

Blog: Automotive
See what a vehicle can do as its data communication rates get faster and faster.
Blog: Materials
How do thermoplastic composites compare to the thermoset composites already in use for several decades? A Tech Briefs reader asks.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Have You Considered Using Collaborative Robots?

Collaborative robots are part of Ford Motor Company’s assembly line. One cobot performs the greasing of the camshaft followers, another fills the engine oil, and a third uses a camera and UV light to check for leaks.

Facility Focus: Test & Measurement

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA. Founded in 1934 as the Engineering...

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