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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.

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Why is this fuel cell producing less power?

One of the factors limiting fuel cell efficiency is its ability to promote the oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode. If the level of carbonate on the cells surface is too high it can create a barrier which hinders fuel cell performance. These carbonates have a detrimental effect on the oxygen...

White Papers : Transportation
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

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

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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
The Rise of TMR Sensors

The technology used in tunnel-magnetoresistance (TMR) elements for sensors have been around since the 1980s, but mass production of TMR sensors has ramped up significantly in the past five years. The demand for such sensors has been exponentially rising, largely due to an appetite for their use in consumer electronics,...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Active Measurement Cancellation

A battery pack is only as strong as its weakest cell. As battery packs become larger and more integral to the stable operation of devices and systems, the need to monitor battery dependability and performance...

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT

The increasing variety of applications for the Internet of Things is driving predictions that the sales volume for sensors will reach 75 billion units by 2025. Applications unforeseen just five...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a direct-current detector technology to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages, which they have...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Realization of High-Performance Magnetic Sensors Using Magnetic Vortex Structures

Magnetic sensors play a key role in a variety of applications, such as speed and position sensing in the automotive industry and in biomedical applications....

Articles : Imaging
What's Ahead for Machine Vision Cameras?

Throughout the history of the electronics industry, the old refrain that systems will continuously become faster, simpler, and cheaper has remained true. In the early days of computer vision, a frame...

White Papers : Software
Key Considerations for Powertrain HIL Test

With strict time-to market requirements, automotive manufacturers need to get their first vehicle tests done quickly. To meet the demanding deadlines, organizations are increasingly turning to “HIL” simulation to improve the efficiency of their development processes. Learn the fundamentals of...

Blog : Transportation
Are There Limitations in Autonomous-Vehicle Simulation Methods?
A reader asks our expert: As autonomous vehicles enter the market, where are the weak spots in simulation?
Question of the Week : Transportation
Are Robo-Fleets 'Very Economically Viable?'

Robo-taxi fleets are on the way, according to Chris Heiser, co-founder and CEO of Renovo, a California-based manufacturer of automotive operating systems.

Here's what Heiser said in our featured INSIDER story today:

"That is really the power of these fleets — they take a system that...

White Papers : Transportation
Still Using C++03?

Many automotive developers still use C++03 alongside the MISRA coding standard. But you don't need to. You can switch from C++03 to modern C++ (such as C++14). Find out how.

Blog : Automotive
Autonomous Vehicles are Expensive – Why is Hailing One So Cheap?
A reader asks: “If autonomous vehicles are too expensive for an individual to own, how is the cost per mile so low to hail one?”
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will Cities be Ready for Autonomous Vehicle Fleets?

Autonomous vehicle fleets are on the way, according to Chris Heiser, co-founder and CEO of Renovo, a California-based manufacturer of automotive operating systems.

“It will happen in pockets first,” Heiser said in our INSIDER story today. “There will be leading cities in the U.S....

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
How Soon Will Autonomous Vehicle Fleets Take the Streets?
Automated vehicles – fleets of them – may soon change the way we travel through cities. "How soon?" asks a reader.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method 3D-Prints Marine-Grade Stainless Steel

Marine-grade stainless steel is valued for its performance under corrosive environments, and for its high ductility — the ability to bend without breaking under stress. But conventional...

Briefs : Aerospace
Water-Repellent Nanotextures Possess Anti-Fogging Capability

Some insect bodies have evolved the ability to repel water and oil, adhere to different surfaces, and eliminate light reflections. Scientists have been studying the physical mechanisms underlying these properties found in nature and mimicking them to design materials for use in...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Electrode Design Boosts Supercapacitor Performance

Supercapacitors are rechargeable energy storage devices that deliver more power for their size than similar-sized batteries. They also recharge quickly, and they last for hundreds to thousands of recharging cycles. Today, they are used in hybrid cars’ regenerative braking systems and for other...

White Papers : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Choosing the Best Ultra-Thin Corrosion Protection

You are looking for an ultra-thin coating which protects your components effectively? We are talking about the KL120 from Dörken MKS. The effective zinc flake system fulfils all requirements for corrosion protection, with the option of giving the components a stable black surface. Read all about...

Briefs : Materials
Polymer Membrane Separators for Next-Generation Energy-Water Systems

Polymer membrane separators play a crucial function in many energy and water technologies including energy storage, hydrogen generation through water electrolysis, and...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Composite Panel with Integrated Thermal Control

Technological advancements in materials, sensors, and computing have driven demand for higher-performance satellites. Satellites need to be much more capable in a much smaller size with a...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Autonomous Vehicles and the Burden of Testing
AB Dynamics
Wiltshire, England
www.abdynamics.com

Autonomous vehicles cannot be tested for every eventuality that might transpire in their operating environment. As the...

Articles : Automotive
Principles of Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopes

Today’s high-resolution laser scanning confocal microscopes (LSCM), also referred to simply as laser scanning microscopes, are powerful high-magnification surface metrology instruments with...

Articles : Lighting
Taking It to the Streets: Designing Streetlamp Optical Components

The task of creating a streetlamp optical system has changed over the last 20 years and due to this change, so has optical design software. Let’s compare the task of...

Briefs : Transportation
See Objects Hidden Around Corners

A driverless car is making its way through a winding neighborhood street, about to make a sharp turn onto a road where a child’s ball has just rolled. Although no person in the car can see that ball, the...

INSIDER : Transportation
Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive
Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road.

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