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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.

Articles : Automotive
Facility Focus: Battelle Memorial Institute
Facility Focus: Battelle Memorial Institute

Battelle Memorial Institute was founded in the early part of the 20th century as a charitable trust focused on research in metallurgy and allied industries. Founder Gordon Battelle studied...

Facility Focus: Battelle Memorial Institute
Briefs : Transportation
System Enables Direct Data Transmission Between Underwater and Airborne Devices

Today, underwater sensors cannot share data with those on land, as both use different wireless signals that only work in their respective mediums. Radio signals that travel through air die very rapidly in water. Acoustic signals, or sonar, sent by underwater devices...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Introducing Grayhill's Newest CANbus Products

Grayhill's Generation 2 MMI Controllers and CANbus keypads inherited highlights of the legacy products while featuring new benefits in meeting ever-changing market demands. These devices are well suited for ISO 13849 Safety Rated Vehicles. Both the new 3J and 3K can perform self-diagnostics include...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Specifying Electronic Switches for Commercial Vehicles: 4 Key Considerations

Thinking about making a move to multiplexing in the electrical design of your next commercial vehicle? This new Carling Technologies white paper can help you quickly home in on important points of consideration. For example, there’s one fundamental, core issue that...

Question of the Week : Materials
Will Carbon Fibers Find a New Place in Vehicles?

In a Tech Briefs article last week, Virginia Tech professor Greg Liu spoke about his team’s newly developed porous carbon fibers, and how the material may someday change how vehicles are built and powered.

Application Briefs : Data Acquisition
Driverless Forklifts
Driverless Forklifts

Although driverless forklifts have been around for about 30 years, it's only in the last 10 or so that they've been free to maneuver anywhere around their environment. In the early days, the machines followed a current...

Driverless Forklifts
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging
Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) TechSolutions program, the Flashing Light to Text Converter (FLTC) features a camera that can be mounted atop a signal...

Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Engine Optics to Fuel Future Research
New Engine Optics to Fuel Future Research

An optical setup developed by researchers at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility and the Technical University of Denmark can now quantify the formation of soot — particulate matter consisting...

New Engine Optics to Fuel Future Research
Briefs : Motion Control
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a method for controlling precise motion of a brushless DC (BLDC) motor using relatively inexpensive components. Precision motors are usually quite expensive and inefficient when operating at slow speeds. Current motors are only capable of operating at...

Briefs : Software
Airborne Machine Learning Estimates for Local Winds and Kinematics
Airborne Machine Learning Estimates for Local Winds and Kinematics

Future Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and air taxis will require advanced onboard autonomy to operate safely within complex and dynamic urban environments. Urban landscapes...

Airborne Machine Learning Estimates for Local Winds and Kinematics
Articles : Data Acquisition
Create the Future Design Contest Alumni Achieve Market Success
Create the Future Design Contest Alumni Achieve Market Success

The Create the Future Design Contest, launched in 2002 by the publishers of Tech Briefs magazine, helps stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has...

Create the Future Design Contest Alumni Achieve Market Success
Briefs : Software
Effects of Reynolds and Mach Numbers in Large Eddy Simulation of Supersonic Round Jets

Rockets/landers arrive on the Moon with supersonic speed and impact lunar regolith. There is no reliable software to computationally simulate in an effective way the supersonic plumes escaping from these rockets/devices. A Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model and...

Briefs : Automotive
Generative Design Enhances Autonomous Vehicle Development
Generative Design Enhances Autonomous Vehicle Development

The technological ramp to fully autonomous vehicles presents significant challenges for companies developing autonomous vehicle programs. Advanced sensor technology, high-speed and...

Generative Design Enhances Autonomous Vehicle Development
Blog : Transportation
Answering Your Questions: What Areas of Study Are Desirable for the Autonomous Industry?
Answering Your Questions: What Areas of Study Are Desirable for the Autonomous Industry?
With self-driving vehicles poised to take the road, how can today’s engineers prepare themselves to support an autonomous future?
Answering Your Questions: What Areas of Study Are Desirable for the Autonomous Industry?
Blog : Semiconductors & ICs
Porous Carbon Fibers: How a Car Could Someday Store Its Energy 'Everywhere'
Porous Carbon Fibers: How a Car Could Someday Store Its Energy 'Everywhere'
Tesla uses batteries to store energy underneath the car seats. What if we could store energy everywhere on the vehicle?
Porous Carbon Fibers: How a Car Could Someday Store Its Energy 'Everywhere'
Question of the Week : Automotive
Will ‘Developable Mechanisms’ Solve Complex Tasks?

Brigham Young University engineers have created "developable mechanisms" that they hope to use in components like surgical instruments, adjustable airplane wings, robotic arms, or vehicle cylinders. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV, to see how the flat shapes can be converted into 3D...

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Answering Your Questions: Are There Regulations for Machine Learning in Vehicles?
Answering Your Questions: Are There Regulations for Machine Learning in Vehicles?
How do you regulate a system that, in effect, is learning as it goes?
Answering Your Questions: Are There Regulations for Machine Learning in Vehicles?
Briefs : Automotive
Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) 370 Resin for High-Temperature Applications
Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) 370 Resin for High-Temperature Applications

RTM370 imide resin was developed to address the limitations of conventional imide resins, which are generated from commercially available symmetrical biphenyl...

Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) 370 Resin for High-Temperature Applications
Articles : Aerospace
Advanced Connector Technologies: From Aerospace to Racecars to Robots
Advanced Connector Technologies: From Aerospace to Racecars to Robots

Different types of motion encountered in dynamic environments require designers to specify connectors for boards, wiring, and devices that can meet significant g-forces,...

Advanced Connector Technologies: From Aerospace to Racecars to Robots
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 : 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 : Aerospace
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 : Transportation
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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Automotive
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 : Automotive
Q&A: Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
Q&A: 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.
Q&A: Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
INSIDER : Automotive
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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 : Imaging
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