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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.

A prototype of the AC 'Biode' battery has been developed at 20W.
See the eight winners of the 2019 "Create the Future" Design Contest
Laser illumination is scaling in a new direction.

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...

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...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: November 2019 Tech Briefs
OnLogic has introduced the Karbon 700 high-performance rugged computer.
On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
The Future of Commercial Vehicle Propulsion: Diesel vs. Electrification

Diesel engine makers and suppliers are ramping up their electrification efforts aimed at on-highway commercial vehicles and off-highway equipment. However, they have no plans to abandon the tried-and-true internal-combustion engine any time soon. Industry experts...

White Papers: Power
Thermal Modeling for High Power Charging of Electric Vehicles

Powertrain electrification, automation and increasing autonomy and the emergence of new mobility business models are the three dominant worldwide trends that are shaping the...

White Papers: Medical
Highly Configurable, Open-Source Stereolithography Printing

The Stratasys V650 Flex offers the speed and precision of stereolithography printing in a large, open-source, configurable architecture. It’s built for production with a proven...

Editor Bruce A. Bennett offers a look at the Association of the United States Army's 2019 Annual Meeting.
Copper cables send data around today's vehicles. "Why not fiber optics?" asks a reader.
White Papers: Automotive
High performance protection for chassis and large components with complex geometries

The chassis of a car has an important role to play: It consists of many components which form a complex system that is responsible for passenger comfort,...

White Papers: Connectivity
How to Determine Creepage and Clearance Requirements for 48-Volt Applications

This white paper provides OEMs with TE’s approach for evaluating connectors for 48-volt applications that are designed with reference to UL 840 and IEC 60664-1...

Briefs: Data Acquisition
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...

How can the automotive industry protect itself and its customers against digital attacks?

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...

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: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Sensitivity, Low-Noise MEMS Accelerometer

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...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: October 2019 Tech Briefs

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

See what a vehicle can do as its data communication rates get faster and faster.
White Papers: Automotive
TE Connectivity: Engineering Next-Generation Mobility

Powertrain electrification and automation will pave the way for a new generation of all-electric, fully autonomous vehicles. At the same time, cloud, big data, and analytics technologies...

How do thermoplastic composites compare to the thermoset composites already in use for several decades? A Tech Briefs reader asks.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
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.

Semi-Liquid Metal Anode for Next-Generation Batteries

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a semi-liquid lithium metal-based anode. Lithium batteries made using this new...

Landing is stressful on a rocket’s legs because they must handle the force from the impact with the landing pad. One way to combat this is to build legs out of materials that absorb some of...

Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Facility Focus: Georgia Tech Research Institute

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...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Executive Forum: Sensors & the IoT

No longer just a buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly taking hold in many different industries, from aerospace and automotive, to medical and manufacturing. The IoT ecosystem incorporates...

Briefs: Internet of Things
Spotting Objects Amid Clutter

A new MIT-developed technique enables robots to quickly identify objects hidden in a three-dimensional cloud of data, reminiscent of how some people can make sense of a densely patterned “Magic Eye” image if...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Taking a City’s Pulse with Moveable Sensors
Suppose you have 10 taxis in Manhattan. What portion of the borough’s streets do they cover in a typical day?

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