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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.

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Energy
The technology could be key to lighter, less expensive, and long-lasting batteries for future electric vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vibration-absorbing resonators could better soundproof walls and make vehicles more streamlined.
Blog: Software
A reader asks an industry expert from IBM: How is feature-based modeling better than a bill of materials?
INSIDER: Power

The demand for clean energy has never been higher, and it has created a global race to develop new technologies as alternatives to fossil fuels. Fuel cells are among the promising green energy...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automotive camera monitors, curved CMOS sensors, fiber lasers, and more.
Articles: Energy
A new generation of lithium-ion batteries is poised to improve electric vehicle range and affordability.
Articles: Energy
Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have identified the primary cause of failure in a state-of-the-art lithium-metal battery.
Articles: Automotive
The Battery Show North America is a forum for advanced battery technology for electric and hybrid vehicles, utility and renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military, and telecommunications.
Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Test & Measurement - September 2021

An automated CT system “sees” deep inside electronics to spot hidden defects...a NASA moon mission spinoff now monitors forest fire emissions...a novel way to test bonded structures in critical...

Briefs: Transportation
Applications include manufacturing structural components for aerospace vehicles, cars, trucks, trains, ships, and submarines.
Briefs: Transportation
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Articles: Energy
An R&D project indirectly leads to potentially greater power density, EV range, and battery life.
Special Reports: Energy
Power Electronics - August 2021

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Briefs: Motion Control
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The lightweight brake rotor design with high heat dissipation uses novel surface cooling technology.
Briefs: Energy
This technology can be used for large production volumes such as fuel-cell-powered vehicles.
Briefs: Energy
Solid-state batteries offer a higher level of safety and potentially longer life than lithium-ion batteries.
Articles: Transportation
A new COVID test, a "ChromoUpdate," and NASA's brake rotor.
Blog: Transportation
A self-driving algorithm guides an autonomous vehicle through a traffic scenario that many of us know well: navigating traffic on a crowded, narrow street.
Question of the Week: Transportation
Will Interstate Power Coils Charge Electric Vehicles as They Drive?

Our “Q&A” article in the July issue of Tech Briefs highlighted the work of Dr. Burak Ozpineci from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ozpineci and his team are building a wireless power-transmission system that charges an electric vehicle as it drives along the road.

Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Vehicle Electrification - July 2021

GM electrifies the new Corvette...a French nanomaterials company aims for a 5-minute EV recharge...Triumph unveils a radical new electric sportbike design. These are just a few of the innovations you'll...

Q&A: Energy
Dr. Burak Ozpineci is developing a system that charges electric vehicles while driving.
Briefs: Materials
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Briefs: Communications
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.

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