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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.

Application Briefs : Transportation
Retinas to Roadways: The Evolution of Optical Coherence Technology
Retinas to Roadways: The Evolution of Optical Coherence Technology
Insight Photonic Solutions
Lafayette, CO
www.sweptlaser.com

A driver’s ability to see and avoid other vehicles is essential to safe driving. The same is...

Retinas to Roadways: The Evolution of Optical Coherence Technology
Briefs : Automotive
Gear Bearings
Gear Bearings

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center developed gear bearing technology that combines gear and bearing functions into a single unit that significantly improves gear drives for electrical, internal combustion, and turbine motors. The...

Gear Bearings
Blog : Communications
NIWeek 2019: What Will Slow Down 5G? ‘Nothing,’ Says Panel
NIWeek 2019: What Will Slow Down 5G? ‘Nothing,’ Says Panel
“Nothing is going to slow 5G down. I mean nothing," said one NIWeek panelist.
NIWeek 2019: What Will Slow Down 5G? ‘Nothing,’ Says Panel
Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones
Three new unmanned helicopters were unveiled at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones
News : Propulsion
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider
A Navy Sea Glider can look for a target in mid-air or underwater.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature Bearings Play a Major Role in Mars 2020 Mission
Miniature Bearings Play a Major Role in Mars 2020 Mission
Timken
North Canton, OH
www.timken.com

As NASA prepares for the launch of its newest Mars rover in 2020, Timken engineers have designed and tested its miniature...

Miniature Bearings Play a Major Role in Mars 2020 Mission
Briefs : Imaging
Coating Prevents Fogging on Transparent Surfaces
Coating Prevents Fogging on Transparent Surfaces

Anyone who skis, wears glasses, uses a camera, or drives a car is familiar with the problem: Coming into a humid environment from the cold causes eyewear, camera lenses, or windshields to...

Coating Prevents Fogging on Transparent Surfaces
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Novel Techniques Trick Object Detection Systems
Novel Techniques Trick Object Detection Systems

New adversarial techniques developed by engineers at Southwest Research Institute can make objects “invisible” to image detection systems that use deep-learning algorithms. These techniques...

Novel Techniques Trick Object Detection Systems
Application Briefs : Transportation
Improving Vehicle Fuel Economy with ADAS
Improving Vehicle Fuel Economy with ADAS

Fuel economy is a key factor in worldwide energy-consumption. One way to improve fuel economy is using driver feedback to promote efficient habits (eco-driving). Emerging research is looking into...

Improving Vehicle Fuel Economy with ADAS
Briefs : Software
Machine Learning Tool Computes Flow Around Interactively Designable 3D Objects
Machine Learning Tool Computes Flow Around Interactively Designable 3D Objects

When engineers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model the flow of air...

Machine Learning Tool Computes Flow Around Interactively Designable 3D Objects
Application Briefs : Lighting
Lighting the Gas Monkey Garage
Lighting the Gas Monkey Garage

Gas Monkey Garage (GMG) is arguably America's most recognized hot rod shop. Founded in 2004 by charismatic serial entrepreneur Richard Rawlings, the Dallas, Texas garage is a state-of-the-art restoration and...

Lighting the Gas Monkey Garage
News : Aerospace
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride
You think riding your Harley Davidson is exciting? Try the ElectraFly.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride
News : Aerospace
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis
Taxi! A steady stream of AUVSI XPONENTIAL attendees got to see Bell's new air vehicle up close.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will Flying Cars Support 'Sustainable Mobility?'

This week on Tech Briefs TV: A study published in Nature Communications found that flying cars could play a role in sustainable mobility for longer trips. See what the University of Michigan authors had to say. See what the University of Michigan authors had to say.

Blog : Transportation
Higher-Strength Plastics: How to Turn Polyethylene into ‘Transparent Aluminium’
Higher-Strength Plastics: How to Turn Polyethylene into ‘Transparent Aluminium’
Researchers created transparent polythene sheets that have a strength greater than aluminum – at a fraction of the weight.
Higher-Strength Plastics: How to Turn Polyethylene into ‘Transparent Aluminium’
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots
Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots

Smarter, better, faster, less expensive — those words are the mantra of today’s global economy. As organizations seek to streamline operations and do more with less, they...

Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots
Briefs : Motion Control
Self-Lubrication Improves Standard Braking Systems
Self-Lubrication Improves Standard Braking Systems

By mixing carbon fibers into polymer-based brakes, researchers designed brakes that are self-lubricating. These new and improved brakes can prevent wear-and-tear and have better frictional...

Self-Lubrication Improves Standard Braking Systems
Briefs : Motion Control
Directly Cooled Electric Motor Made from Polymer Materials
Directly Cooled Electric Motor Made from Polymer Materials

Making electric cars lighter also involves reducing the weight of the motor. One way to do that is by constructing it from fiber-reinforced polymer materials. A new cooling concept...

Directly Cooled Electric Motor Made from Polymer Materials
Briefs : Materials
Synthesizing Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants
Synthesizing Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants

Industrial machinery, agricultural equipment, transportation vessels, and home applications depend on lubricants; however, they leave a heavy environmental footprint. Common lubricants, oils,...

Synthesizing Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants
Briefs : Materials
Rechargeable, High-Temperature, Molten Salt Battery
Rechargeable, High-Temperature, Molten Salt Battery

Growing demand for electric vehicles and more sustainable forms of transport means finding new forms of energy storage such as batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. Currently, a major...

Rechargeable, High-Temperature, Molten Salt Battery
Articles : Automotive
Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Present Some Overlooked Circuit Protection Challenges
Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Present Some Overlooked Circuit Protection Challenges

The first mass-produced electric vehicles (EVs) hit the road late in 2010 with the introduction of the Nissan Leaf, which remains the world’s top-selling,...

Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Present Some Overlooked Circuit Protection Challenges
Facility Focus : Energy
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 : Transportation
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 : Transportation
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 : Automotive
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Lighting
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 : Propulsion
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 : Aerospace
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...