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Electric drum brake suits small cars July 23, 2014 Electric drum brake suits small cars Today, electric park brakes are a privilege of upmarket vehicles; compacts and subcompacts have to content themselves with a mechanical park brake which is integrated into the rear axle drum brakes. Automotive supplier Continental brings the luxury of premium vehicles to the entry level. Read more Evaluation kits facilitate MOST infotainment designs July 23, 2014 Evaluation kits facilitate MOST infotainment designs With its MOST ToGo Reference Designs, Microchip intends to foster new designs utilizing the MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport) infotainment data bus. The kits will make it easy for designers to learn and implement the MOST technology in their automotive infotainment systems. Read more XCore architecture attracts Bosch investment July 22, 2014 XCore architecture attracts Bosch investment British fabless semiconductor maker XMOS Ltd, provider of multicore microcontrollers, has successfully completed a series D investment round with a total volume of $26 million. One of the investors is automotive supplier Robert Bosch through its venture capital subsidiary. The Germans were particularly ... Read more Software test tools add support for MISRA C: 2012 July 22, 2014 Software test tools add support for  MISRA C: 2012 With the aims of improve safety, and enhancing use of C in critical systems, Vector Software has announced that the VectorCAST software test solution now supports the MISRA C: 2012 (MISRA C3) standard. The new benchmark offers improvements to earlier versions, and extends support for the MISRA C: 2012 ... Read more Power Modules simplify inverter design July 22, 2014 Power Modules simplify inverter design Mitsubishi has expanded the lineup of its J1 power modules for electric and hybrid vehicles. The new models feature the same package as other J1 series models, thus simplifying the design of capacity inverters. Read more Li-ion batteries market for EVs to quadruple in a decade July 22, 2014 Li-ion batteries market for EVs to quadruple in a decade Worldwide revenues from Li-ion batteries for all consumer EVs will grow from $5.7 billion in 2014 to $24.1 billion in 2023, with BEVs accounting for $15.1 billion of that total forecasts market intelligence analyst Navigant Research. Read more Will laser ignition replace the venerable spark plug? July 21, 2014 Will laser ignition replace the venerable spark plug? Lowering fuel consumption and reduce the emission of pollutants - these aspects today are at the top of the design goals for new combustion engines. Not only for cars, but likewise for power plants and the like. So far, all concepts aiming at improving the combustion process have the side effect that ... Read more ABB, Volvo develop fast charging system for buses July 21, 2014 ABB, Volvo develop fast charging system for buses Volvo Buses and ABB group are partnering in the development of DC fast charging systems for hybrid and electric buses. The developments will be based on open, generally accepted standards and enable operators to charge their vehicles at bus stops through the roof-mounted Automatic Connection System (ACS). ... Read more Banning cellphones while driving does not decrease accidents, researchers find July 18, 2014 Banning cellphones while driving does not decrease accidents, researchers find It is conventional wisdom that mobile phones cause accidents when used while driving. Considering that people drive under a lot of distractions such as screaming children, eating, smoking, changing radio channels, setting GPS routes, and so on, how significant is mobile phone use in the big picture. ... Read more CAN interface supports commercial vehicle diagnostics July 18, 2014 CAN interface supports commercial vehicle diagnostics Kvaser AB has developed application-specific versions of its Leaf Light v2 interface. The new tailored versions for automotive and commercial vehicle diagnostic applications are complementing the company's existing offering of a bare board version for embedded applications. Read more
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