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PSA, IBM jointly develop customized driver services March 27, 2014 PSA, IBM jointly develop customized driver services French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen announced to offer connected services for the drivers of its vehicles - services that search and analyse huge amounts of data generated by connected vehicles and other sources. To identify useful information in the Exabytes of data, the company taps IBMs expertise ... Read more Continental cranks up radar sensor production March 26, 2014 Continental cranks up radar sensor production Automotive supplier Continental has announced to ramp up its production of short-range radar sensors in the USA. These sensors are a crucial element in advanced driver assistance systems. With the move, Continental intensifies the competition against market leader Bosch. Read more Semi-transparent organic solar cells claim efficiency record March 24, 2014 Semi-transparent organic solar cells claim efficiency record Heliatek GmbH is claiming a new record in the efficiency of transparent solar cells.  The latest development allows transparency levels up to 40% with an efficiency of more than 7%. Read more A tomahawk for 5G radio networks March 23, 2014 A tomahawk for 5G radio networks At the upcoming DATE Conference , the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) will introduce the second iteration of its power-optimized Tomahawk microchip. The little axe is described as "very fast, energy-saving and resilient". According to cfaed, an institute of the Dresden Technical University, ... Read more Audi TT - a step towards the software-defined car March 21, 2014 Audi TT - a step towards the software-defined car With the latest version of its TT sports car, Audi sets standards for future vehicle electronics designs. Though the propulsion is not generated by an electrical, not even hybrid electrical system but by a conventional internal combustion engine, the TT sketches out some of the paths future designers ... Read more Fraunhofer, Johnson Controls develop battery cooling solutions March 21, 2014 Fraunhofer, Johnson Controls develop battery cooling solutions Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has signed a collaboration agreement with Johnson Controls to develop the next generation of more energy efficient, cost effective cooling systems for vehicle batteries. Read more Ice warning from the cloud March 20, 2014 Ice warning from the cloud In geographies with a pronounced wither season, sheet ice can turn roads into a skating rink without drivers noticing it immediately. Swedish carmaker Volvo now tests a system that warns drivers of slippery patches. Unlike car2x, Volvo's system taps the cloud to spread the information. Read more Higher supply voltage, better mileage: Continental, Schaeffler show how March 18, 2014 Higher supply voltage, better mileage: Continental, Schaeffler show how In a joint project, automotive suppliers Continental and Schaeffler prove that there is still significant headroom for better fuel efficiency in conventional combustion engines. For their demo car they used an engine that already had been honoured for its excellent efficiency - and still achieved a 15 ... Read more Nissan, Renault combine engineering activities March 17, 2014 Nissan, Renault combine engineering activities Accounting for the huge investments for automotive R&D, Japanese carmaker Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault will combine a range of activities, including development of certain electronics modules and electric powertrains. The move will lead to cost reductions of € 4.3 billion or more per ... Read more Reference design cuts costs of lithium e-bike batteries March 17, 2014 Reference design cuts costs of lithium e-bike batteries An example design for lithium pedelec/e-bike batteries which implements accurate cell monitoring and balancing without the need for a microcontroller in the Battery Management System (BMS) has been introduced by ams AG. Read more
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