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Continental abolishes rear view mirrors July 10, 2015 Continental abolishes rear view mirrors No more blind spots, dazzle-free view to the rear and additional driver assistance function, these are just some of the advantages of a camera-based rear view system that soon could displace the conventional rear view mirror trio. With a test vehicle, automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated ... Read more Multiprocessing platform for powerful car computers July 07, 2015 Multiprocessing platform for powerful car computers In today’s passenger cars, at average 70 embedded computers monitor relevant signals and control certain driving functions. The ongoing trend to automating driving functions and the growing complexity of the software they are running demands an increasing amount of computing power. The research project ... Read more Crash test dummy tenses up before impact July 07, 2015 Crash test dummy tenses up before impact Toyota has created a new generation of virtual THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety), aka crash test dummy. Like its predecessors, it is a digital model for the simulation of the human bone structure and takes into account the consistency of tissue, muscles and inner organs. As an innovation the current ... Read more Robot taxis - a green and cost effective alternative July 06, 2015 Robot taxis - a green and cost effective alternative A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) finds that autonomous cars deployed as taxis would greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases. Read more Electric double-decker buses lead London's zero emission drive July 06, 2015 Electric double-decker buses lead London's zero emission drive Chinese-based BYD Company Ltd. has been selected to build the next generation of London's iconic red, double-decker buses and will deliver a new, battery electric replacement model to TFL (Transportation for London). Read more A different kind of SUV: High agility, zero local emissions July 05, 2015 A different kind of SUV: High agility, zero local emissions With a highly maneuverable and likewise highly connected electric subcompact, ZF Friedrichshafen makes his claim to join the premier league of the automotive suppliers. The Smart Urban Vehicle (SUV) concept study is designed to demonstrate what is possible today with existing technologies once they only ... Read more Ultrasound sensor protects pedestrians July 02, 2015 Ultrasound sensor protects pedestrians In today’s urban traffic, pedestrians are an endangered species – they still disproportionately often fall victim to collisions with motor vehicles. To provide a remedy, researchers of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS) have developed a pedestrian detection sensor that can tell a ... Read more Elektrobit is now Bittium July 01, 2015 Elektrobit is now Bittium The sale of Elektrobit’s automotive business to supplier Continental is completed. At the same time, the remaining (non-automotive) part of the Finnish company has been renamed to Bittium. Read more Do head-up displays lead the wrong way to safety? June 30, 2015 Do head-up displays lead the wrong way to safety? In vehicles, head-up displays (HUDs) have been developed to reduce driver distraction and help drivers to keep their eyes on the street by displaying navigation information, road signs and other traffic relevant data at the windshield right in the driver’s field of sight; the goal of the technology is ... Read more ZF sets course to driver assistance June 30, 2015 ZF sets course to driver assistance Having just completed the takeover of TRW Automotive, mechatronics giant ZF Friedrichshafen, is now steering more seriously into the automotive electronics business. With the acquisition of a software developers team from Halla DAS Lab Europe (HDLE) GmbH, ZF grabs technology competence in the field of ... Read more
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