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Honda recalls 175.000 hybrids due to software problem July 13, 2014 Honda recalls 175.000 hybrids due to software problem For the first time, an automobile company has conceded that a software glitch in electronic control units could cause cars to accelerate suddenly, forcing drivers to scramble to take emergency measures to prevent an accident. Honda Motor Co., citing software problems, announced that it is recalling 175, ... Read more Micro sensor monitors conditions of lubricants July 11, 2014 Micro sensor monitors conditions of lubricants The Vienna Technical University is developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants. The devices utilize a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that gets caused to vibrate. The mechanical resistance that the oil - or any other liquid - imposes to the cantilever is measured and provides ... Read more TRW next takeover target? ZF says perhaps July 11, 2014 TRW next takeover target? ZF says perhaps German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced that it is in takeover talks with US based tier one TRW Automotive holdings. TRW acknowledges such talks without however providing details as to the identity of the potential buyer. Read more MIT, Fraunhofer research future mobility July 11, 2014 MIT, Fraunhofer research future mobility How can mobility be implemented in 2050 - in a world with an estimated population of some 9 billion people? Top research institutes in Germany and the United States have launched a collaboration to find solutions for the mobility for the next generation. Read more Surfer triples Li-ion battery performance with sandy solution July 09, 2014 Surfer triples Li-ion battery performance with sandy solution Sand has been used by researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering to create a lithium ion battery that claims to outperform the industry standard by three times. Read more Mentor further expands automotive expertise with takeover July 08, 2014 Mentor further expands automotive expertise with takeover Over the past years, EDA tool vendor Mentor Graphics has already strengthened its position in the booming automotive technology market. The company now continues to expand its expertise in this segment by the acquisition of XS Embedded GmbH, a German company with deep roots in automotive embedded systems. ... Read more Inductive charging takes shape at BMW and Daimler July 08, 2014 Inductive charging takes shape at BMW and Daimler BMW has granted an insight to its development of inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. In the medium term, the company plans to launch series production for the technology. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler; both companies plan to provide a uniform charging technology ... Read more Continental demands legal change to enable automated driving July 07, 2014 Continental demands legal change to enable automated driving If carmakers and suppliers are right, not technology but the legal situation today is the main roadblock for automated driving. The industry now demands a regulatory framework that enables the cars to take the control at the wheel. Read more Daimler introduces robot truck concept July 04, 2014 Daimler introduces robot truck concept A large truck at full speed on the highway, and the driver is reading newspaper? What looks like a certain recipe for a horror accident could be an entirely safe reality in the future. Carmaker Daimler has introduced a concept called "Future Truck 2025" that calls for autonomous freight traffic on the ... Read more Researchers devise high-capacity supercaps for cars July 03, 2014 Researchers devise high-capacity supercaps for cars Despite their good ecological footprint, battery electric cars have a number of properties that make them not exactly the most attractive alternative to the conventional vehicles: Unaffordable prices, short driving range, long charging times are just a few of them. Many of these undesired properties ... Read more
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