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Over-the-air technology facilitates software updates for cars June 04, 2013 Over-the-air technology facilitates software updates for cars With the amount of software installed in automotive ECUs exploding, carmakers increasingly face the problem how to update or exchange software in the "installed base", that is the cars out on the streets. Serious bugs in this software time and again trigger huge recall actions which are extremely costly. ... Read more Volkswagen, Stanford University intensify collaboration June 03, 2013 Volkswagen, Stanford University intensify collaboration Virtual intelligence, materials science, data security and vehicle dynamics are in the focus of a collaboration between Volkswagen group of America and the Stanford University. The carmaker announced to invest $1.7 million into joint research and training programs. Read more Electric mobility still light years away from mainstream, consultant says May 31, 2013 Electric mobility still light years away from mainstream, consultant says On time for the eMobility summit which took place this week in Berlin, strategy consultant Roland Berger presented a study on the global status of electromobility around. The results: So far, electromobility has failed to gain even the small market share the pundits expected a few years ago. The costs ... Read more Software platform enables Europe-wide e-car charging May 30, 2013 Software platform enables Europe-wide e-car charging A joint venture of carmakers and energy provides has launched a software platform that enables e-car charging station operators across Europe to exchange billing information. Thus, they offer a charging infrastructure mechanism similar to roaming in the telecommunications segment. And users of electric ... Read more Volvo builds small e-car series for Siemens May 28, 2013 Volvo builds small e-car series for Siemens Siemens will equip a small series of electric vehicles based on the Volvo 30 with a new, more powerful motor. The vehicles will be manufactured exclusively for Siemens who intends to use them for an internal car-sharing project. The move is a result of a strategic cooperation between Volvo and Siemens ... Read more Continental, Oerlikon collaborate on HEV and EV powertrains May 28, 2013 Continental, Oerlikon collaborate on HEV and EV powertrains Swiss technology group Oerlikon and the German automotive electronics supplier Continental will jointly develop and sell integrated motor-transmission units for hybrid electric and electric vehicles. The goal of the collaboration is to further improve the efficiency of electric drives through the holistic ... Read more Research project uses alcohol-based fuel cells to extend range of e-cars May 27, 2013 Research project uses alcohol-based fuel cells to extend range of e-cars With a novel energy storage technique, researchers of the Berlin Technical University will improve the driving range of electrically driven cars: They use ethanol - but instead of filling it into the tank, they plan to build an ethanol-based fuel cell. Read more IHS predicts strong growth for automotive electronics May 24, 2013 IHS predicts strong growth for automotive electronics The global market for automotive electronics is set to rise to $240 billion in 2020, up more than 50 percent from $157 billion in 2010, says market research company IMS Research. The growing demand is driven in the first place by government and automaker safety initiatives. Read more Lithium-ion batteries withstand 10.000 charging cycles May 22, 2013 Lithium-ion batteries withstand 10.000 charging cycles Scientists from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden Wuerttemberg (ZSW) have developed lithium-ion-batteries that could offer new perspectives for electromobility: After more than 10.000 charging cycles, the batteries still had more than 85 percent of its initial capacity. Read more Automotive microcontroller benchmark takes energy efficiency into account May 21, 2013 Automotive microcontroller benchmark takes energy efficiency into account Today, cars are crammed with microprocessors, and many of them are not completely switched off when the driver parks and locks the vehicle. Instead, many remain "semi-active" in sleep mode - and over time, even ultra-low power processors discharge the battery. To gain a foundation for assessment of microprocessor ... Read more
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