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New Google self-driving vehicle to hit the roads May 18, 2015 New Google self-driving vehicle to hit the roads Google has announced the next phase of its self-driving car project in which several prototype versions of its self-driving cars will be tested on the public streets of Mountain View, California - the company's hometown - sometime this summer. Read more Matrix LED lighting enters the compact class May 13, 2015 Matrix LED lighting enters the compact class Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced ... Read more BMW seeks design flexibility through tri-motor concept May 12, 2015 BMW seeks design flexibility through tri-motor concept Hybrid drivetrains, while established in today’s automotive landscape, are still evolving. At the Vienna Motor Symposium, BMW provided a glimpse to its vision of the next generation’s hybrid drive. Read more Surround view camera assumes task of driver assistance system May 07, 2015 Surround view camera assumes task of driver assistance system Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated a potential new application for surround view cameras: Their signals can be utilised to implement advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic braking when reversing, cross traffic assistant and automated parking. Read more K-Line: flexible solutions for a classic protocol May 07, 2015 K-Line: flexible solutions for a classic protocol  In the past, the K-Line diagnostic protocol was the standard for diagnostic tasks in various vehicles, and it is still used widely used today. Read more Emergency brake relies solely on video signal May 04, 2015 Emergency brake relies solely on video signal Bosch succeeded in implementing an emergency brake assistant that gets all necessary data exclusively from a stereo video camera; no radar or lidar signals are required to support the findings of the systems’ algorithms. Typically such systems are based either on radar / lidar signals or a combination ... Read more Simulation technology for mainstream automotive design, from McLaren April 30, 2015 Simulation technology for mainstream automotive design, from McLaren McLaren Applied Technologies (M.A.T.) and MTS Systems Corporation (MTS) have announced a technical agreement to bring simulators and associated technology to the global automotive market. Read more MEMS based lighting control optimises road illumination April 29, 2015 MEMS based lighting control optimises road illumination On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilises only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam. Read more Exploding lithium-ion batteries: a real-time analysis April 29, 2015 Exploding lithium-ion batteries: a real-time analysis Researchers from University College London (UCL), ESRF The European Synchrotron, Imperial College London and the UK's National Physical Laboratory, have shown, using 3D imaging techniques, for the first time what happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode. Read more MINI giving drivers a peek at 'augmented reality' April 20, 2015 MINI giving drivers a peek at 'augmented reality'  Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays (HUDs) on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its unveiling this week of augmented reality (AR) eyewear — powered by Qualcomm. Read more
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