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'Transparent' truck lets drivers behind it see road ahead June 24, 2015 'Transparent' truck lets drivers behind it see road ahead A prototype "Safety Truck" developed by Samsung allows drivers following behind it to "see through" the truck to the road ahead. Read more Ford in home stretch for automated driving June 24, 2015 Ford in home stretch for automated driving US carmaker Ford Motor has announced that it is shifting from the research phase to the implementation phase for its Smart Mobility R&D program. The company kicks the pedal to the metal: It is about to set up a development program to apply the learnings from its initial research experiments. Read more On the search for more power efficiency in electric powertrains June 24, 2015 On the search for more power efficiency in electric powertrains In a joint R&D efforts, ten carmakers and suppliers intend do improve the overall energy efficiency of all types of electric powertrains, be it for battery electric cars, plug-in hybrids or small transport vehicles. A big focus of the project lies on semiconductors, and that’s perhaps why chipmaker Infineon ... Read more Reinvented Li-ion cell costs 50% less to produce June 23, 2015 Reinvented Li-ion cell costs 50% less to produce Start-up battery technology company 24M Technologies (Cambridge, MA) is emerging from stealth mode to introduce the semisolid lithium-ion cell, a new class of lithium-ion battery that the company claims could cut the cost of today's lithiun ion batteries in half. The semisolid lithium-ion cell technology ... Read more Continental puts together holistic car HMI June 19, 2015 Continental puts together holistic car HMI Hitherto, the design of human machine interfaces (HMI) was driven by technological aspects. Automotive supplier Continental intends change over to a more holistic, integrated approach that takes into account the driver’s situation as well as environmental conditions. As a result, the driver will get ... Read more Innovative brake concept cuts stopping distance June 18, 2015 Innovative brake concept cuts stopping distance With a novel braking system, Swedish-American automotive supplier Autoliv claims to to reduce the stopping distance of a vehicle by up to 40%. The new brake could in particular be useful in urban traffic. Read more Jaguar taps into brain waves to ensure driver attention June 18, 2015 Jaguar taps into brain waves to ensure driver attention In the recent past, Jaguar Land Rover already caught attention with futuristic technology approaches such as using the entire windscreen as head-up display or extensive use of augmented reality. Now the company goes another step further: It considers utilizing brain waves to increase traffic safety by ... Read more Electrolyte additives prevent fires in next-generation lithium batteries June 18, 2015 Electrolyte additives prevent fires in next-generation lithium batteries Researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered that adding two chemicals to the electrolyte of a lithium metal battery prevents the formation of dendrites which could cause the battery to short out, overheat and catch fire. Read more Nevada 'Electric Highway' to let EVs cross state June 17, 2015 Nevada 'Electric Highway' to let EVs cross state Nevada is looking to create an "electric highway" along a major highway that traverses the state from north to south that would consist of a network of charging stations for electric vehicles. Read more Vehicle Bluetooth device monitor helps ease traffic congestion June 17, 2015 Vehicle Bluetooth device monitor helps ease traffic congestion Researchers at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed an application that generates traffic information of cities and roads by detecting the Bluetooth devices on board vehicles. Read more
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