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Structural electronics - the next big thing in smart cars? September 18, 2014 Structural electronics - the next big thing in smart cars? Electronic circuits embedded in vehicles, aircraft and more have the potential to be a $60 billion market by 2025, says technology market research company IDTechEx. And when they say embedded, they mean really embedded: In the structure of a vehicle's body or an airplane's wing. Read more Is rapid charging batteries really so damaging? September 15, 2014 Is rapid charging batteries really so damaging? Researchers from Stanford University and the Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have produced results which challenge the prevailing view that 'supercharging' batteries is harder on battery electrodes than charging at slower rates. Read more Lithium ion batteries: new materials multiply charging capability September 12, 2014 Lithium ion batteries: new materials multiply charging capability New materials and a number of detail improvements - that's all it takes to multiply safety and operating life expectancy of lithium ion batteries used to drive electric vehicles. Researchers from German electrical giant Siemens this week introduced a demonstrator of a battery that quadruples the number ... Read more Connected EVs drive further, project finds September 12, 2014 Connected EVs drive further, project finds A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15% even with batteries available. Read more Start-Stop batteries achieve four times longer cycle life September 11, 2014 Start-Stop batteries achieve four times longer cycle life Exide Technologies' AGM Start-Stop battery claims to achieve four times longer cycle life which is 20% more power and more than three times the charge acceptance of a standard conventional battery. Read more GM spurs development of automated driving September 08, 2014 GM spurs development of automated driving General Motors is planning to take the lead in highly automated driving: While European carmakers pursue rather long-term plans with automated driving, the US carmaker now changed to the fast lane: Within two years, this feature will be available in GM series vehicles. Read more BMW connects car through Smartwatch app September 05, 2014 BMW connects car through Smartwatch app The boundaries between automotive electronics, smart home and the rest of the world are blurring. BMW now offers evidence for this truism - at the IFA, the consumer electronic fair currently going on in Berlin. The carmaker shows a range of innovative connectivity solutions around the car. Read more Radar-based blind spot assist to eliminate collisions during turning September 02, 2014 Radar-based blind spot assist to eliminate collisions during turning Truck manufacturer Daimler has developed system that promises to reliably detect cyclists and pedestrians in the blind spot of the vehicle. While the system seems superior to earlier approaches, it still will take a while until it enters series production. Read more German company wins bid to crash cars in China September 02, 2014 German company wins bid to crash cars in China Numerous developments in the area of vehicle safety are significantly influenced as a result of current NCAP or NHTSA regulations and then realized and implemented by manufacturers and their suppliers. Read more Dutch startup shrinks 60GHz radars, increases precision August 28, 2014 Dutch startup shrinks 60GHz radars, increases precision Founded in 2011, Dutch startup Omniradar announced it has secured €2.6m of equity and debt financing to roll out its single-chip 60GHz radar solution. Read more
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