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Will laser ignition replace the venerable spark plug? July 21, 2014 Will laser ignition replace the venerable spark plug? Lowering fuel consumption and reduce the emission of pollutants - these aspects today are at the top of the design goals for new combustion engines. Not only for cars, but likewise for power plants and the like. So far, all concepts aiming at improving the combustion process have the side effect that ... Read more Banning cellphones while driving does not decrease accidents, researchers find July 18, 2014 Banning cellphones while driving does not decrease accidents, researchers find It is conventional wisdom that mobile phones cause accidents when used while driving. Considering that people drive under a lot of distractions such as screaming children, eating, smoking, changing radio channels, setting GPS routes, and so on, how significant is mobile phone use in the big picture. ... Read more Reducing energy consumption for e-cars - in small increments July 17, 2014 Reducing energy consumption for e-cars - in small increments During their final presentation in Vigo (Spain), the participants of the European research project OpEneR introduced driving strategies and driver assistant systems that are believed to significantly improve energy efficiency and safety of future generations of hybrid and battery electric vehicles. This ... Read more This is how the cockpit of the future might look like July 16, 2014 This is how the cockpit of the future might look like Automotive engineering and technology company Audio Mobil has for the first time lifted the veil on its research vehicle Car-ICT3 - a technology platform to develop and test innovative connectivity and HMI approaches. With this platform, the company demonstrates an HMI concept centred on the user requirements ... Read more Jaguar Land Rover concept uses entire windscreen as Head-up display July 14, 2014 Jaguar Land Rover concept uses entire windscreen as Head-up display Currently, head-up displays seem to be the must-have technology for carmakers and tier ones. We barely had put online the news piece about Continental introducing Augmented Reality when we learned that Jaguar Land Rover is working on something much bigger: The British company unveiled a concept that ... Read more Head-up display integrates Augmented Reality July 14, 2014 Head-up display integrates Augmented Reality Speed, some simple navigation data, and, in newer implementations, speed limits - these are the data typically depicted in a head-up display (HUD). Supplier continental now goes one step further: The company announced a HUD that integrates Augmented Reality (AR) data - based on data extracted through ... Read more Smart sensors offer haptic feedback July 13, 2014 Smart sensors offer haptic feedback Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials (CeSMa) has demonstrated smart materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.   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 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 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
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