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Robot taxis - a green and cost effective alternative July 06, 2015 Robot taxis - a green and cost effective alternative A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) finds that autonomous cars deployed as taxis would greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases. Read more Another kind of SUV: High agility, zero local emissions July 05, 2015 Another kind of SUV: High agility, zero local emissions With a highly maneuverable and likewise highly connected electric subcompact, ZF Friedrichshafen makes his claim to join the premier league of the automotive suppliers. The Smart Urban Vehicle (SUV) concept study is designed to demonstrate what is possible today with existing technologies once they only ... Read more Ultrasound sensor protects pedestrians July 02, 2015 Ultrasound sensor protects pedestrians In today’s urban traffic, pedestrians are an endangered species – they still disproportionately often fall victim to collisions with motor vehicles. To provide a remedy, researchers of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS) have developed a pedestrian detection sensor that can tell a ... Read more Do head-up displays lead the wrong way to safety? June 30, 2015 Do head-up displays lead the wrong way to safety? In vehicles, head-up displays (HUDs) have been developed to reduce driver distraction and help drivers to keep their eyes on the street by displaying navigation information, road signs and other traffic relevant data at the windshield right in the driver’s field of sight; the goal of the technology is ... Read more '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
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