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Fuel cell technology approaches in the passing lane July 16, 2015 Fuel cell technology approaches in the passing lane Today, acceptance of the hydrogen fuel cell technology suffers from the lack of an adequate refuelling infrastructure. But the situation could improve faster than some critics expect. The HyFive project is about to establish a hydrogen filling station network across Europe. As part of the project, BMW ... Read more Millimeter waves hitch a ride July 15, 2015 Millimeter waves hitch a ride Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are studying millimeter wave (mmW) wireless signals could be used in cars. They believe mmW bands will provide the high data rates and accuracy needed in communication between connected cars, while also improving the resolution of radar operations. Read more Research project combines valet parking, battery charging July 15, 2015 Research project combines valet parking, battery charging In the V-Charge project, six research partners are currently developing applications around autonomous and, in some cases, electric vehicles. The focus of the project is on methods and algorithms enabling vehicles to autonomously park, charge its batteries and get back to its user as soon at it is summoned. ... Read more Audi robot racecar, faster than human drivers July 13, 2015 Audi robot racecar, faster than human drivers With a new generation of its robot racing car known as RS7 driving concept, carmaker Audi has surpassed the performance of its driverless racing car. The demonstration took place at the Sonoma Raceway north of San Francisco. The purpose of the event: Audi wants to highlight the maturity of its autonomous ... Read more Continental abolishes rear view mirrors July 10, 2015 Continental abolishes rear view mirrors No more blind spots, dazzle-free view to the rear and additional driver assistance function, these are just some of the advantages of a camera-based rear view system that soon could displace the conventional rear view mirror trio. With a test vehicle, automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated ... Read more Multiprocessing platform for powerful car computers July 07, 2015 Multiprocessing platform for powerful car computers In today’s passenger cars, at average 70 embedded computers monitor relevant signals and control certain driving functions. The ongoing trend to automating driving functions and the growing complexity of the software they are running demands an increasing amount of computing power. The research project ... Read more Crash test dummy tenses up before impact July 07, 2015 Crash test dummy tenses up before impact Toyota has created a new generation of virtual THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety), aka crash test dummy. Like its predecessors, it is a digital model for the simulation of the human bone structure and takes into account the consistency of tissue, muscles and inner organs. As an innovation the current ... Read more 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 A different kind of SUV: High agility, zero local emissions July 05, 2015 A different 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
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