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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 Daimler introduces robot truck concept July 04, 2014 Daimler introduces robot truck concept A large truck at full speed on the highway, and the driver is reading newspaper? What looks like a certain recipe for a horror accident could be an entirely safe reality in the future. Carmaker Daimler has introduced a concept called "Future Truck 2025" that calls for autonomous freight traffic on the ... Read more Researchers devise high-capacity supercaps for cars July 03, 2014 Researchers devise high-capacity supercaps for cars Despite their good ecological footprint, battery electric cars have a number of properties that make them not exactly the most attractive alternative to the conventional vehicles: Unaffordable prices, short driving range, long charging times are just a few of them. Many of these undesired properties ... Read more Toyota rolls fuel cell vehicle to series production June 25, 2014 Toyota rolls fuel cell vehicle to series production While the discussions about batteries and their shortcomings are dominating the discussion about electromobility, Toyota silently finalised its first hydrogen fuel cell driven vehicle. The carmaker plans to make a series version of its concept vehicle available to Japanese customers in April 2015 and ... Read more Time-of-flight sensor brings gesture recognition to car cockpit June 23, 2014 Time-of-flight sensor brings gesture recognition to car cockpit Belgian chipmaker Melexis is utilizing the time-of-flight 3D motion sensing technology from software company SoftKinetics, also from Belgium, to implement a sensor chip that detects gestures to control several functions within the car. Thus, the Melexis chip enhances the range of basic technologies to ... Read more Cloud service to connect urban traffic June 20, 2014 Cloud service to connect urban traffic Siemens is developing an integrated, cloud-based mobility platform that enables users to mix-and-match the suitable means of transportation for any destination and at any time of the day. Interconnecting different types of mobility providers such as car sharing, municipal transport services, taxis or ... Read more Next-gen GaN transistors come in sight, targeting electromobility June 19, 2014 Next-gen GaN transistors come in sight, targeting electromobility GaN transistors are regarded as the Joker in power electronics - the GaN technology promises better energy efficiency, lower switching losses and resilience even under high temperatures - ideal for deployment in automotive applications, in particular in electric ones. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied ... Read more E-car research project sets efficiency standards June 19, 2014 E-car research project sets efficiency standards The prototype of an electric car, developed by the Technical University of Munich along with a consortium of carmakers and technology companies, outlines some general design trends for electrical vehicles. Read more
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