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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 Daimler reveals new generation Multibeam LED technology June 17, 2014 Daimler reveals new generation Multibeam LED technology Daimler has revealed that the company's 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS model will for the first time feature Multibeam LED headlights. These headlights have 24 individually controlled LEDs each which adjust 100 times every second from four control units and the camera. Read more Battery monitoring system improves military vehicle reliability June 17, 2014 Battery monitoring system improves military vehicle reliability The next generation Battery Monitoring System (BMS) from Raytheon is now capable of using sensorless current measurement to provide military vehicle users with more reliable and more accurate State-of-Charge (SOC) and State-of-Health (SOH) information. Read more Combiner approach makes head-up displays affordable June 12, 2014 Combiner approach makes head-up displays affordable With a new automotive head-up display (HUD) type, Bosch departs from earlier implementation types: The 'Combiner' type is smaller and significantly more cost-effective than earlier solutions. Though the system has been developed along with BMW, it could soon appear in cars from other manufacturers. Read more
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