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Scalable electric powertrain targets utility vehicles February 03, 2015 Scalable electric powertrain targets utility vehicles While many observers agree that electromobility is gaining traction (at least in the medium term), the development of commercial vehicles with electric powetrain continues to lag behind. Their powertrain is just too expensive, clumsy and heavy. Fraunhofer researchers addressed this problem by developing ... Read more Toyota tests SiC technology in near-series designs February 02, 2015 Toyota tests SiC technology in near-series designs Significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles with electric power trains is what Toyota is expecting from the deployment of silicon carbide (SiC) power devices. The Japanese carmaker announced to launch road tests with prototypes as early as this year. Read more Supercapbatteries, thermoelectrics to power future cars February 02, 2015 Supercapbatteries, thermoelectrics to power future cars A new type of electric power storage unit that combines the best of supercapacitors and lithium ion batteries, combined with thermoelectric charging from heat of engines, could be the ideal power source for future vehicles -- from cars to industrial trucks to military convoys, according to Peter Harrop, ... Read more Security flaw in BMW's ConnectedDrive detected January 30, 2015 Security flaw in BMW's ConnectedDrive detected The German automobile association ADAC has revealed a serious security vulnerability in BMW's connected car technology. Affected are some 2.2 million vehicles of the BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce brands worldwide. BMW reacted quickly - the flaw has already been fixed, the company said in a press release. ... Read more Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces Automotive LED Driver EMI January 30, 2015 Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces Automotive LED Driver EMI The large number of electronics in an automobile must have reasonably low electromagnetic interference (EMI) in order to avoid disturbing the radio reception, GPS navigation tools and other forms of communication and broadcast. Switch mode regulators are commonly used in this environment and they have ... Read more Fuel cells in trucks: silent power instead of idling motors January 28, 2015 Fuel cells in trucks: silent power instead of idling motors Researchers of the Jülich research centre are developing a new type of fuel cells. Running on diesel fuel, it will be robust enough to serve as auxiliary power supply in large trucks. The research also represents a new type of collaboration between German and Austrian entities. Read more Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects January 27, 2015 Thermopile infrared array sensor tracks multiple objects Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has launched the first–ever surface mount thermopile array sensor. Grid-EYE features 64 thermopile elements in an 8x8 grid format that detect absolute temperatures by infrared radiation. Read more ARM strengthens position in safety-critical applications January 22, 2015 ARM strengthens position in safety-critical applications By providing a safety document set to licensees in its semiconductor ecosystem, ARM plans to foster the adoption of its architecture in safety-critical applications. The first in a series of planned safety document packages describes the Cortex-R5. Read more Torque measurement: Laser system to save cost, space January 20, 2015 Torque measurement: Laser system to save cost, space More efficient wind turbines, lighter racing cars and safer medical instruments are just three goals of an innovative measurement system currently under development by scientists from Hannover. The optical sensor will allow non-contact measurements of the position of a shaft and at the same time the ... Read more Driver assistance becomes predictive January 16, 2015 Driver assistance becomes predictive A 360 degree surround sensing system today creates a virtual image of a car's environment, enabling the electronic systems to keep the vehicle in the selected lane and to hit the brake if an obstacle emerges. Now Honda has added a predictive element - their Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) ... Read more
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