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Consortium develops unbreakable displays for cars September 04, 2013 Consortium develops unbreakable displays for cars Curved displays for automotive applications need to be flexible to a certain extend - besides being robust and lightweight. For applications in the automotive industry, research project LiCRA (Liquid Crystals for Robust Applications) is developing particularly tough yet lightweight full-colour displays. ... Read more Osram sees OLEDs for cars within reach September 02, 2013 Osram sees OLEDs for cars within reach In the run-up to the Frankfurt International Motor Show, lighting company Osram has detailed its plans to develop organic LEDs (OLEDs) for use automotive applications. The company believes OLEDs as a serial feature are only three years away. Read more Aluminium reduces weight of wiring systems by 20 per cent, Leoni claims August 30, 2013 Aluminium reduces weight of wiring systems by 20 per cent, Leoni claims With innovative elements such as aluminum wires and alternative conductors, pre-formed wiring elements and tool-optimized harness architectures, cable systems vendor Leoni AG announced to reduce the weight of the wiring harness for cars by as much as 20%. The wiring harness typically is the second heaviest ... Read more EV fast-charging stations to reach 200,000 by 2020, says IHS August 28, 2013 EV fast-charging stations to reach 200,000 by 2020, says IHS Fast-charging technologies are driving the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) recharging market, with the cumulative number of stations established worldwide expanding by a factor of more than 100 times from 2012 to 2020, according to a report from market research company IHS Automotive. Read more Infotainment platform integrates driver assistant functions August 28, 2013 Infotainment platform integrates driver assistant functions At the upcoming International Automotive show (IAA), automotive supplier Continental will introduce an infotainment platform with unseen capability of integrating many services and driver assistant functions. The platform also connects the vehicle to cloud-based information services - and brings the ... Read more Shock absorber assures driving comfort - and generates electric energy August 27, 2013 Shock absorber assures driving comfort - and generates electric energy Mechatronic expert ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Levant Power jointly develop active suspension that turns kinetic energy into electricity. The system is intended to utilize the advantages of an active damper and at the same time minimize energy consumption, complexity and cost. Read more Research factory develops novel production processes for lithium-ion batteries August 27, 2013 Research factory develops novel production processes for lithium-ion batteries Lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and stationary applications have two things in common: Weak performance and (too) high price level. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now has launched a "research factory" where new production technologies can be developed and tested. Read more Engineers transfer all-wheel drive to e-bike August 23, 2013 Engineers transfer all-wheel drive to e-bike All-wheel drive is something for off-road vehicles and SUVs, right? A team of developers and researchers of the Ulm University believes that also two-wheel vehicles could benefit from all-wheel drive. An additional electric drive on the front wheel could make them more agile and safe. Now they are developing ... Read more Battery data without additional wiring August 22, 2013 Battery data without additional wiring Within their activities towards intelligent battery management technologies, a consortium of two commercial companies and two universities is currently developing a data exchange technology which does not require additional data wires within large lithium-ion battery packs - the battery data are transmitted ... Read more Research project makes HMI development data interchangeable August 21, 2013 Research project makes HMI development data interchangeable Today, more than 80% of all innovations in automotive technology is based on electronics and software. This holds true in particular for the comfort and infotainment domain as well as for so-called hidden technologies such as engine management and ESP. Every new function however makes the system more ... Read more
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