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EU validates Audi's LED technology as eco-relevant innovation April 15, 2013 EU validates Audi's LED technology as eco-relevant innovation The European Commission has certified the LED illumination in Audi vehicles as fuel-saving technology. This acknowledgement improves the carmakers assessment with regard to fleet fuel consumption. Read more LED luminaires transmit data at high bandwidth April 11, 2013 LED luminaires transmit data at high bandwidth The Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) in Berlin has further developed its broadband optical communications technology which utilizes standard commercial LEDs used for lighting purposes to transmit data. While hitherto data rates of up to 800 Mbit/s have been possible, the researchers succeeded in increasing ... Read more New Volvo diesel engine: More sensors, better efficiency April 09, 2013 New Volvo diesel engine: More sensors, better efficiency Volvo has developed a new fuel injection control system for Diesel engines that promises to significantly increase the already high fuel efficiency of this engine type. The i-ART system throws sensors and microprocessors at the problem, enabling continuous monitoring of the relevant parameters. Read more EC Funded MobiCloud Project aims for safer, greener and more efficient public transport April 09, 2013 EC Funded MobiCloud Project aims for safer, greener and more efficient public transport Nettropolis and the MobiCloud consortium announced the deployment of innovative mobile cloud services for the personnel of the Karlsruhe Public Transport Authority (Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe or VBK). Read more Open-source driving simulator software targets research and development April 04, 2013 Open-source driving simulator software targets research and development Company white_c has unveiled its new open-source platform www.OpenDS.eu, a driving simulator for research and development in the automotive industry as well as scientific studies. Read more Fraunhofer claims breakthrough towards cost-efficient e-car batteries April 02, 2013 Fraunhofer claims breakthrough towards cost-efficient e-car batteries Lithium-sulphur batteries have all it takes to replace lithium-ion batteries as the technology of choice for energy storage in electric vehicles. They are much more powerful and cost-effective than all known lithium-ion variants. So far however, the lithium-sulphur batters suffers from a significant ... Read more New IC technology boosts performance of large lithium Ion battery packs March 20, 2013 New IC technology boosts performance of large lithium Ion battery packs 16kW-hr battery packs made from lithium ion cells are powering electric vehicles and storing grid energy. Measurement ICs like the LTC®6804 are used to extend the life and ensure the safety of the pack. The accuracy of the measurement IC can influence the cost of the system. Read more Freescale MCUs simplify car wiring system, cut vehicle weight March 20, 2013 Freescale MCUs simplify car wiring system, cut vehicle weight The second-heaviest component of a modern car - after the engine - is the cable loom. New applications raise the demand for more bandwidth, more connectivity - and even more wires within the car. With a new range of microcontrollers for body applications, Freescale promises to enable designers to reduce ... Read more Industry's first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution detects electrical arc faults to avert fires March 20, 2013 Industry's first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution detects electrical arc faults to avert fires Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced the industry’s first fully programmable DC arc detect reference solution at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Long Beach, California, USA. Read more MISRA C:2012 extends software reliability guidelines March 18, 2013 MISRA C:2012 extends software reliability guidelines With software systems increasingly becoming critical components of automotive safety systems, the Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) is playing an increasingly important role in that industry. The organisation now has rolled version C:2012 of its guidelines. It extends support to ... Read more
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