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Micro smart grid plugs renewables into EV fleets March 06, 2014  Micro smart grid plugs renewables into EV fleets The ability to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management which is why researchers in Germany are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station. Read more Flow cell challenges litihium ion March 04, 2014 Flow cell challenges litihium ion At the Geneva Motor show, Nanoflowcell AG has introduced an electrically driven sports sedan with remarkable features: The vehicle is powered by an innovative energy storage system - a hybrid of battery and fuel cell. The technology could emerge as a serious contender to existing lithium ion batteries. ... Read more Volvo builds HMI around large centre-stack touch screen February 27, 2014 Volvo builds HMI around large centre-stack touch screen Though criticized by many car owners, Tesla's cockpit approach with a large flat computer screen serving as Human-machine interface apparently inspires other carmakers to similar designs. At the imminent Geneva Motor Show, Volvo will showcase a very similar user interface. Read more One hardware, multiple domains: virtualising is the answer February 25, 2014 One hardware, multiple domains: virtualising is the answer Automotive head units increasingly are becoming the place where multiple application worlds and functional domains meet - from safety-relevant assistant systems to infotainment and internet access. Virtualisation, a software technique common in commercial IT and avionics, keeps these different data and ... Read more Ford demos automated driving at Mobile World Congress February 25, 2014 Ford demos automated driving at Mobile World Congress The vehicle at the Mobile World Congress is the result of more than ten years of corporate research dedicated to automated driving functions and will be used to further develop sensors and driver assistance systems for next-gen vehicles. With the platform, the carmaker intends to fathom out technological ... Read more Battle for real time networking protocols February 25, 2014 Battle for real time networking protocols A new tool is helping to evaluate the next generation of real time interconnect protocols in end-to-end systems. Read more BMW sports car sparks laser light revolution February 24, 2014 BMW sports car sparks laser light revolution Osram has been named as the system partner for the first production vehicle in the world equipped with a laser light. German automotive manufacturer BMW plans to put a laser-equipped BMW i8 car on the road by the second half of 2014. Read more Bi-directional charging box connects e-cars to smart grid February 19, 2014 Bi-directional charging box connects e-cars to smart grid As a contribution to Germany's turnaround in energy policy, scientists have developed a device that allows electric energy to flow in both directions between the power grid and electric vehicles. The system enables electric vehicles not only to be charged but also to store energy and return it to the ... Read more Electric bike overcomes design limits of pedelecs February 19, 2014 Electric bike overcomes design limits of pedelecs Faster and much higher acceleration than e-bikes and pedelecs is the "eRockit", an innovative development of the Berlin-based startup company eRockit GmbH. In contrast to e-bikes and pedelecs, the 2-wheeler reaches a speed of up to 80 kmph. With its drivetrain technology, the vehicle establishes a new ... Read more Spansion interface speeds up NOR Flash throughput February 18, 2014 Spansion interface speeds up NOR Flash throughput Instrument clusters, infotainment system, and advanced driver assistance systems today are typically equipped with a sophisticated graphical user interface that requires strong graphic performance. Flash memory provider Spansion, Inc. has developed a data bus interface that could significantly increase ... Read more
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