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Nanomaterial-packed cathode extends range of EV lithium-sulfur batteries April 16, 2014 Nanomaterial-packed cathode extends range of EV lithium-sulfur batteries Researchers at the USA's Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a metal organic framework that can be added to an electric vehicle battery's cathode to capture polysulfides that cause lithium-sulfur batteries to fail after a few charges. Read more Porsche connects infotainment to cloud with HTML5 April 15, 2014 Porsche connects infotainment to cloud with HTML5 For some time, HTML5 is regarded as a kind of Swiss Army knife for automotive infotainment developers. Car manufacturer Porsche utilises HTML5 in its super sports vehicle 918 Spyder as the technology platform for its infotainment system. Read more BMW Laserlights to hit streets in autumn 2014 April 11, 2014 BMW Laserlights to hit streets in autumn 2014 BMW has confirmed that BMW Laserlights will receive a world premiere in autumn 2014 and the efficient light source will be hitting our roads in a production car for the first time to provide the high beam in the BMW i8 headlight. Read more University of Parma refines autonomous driving April 11, 2014 University of Parma refines autonomous driving With a new vehicle, the University of Parma (Italy) intends to bring autonomous driving closer to perfection. The development is focusing on real-time processing of camera and laser sensor data. Read more Land Rover makes front part of vehicle 'invisible' April 10, 2014 Land Rover makes front part of vehicle 'invisible' In a combination of augmented reality and driver assistance system, carmaker Land Rover makes the front part of the vehicle transparent. What on first glance appears a bit weird is actually a helpful feature in multiple driving situations. Read more Electric powertrain does away with rare earth metals April 08, 2014 Electric powertrain does away with rare earth metals A research consortium of Infineon, Siemens, transmission company ZF Friedrichshafen and the Dresden Technical University has developed a motor for electric vehicles that has the potential to boost electric mobility: Though it does not contain any expensive rare earth metals, it is 15% lighter and significantly ... Read more Microsoft takes new run-up for automotive market April 08, 2014 Microsoft takes new run-up for automotive market At its recent developers conference, Build 2014 in San Francisco, Microsoft showed a prototype for a software that brings the Windows user interface with its characteristic tiles to vehicle infotainment systems. With the move, Microsoft for the first time makes its software visible within cars. Read more Bosch develops ECUs for fuel cell vehicles April 07, 2014 Bosch develops ECUs for fuel cell vehicles On airports, emission-free mobility is taking shape. Baggage tractors, mobile working machines and other vehicles on airports are increasingly powered with fuel cells. At the MobiliTec exposition in Hanover, Bosch Engineering announced to provide electronic control units (ECUs) for these vehicles. Read more Hella creates eye-catcher with curved OLEDs April 01, 2014 Hella creates eye-catcher with curved OLEDs The availability of Organic LEDs (OLEDs) at and in cars will yield a host of new design options. A foretaste provides automotive supplier Hella at the current Light & Building trade fair. Read more Tesla car battery fires caused by road debris damage April 01, 2014 Tesla car battery fires caused by road debris damage Three Tesla Model S cars destroyed by fire after running over road debris did not represent a "defect trend" is the conclusion of a US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. Read more
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