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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 Volkswagen turns the key to electromobility March 15, 2013 Volkswagen turns the key to electromobility At its investor conference, carmaker Volkswagen showed for its first fully electric compact car, the e-up!. Serial production of the four-seater will start in autumn, the vehicle is designed with focus on everyday practicality. The vehicle impresses with a driving range of 150 km (93 miles) according ... Read more BMW could soon integrate free-gesture paint defect control March 13, 2013 BMW could soon integrate free-gesture paint defect control Fraunhofer researchers have developed an efficient type of 3D camera-based quality control interface that enables technicians to finger point any detected defects to car body parts to have them recorded and documented into the inspection system. Read more Research project targets Ethernet as data backbone in vehicles March 07, 2013 Research project targets Ethernet as data backbone in vehicles Ethernet is on the rise in the automotive world. While this networking technology currently is mainly targeted by developers of camera-based driver assistance systems, a research project of the HAW Hamburg (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences) is digging deeper into the matter: The team around professor ... Read more Bosch, PSA Citroen develop hybrid drive with effective energy recuperation March 06, 2013 Bosch, PSA Citroen develop hybrid drive with effective energy recuperation A full-hybrid powertrain concept jointly developed by automotive supplier Bosch and carmaker PSA Citroen excels through particular high fuel efficiency. It also helps to significantly reduce the CO2 emission and, it offers a "boost" effect which otherwise is only achievable with rather strong electric ... Read more
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