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Wireless Road Charging for EVs to Debut in 2023

Roadway-embedded wireless charging for electric vehicles is coming to a stretch of urban highway in Detroit, marking a pilot-program first on a U.S. public road. “Our electric vehicle...

Briefs
Materials

Method Recycles Facemasks into Roads to Combat COVID-Generated Waste

Making one kilometer of a two-lane road would use up about three million masks.

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Energy

Lightning EMotors Announces EChassis for Commercial EVs

Lightning eMotors has announced the availability of the Lightning eChassis platform for commercial EV applications. The platform, which was co-developed with Metalsa, will be...

Briefs
Green Design & Manufacturing

Tires and Building Rubble Combine to Form a Sustainable Road-Making Material

The sustainable material offers a zero-waste solution to boost recycling and support the circular economy.

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Unmanned Systems

Honda, Toyota Intro More-Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems

Honda and Toyota each recently announced the release of new, more-sophisticated driver-assistance systems for a special range of vehicles available in Japan starting in March...

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Automotive

The Future of Aircraft Electrification

Advancements in electric and autonomous vehicles have sparked renewed excitement about the integration of battery power in aviation.

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Regulations/Standards

TDK Unveils Power-Generating Wheel Sensor

Electronics maker TDK in January introduced its InWheelSense piezo-electronic “energy harvesting and sensing module” that it said can generate power from vehicle wheel movement while also...

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Unmanned Systems

The Navigator: Mapping the Way to Safe Automated Driving

When it comes to automated driving systems (ADS), Tesla CEO Elon Musk often runs counter to the consensus of almost everyone else in the sector. His disdain for lidar sensing is...

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Regulations/Standards

AV and ADAS Testing from out of the Box

For self-driving vehicle systems to gain the full confidence of the public, the mobility industry and government regulators, OEMs have to prove that AVs (and those equipped with enhanced SAE...

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Connectivity

Cellular V2X Pilot Launching in Virginia

Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology is going live via a pilot program in Virginia, with the specific goals of improving work-zone and traffic-signal safety. The Virginia Department...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Special Delivery – by ‘Bot

When road users and pedestrians in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, first view the REV-1 in action, they see a funky little electric three-wheeler quietly navigating the city’s streets on its own. Observers...

Briefs
Materials

Retroreflective Material for Nighttime Color-Changing Road Signs

The technology could help call attention to important traffic information when it’s dark, with potential benefits for both drivers and pedestrians.

Technical Innovation
Materials

Paving the Way to Improved Truck Fuel Efficiency

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving fuel efficiency are much-sought-after goals in the commercial-vehicle industry. Various methods have been proposed to achieve these...

What We’re Driving
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

What We’re Driving: 2020 Infiniti QX80

Body-on-frame luxury SUVs are a curious thing. It’s difficult to imagine a customer in the market for an SUV that approaches a six-figure price also desiring the burly characteristics that come...

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Test & Measurement

Speeding AV Testing with a Digital Twin

A European company has developed time-saving simulation software for users of the University of Michigan’s Mcity CAV (connected and autonomous vehicle) testing facility in Ann Arbor. It has...

Technology Report
Unmanned Systems

New Best Practice Establishes Commonly Defined Terms, Conceptual Framework for ADS ODD

The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), an industry program of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC), released a new best practice in...

Articles
Regulations/Standards

New EU Patent System Could Unify and Simplify Process

To engineers who are developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies, the legal landscape around innovation can look increasingly complex. And the patent path may seem daunting. But...

What We’re Driving
Power

What We’re Driving: 2020 Acura RDX

Acura’s RDX midsize crossover has established itself as an industry benchmark in body engineering, vehicle dynamics, cabin design and related metrics. All this basic goodness has helped this 2-row...

Briefs
Green Design & Manufacturing

NASA Space Data Can Cut Disaster Response Times, Costs

The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.

Technology Report
Power

Xtrac Readies E-Tech for Rallycross World Championship

For any motorsport engineering supplier tempted to carry its highly specialized expertise along the winding – often hazardous – road to series cars, the journey can be fraught...

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Unmanned Systems

The Key to Autonomous Vehicle Safety Is ODD

In a perfect world, an automated vehicle (AV) would be all-knowing. Its sensors, communication systems and computing power could predict every road hazard and avoid all risks. But until a...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

Removing Complexity for Autonomous Trucks

Developers of driverless trucks are eliminating some of the complexity of autonomous driving in hope of shortening time to market. They are limiting the immeasurable circumstances that face...

Articles
Power

Chevy Tweaks 2020 Bolt’s Battery Chemistry to Add Range

In late 2016, the Chevrolet Bolt became a breakthrough vehicle for long-range EV affordability. At the time, no other electric car came close to offering the Bolt’s 238 mi (383...

Technology Report
Materials

Continental Tire Rolls Towards a Smart and Connected Future

It is difficult to become emotional about tires except when they – literally – let us down. But tires are set to get smarter, communicate more effectively and react to...

What We’re Driving
Imaging

The Ford GT

As part of its sponsorship of this year’s annual auto-palooza known as the Woodward Dream Cruise, Ford invited media to sample its Ford GT supercar along Detroit’s famous avenue. With its sold-out production run of 1,350...

Technology Report
Design

Roush Opens Advanced Durability Lab

The auto industry’s steady march toward electrified and automated vehicles has many suppliers affixed to the digital-testing environment rather than using traditional hardware validation.

Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Taking a City’s Pulse with Moveable Sensors

Suppose you have 10 taxis in Manhattan. What portion of the borough’s streets do they cover in a typical day?

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Test & Measurement

'Road Race' for AV Testing May Be Slowing

Chris Hoyle, Technical Director of software specialist rFpro, believes the race by auto and technology companies to be ahead of competitor programs involving autonomous vehicle (AV) testing on...

Articles
Transportation

Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Present Some Overlooked Circuit Protection Challenges

The first mass-produced electric vehicles (EVs) hit the road late in 2010 with the introduction of the Nissan Leaf, which remains the world’s top-selling,...