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Energy

Volvo Leads the Shift to ‘Driver Understanding’

Volvo started teasing out some of the details of its all-electric replacement for the XC90 SUV, dubbed the EX90.

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Transportation

We finally have some data on ADAS!

For too many years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took a laissez-faire approach to advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and automated-driving systems (ADS). That...

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Connectivity

Vehicle Connectivity Moves to the Next Generation

It’s been 35 years since moviegoers saw Michael Douglas standing on a beach, holding what looked like a brick to his ear, in the film Wall Street. In 1987, wireless mobile...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Imaging Radar Is the Next Big Thing

Radar is nothing new to the automotive industry. Vehicles have been equipped with radar for adaptive cruise control since the 1990s and many current models have as many as five radar sensors. While...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

C-2VX Is Finally Gaining Momentum in the U.S.

Vehicle to everything (V2X) communications has had a rough go in North America. After more than a decade of development on the Wi-Fi-based dedicated short-range communications (DSRC)...

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Data Acquisition

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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Unmanned Systems

OTA and the End of Vehicle Ownership

I write and talk about automated and connected vehicles every day for a living. But my personal ride is a first-generation Mazda Miata built 31 years ago this month. I know that as long as I maintain...

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Communications

Automakers to Blame for Potential Loss of V2X Spectrum

After years of heavy lobbying from the cable and wireless industry, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is on the verge of reallocating most of the spectrum that had...

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Communications

The Navigator: As the World Turns to C-V2X, Europe Picks WiFi

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications is a relatively straightforward and inexpensive technology that has the potential to reduce crashes by improving driver situational...

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Manned Systems

Needed - a Step Beyond STEM

For more than a decade, education advocates have made the case for a greater effort in teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and math. As an engineer, I’m all for STEM. More of our population needs to understand these topics. However, as I get older and continue to observe the impact of technology...

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Power

The Navigator: The Not-So-Hidden Cost of “Free”

There is no such thing as a free lunch, as the old truism goes. For more than a century, the auto industry business model has been to sell it and forget it. Once you drove off the lot...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

The Navigator: Explosion in Compute Power Enables Automated Driving

Over the course of this summer as I continue to follow all the companies developing automated driving systems, I’ve also been reading a preview copy of the new book...

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Unmanned Systems

The Navigator: Traversing the Autonomous Trust Gap

During a recent conference hosted by semiconductor maker NXP in Silicon Valley, I had the honor of moderating a panel on the Autonomous Trust Gap. The timing was fortuitous in the wake of...

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Data Acquisition

Shifting Sands in the AV Landscape

Over the past 130 years, the auto industry playing field has become scattered with the ashes of countless defunct companies. Where there once were thousands of OEMs, a mere 10 vehicle makers took 73% of...