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Mercedes Kicks off Dedicated EV Lineup with Flagship EQS

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the all-new 2022 EQS EV sedan. The EQS is the first all-electric luxury 4-door model from Mercedes built upon a dedicated (and modular) EV platform. The...

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Unmanned Systems

Ford Gets in the ‘Hands-Free’ Game with BlueCruise

There's a whole lot about Ford's hands-free driving technology that the automaker isn't revealing just yet. But at least it now has a name – BlueCruise – and some preliminary...

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Power

Actuating Hybrid and EV Efficiency

Axle-disconnect systems have been a fuel-efficiency enabler in recent years, delivering improvements of up to 10% in all-wheel drive and four-wheel-drive cars and light trucks, depending on vehicle...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Powering the IoT Without Batteries Using Energy Harvesting

Ensuring that vehicles are reliably connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) is only possible when every step of the IoT is itself robust. A vehicle-to-home-thermostat...

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Data Acquisition

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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Photonics/Optics

Flash! Lidar’s Next Generation Arrives

Electronics engineers may best know what typically happens in an emerging, rapidly moving technology space. First, innovation: Start-ups bring new solutions amid rounds of funding. Next is the...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Q&A: Panasonic Races to Keep Pace with EV Battery Demand

As part of its series of virtual Tech Talks at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Panasonic hosted two of its key battery engineers to discuss the fast-paced development of...

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Transportation

Aptiv’s Satellite Route to ‘Democratizing’ Autonomous Tech

Despite the myriad challenges the world faced in 2020, it was a "great year of growth” for Aptiv, the technology company formerly known as Delphi Automotive, according...

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Semiconductors & ICs

Velodyne Preps for Volume Lidar

Prior to 2020 there were allegedly 80 to 100 “lidar companies” in the world, depending on who in Silicon Valley was compiling the list. Such was the over-inflated bubble of autonomous mobility prior...

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Lighting

CES 2021: Mercedes-Benz Hyperscreen Brings Dash-Wide Displays to Production

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new Hyperscreen, a 56-inch IP-display that will debut on its 2022 EQS EV sedan and serve as the visual cornerstone of its MBUX...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

CES 2021: Magna Execs Warn of Impending EV Complexities

The industry’s transition to electrified, and ultimately fully electric, vehicles is bringing far greater complexity in product development and technology-management overall,...

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Software

Protecting AV Control Circuits

The safety and convenience offered by autonomous vehicles (AVs) cannot be achieved unless the vehicle’s electronic circuits are highly reliable and robust to electrical shocks. Designers can substantially...

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Data Acquisition

10 Best Practices for ADAS and AV Testing

Testing for automated driver-assist systems (ADAS) has required a completely new approach to testing. The most obvious reason for this is the sheer number of sensors and actuators involved in...

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Design

Greater Precision for EV Battery Leak Testing

Exposure to water vapor is a death sentence for the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in hybrid-electric and electric vehicles. If moisture enters the battery cell and reacts with the...

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Software

Accelerating AV Training Data and Testing

Generating reliable training data to support deep learning for autonomous vehicle (AV) artificial intelligence (AI) via real-world recorded scenarios can be expensive, time inefficient and...

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Power

Ultrasonics to Keep Lidar Clean

Mobility engineers often note that autonomous vehicles are only as good as their sensors and the algorithms within. But the reliability and driving precision of an AV involves an equally important factor:...

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Manned Systems

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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Photonics/Optics

'Boaring' in on Vehicle-To-Animal Road Safety

A wild boar can ruin a driver’s day — and a lot more. Hitting one of these fast-running (up to 25 mph/40 km/h) and heavy (up to 400 lb/181 kg in the southern U.S.) porkers when they dart...

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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...

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Unmanned Systems

Ford, Bosch Demo Automated-Parking Project in Detroit

Ford, Bosch and real estate firm Bedrock are preparing North America’s first demonstration of automated parking in a public garage outfitted with the technology to enable a fleet...

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AR/AI

New Roles for Lidar in Autonomy’s Lower Levels

Laser-based li ght d etection a nd r anging (lidar) sensors were only recently thought to be applicable within the realm of fully automated vehicles (AVs). The spinning lidar...

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Communications

BMW Details New Motorcycle Adaptive Cruise Control

BMW has released details about its new Motorcycle Active Cruise Control (ACC), bringing a popular automotive convenience feature to the two-wheeled realm. The new system, developed in...

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Connectivity

Scalable Hardware-Software Interface Answers Overlooked AV Testing Need

In 2016, Oregon-based PolySync introduced DriveKit, a set of open-source hardware and software tools that enabled skunkworks engineering teams to electronically...

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Communications

Radar Testing with an O-Scope

A new generation of compact radar sensors with long range and high resolution is under development for automated driver assistance systems (ADAS) and future fully autonomous vehicles. Operating in the...

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AR/AI

Ford Releasing Comprehensive Dataset to Promote Autonomous R&D

Ford is releasing a comprehensive autonomous vehicle (AV) dataset to the academic and research community to help spur innovation in the field. The package includes data from...

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Unmanned Systems

Radar’s Evolving Role in ADAS and the AV Future

Until recently, various vehicle OEMs were vying to be first to put self-driving cars on the road by the magical turn of the decade. But as 2020 arrived, the bullish tone has switched to...

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Regulations/Standards

Underwriters Labs Publishes First AV Safety Standard

On April 1, 2020, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced that it published UL 4600 as an American National Standard. With its publication, UL 4600 became the auto industry’s first...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Faurecia Creates ‘Personal Bubbles’ for AVs

App-led exercises that unfold while seated, and audio selections heard via the seat headrest illustrate the types of wellness and comfort options that supplier Faurecia envisions with its...

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Motion Control

StreetDrone Proposes Top 10 Safety Rules for AV Developers

OE vehicle safety systems must remain connected, in hard engineering terms and intellectually, during autonomous vehicle (AV) development, stresses Mike Potts, CEO of...