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    The incredibly shrinking world of vehicle radar design

    By Majeed Ahmad | April 26, 2017

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims that one in three fatal car crashes can be mitigated if vehicles are equipped with collision avoidance systems. But the ultrasonic radars used for offering emergency braking and other ADAS features are found mostly in high-end vehicles.

    Moreover, a radar sensor carrying out four essential functions—generate, transmit, receive, and digitize radar signals—generally has three to four SiGe chips and that leads to the creation of a bulky device.

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      As goes the future automobile, so goes electronic design

      April 25, 2017

      Today, the cutting-edge of faster, simpler, less power hungry design challenges all converge on the electronic self-driving platform, which explains why the industrial giant Siemens recently paid $4.5bn for Wilsonville, Oregon-based Mentor Graphics, a leading electronic design automation and embedded systems company.

      Forget hydraulics. According to industry watchers the future automobile’s control center will employ sensors and systems that pump massive amounts of raw data to and from a central platform that will generate an integrated, single view of the driver’s world.

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        U.S. presses for safer autonomous vehicle technology

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        Autonomous vehicles have been involved in some serious road accidents recently, most newsworthy: two widely reported driver deaths earlier this year in technology-packed, auto-piloted Teslas.

        No technology is perfect, but, inexorably, improvements and refinements will follow, and the benefits of self-driving vehicles, especially when it come to improved safety, will outweigh the risks – in theory.

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          Automobile technology sector absorbs Tesla crash impact

          August 3, 2016

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          The death of a Tesla Model S driver this May involving that vehicle’s computerized self-driving function has sent the auto industry into a period of soul-searching and reflection about just how fast the industry should adopt this new self-driving technology.

          In this post-crash environment, many automakers have been forced to rethink how they present self-driving technology to consumers.

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            The IoT Library: Hybrids and electrics – the electronic car in the modern age

            By Richard Wallace | February 18, 2016

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            If you want to experience the future, take a ride in an electric or hybrid gas-electric vehicle. The moment you enter one of these amped-up electronic wonders it’s as if you leave the past behind.

            As well it should: the smoke belching gas guzzling internal combustion engine is seeing its final days – at least regarding the modern automobile. The closing of this chapter of automotive history reminds me of a telling anecdote from a writers blog about the American industrialist most associated with the early days of the automobile.

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              Japan opens roadmap to autonomous driving technology

              November 21, 2015

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              Nissan unveils IDS autonomous driving concept car at Tokyo Motor

              Since the 1970’s Japan has been a world leader in factory automation, most notably in the use of robotics manufacturing for automobile production. But when it comes to leadership in the driverless automobile market, not so much. But that’s about to change, based on the technology roadmap to Japan’s ‘driverless car’ initiatives that emerged from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

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                Automotive R&D Facility to Test In-Motion Wireless Charging

                By Murray Slovick | November 5, 2015

                Automotive R&D Facility to Test In-Motion Wireless Charging

                 

                The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) will be the host site for a new wireless charging test bed for EVs. Developed by Clemson University‘s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), ITIC, Toyota, Cisco, Duke Energy and Evatran the wireless power transfer test bed opens the door for ITIC to begin marketing wireless charging test and development services to automotive manufacturers, suppliers and related technology companies.

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                  Smart telematic add-on devices from startups teach old cars new tricks

                  By Richard Wallace | November 3, 2015

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                  I used to think my iPhone was pretty smart, what with Siri there to get me out of a jam once in awhile, and that one time it magically found my iPad that had slipped between the seats of a bus I’d been riding. But when it comes to smarts, Caveat Emptor: thanks to a new class of after-market consumer automotive monitoring, diagnostic, and display devices just hitting the market, now your car is smarter than you, and your smartphone.