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Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
4/14/2014  7 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the sub-systems of today's late-model vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment and DVD players are still prone to be "buggy."
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  37 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
Electronic News & Comment 
3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Tiny MCU Adds Intelligence to Internet of Things
Electronic News & Comment 
3/12/2014  7 comments
A new microcontroller thatís smaller than a golf ball dimple may offer a solution for future Internet of Things applications.
Why Did It Take GM a Decade to Identify Ignition Switch Problems?
Electronic News & Comment 
3/3/2014  55 comments
Further investigations on the matter may serve as a case study on how big manufacturers handle the smallest details of design.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2014  38 comments
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this yearís edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
World's Smallest Reed Switch Makes Technology Easier to Swallow
Electronic News & Comment 
2/19/2014  14 comments
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Look to Learning Labs for Help With Medical Electronics
Electronic News & Comment 
2/4/2014  7 comments
Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.
Slideshow: The New Mustang's Technology Leads the Way
Electronic News & Comment 
2/3/2014  55 comments
Ford Motor Co. will give new meaning to the term ďmuscle carĒ in 2014 by rolling out a Mustang that features a small engine with big power numbers.
Slideshow: Automakers, Start Your Engines!
Electronic News & Comment 
1/30/2014  36 comments
Automakers know theyíll never reach super-high corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) ratings without lighter, smarter, more efficient engines.
Slideshow: 25 Greatest Engineering Quotes
Electronic News & Comment 
1/29/2014  39 comments

From engineers and business executives to actors and cartoonists, we present insights on engineering from inside and outside the profession.

Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
1/28/2014  41 comments
Light-emitting diodes are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.
Golden Mousetraps Awards: Strong Field for Electronics, Few Winners
Electronic News & Comment 
1/22/2014  2 comments
Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards featured a strong field of finalists in the Electronics & Test categories.
Slideshow: New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
1/20/2014  18 comments
The 2014 North American International Auto Show, which opened to the public in snowy Detroit last week, offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.
'Appvice' Blocks Distracted Driving
Electronic News & Comment 
1/10/2014  28 comments
Parents of teen drivers may now have a way to remotely prevent use of a smartphone while their child is behind the wheel.
Can An Engineer Prevent the Unknown?
Electronic News & Comment 
1/9/2014  23 comments
Will future engineers have to find ways to prove self-driving features don't cause accidents?
Slideshow: Engineering the NFL
Electronic News & Comment 
12/19/2013  40 comments
This holiday season, when you kick your feet up to watch football, remember this: There are engineers out there. Not just on college teams, but in the pros, as well.
Amazon 'Octocopters' Face Technical Challenges
Electronic News & Comment 
12/3/2013  53 comments
Amazon.com's proposed drone-based package delivery scheme is achievable, but it could face significant technical hurdles before reaching the marketplace.
Study: Self-Driving Cars Are Less Than 20 Years Away
Electronic News & Comment 
11/22/2013  39 comments
Semi-autonomous cars will hit the market by 2020, a study finds, and fully autonomous, self-driving vehicles could be available a decade later.
Slideshow: Tech Toys for Aspiring Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
11/20/2013  33 comments
From Tinker Toys and Erector sets to LeapPads and littleBits, we offer a short history of some of the best toys for aspiring engineers.
Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us
Electronic News & Comment 
11/18/2013  15 comments
In 2012, 2.2 million people pledged $319 million to kick-start more than 18,000 of its projects on Kickstarter.com. Here's a look at some of the most inspired ideas from the ultimate crowdfunding platform.
Slideshow: Engineering the Silver Screen
Electronic News & Comment 
11/14/2013  49 comments
From James Stewart and Jack Lemmon to Ed Harris and Leonardo Dicaprio, we take a look at some of the most notable movie engineers.
Slideshow: Toyota's Automotive Aquarium
Electronic News & Comment 
11/13/2013  27 comments
What has four wheels, 800 gallons of salt water, and a talking sponge? That would Toyota's 2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition.
Slideshow: 20 Great Technology Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
11/12/2013  40 comments
Everyone, from JFK to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actor Matthew McConaughey, has opined on technology. From wise to funny to inaccurate, we offer a few of the most notable.
Video: What 3D Printing Can & Can't Do
Electronic News & Comment 
11/5/2013  18 comments
3D printers can create parts of virtually any geometry, but engineers need a solid grasp of the technology to make the investment in it worthwhile, experts at Stratasys' Manufacturing the Future Summit said.
Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  34 comments
You donít have to be an engineer to have an opinion about engineering. We offer insight from the minds of Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and James Cameron, among many others.
Toyota's Unintended Acceleration Woes Are Likely to Drag On
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  35 comments
Toyota's recent loss in an unintended acceleration case should make one thing clear to observers: This is only the beginning.
Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
10/28/2013  32 comments
Daimlerís recent introduction of a doorless, open-roof electric car might have startled some, but in the wild world of concept cars itís far from daring.
Slideshow: Koenigsegg's $1.46M 'Hypercar' Goes From 0-62 in 2.9 Seconds Flat
Electronic News & Comment 
10/9/2013  28 comments
Koenigsegg Automotive AB's 2014 Agera S "hypercar" goes from 0 to 62 in under 3 seconds, hits a top speed of 260 mph, and starts at $1.46 million.
Slideshow: 'Bizarre' Incident Led to Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/8/2013  56 comments
The metal object that caused last week's Tesla Model S EV battery fire reportedly tore through the bottom of car, leaving a gaping hole in the armor plate that protects the battery.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/4/2013  44 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Slideshow: More Cars From the Small & Silver Screens
Electronic News & Comment 
9/25/2013  42 comments
When we published a slideshow about movie cars last June, readers politely pointed to our obvious inadequacies in the area of pop culture.
Dark, Dirty & Dead-End? Manufacturers Say No
Electronic News & Comment 
9/17/2013  38 comments
If your son or daughter could go to a community college, receive a two-year degree in manufacturing technology, and earn $58,000/year inside of 18 months, would you encourage it?
Engineering Profs Get Low Marks in Princeton Review Survey
Electronic News & Comment 
8/29/2013  17 comments
Engineering schools made up five of the seven worst colleges in a Princeton Review survey that asked, "Are your instructors good teachers?"
Slideshow: Smartphone Images From Space
Electronic News & Comment 
8/28/2013  17 comments
Some of NASA's most recent images from space come, not from a multimillion-dollar satellite, but from a $3,500 steel box equipped with a smartphone.
Video: Simulating the Universe With NASA's Supercomputers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/26/2013  35 comments
Here's a look at the launch of NASA's "heavy lift" vehicle, and the birth of the universe on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
Video: Inside the World's Largest Wind Tunnel
Electronic News & Comment 
8/23/2013  29 comments
When NASA Ames runs its massive wind tunnels, the surrounding area knows it. Local aircraft are warned of potential updrafts. Electric utilities brace for sudden power draws. And nearby residents are said to hear its 300-knot airflows from miles away.
Slideshow: A Glimpse of NASA Technology
Electronic News & Comment 
8/21/2013  25 comments
Thanks to the sponsorship of Littelfuse Inc., Design News was able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the work being done at NASA Ames Research Center.
Are Your Electronics Protected Against Lightning Strikes?
Electronic News & Comment 
8/20/2013  17 comments
Too often, design engineers donít want to hear about lightning. Never mind that its transient voltages can fry circuit boards, crash servers, and jeopardize data. Lightning discussions are a pain.
Last Chance to Register for Design News' LED Webinar
Electronic News & Comment 
8/12/2013  2 comments
If you're planning to use LEDs in your future products, then you'll want to take note of a Design News webinar, How LEDs Are Revolutionizing the Lighting Industry.
Slideshow: Ford's Self-Driving Test Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
8/9/2013  26 comments
Driving 15mph over a curb 30 times a day can be tough on drivers performing vehicle durability tests. Ford had a better idea: Let the vehicles drive themselves.
Universities Prepare for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Demand
Electronic News & Comment 
8/6/2013  21 comments
If youíre looking for a branch of engineering thatís on the cusp of growth, look no further than unmanned aerial vehicles.
UL Targets Lithium-Ion Battery Fires
Electronic News & Comment 
8/5/2013  27 comments
Inspired by recent overheating incidents, Underwriters Laboratories has developed a new testing methodology, along with guidelines and standards aimed at making lithium-ion battery applications safer.
Can 48V Be the Auto Industry's Next Big Thing?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/30/2013  57 comments
Another new powertrain technology may be poised to bring major change to the auto industry by delivering the advantages of hybridization without some of the complexity.
Slideshow: Toyota's Humanoid Robot Is Space-Bound
Electronic News & Comment 
7/18/2013  14 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will enter outer space in August, as a robot it co-developed rides to the International Space Station.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
Electronic News & Comment 
7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.
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