Are Automotive 'Black Boxes' Secure?
Electronic News & Comment 12/21/2012 22 comments The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a rule this month ordering automakers to put so-called "black boxes" in all new vehicles by late 2014, but some experts are concerned that the new rule won't protect the security of the data stored inside.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronic News & Comment 4/27/2012 7 comments In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Bill Gates Funds 'Big Battery' Startup
Electronic News & Comment 12/13/2011 55 comments One of the great underappreciated issues of renewable energy isn't whether seagulls are banging into turbine blades, but whether intermittent sources of power have any real value in a world without energy storage.
Cadillac CUEs In-Car Entertainment
Electronic News & Comment 12/1/2011 29 comments Cadillac's CUE is an important addition to the infotainment scene, but its consumer-driven design process may turn out to be more important than the product.
Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Electronic News & Comment 11/21/2011 42 comments Engineers from General Motors say fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
ESC: Auto Industry Needs to Innovate
Electronic News & Comment 10/3/2011 9 comments An expert panel at the Embedded Systems Conference said automakers need to step up the pace of innovation in energy efficiency, and they will need suppliers to help them do it.
Will an MBA Benefit You?
Electronic News & Comment 9/19/2011 9 comments The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, long a staple for engineers preparing for leadership, is looking pretty enticing lately.
Bringing FPGAs to Mechanical Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 8/18/2011 1 comment Xilinx Inc. and National Instruments are trying to make it easier for mechanical engineers and other "domain experts" to employ field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.