How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Electronic News & Comment 5/6/2013 54 comments One of the ugly truths of engineering is that life has a price. Cars, buildings, power plants, and industrial machinery can always be made safer for a cost, but manufacturers are at the mercy of the market.
Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market
Electronic News & Comment 5/2/2013 39 comments Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say itís unlikely to take hold in the US.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronic News & Comment 4/2/2013 21 comments Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industryís most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
Boeing Should Never Say Never
Electronic News & Comment 3/20/2013 49 comments Boeing's insistence that its new 787 battery design eliminates the possibility of fire may pacify the average consumer, but it hasn't made engineers happy.
'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 3/6/2013 53 comments In the auto industry's biggest move yet to build connected cars, General Motors plans to install 4G data modems on millions of its future vehicles, enabling them to serve as Internet hotspots.
MD&M Show Highlights New Technologies
Electronic News & Comment 2/20/2013 4 comments From sensors to electronics to additive manufacturing systems, the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim demonstrated thousands of new and existing products.
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.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.