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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in November 2013
Faulty Radiator Cap Lets Fluid Fly
Made by Monkeys 
11/27/2013  34 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Self-Healing Polymer Could Be Key to Longer-Lasting Batteries
Blog 
11/26/2013  43 comments
Researchers at Stanford University are using a Terminator-like material to improve the durability of lithium-ion batteries so they don’t crack under the pressure of use. This tech is promising for EVs and consumer electronics.
Gadget Freak of the Year: Meet the Finalists
Gadget Freak 
11/25/2013  17 comments
Meet the winners from the six rounds of Gadget Freak of the Year semi-final competitions. The winner of this group becomes Gadget Freak of the Year.
Study: Self-Driving Cars Are Less Than 20 Years Away
Electronics News 
11/22/2013  40 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.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2013
Guest Blogs 
11/20/2013  14 comments
The UK has been at the heart of manufacturing some of the finest automobiles on the planet for more than a century. All that experience has led to a very impressive line of high-end sports cars that are highly coveted the world over. Here are three of the best.
Manufacturing Execution Systems Can Solve Problems Before They Start
Guest Blogs 
11/20/2013  17 comments
Today, virtually all of this analysis is automated, but identifying bottlenecks is only a small part of factory data analysis.
Tesla to NHTSA: Investigate Our Model S Fires
News 
11/19/2013  20 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation to examine the potential risks associated with “undercarriage strikes” on Tesla’s Model S electric cars.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
News 
11/19/2013  13 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us
Electronics News 
11/18/2013  18 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: Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
11/15/2013  15 comments
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
Slideshow: Engineering the Silver Screen
Electronics News 
11/14/2013  53 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
Electronics News 
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.
Road Debris Causes Another Tesla Model S Battery Fire
News 
11/11/2013  45 comments
A second Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object in the road.
Embedded Expert: No Pedal Misapplication in Toyota Case
News 
11/8/2013  37 comments
The Toyota unintended acceleration case decided by a jury two weeks ago may have hinged on the testimony of an embedded systems expert who definitively said there was no pedal misapplication.
Slideshow: Wireless Charging Comes to Automobiles
Automotive News 
11/7/2013  37 comments
Although a plug-in electric car has its advantages, some suppliers are betting that not all EV owners will want to plug in. Some, they say, will want to charge their cars wirelessly.
Slideshow: Urbee Developer Shooting for 290 MPG
Automotive News 
11/6/2013  21 comments
Urbee, the 3D-printed car that has attracted international attention, now has a new task to conquer -- driving from New York to San Francisco on just 10 gallons of gas.
Slideshow: Carbon Composites for Cars Get Tougher & Faster
Engineering Materials 
11/1/2013  14 comments
Dow Automotive Systems has been talking about the company's latest automotive carbon composites and the adhesives used to join them. Both are getting tougher, with faster cycle times.




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