Content tagged with Automotive
posted in June 2012
Verizon Wants to Put 4G Wireless in Your Car
6/28/2012  18 comments
Verizon announced it is joining a consortium that will use open standards to bring 4G technology to in-car phones.
IndyCar Structure Is the Ultimate Safety Enclosure
6/26/2012  10 comments
A lightweight, composite cocoon is designed with crash mitigation in mind.
Plastic Components Couldn't Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
6/22/2012  29 comments
The brake lights failed because the Audi couldn't take the heat.
Chevy Boosts 2013 Volt Electric Range
6/21/2012  21 comments
Changes revealed by the automaker result in the electric-only range of the car going from 35 miles to 38 miles.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 
6/21/2012  17 comments
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?
Automotive News 
6/20/2012  70 comments
The Department of Transportation says it is putting its foot down on driver distraction.
The 'Conspiracy' Behind the EV Market
Automotive News 
6/18/2012  111 comments
Discussions about the cost of electric cars usually lead to questions about a conspiracy against them.
Slideshow: Scenes From the 49th Design Automation Conference
6/18/2012  4 comments
The annual high-tech tradeshow sometimes resembled a medieval fair with its jugglers, acrobats, and magicians.
Slideshow: Vintage Cars Take to Indy Track
6/15/2012  16 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 this year, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
EV Battery Chemistry Could Eliminate Cooling Systems
Automotive News 
6/14/2012  13 comments
A123 Systems Inc. says its new lithium-ion cells could allow carmakers to produce electric vehicles without cooling systems.
Video: IndyCar Pit Boss Talks Tires
6/12/2012  10 comments
Get down and dirty in the pits of the IndyCar circuit.
Hardware & Software Suppliers Simplify Multicore Programming
Electronics News 
6/12/2012  11 comments
Hardware and software companies are responding to the growth of multicore processing with a new generation of programming tools.
Detroit Paves Road to Autonomous Driving
6/11/2012  18 comments
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, lasers, and radar will help future vehicles drive themselves.
Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off
6/8/2012  54 comments
The zero-emission two-seater levitates above the road and propels itself forward using electromagnetic road networks.
IndyCar Teams Look for Electronic Edge
6/7/2012  9 comments
New rules against changing software code in certain parts of IndyCar vehicles will limit the ability of microcontrollers to give teams a competitive edge.
China's Electric Cars No Better Than Ours
Automotive News 
6/6/2012  78 comments
Chinese leaders are scaling back their plans to sell 500,000 electric vehicles a year by 2015.
Metals Still Rule in Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2012  17 comments
The biggest transportation lightweighting role in the near term will be played by high-performance metals such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steel, according to LUX Research.
Electric RAV4 Rolls Off Toyota Line
Automotive News 
6/5/2012  25 comments
The automaker, which spent almost a decade out of the EV market, plans to sell 2,600 of the vehicles in three years.
Video: Five Ways to Get an Edge in IndyCar
6/4/2012  14 comments
Even operating within the tight constraints of the rules, engineering teams can make the difference between victory and defeat.
Lamborghini Uses Carbon-Fiber Seats in Latest Roadster
6/1/2012  26 comments
The Lamborghini Aventador J roadster not only uses carbon-fiber composites throughout the car, but also features a new interior upholstery material called CarbonSkin.

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