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posted in September 2013
Reader Vote Round 3: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
9/30/2013  17 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year and we need help from you, our readers.
TI Converter Simplifies Position & Motion Sensing
News 
9/27/2013  12 comments
Using a new twist on an old technology, engineers at Texas Instruments have created a better method for position sensing in applications ranging from automotive and industrial to medical and consumer electronics.
Long-Range Affordable EV Won't Be Easy
Automotive News 
9/26/2013  22 comments
Electric vehicle makers are beginning to talk publicly about the next big step: building an affordable long-range car.
Slideshow: More Cars From the Small & Silver Screens
Electronics News 
9/25/2013  44 comments
When we published a slideshow about movie cars last June, readers politely pointed to our obvious inadequacies in the area of pop culture.
Siemens Helps Student Engineers Race in the Outback
Guest Blogs 
9/25/2013  6 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan has built an electric vehicle, and are currently preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students will be blogging for Design News throughout the race.
Slideshow: EVs & Plug-Ins for 2014
Automotive News 
9/24/2013  9 comments
These days, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the introductions of electrified vehicles without a running scorecard. In 2014, we’re already expecting to see them being rolled out by BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and others.
Engineers Eye the Prize in Solar Car Road Challenge
STEM Connection 
9/23/2013  6 comments
Next month, a team of cars will travel 3,000 km in searing desert heat across Australia as part of a global road challenge. This contest is a bit different -- instead of using the usual combustible engines, all the cars in this challenge are solar-powered.
Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows
Automotive News 
9/20/2013  40 comments
If you've been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Update: The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer
Blog 
9/20/2013  46 comments
It seems like everything these days is being 3D printed. We have seen many different items -- bathing suits, shoes, and even cars -- 3D printed and it is truly transforming how we are making things.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Takes a Deep Dive Into Electrics
Automotive News 
9/18/2013  43 comments
Volkswagen’s introduction of two new electric cars is a legitimate step toward electrification for the giant automaker, and not just an effort to comply with government mandates, experts said this week.
Growth in Model-Based Design for Automation Control
Blog 
9/18/2013  2 comments
Systems are adding new sophisticated functions and tools.
Dark, Dirty & Dead-End? Manufacturers Say No
Electronics News 
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?
Slideshow: Designing Liquid-Based Batteries for EVs & Renewables
Blog 
9/11/2013  14 comments
Scientists are working on a number of ways to improve battery design, especially for electric vehicles and large-scale storage of renewable energy sources.
Memory Plastic Reverses Shape 250 Times
News 
9/11/2013  11 comments
A new material developed by researchers at the German Institute of Biomaterial Science can change shape and return to the original one 250 times, something new in the world of temperature-controlled shape memory plastics.
The Fuse Holders Wouldn’t Hold
Sherlock Ohms 
9/9/2013  28 comments
The cooling fans on the Lotus suffered when the fuse holders wouldn't hold.
Slideshow: JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Award Winners
Blog 
9/6/2013  17 comments
The program recognizes top composites companies for innovation and industry-leading advances.
In Search of the Energy-Efficient Family Car
Guest Blogs 
9/6/2013  38 comments
While on the quest for the perfect car, we must make a smart choice that is right for us and right for the planet.
Battery-Free AGVs Do the Heavy Lifting
Guest Blogs 
9/5/2013  9 comments
There will always be a need for battery-powered AGVs, especially where paths vary unpredictably and loads are light. But when heavy lifting is required and paths vary on a predictable basis, battery-free AGVs are best.
Slideshow: Safety Ratings for EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Automotive News 
9/4/2013  10 comments
When Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given its Model S sedan received across-the-board five-star ratings, it showed some fundamental design differences between EVs and gas-burning cars.
Why Electric Cars Are Safer
Automotive News 
9/3/2013  42 comments
Tesla's recent five-star sweep in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety ratings shed light on an important aspect of electric cars: They’re inherently safer than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.




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