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Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
4/14/2014  7 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the sub-systems of today's late-model vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment and DVD players are still prone to be "buggy."
MCUs Cut Costs & Reduce Board Space in 8-Bit Applications
Product News 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
Engineers looking for ways to cut costs and reduce board space on closed-loop applications may now have a solution -- thanks to Microchip Technology.
Comment:Segway - Charles Murray-4/7/2014
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Temperature Swings Really Do Affect EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
4/1/2014  27 comments
A pure electric car with a lithium-ion battery can lose as much as 57% of its range when the temperature dips and 33% when the mercury rises, a new AAA study says.
Laser Cutting Technique Could Improve Fuel Injection
Product News 
3/31/2014  1 comment
A new laser could make it easier and faster to cut precise spray holes in fuel injectors, ultimately helping automakers to boost the fuel economy of their engines.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  37 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
Electronic News & Comment 
3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Comment:Long haul - Charles Murray-3/21/2014
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  33 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Slideshow: Advanced Steels, Aluminum Answer the Call of Automakers
News 
3/20/2014  12 comments
Driven by the need to improve fuel efficiency and safety, automakers are turning to a new blend of high-strength steels and aluminum in their vehicles.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motors’ proposed “Gigafactory,” it’s hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
News 
3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
Virtualization Platform Simplifies Machine Design
Product News 
3/14/2014  2 comments
Machine builders looking for a way to combine multiple embedded functions onto a single hardware platform may now have a simpler solution.
Slideshow: Dream Cars of 2014
News 
3/13/2014  30 comments
We’ve collected photos of “dream cars” from the Geneva Motor Show, as well as from the recent auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. From Maserati and Lamborghini to Chevy and Toyota, we offer a few of the recent standouts.
Tiny MCU Adds Intelligence to Internet of Things
Electronic News & Comment 
3/12/2014  7 comments
A new microcontroller that’s smaller than a golf ball dimple may offer a solution for future Internet of Things applications.


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