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Charles Murray
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Auto Giant Goes Off-Roading With Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Automotive News 
10/21/2016  Post a comment
General Motors is putting an off-road twist on hydrogen fuel cell technology with an imposing new pickup demonstrator called the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2.
Germany, Tesla in War of Words Over 'Autopilot'
Automotive News 
10/20/2016  3 comments
The term “autopilot” is now at the heart of a growing debate between Tesla Motors Inc. and Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority.
Apple’s Automotive Scale-Down Is No Surprise
Automotive News 
10/19/2016  4 comments
Twenty months after news leaked about Apple Inc.’s secretive automotive project, the high-tech giant has apparently decided it will not go toe-to-toe with Detroit, leaving few in the Motor City surprised.
The 15 Worst-Designed Cars in Automotive History
Automotive News 
10/17/2016  47 comments
From the Corvair and the Pinto to the Gremlin and the Pacer, we’ve collected the worst vehicles that suffered from design and engineering hiccups.
Hack-A-Jeep 101: Renowned Security Expert Will Explain How He Did It
Electronics News 
10/10/2016  5 comments
Charlie Miller, whose hacking exploits on a Jeep Cherokee sparked a recall of 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles, will explain how he did it and why society needs to be aware of vehicle vulnerabilities at the upcoming ARM TechCon 2016 in Santa Clara, CA.
Automakers Deal With Inevitability of Autonomous Car Crashes
10/7/2016  41 comments
The fallout from the fatal crash of an auto-piloted Tesla Model S earlier this year continues, as automakers and suppliers battle, and experts caution that more such tragedies could occur as the technology evolves.
Readers: Help Us Pick The Best and Worst Science Movies
10/6/2016  26 comments
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest. This year, we're letting you vote on the best science and engineering movies.
Electric Powertrains Light Up Paris Motor Show
Automotive News 
10/3/2016  6 comments
Electric powertrains are stealing the spotlight, as automakers showcase their best and brightest battery-powered vehicles, during the Paris Motor Show, Oct. 1-16.
Chevy Bets Big on Diesel in New SUV
Automotive News 
9/29/2016  3 comments
Steadfast in its belief that diesel engines are right for the times, General Motors is expanding US availability of the compression-ignited technology in Chevrolet cars and light trucks.
What's Happening to Range Anxiety? New EVs Offer More Miles
Automotive News 
9/28/2016  37 comments
The term “range anxiety” began fading into the rear view mirror recently, as major automakers made announcements about longer-range, battery-powered cars.
A New Era for DSPs
Electronics News 
9/28/2016  Post a comment
Digital signal processors are gaining momentum in applications from voice activation to sports watches to holographic computing.
GM Will Use EV Batteries to Store Renewable Energy
9/23/2016  5 comments
General Motors’ growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
Sensor's Resolution Is Less Than the Diameter of an Atom
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9/23/2016  Post a comment
A new linear encoder will offer measurement resolution of about 31 picometers -- less than the diameter of an atom -- when it hits the market in prototype form later this year.
Coupling Offers Greater Concentricity for High-Speed Spindles
Product News 
9/21/2016  Post a comment
A new coupling for high-speed spindle motors promises greater shaft concentricity and smoother running for milling and grinding machines.
12 Technologies From the Future of Manufacturing
9/19/2016  3 comments
Last week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) drew more than 111,000 registrants from 112 countries to see 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, and components of virtually all kinds.
Industrial Cooling Unit Cuts Energy Consumption by 75%
Electronics News 
9/19/2016  4 comments
Using a hybrid design, a new cooling unit promises to cut energy consumption by a whopping 75% when it removes heat from electronic enclosures.
Massive Air Vehicle Combines Features of Blimps and Airplanes
9/16/2016  1 comment
Momentum is growing behind a technology that promises to combine the qualities of lighter-than-air airships with traditional fixed-wing aircraft.
Safe Robot Works Well with Others ... Humans to Be Exact
9/15/2016  Post a comment
A sensor-equipped robot at IMTS 2016 demonstrated that it can safely work with humans without the need for a safety cage.
IoT Needs Security All the Way Down to the Sensors
9/12/2016  3 comments
Embedded applications are far more vulnerable to security risks than most engineers realize, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
Which Will Capture the Market First -- Autonomous Cars or Electrics?
Automotive News 
9/7/2016  13 comments
Self-driving vehicles, considered little more than a science fiction project a decade ago, are quickly gaining on electric cars as the auto industry’s technology of the future.
Nanofarm Grows Fresh Veggies in Your Kitchen
Electronics News 
9/1/2016  5 comments
By eliminating pumps, sensors, and actuators, a start-up has created a home appliance that autonomously grows food, and costs about half as much as its predecessors.
‘Don’t Go Gangbusters’ on Your IoT Applications
8/31/2016  1 comment
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
Hope or Hype? Big Automakers Look to Autonomous Vehicles
Automotive News 
8/26/2016  2 comments
Ford Motor Co. announced plans last week to join an ever-growing number of automakers who intend to produce fully autonomous vehicles in the next five years.
6 Automakers Will Lead the Way to EV Battery Growth
Automotive News 
8/25/2016  12 comments
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says.
IoT Sensor Systems: Start With a Clear Vision of Success
8/25/2016  Post a comment
Determining the quantities and location of sensors in an Internet of Things application requires a thorough problem statement and a clear vision of success, an expert will tell engineers at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
Earbuds: The New Sensor Solution for Heart Monitoring
8/23/2016  Post a comment
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
Secrets for a 1,500-MPG Car Revealed
Electronics News 
8/19/2016  29 comments
A student team at the recent NIWeek 2016 conference shared its insights into the design of an engine control system for a car that set a fuel efficiency record of more than 1,500 miles per gallon.
How Engineers Are Dealing with Challenges of Optical Heart Rate Monitoring
Electronics News 
8/18/2016  Post a comment
Five years ago, optical heart rate tracking seemed like an obvious successor to the popular chest straps used by many fitness buffs, but the technology has faced myriad engineering challenges on its way to market acceptance.
Tesla Sticks to Its Vision as Gigafactory Grows
Automotive News 
8/17/2016  16 comments
Tesla Motors says the construction of its giant Gigafactory is ahead of schedule, despite the electric automaker’s growing financial woes.
Do Optical Sensors Provide Reliable Heart Rate Data?
Electronics News 
8/17/2016  2 comments
Optical heart rate monitors, hailed as a promising new technology when they hit the market a few years ago, are starting to see some backlash.
Will EPA Relax the 54.5 MPG Mandate?
Automotive News 
8/12/2016  75 comments
A recently released government report has raised the hopes of automakers looking for a break on future fuel economy regulations, despite the warnings of an Environmental Protection Agency official who said the agency is unlikely to back down on its goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Whatever Happened to NASA’s X-30?
8/8/2016  19 comments
NASA’s recent announcement of its all-electric experimental aircraft, called the X-57, was big news, resurrecting the pioneering spirit of the agency’s early days. Still, in terms of raw ambition, it paled in comparison to the Holy Grail project of a quarter-century ago, the X-30.
Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Comes to Autonomous Cars
8/4/2016  Post a comment
An expanded hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test system from National Instruments promises to offer a better way to test engineering’s most complex products, from defense aircraft to autonomous cars.
A Look at NASA's Fabled X-Planes
8/3/2016  12 comments
Here's a look at some of NASA’s greatest experiemntal planes, from Chuck Yeager’s X-1 to the hypersonic X-15 to the abandoned X-30 and beyond.
Astronaut Grissom Didn’t Hit the Chicken Switch
8/1/2016  10 comments
Fifty-five years after the fact, a new book lends support to astronaut Gus Grissom's claim that he didn't hit the "chicken switch."
A New Test Instrument From NI Boosts Bandwidth
Product News 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
A new 1-GHz vector signal transceiver promises to offer expanded test capabilities for engineers involved in applications ranging from automotive and aerospace to semiconductors and defense.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
Automotive ‘Wellness Seat’ Aids Stressed Out Drivers
Automotive News 
7/8/2016  Post a comment
A new sensor-equipped automotive seat could make drivers happier, more comfortable and more alert.
Should Fatal Tesla Accident Make Automakers Rethink Autonomous Cars?
Automotive News 
7/1/2016  49 comments
In the wake of a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in autopilot mode, the auto industry may need to rethink the future of autonomous driving.
Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  6 comments
Forget doping. Officials at this year’s Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
NASA Wants to Put Electric Planes in the Air by 2018
6/28/2016  5 comments
Following in the tracks of the fabled rocket plane programs of the 1940s, NASA engineers are now laying the plans for a new twist on the future of aviation -- a battery-powered airplane.
Head-Up Displays, Haptics Top List of Future Interfaces
Electronics News 
6/23/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.

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