Tuesday 30-May-2017

Recent Research

Masdar Institute Files Patent on Design of Novel Catalytic Converter Substrates to Reduce Toxic Vehicle Emissions


Researchers Develop Novel Structure for a High-Efficiency Catalytic Converter Aimed at Boosting Automobile Manufacturers’ Ability to Meet Stringent Vehicle Emissions Standards

–Masdar Institute of Science and Technology|2017-05-24

South Highest, Northeast Lowest for Child Auto Fatalities


The number of motor vehicle fatalities involving children under age 15 varies widely by state, but occurrences are more common in the South, and are most often associated with improperly or unused restraints and crashes on rural roads, a new review of child-related auto fatalities shows.

–UT Southwestern Medical Center|2017-05-23

Dynamic Watermarking Could Help Solve Security Issues in Connected Vehicles

Working in the Texas A&M’s Cyberphysical Systems Laboratory, Dr. P.R.Kumar, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with graduate students Bharadwaj Satchidanandan and Woo-Hyun Ko, have applied the theory of dynamic watermarking of sensors in autonomous vehicles to prevent malicious attacks.

–Texas A&M University|2017-05-23

New Way to Test Self-Driving Cars Could Cut 99.9 Percent of Validation Costs

Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready

–University of Michigan|2017-05-23

Carcinogenic Soot Particles From Petrol Engines

First, diesel vehicles tainted their reputation with soot particles, then high nitric oxide emissions. So are owners of new gasoline cars environmentally friendly? Not always, says a new study led by Empa scientists: some direct-injection gasoline engines emit just as many soot particles as unfiltered diesel cars did in the past. Particle filters can remedy this.

–Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2017-05-23

Youth’s Use of Technology Drives Home Need for Evolution in Distracted Walking, Bicycling and Driving Policies

Distractions from technology have a detrimental effect on children’s crash risk as pedestrians and drivers.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2017-05-22

Researchers Find Computer Code That Volkswagen Used to Cheat Emissions Tests

An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act. During a year-long investigation, researchers found code that allowed a car’s onboard computer to determine that the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test.

–University of California San Diego|2017-05-22

Renewable Fuel, Concrete Beams, Enzyme's 3D Structure, and More in the Engineering News Source

The latest research and features in the Newswise Engineering News Source

– Newswise|2017-05-19

Ford Tackles Dwindling Sales with Speedy Management Layoff

–Cornell University|2017-05-16

Sleepy Drivers Make Dangerous Drivers: How to Stay Awake Behind the Wheel


Knowing the signs of becoming drowsy behind the wheel, many of which are similar to distracted and drunk driving, could potentially be lifesaving.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2017-05-02

Caught in the Act

As of October 2017, newly launched car models will have to pass more stringent exhaust gas tests in the EU and in Switzerland. The new test method includes measuring drives in actual traf-fic. Empa already tested currently available cars with the new method – with alarming results.

–Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2017-04-26

3 Small Energy Firms to Collaborate with PNNL


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is collaborating with three small businesses to address technical challenges concerning hydrogen for fuel cell cars, bio-coal and nanomaterial manufacturing.

–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2017-04-24

Survey: Nearly 60 Percent of Seniors Use Cell Phones While Driving


With April designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness month, a team of researchers at the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at University of California San Diego School of Medicine has released survey results describing the habits of senior drivers in California.

–University of California San Diego Health|2017-04-21

Nation’s Largest Clean Vehicle Awareness Event by WVU Joins World’s Largest Earth Day Event in Dallas


The National Odyssey Kickoff Event is set to take place during Earth Day Texas on April 20.

–West Virginia University|2017-04-19

Forcing a U-Turn on Tips Reverses Uber’s NYC Gains

–Cornell University|2017-04-19

ATV-Related Injuries in Children Remain Large Public Health Problem

All-terrain vehicle-related injuries remain a large public health problem in this country, with children more adversely affected than adults. According to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the major risk factors for young riders also are entirely preventable.

–Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|2017-04-14

Ho-Hum Hybrid Myth Shattered by New Gas-Electric Police Car

–Cornell University|2017-04-10

Plan to Reduce Air Pollution Chokes in Mexico City

In 2008, Mexico City added driving restrictions on Saturdays in hopes of moving the needle but according to new research by Lucas W. Davis, an associate professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, extending the program one more day also isn’t working.

–University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business|2017-03-30

Study Finds Parents’ Perceptions Play Key Role in Teens’ Driving Preparedness


Overall, parents believe their teens are safer than other drivers.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2017-03-24

Study Confirms Motorists Less Likely to Stop for Black Pedestrians


The research may help explain why people of color are disproportionately affected by fatal pedestrian crashes.

–University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)|2017-03-16

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