Saturday 15-Dec-2018

Recent Research

New Concrete Paving Machine to Improve the Quality of Roads


In the Russian Federation, the paved road network is growing 7 times less per million people than in the developed countries of Europe and in the USA. Because of the large and frequent defects of the road surface, the average speed of auto transport on Russian roads is 2-3 times slower than in the developed countries.

–South Ural State University|2018-12-10

Paving the way for more efficient hydrogen cars

Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit only water vapor from their tailpipes, offering a cleaner alternative to fossil-fuel-based transportation. But for hydrogen cars to become mainstream, scientists need to develop more efficient hydrogen-storage systems. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Chemistry of Materials have used metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) to set a new record for hydrogen storage capacity under normal operating conditions.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2018-12-05

Delivery demand driving pressure on urban freight capacity


More people are living and working in urban areas, increasing demand for deliveries in already congested neighborhoods. An Iowa State University researcher says expects the problem to get worse, especially with more retailers offering same-delivery.

–Iowa State University|2018-12-03

Group Acquires Patent for Retrofit Blind Spot Detection System


A team of Kennesaw State University alumni are aiming to make roadways safer after inventing a blind spot detection system that can be retrofitted to older vehicles.

–Kennesaw State University|2018-11-29

Expert: General Motors Will Have to Prove It’s ‘Impossible’ to Comply with UAW Collective Bargaining Agreement


–West Virginia University|2018-11-28

Relying on SUVs and Pickups is Risky for GM


–University of Alabama|2018-11-27

IU Kelley School expert explains changing market conditions leading up to GM announcement to close plants, lay off 14,000 people


–Indiana University|2018-11-27

GM job cuts a sign of changing driver preferences

–Cornell University|2018-11-27

Where You Go Tells Who You Are—and Vice Versa


Mining data to analyze tracking patterns, Civil Engineering Prof Sharon Di can infer the population travel demand level in a region from the trajectories of just a portion of travelers. She found three distinct groups whose demographics she could infer based on their travel patterns: seniors, who travel to a wider variety of places in a day; workers, who stay mostly at work or at home; parents, who visit more individual places in a day.

–Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science|2018-11-26

Arrogance, poor judgement at core of Ghosn’s misconduct

–Cornell University|2018-11-19

Combining real, virtual worlds improves driverless vehicle testing


Augmented reality technology can accelerate testing of connected and automated vehicles by 1,000 to 100,000 times, and reduce additional testing costs — beyond the price of physical vehicles—to almost zero, according to a new white paper published by Mcity.

–University of Michigan|2018-11-19

Rutgers Study Helps City Ban Large Trucks

Researchers team up with residents to provide scientific evidence that heavy truck traffic impacted a neighborhood’s air quality and compromised health

–Rutgers University-New Brunswick|2018-11-15

Great honor for research on vehicle emissions

This year's Swiss Aerosol Award goes to Maria Muñoz. The Empa researcher investigated the emission behavior of so-called GDI engines (gasoline-direct injection). Her results are alarming: GDI vehicles emit up to 17 times more carcinogenic substances than modern diesel vehicles.

–Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2018-11-08

UNH Receives Federal Funding to Create the Self-Driving Office of the Future


As cars become more automated, could commutes become productive—and safe—office hours? That’s the question University of New Hampshire researcher Andrew Kun and colleagues from four other institutions will explore with a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

–University of New Hampshire|2018-11-06

In the Wake of U.S. Policy Rollbacks, Electric Vehicles Roll On


The U.S. government’s 2011 fuel efficiency standards provided manufacturers with a roadmap for innovation. But, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have proposed changes to these standards, freezing 2020 fuel-efficiency levels and looking to roll back pre-established levels for 2021–26.

–University of Virginia Darden School of Business |2018-11-02

Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2018


ORNL story tips: ORNL’s simulation shows 40 percent fuel savings when cars drive themselves; colliding tin isotopes helps scientists better understand unstable nuclei in exploding stars; new method to control HVACs in buildings provides grid stability, occupant comfort; AK Steel uses neutrons to see how new steel for vehicle components performs during various manufacturing processes.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2018-11-01

Study Buckles Down on Child Car Seat Use in Ride-Share Vehicles


The average Uber or Lyft vehicle does not generally come equipped with a car seat, and only in certain cities is it an option to request one.

–Virginia Tech|2018-11-01

New driverless car technology could make traffic lights and speeding tickets obsolete


New driverless car technologies developed at a University of Delaware lab could lead to a world without traffic lights and speeding tickets. Researchers hope the innovations will bring about the development of driverless cars that use 19 to 22 percent less fuel.

–University of Delaware|2018-10-26

WVU team selected to compete in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge


Seeking to build off its second-place finish in the final year of the EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University was one of 12 to be selected for the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, which will feature the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform.

–West Virginia University|2018-10-26

ORNL demonstrates 120-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles


Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles—providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station fill-up.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2018-10-19

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