Wednesday 19-Feb-2020

Recent Research

Britain’s ambitious shift to electric vehicles poised to have dramatic health, environmental impacts

–Cornell University|2020-02-06

Energy storage startup SPARKZ licenses ORNL cobalt-free battery tech


Energy storage startup SPARKZ Inc. has exclusively licensed five battery technologies from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed to eliminate cobalt metal in lithium-ion batteries. The advancement is aimed at accelerating the production of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions for the power grid.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2020-02-05

‘Spring forward’ to daylight saving time brings surge in fatal car crashes

A new analysis of nearly 733,000 fatal car accidents found they rise 6% in the week following the switch to daylight saving time. The authors say abolishing time changes would improve public health.

–University of Colorado Boulder|2020-02-04

LLNL computer scientists explore deep learning to improve efficiency of ride-hailing and autonomous electric vehicles


Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are preparing the future of commuter traffic by applying Deep Reinforcement Learning — the same kind of goal-driven algorithms that have defeated video game experts and world champions in the strategy game Go — to determine the most efficient strategy for charging and driving electric vehicles used for ride-sharing services.

–Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory|2020-02-04

Autonomous pods SWARM together like bees in world first demonstration


Autonomous pods born in Coventry are now able to swarm together in a world first, thanks to research by WMG at the University of Warwick in partnership with Aurrigo and Milton Keynes council.

–University of Warwick|2020-01-30

Robotic Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Notorious Antarctic Glacier


These are the first-ever images taken at the foundations of the glacier that inspires more fear of sea-level rise than any other - Thwaites Glacier. The grounding line is integral to Thwaites' fate and that of the world's coastlines.

–Georgia Institute of Technology|2020-01-28

The great e-scooter hack


Micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters, zip in and out of traffic. In San Antonio alone, over 12,000 scooters are on the road. For this reason, micromobility is seen as an alleviating trend to help tackle traffic congestion.

–University of Texas at San Antonio|2020-01-27

Efforts to improve vehicle fuel efficiency may come at a high cost to the climate, public health

New automotive technology that promises enhanced fuel efficiency may have a serious downside, including significant climate and public health impacts, according to research from the University of Georgia College of Engineering.

–University of Georgia|2020-01-23

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Autism and Transportation Issues

–Rutgers University-New Brunswick|2020-01-22

Used Nissan LEAF batteries given “second life” thanks to WMG, University of Warwick


The ability to reuse high numbers of Electric Vehicle Lithium Ion batteries for domestic and industrial use is becoming a reality for Nissan thanks to a new grading system developed by researchers at WMG, University of Warwick.

–University of Warwick|2020-01-21

MITRE Unveils Laboratory Focused on Autonomous Technology


In MITRE's Mobile Autonomous Systems Experimentation (MASE) Laboratory, team are researching ways to accelerate advanced autonomous technology and provide objective perspective and recommendations for broad impact in multiple domains, including drones, commercial aircraft, tanks, and self-driving vehicles.


Who’s Liable? The AV or the human driver?


Researchers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia Law School have developed a joint fault-based liability rule that can be used to regulate both self-driving car manufacturers and human drivers. They propose a game-theoretic model that describes the strategic interactions among the law maker, the self-driving car manufacturer, the self-driving car, and human drivers, and examine how, as the market penetration of AVs increases, the liability rule should evolve.

–Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science|2020-01-14

Wayne State University to address urgent need for STEM educators

Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, Wayne State University announced it is launching the Metro Detroit Teaching Residency for Urban Excellence (TRUE) Project, an innovative multi-sector partnership that aims to positively impact student learning, address the critical shortage of STEM teachers, and support the region’s workforce development. The $2.5 million project will target recent graduates and mid-career professionals with STEM expertise in the metro Detroit region, especially those in the automotive and technology industries who may be impacted by recent and planned plant closures.

–Wayne State University Division of Research|2020-01-13

Unique Immersive Simulator Tests ‘Trust’ Between Humans and Self-driving Cars


The issue of trust is a primary challenge for industry professionals trying to popularize the use of fully autonomous systems. FAU researchers have developed a unique immersive simulator that provides a convincingly lifelike virtual reality simulation to test trust between humans and self-driving cars.

–Florida Atlantic University|2020-01-09

When Automotive Assembly Plants Close, Deaths from Opioid Overdoses Rise

Closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to increases in deaths from opioid overdose, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts General Hospital. The findings highlight fading economic opportunity as a driving factor in the ongoing national opioid epidemic, and build on previous research that links declining participation in the labor force to increased opioid use in the U.S. The findings are published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

–Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |2019-12-30

Sleep & Endurance Performance, Female Racers, Reducing Falls, Youth Fitness & More from the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Science®

If you're looking for health and fitness story ideas, view these research highlights from Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, ACSM’s flagship journal.

–American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)|2019-12-20

Novel PPPL invention could improve the efficiency of car and truck engines while reducing pollutants


PPPL invention could improve efficiency of engines while reducing pollutants.

–Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory|2019-12-18

Hackensack University Medical Center Traffic Safety Challenge Awards Recognize High Schools Promoting Seatbelt Usage and Safe Driving Behaviors


The fall challenge was designed to help teens become safer drivers and passengers by encouraging the use of seat belts in both the front and back seats as well as avoiding risky driving behaviors, such as texting or talking on a handheld phone while driving, speeding and drinking and driving. The program was developed by the Drive Smart Foundation and is funded with a grant from State Farm insurance company.

–Hackensack Meridian Health|2019-12-18

How vulnerable is your car to cyberattacks?

New research from Michigan State University is the first to apply criminal justice theory to smart vehicles, revealing cracks in the current system leading to potential cyber risks.

–Michigan State University|2019-12-17

Smart intersections could cut autonomous car congestion

A new study by Cornell researchers developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase autonomous car capacity on urban streets of the future, reduce congestion and minimize accidents.

–Cornell University|2019-12-16

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