Sunday 21-Oct-2018

Recent Research

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

Blue Ribbon Panel: Now is the Time to Consider Child Passenger Safety in Self-Driving Vehicles


With self-driving cars poised to revolutionize America’s roadways and vehicle safety, top safety experts are calling upon developers of autonomous or self-driving vehicles to take immediate action to protect the safety of child passengers.

–Safe Kids Worldwide|2018-10-18

American Roads Not Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles, HFES Policy Statement Says

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress press for removing safety regulations in order to fast-track the introduction of highly automated vehicles, human factors/ergonomics experts recommend requiring important testing and driver support. A newly released statement from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) shows how to make autonomous vehicles safer.

–Human Factors and Ergonomics Society|2018-10-16

Some like it cryogenic


Sandia National Laboratories is helping design the next generation of hydrogen fueling stations so that they're as safe as conventional gas stations.

–Sandia National Laboratories|2018-10-15

Applying Auto Industry’s Fuel-Efficiency Standards to Agriculture Could Net Billions in Corn Sector, Researchers Conclude

Adopting benchmarks similar to the fuel-efficiency standards used by the auto industry in the production of fertilizer could yield $5-8 billion in economic benefits for the U.S. corn sector alone, researchers have concluded in a new analysis.

–New York University|2018-10-15

Missouri S&T researchers win multimillion dollar grant to build fast-charging stations for electric cars


Researchers from Missouri S&T and three private companies will combine their expertise to create charging stations for electric vehicles that could charge a car in less than 10 minutes – matching the time it takes to fill up a conventional vehicle with gasoline.“The big problem with electric vehicles is range, and it’s not so much range as range anxiety.

–Missouri University of Science and Technology|2018-10-11

To Crash or To Swerve? New Study Reveals Which Actions Taken by Self-Driving Cars are Morally Defensible

A new study, “How should autonomous cars drive? A preference for defaults in moral judgments under risk and uncertainty,” published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal addressed this challenge by asking the public what they believed would be the most morally and ethically sound behavior for an autonomous vehicle (AV) faced with an oncoming collision. Even a perfectly functioning AV will not be able to avoid every collision and in some situations, every option will result in some type of crash.

–Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)|2018-10-09

Detecting Anomalies on a Car Computer Network


Using machine learning techniques, American University Computer Science Professor Nathalie Japkowicz and her colleagues designed a way to detect unusual activity in a car’s computer system. Unusual activity could signal a cyberattack.

–American University|2018-10-05

Battery testing and prototyping facility grows to meet demand for next-generation technologies


Argonne recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expanded Cell Analysis, Modeling and Prototyping (CAMP) facility.

–Argonne National Laboratory|2018-10-05

University of Minnesota awarded federal grant to research autonomous vehicles


The University of Minnesota has received a $1.75 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study autonomous vehicles as part of the NSF's Smart & Connected Communities grant program.

–University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering|2018-10-05

New Electric Car Charger is More Efficient, 10 Times Smaller Than Current Tech


A new electric vehicle fast charger is at least 10 times smaller than existing systems and wastes 60 percent less power during the charging process, without sacrificing the charging time.

–North Carolina State University|2018-10-03

5G wireless tech to give spark to virtual reality, autonomous vehicles and more

–Cornell University|2018-10-02

Self-Heating, Fast-Charging Battery Makes Electric Vehicles Climate-Immune


Californians do not purchase electric vehicles because they are cool, they buy EVs because they live in a warm climate. Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit

–Penn State Materials Research Institute|2018-08-23

Expert Can Speak to the Media About Competition and Innovation in Automotive Markets in Light of the Proposed Roll Back Fuel Economy Standards


–Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)|2018-08-03

More Than a Climate Issue: American Auto Industry May Lose Competitive Edge with Lower Emissions Standards

–Cornell University|2018-08-02

Trump Administration to Roll Back Fuel Economy Standards--Tufts Public Health Expert on Air Pollution and Health Impact

–Tufts University|2018-08-02

Air Pollution Expert Available to Discuss the Impact of Rolling Back the Fuel Economy Mandate


Michelle Fanucchi, Ph.D., is a public health expert who specializes in air and water pollution.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2018-08-02

Engineers Use Tiki Torches in Study of Soot, Diesel Filters


Chemical engineers are using the summer staple in testing methods to improve efficiency of diesel engines.

–University of Notre Dame|2018-07-26

American Companies Dominate 2018 Kogod Made in America Auto Index as Tariff Concerns Loom

As tariffs and trade wars engulf business headlines, American auto companies continue to manufacture the majority of their cars in the USA, according to the 2018 Kogod Made in America Auto Index.

–American University|2018-07-24

UNLV, GOED, and Fraunhofer Team Up to Position Las Vegas as Autonomous Mobility Leader

The three organizations will collaborate to research and develop new autonomous transportation solutions for Southern Nevada.

–University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)|2018-07-23

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