Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient.
–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2014-10-14
Ronald Kirchman has been named a Rehab Patient of the Year after making extraordinary progress following a serious motorcycle accident.
–Loyola University Health System|2014-10-08
Research has shown that drinking caffeinated beverages and listening to music are two popular fatigue-fighting measures that drivers take, but very few studies have tested the usefulness of those measures. New research evaluates which method, if either, can successfully combat driver fatigue.
–Human Factors and Ergonomics Society|2014-10-08
With autonomous vehicles entering our roadways as soon as with the next decade, researchers are developing strategies for the future use of autonomous vehicles in improving traffic flow.
Two new AAA-University of Utah studies show that despite public belief to the contrary, hands-free, voice-controlled automobile infotainment systems can distract drivers, although it is possible to design them to be safer. Apple's Siri and Chevrolet's MyLink were most distracting, while Toyota's Entune was least distracting.
–University of Utah|2014-10-07
An ambitious project is taking shape at Empa’s Laboratory for High Performance Ceramics: ceramic brake disks for compact cars. Empa scientists have teamed up with partners from Italy, Spain and Liechtenstein to develop the automobile technology of tomorrow. The only thing is: can the high-tech solution also be realized with a reasonable prize tag?
–Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2014-10-03
–Vanderbilt University Medical Center|2014-08-12
Parents play a direct role in distracted teen driving, with more than half of teens talking on cellphones with their mother or father while driving, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.
–American Psychological Association (APA)|2014-08-08
According to research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, when Chrysler closed a quarter of its dealerships as part of its bankruptcy filing in 2009, prices within a sales area went up the least at the dealerships nearest to the closed one.
–University of Chicago Booth School of Business|2014-08-07
Carmakers like Toyota have long touted the eco-friendly virtues of zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, but commercialization was hindered by the high cost of critical materials and infrastructure. Now, Toyota has cut costs by 90 percent and German industrial gases and engineering company Linde AG will start small-series production of hydrogen fueling stations. Some of the stations are slated to open in California as Toyota debuts its Highlander hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2015.
–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2014-08-04
States that allow officers to pull over a driver for texting while driving saw fewer deaths than those that use secondary enforcement of texting bans.
–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2014-07-25
The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts and cables. You might think that the engine resembles a patient in intensive care, but in this case, the patient is not sick. Instead, the elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion — significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.
–University of Wisconsin-Madison |2014-07-15
Nearly 1,500 of the world’s foremost fuels and combustion scientists and engineers will gather in San Francisco on Aug. 3-8 for the 35th International Symposium on Combustion, a biennial event sponsored by the Combustion Institute and locally organized this year by Sandia National Laboratories that will examine issues related to climate change, fuel efficiency, biofuels integration with combustion engines and other topics.
–Sandia National Laboratories|2014-07-14
At Caden’s Car Show, more than 50 classic, fun and state-of-the-art cars gathered on a hospital parking deck and valet entrance area for an exclusive show for the patients at the hospital.
–University of Michigan Health System|2014-07-12
A study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach.
–Sandia National Laboratories|2014-07-08
The Office of the Vice President for Research at Wayne State University announced today the finalization of a license agreement with a new start-up company, Detroit Materials, Inc., for a Wayne State University patented portfolio of high-strength low-alloy steels and cast irons for demanding applications in the defense, off-highway, tooling and automotive industries.
–Wayne State University Division of Research|2014-06-02