Thursday 19-Jan-2017

Recent Research

Expert on the Ethics That Drive Decisions by Autonomous Vehicles


–University of California, Irvine|2017-01-11

Expert on the Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles Available for Comment on Stories, Including Those About Self-Driving Car Startup Waymo

–University of Delaware|2017-01-11

Police Sobriety Checkpoints Can Reduce Drunk Driving Better Than Increased Penalties

Driving while impaired (DWI) causes more than 10,000 deaths per year in the United States. Although enforcing criminal sanctions for DWI is the traditional response, the success of these measures has been inconsistent. This study looked at risk perceptions as a method of reducing the frequency of DWI - in other words, whether the threat of being apprehended for DWI can deter people from engaging in this behavior.

–Research Society on Alcoholism|2017-01-05

The Electrochemical Society with Toyota North America 2017-2018 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship for Projects in Green Energy Technology


ECS, in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.

–The Electrochemical Society|2017-01-04

Study: While Painful, Surge Pricing Is Still a Good Deal


New research from Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School shows price hikes in ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft during peak use times, such as New Year’s Eve, can actually benefit both drivers and consumers.

–Washington University in St. Louis|2016-12-28

Gonzaga Engineering Students’ Research Helps Advance Cars of Future


SPOKANE, Wash. – The future is now for a dozen Gonzaga University senior engineering students who are gaining hands-on research experience with “connected vehicles.” The technology is expected to form a high-tech communication infrastructure that will enhance traffic safety and improve the effectiveness of driverless cars.

–Gonzaga University|2016-12-14

FAU to Receive Millions from U.S. Department of Transportation to Improve Florida’s and the Nation’s Mobility of People and Goods


Whether it’s planes, trains or automobiles, the nation’s transportation systems are growing rapidly and present a number of challenges related to safety as well as sustainability. FAU will receive $1.4 million per year from the United States Department of Transportation, for five years, for its Freight Mobility Research Institute, housed within FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

–Florida Atlantic University|2016-12-14

Study Finds Biking in Chicago Is Faster Than Public Transportation, Uber


It is often faster to ride a bicycle through Chicago than to take an Uber or public transportation, find researchers at DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. In a new study, “Policies for Pedaling,” researchers track the relative speed of bicycle travel, analyze the behavior of cyclists and recommend policy changes that would accommodate the growing popularity of cycling on city streets.

–DePaul University|2016-12-12

It's Basic: Alternative Fuel Cell Technology Reduces Cost


The University of Delaware's Yushan Yan believes that fuel-cell vehicles are the way to develop zero-emission vehicles. To make the process cheaper, they're developing alternative technology, the hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cell (HEMFC), because of its inherent cost advantages.

–University of Delaware|2016-12-12

Scientists Determine How Much Damage Memory Devices Can Take in Mass Transit Accidents

While investigating mass transit accidents, especially in air travel, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials often rely on digital clues left behind in flash memories of any and all electronic devices—both personal and professional—at a crash site. With the physical forces and high-temperature fires associated with many crashes, memory units are often damaged and sometimes unreadable. Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have figured out how much damage memory units can sustain before becoming unreadable and new repair techniques to retrieve clues off of damaged units, which might help prevent future tragedies.

–Binghamton University, State University of New York|2016-12-08

Program Helps Teens 'Get the Message' About Distracted Driving

A program to educate teens about distracted driving—including a tour of a hospital trauma center and testimony from a trauma survivor—can increase awareness of the dangers of texting, cell phone use, and other distractions while driving, reports a study in the Journal of Trauma Nursing, official publication of the Society of Trauma Nurses.

–Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins|2016-11-28

How Much Attention Do Drivers Need to Pay?

MiRA, which takes a systems view of the driver in the context of the environment, represents a step toward the detection and classification of inattention.

–Human Factors and Ergonomics Society|2016-11-18

U-M Offers Open-Access Automated Cars to Advance Driverless Research

New University of Michigan research vehicles will be open testbeds for academic and industry researchers to rapidly test self-driving and connected vehicle technologies at a world-class proving ground.

–University of Michigan|2016-11-15

What Factors Are Influencing Electric Vehicle Purchases in China?


In 2014, the 74,763 new energy vehicles sold accounted for only 0.3 percent of total automobile sales in China that year. So a group of researchers set out to find out what motivates or influences consumer to purchase electric vehicles within seven cities in China. They report their findings this week in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

–American Institute of Physics (AIP)|2016-11-15

Empa Innovation Award for New Flame Retardant

The Empa Innovation Award 2016 went to chemist Sabyasachi Gaan and his team. The researchers were recognized for the development of new, non-toxic and environmentally friendly fireproofing agents for the production of flame retard polyurethane foams, which are used in mattresses, seat upholstery and insulation modules for house façades, for instance. The prize was awarded on November 8 against the backdrop of the Empa Technology and Innovation Forum.

–Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2016-11-09

Steering Software Drives Audi Emission Scandal

–Cornell University|2016-11-07

A New Report on private sector cybersecurity, Grant to Protect Internet Of Things Tech, Weakness in Common Computer Chip, All in the Cybersecurity News Source

The latest research and features on cybersecurity in the Cybersecurity News Source

– Newswise|2016-11-02

New U.S. Robotics Roadmap Calls for Increased Regulations, Education and Research

A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released Oct. 31 calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document also advocates for increased research efforts in the field of human-robot interaction to develop intelligent machines that will empower people to stay in their homes as they age. It calls for increased education efforts in the STEM fields from elementary school to adult learners

–University of California San Diego|2016-11-02

Panel of Professors Gives UBER a Grade of ‘C’ for ‘Self-Serving’ Endorsement of Nevada Assemblyman

Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership and the American Marketing Association administered a Real Time Expert Poll © asking a panel of business professors to grade Uber on its move to support the re-election of republican candidate Derek Armstrong with a campaign encouraging voters to “Uber” to polls and cast their vote.

–Drexel University|2016-11-02

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