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MSU Contributes to Autonomous-Vehicle Research

At Michigan State University, researchers are involved in the work that will someday make self-driving vehicles not just a reality, but commonplace.

–Michigan State University|2016-09-29

Older Adults No Slower Than Young Adults at Taking Control of Semi-Autonomous Vehicles

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New research from North Carolina State University finds that older adults have comparable response times to young adults when tasked with taking control of a semi-autonomous vehicle.

–North Carolina State University|2016-09-29

First-Ever 3D Printed Excavator Project Advances Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing R&D

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Heavy construction machinery is the focus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s latest advance in additive manufacturing research. With industry partners and university students, ORNL researchers are designing and producing the world’s first 3D printed excavator, a prototype that will leverage large-scale AM technologies and explore the feasibility of printing with metal alloys.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2016-09-28

Energy Drink Use, with or Without Alcohol, Contributes to Drunk Driving

Highly caffeinated energy drinks (EDs) have been of concern to the public-health community for almost a decade. Many young people consume EDs with alcohol to decrease alcohol’s sedative effects and stay awake longer, enabling them to drink more alcohol. Adding to the growing body of research linking ED consumption with risk-taking and alcohol-related problems, this study examined its relationship with drunk driving. Importantly, the researchers differentiated between the different ways in which EDs are consumed: exclusively with alcohol, exclusively without alcohol, or both with and without alcohol depending on the occasion.

–Research Society on Alcoholism|2016-09-27

Study: Vehicle Mileage Tax Is Best Option for Long-Term Highway Funding

A study that forecasts state and federal fuel tax revenues based on different fuel taxation policies found adoption of a vehicle mileage tax would best meet highway construction needs in the long run.

–Indiana University|2016-09-26

World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector, What to Expect From the Coming Quantum Era and More in the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP

Click here to go directly to the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP.

– Newswise|2016-09-26

University of Minnesota Study Measures Effects of Congestion on Access to Jobs by Car

New research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs for the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States.

–University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering|2016-09-20

VW Emissions Cheat May Lead to 50 Premature Deaths, $423 Million in Economic Costs: Study

Beginning in 2008, Volkswagen installed software to circumvent emissions testing by turning off the nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions control system in real-world driving in nearly half a million cars. A new analysis using a tool developed and used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess the health and economic impacts related to air quality calculates that a single year of elevated emissions from the affected VW vehicles could lead to as many as 50 premature deaths, 3,000 lost workdays, and $423 million in economic costs.

–Columbia University Medical Center|2016-09-20

One Year After Volkswagen Scandal WVU Researchers Look to the Future of Emissions Technology

On most days, the air seems to vibrate at a higher frequency in the labs of West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions. This week, the work of the center’s engineers, technicians and students is particularly busy. One year after the biggest scandal in automotive history, stakeholders from across the industry are gathering in Morgantown to discuss the future of emissions technology.

–West Virginia University|2016-09-19

Study of Fatal Car Accidents Suggests Medical Marijuana May Be Helping Curb Opioid Use

Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found there were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect.

–Columbia University Medical Center|2016-09-15

Despite Recent Incidents, Driver-Assist Technology Will Save Lives

–Cornell University|2016-09-15

New Tech to Boost Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range

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Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new type of inverter device with greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package – which will improve the fuel-efficiency and range of hybrid and electric vehicles.

–North Carolina State University|2016-09-15

Transportation Veteran Dr. David Yang to Head AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. C. Y. David Yang, a leading expert in transportation and traffic safety research, has been selected to be the new executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Dr. Yang joins the Foundation after having served most recently as the Human Factors Team Leader with the Federal Highway Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he transformed the Human Factors Laboratory into a world-class research facility with state-of-the-art tools and top-notch researchers.

–AAA|2016-09-12

Department of Energy Funds Research on Optoelectronic Devices

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The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $599,901 to University of Arkansas engineering researchers to continue developing an “optocoupler” – a packaged light emitter and detector – to improve the performance of electric vehicles.

–University of Arkansas, Fayetteville|2016-09-08

V2G Technology Developed by University of Delaware Now Up and Running in Denmark

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The University of Delaware’s platform for integrating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is now operating in Denmark, creating a new V2G commercial hub outside the U.S. that is poised to expand. Ten electric cars and ten vehicle-to-grid charging stations are now providing commercial V2G services.

–University of Delaware|2016-08-29

Driving on Instinct: Self-Driving Vehicles Are Making Inroads

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–Kennesaw State University|2016-08-23

New Class of Fuel Cells Offer Increased Flexibility, Lower Cost

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A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.

–Los Alamos National Laboratory|2016-08-23

New Technology May Give Electric Car Drivers More Miles Per Minute of Charging

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Researchers have designed a thin plastic membrane that stops rechargeable batteries from discharging when not in use and allows for rapid recharging. It could find applications in high powered “supercapacitors” for electric cars and even help prevent the kinds of fires that plagued some models of hoverboards recently.

–Ohio State University|2016-08-23

“Ideal” Energy Storage Material for Electric Vehicles Developed

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The goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists.

–Penn State Materials Research Institute|2016-08-22

How Cars Could Meet Future Emissions Standards: Focus on Cold Starts

Car emissions is a high-stakes issue, as last year’s Volkswagen scandal demonstrated. Pressure to meet tightening standards led the carmaker to cheat on emissions tests. But wrongdoing aside, how are automakers going to realistically meet future, tougher emissions requirements to reduce their impact on the climate? Researchers report today that a vehicle’s cold start — at least in gasoline-powered cars — is the best target for future design changes.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2016-08-22

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