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Automotive and Transportation News
September 29, 2020

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Research Helps People, Lunar Rovers, Get There on Time

A graduate student relied on the bus system to get to class. He wanted to understand why, despite arriving at the bus stop on time, he was sometimes late to class. He developed a tool that considers ...

Security Software for Autonomous Vehicles

Before autonomous vehicles participate in road traffic, they must demonstrate conclusively that they do not pose a danger to others. New software prevents accidents by predicting different variants ...

Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles Are Becoming Longer Lasting

An international research team has succeeded in developing an electrocatalyst for hydrogen fuel cells which, in contrast to the catalysts commonly used today, does not require a carbon carrier and is ...

Drivers Respond to Pre-Crash Warnings With Levels of Attentive 'Gaze'

Engineers conducted open road testing of three collision avoidance systems and demonstrated that a drivers' visual behavior in response to an alert generated from a collision avoidance system can be ...
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Comprehensive Look at US Fuel Economy Standards Show Big Savings on Fuel and Emissions

A new study finds that over their 40-year history, fuel economy standards in the United States have helped reduce reliance on foreign oil producers, saved $5 trillion in fuel costs and prevented 14 ...

A Small Number of Self-Organizing Autonomous Vehicles Significantly Increases Traffic Flow

With the addition of just a small number of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on the road, traffic flow can become faster, greener, and safer in the near future. Researchers present a simple set of ...

Study Finds Younger and Older Drivers More Likely to Drive Older, Less Safe Vehicles

A new study found that teen drivers and drivers 65 years and older - two age groups at a higher risk of being involved in an automobile accident - are more likely to be driving vehicles that are less ...

Will Automated Vehicles Cut Parking Revenue?

Researchers used Seattle as a case study to find the association between TNC trips and on-street parking occupancy. They found that up to a certain point, more Uber trips meant more parking ...

Do Bicycles Slow Down Cars on Low Speed, Low Traffic Roads? Latest Research Says 'No'

New research demonstrates that bicycles do not significantly reduce passenger car travel speeds on low speed, low volume urban roads without bicycle lanes. The research shows that differences in ...

Research Determines Financial Benefit from Driving Electric Vehicles

Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new ...

New Research Leads to Drones Changing Shape Mid-Flight

Engineers have developed autonomous air vehicles that can change shape during ...

Reducing the Risk of Space Debris Collision

Scientists model the complex rendezvous manoeuvers a tug vehicle clearing space debris would have to undergo to mitigate the risk of collision at the moment of ...

Engineers Develop New Fuel Cells With Twice the Operating Voltage as Hydrogen

Engineers have developed high-power, direct borohydride fuel cells that operate at double the voltage of conventional hydrogen fuel ...

Making More Data Available for Training Self-Driving Cars

For safety's sake, a self-driving car must accurately track the movement of pedestrians, bicycles and other vehicles around it. Training those tracking systems may now be more effective thanks ...

A New Family of Nanocars Ready for the Next Nano 'Grand Prix'

Researchers have developed a new family of nanocars ready to compete on a gold surface against the 9 other teams selected for the 2nd Nanocar Race in ...

Stiffer Roadways Could Improve Truck Fuel Efficiency

A theoretical study suggests that small changes in roadway paving practices could reduce that efficiency loss, potentially eliminating a half-percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the ...

Slow Down: Reduced Speed Limits Save Lives in Busy Cities

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of non-natural deaths worldwide. Lower speed limits may help prevent accidents. But speed-reduction policies can be controversial and effects are not well ...

Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects

It's important that self-driving cars quickly detect other cars or pedestrians sharing the road. Researchers have shown that they can significantly improve detection accuracy by helping the ...

Researchers Advance Fuel Cell Technology

Researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines ...

Can Interactive Technology Ease Urban Traffic Jams?

Traffic congestion is a serious problem in the United States, but a new analysis shows that interactive technology -- ranging from 511 traffic information systems and roadside cameras to traffic apps ...

Algorithmic Autos

Connected and automated vehicles use technology such as sensors, cameras and advanced control algorithms to adjust their operation to changing conditions with little or no input from drivers. A ...

Bike Commuting Accelerated When Bike-Share Systems Rolled Into Town

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in cities where bike-share systems have been introduced, bike commuting increased by 20%, according to a new ...

Fiber Optics Capture Seismic Signatures of the Rose Parade

Interesting signatures of the Rose Parade were captured by fiber optic telecommunications cable lying below the parade route. Researchers describe how they converted these dark or 'unused' ...

Fossil Fuel-Free Jet Propulsion With Air Plasmas

Humans depend on fossil fuels as their primary energy source, especially in transportation. However, fossil fuels are both unsustainable and unsafe, serving as the largest source of greenhouse gas ...

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