Automotive and Transportation News
May 20, 2019

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New Material Could Unlock Potential for Hydrogen Powered Vehicle Revolution

An international team of researchers has discovered a new material made from manganese hydride that would be used to make molecular sieves within fuel tanks - which store the hydrogen and work ... read more

Distracted Driving More Frequent Among Millennial Than Older Parents

Investigators sought to understand and compare the texting and driving patterns of millennial parents versus older ... read more
Hydrogen is a clean and renewable energy carrier that can power vehicles, with water as the only emission. Unfortunately, ... read more
A new study of the environmental sustainability impacts of flying cars, formally known as electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs, finds that they wouldn't ... read more
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A Metal Sheet Stamping Simulation Promises Improved Car Part Production

A research team has used the most up-to-date simulation techniques to determine how to make the best tools to stamp complex shapes into metal sheets without the resulting parts twisting out of shape. ... read more

Engineers Develop Concept for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks

Researchers have devised a new way of powering heavy-duty trucks that could drastically curb pollution, increase efficiency, and reduce or even eliminate their net greenhouse gas ... read more

Think Female Race Car Drivers Aren't Fit Enough? Think Again

In the world of racing, the debate on whether women are as fit as men behind the wheel can often become heated. A new study has now demonstrated that women drivers, even with 10 years less ... read more

Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects

Researchers have demonstrated a different type of ranging system for radar that possesses superior range resolution and is almost completely free of bandwidth limitations. The technology has ... read more

How to Make Self-Driving Cars Safer on Roads

Researchers tackles a long-standing problem for autonomous vehicle developers: testing the system's perception algorithms, which allow the car to 'understand' what it ... read more

In order to make autonomous cars navigate more safely in difficult conditions -- like icy roads -- researchers are developing new control systems that learn from real-world driving experiences while ... read more

New, More Realistic Simulator Will Improve Self-Driving Vehicle Safety Before Road Testing

Scientists have developed data-driven simulation technology that combines photos, videos, real-world trajectory, and behavioral data into a scalable, realistic autonomous driving ... read more

Cities Rethink Parking as Ride-Hailing Grows and Parking Revenue Declines

A new study found that people who use ride-hailing are willing to pay more to avoid driving, including the stress and cost of parking. As a result, cities are seeing a reduction in parking demand, ... read more

New Wheel Units Could Bring Vehicle Costs Down

Vehicles could be affordably produced for a wide variety of specialized purposes using a sophisticated wheel ... read more

New Technology Accelerates the Science of Deceleration

While it's not a case of reinventing the wheel, researchers are looking at ways to improve standard braking equipment on trains and cars. By mixing carbon fibers into polymer-based brakes, ... read more

Autonomous Vehicles Could Be an Environmental Boon or Disaster, Depending on Public Policy

Widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could either massively increase or drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions depending, in large part, on public policy, according to new ... read more

Engineers Develop Inexpensive, Smart Stop Sign to Improve Driver Safety

According to the US Department of Transportation, more than half of all roadway fatalities occur on rural roads. Now engineers are building and testing a low-cost, self-powered thermal system that ... read more

Distracted Drivers 29 Times More Likely to Wreck in a Highway Work Zone

Highway work zone crashes happen every 5.4 minutes. Now, a new study says an inattentive driver is 29 times more likely to cause a collision or near collision in a work ... read more

Weather-Responsive Intersections Could Ease Traffic Congestion

Cities could ease congestion and improve safety during snowstorms by tweaking the timing of traffic lights to take road conditions into ... read more

The First Look at How Hacked Self-Driving Cars Would Affect New York City Traffic

Researchers have analyzed the real-time effect of a large-scale hack on automobiles in a major urban environment. Using percolation theory, they analyzed how a large, disseminated hack on automobiles ... read more

High-Powered Fuel Cell Boosts Electric-Powered Submersibles, Drones

Engineers have developed a high-powered fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today's commercial fuel cells. It could power underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric ... read more

Automated Speed Enforcement Doesn't Just Reduce Collisions -- It Helps Reduce Crime

It's widely accepted that automated photo enforcement programs targeting speeding help reduce collisions and promote safe driving. Now a new study suggests they can also significantly reduce ... read more

Porous Carbon Fiber Research One Step Closer to Use in Automotive Industry

An update on recently reported research on porous carbon fibers shows how this material can be used in an industrial setting, marking an important step from the theoretical to ... read more

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

By zeroing in on humans' gait, body symmetry and foot placement, researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than current ... read more

Research Will Help Urban Planners Prioritize Bike Lanes

A new virtual tool could help planners choose the best places to install bikes lanes in cities. The data-based tool builds on previous research that validated the safety benefits of bike lanes for ... read more

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