• New tech that helps drivers steer clear of ditches and drops

    New tech that helps drivers steer clear of ditches and drops

    Driving in rural areas can be tricky when unmarked road edges become ragged and give way to open land, muddy ditches and sheer drops. Driving at night – in unlit areas especially – can be a challenge too. Most road fatalities in Europe occur on rural roads and – unlike in urban areas – car occupants make up the biggest share of those fatalities. Now Ford has introduced new technology to help make rural driving easier. Road Edge Detection scans the road ahead and can gently steer the vehicle back on track when needed. However, the company adds that "driver assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgement and need to control the vehicle.". How it works Designed for use on rural roads at speeds of 45-70mph / 70-112kph, Road Edge Detection uses a camera located below the rearview mirror to monitor road edges 50m in front of the vehicle and 7m to the side. Where a paved road becomes a soft verge, gravel hard shoulder or grass, the system provides gentle steering support as required to prevent the vehicle from drifting off the carriageway. The system features an advanced algorithm, added to Ford’s existing Lane-Keeping Aid, that determines when there are clear structural changes from the road to the area beside the road. It can also provide steering support on marked roads when the lane marking is obscured or hidden by snow, leaves or rain. If the driver is still close to the edge following initial steering support, the system vibrates the steering wheel, to prompt the driver to steer. At night, the system uses the illumination from the headlights and functions as effectively as during the day. Rural roads can be every bit as challenging for drivers as urban streets – especially for those who may be unfamiliar with their route. Road Edge Detection helps alleviate one concern to make journeys more comfortable and easier. ──


    WHAT IS A HYDROGEN FUEL CELL? A HYDROGEN FUEL CELL is an electrochemical power generator that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, with water and heat as by-products. Simply put, hydrogen fuel cells form energy that can be used to power anything from commercial vehicles to drones. HYDROGEN FUEL CELL (HFC) TECHNOLOGY offers a clean and reliable alternative energy source to customers in a growing number of applications – electric vehicles including forklifts, delivery vans and cars, primary and backup power for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential buildings, and more futuristic-sounding applications like drones and mobile phone recharging. The U.S. Department of Energy and the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Education Association (FCHEA) are two organizations working with the fuel cell industry to promote the technology across a growing number of commercial applications. HFC TECHNOLOGY EXPLAINED How does a fuel cell work? A fuel cell is composed of three main components:an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte membrane. Some people even call them a “fuel cell battery.” The “magic” of the PEM fuel cell is its proton exchange membrane, which looks like a piece of construction paper. It works by passing hydrogen through the anode side and oxygen through the cathode side. At the anode site, the hydrogen molecules are split into electrons and protons. The protons pass through the electrolyte membrane, while the electrons are forced through a circuit, generating an electric current and excess heat. At the cathode, the protons, electrons, and oxygen combine to produce water molecules. Fuel cells are very clean, with their only by-products being electricity, a little heat, and water. Additionally, as HFCs do not have any moving parts, they operate very quietly. ADVANTAGES & BENEFITS – 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FUEL CELLS ZERO EMISSION POWER. HFCs produce no harmful emissions, eliminating the costs associated with handling and storing toxic materials like battery acid or diesel fuel. In fact, when fueled with pure hydrogen, the only by-products are heat and water, making this a zero-emission sustainable power source. HFCs are a part of many well-planned corporate sustainability programs. Hydrogen fuel cell products utilize environmentally-benign hydrogen as a fuel source, which eliminates the environmental impact of fuel spillage, leaks or air pollution and results in simplified zoning requirements. Because of this, they are exempted from the very stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) and a number of other states’ emission permitting requirements. ROBUST RELIABILITY. HFCs have proven themselves against tough conditions including cold environments as low as -40 degrees F/C, weather environments like hurricanes, deserts and winter storms, and even the hard-working business environments of material handling warehouses. IMPROVED EFFICIENCY. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, HFCs are generally between 40–60% en...
  • Engine is not the first cost of automobile production, and the electronic system has gradually become an important part!

    Engine is not the first cost of automobile production, and the electronic system has gradually become an important part!

    In the past, the largest proportion of automobile production cost was 30% of the power system, followed by 20% of the transmission and steering system, while the rest of the vehicles body, chassis, suspension, brake, electronic parts and other equipment shared the remaining 50%. However, with the development of technology, the proportion of electronic equipment is no longer the same. According to foreign research, automobile electronic equipment has accounted for the overall production 40% of the cost by 2017 will even reach 45% by 2030. In the future, you will buy a mobile electronic product. According to the semiconductor white paper released by Deloitte, the demand for electronic parts in the automobile industry is increasing year by year. The cost of electronic parts in automobile production has increased from 18% in 2000 to 20% in 2007, and reached 40% by 2017. The reason is that the common digital instruments, touch screens, active safety protection systems, electric steering machines, intelligent headlights, etc. Technology has boosted the number of electronic chips. The report points out that the semiconductor industry has jumped to a point in the automotive supply chain. In 2013, the total cost of electronic chips was about 312 US dollars, which has been raised to 400 US dollars so far. It is estimated that by 2022 it will be more than 600 US dollars. After all, the trend of the electric vehicle is obvious. Its functions of battery, motor, automatic driving system, vehicle communication network interface will gradually become popular, especially for self-driving. To achieve the level 4 goal, the sensors installed around the car body will have 24 modules. Without these chips to support your vehicle, you may not be able to drive. Therefore, the high growth of electronic equipment has gradually reshaped the automobile industry. ──
  • Flying cars are about to become a part of life, flying a taxi is not a dream

    Flying cars are about to become a part of life, flying a taxi is not a dream

    According to information released by Morgan Stanley, by 2040, the market value of self-driving flying cars will reach 1.5 trillion US dollars (equivalent to about 10.4 trillion yuan). The author's survey found that several large companies that are now involved in the development of flying cars and have made good progress have set the landing time of flying cars in 2030. According to Uber's survey data, by 2030, urban infrastructure will face tremendous pressure from urbanization, 60% of the population will migrate into urban life, and the existing public transportation layout will even use the ground and underground transportation resources. Maximization is still difficult to support. At this time, the unlocking of urban short-distance travel is imperative. This huge outlet, whether it is a start-up company or Google, Uber, Geely and other companies we are familiar with, even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has entered the board. Boeing As early as the 2018 Farnborough International Aerospace Exhibition, Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop said that it is very optimistic about the future of flying cars, and Boeing's existing technology can support it to create safe flying cars. "Autonomous flying cars will be a market with great potential, and Boeing's Boeing NeXt department will be used to solve the problems that arise in the development of flying cars." The Boeing NeXt department is headed by Steve Nordlund, Vice President of HorizonX, the venture capital business of Boeing. It will use the resources of the entire company to promote development in the future. If the progress is smooth, Boeing NeXt will also be independent from Boeing. Value. In addition, considering the automation and electrification of flying cars, Boeing has also established a cooperation with artificial intelligence company SparkCognition. Both parties will use blockchain technology and artificial intelligence to develop an air traffic management system. This new air traffic management system can improve the safety factor and operational efficiency by tracing the flight routes and conditions of unmanned flying vehicles in the air, allocating traffic routes and passages for flying vehicles. In terms of electrification, Boeing has invested in power and battery power technology-related industries to prepare for future electric flying vehicles. Auspicious As a well-known automobile group in China, Geely's actions have always been bold, after Geely fully acquired the flying car company Transition to enter the flying car industry. The first mass-produced flying car launched by Terrafugia, Transition, has passed safety inspections by the US Air Traffic Control Agency and the Department of Defense. It began accepting reservations in October 2018. The official guide price is 280,000 US dollars (about 1.9 million yuan). Transition not only has the appearance of a car, it also has two huge wings, the wings on both sides can be automatically deformed, and it on...
  • CHAdeMO 3.0 released: the first publication of ChaoJi, the new plug harmonised with China’s GB/T

    CHAdeMO 3.0 released: the first publication of ChaoJi, the new plug harmonised with China’s GB/T

    On 24 April 2020, CHAdeMO Association has released the latest CHAdeMO protocol (CHAdeMO 3.0) to its Regular members, specifying the requirements for designing the next-generation CHAdeMO chargers (“technical paper”), using the brand-new, identical plug with China’s GB/T protocol, allowing for maximum current of 600A. Operating under CHAdeMO communication protocol, CHAdeMO 3.0 is the first publication of the next-generation ultra-high-power charging standard, being co-developed by China Electricity Council (CEC) and CHAdeMO Association with the working name “ChaoJi.” The Chinese version, operating under the GB/T communication protocol, is also planned to be released next year. This latest version of CHAdeMO protocol enables DC charging with the power over 500kW (maximum current 600A), while ensuring the connector to be light and compact with a smaller diameter cable, thanks to the liquid-cooling technology as well as to the removal of locking mechanism from the connector to the vehicle side. Backward compatibility of the CHAdeMO 3.0-compliant vehicles with the existing DC fast charging standards (CHAdeMO, GB/T, and possibly CCS) is ensured; in other words, today’s CHAdeMO chargers can feed power to both the current EVs as well as the future EVs via an adapter or with a multi-standard charger. Started as a bi-lateral project, ChaoJi has developed into an international collaboration forum, mobilising expertise and market experience of key players from Europe, Asia, North America, and Oceania. India is expected to join the team sometime soon, and governments and companies form South Korea and South-eastern Asian countries have also expressed their strong interests. Japan and China have agreed to continue working together on the technical development and to promote this next-generation charging technology through further technical demonstration events and the trial deployment of the new chargers. The testing requirements for CHAdeMO 3.0 specification are expected to be issued within a year. The first ChaoJi EVs will be likely commercial vehicles and expected to be launched in the market as early as 2021, followed by other types of vehicles including passenger EVs. ——Source:
  • Tampa's connected vehicle project aims to make driving safer

    Tampa's connected vehicle project aims to make driving safer

    There’s no doubt that connected vehicles are the way of the future, as any number of initiatives from all corners of the tech spectrum illustrate. The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) for example, is a collaboration of vehicle manufacturers, tech companies and the telecoms industry that wants to come up with a more universal solution for our future mobility and transportation needs. Being connected is central to that. Complex problem However, this is a complicated and not easily solved issue. Standardising how vehicles, and indeed everything else from your household’s white goods to pets, prams and coffee percolators connect, is still far from clear. Whatever connectivity method is used, joining up the dots between vehicles, devices and people is certainly the way forward, particularly in urban areas where city populations are on the increase. One example in the USA aims to tackle the urban issue head-on. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) connected vehicle pilot is a great new initiative designed with making streets in the Florida city safer and much more efficient. To do this, the city has been working with Siemens to develop a network of wireless boxes or Vehicle to Everything (V2X) roadside units (RSUs) that effectively join up those dots between vehicles. Connected tech This network of 46 roadside boxes is so far linked to around 1,000 car-owning volunteers along with 10 buses and ight streetcars. It’s just one of a handful of pioneering projects in the US, including one in Wyoming and another in New York City, aimed at streamlining traffic flow and cutting down on accidents. To do this THEA is utilising vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology to make it all work. The local authority signed an agreement with the US Department of Transport (USDOT) back in 2015 and the Tampa/Hillsborough Regional Expressway Authority (THEA) has been working alongside the Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority to implement the concept. They already had a solid foundation, after realising the benefits of all-electric tolling systems. The Connected Vehicle or CV project seemed like an obvious extension of that. Dynamic warnings For the Tampa project, CVs communicate using a two-way short-to-medium-range wireless tech called DSRC or Dedicated Short Range Communications, which is a bit like Wi-Fi. This doesn’t mean the car, bus or whatever it might be is automated or autonomous as the driver has full control at all times. However, it does mean the driver can receive a series of dynamic warnings on the go, including audio and visual indications for end of ramp deceleration and forward collision alerts, amongst others. We recently got to see the pilot in action and it boasts a number of potential solutions, all of which are tied into the connected vehicle concept. City officials even closed off a portion of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway for us in order to illustrate the various facets of the project. Ther...
  • Karma unveils high-performance E-Flex platform for electric super sports cars

    Karma unveils high-performance E-Flex platform for electric super sports cars

    Here is another E-Flex platform in Karma’s workshop. Karma Automotive announced another derivative of its E-Flex platform – this time for the high-performance super sports cars. The company says the initial development phase has been completed, which is great on the one hand, but on the other hand means that it has not yet been fully completed. Once it’s done, the performance of cars built on the platform can be spectacular: 96.5 km / h in less than 1.9 seconds up to 644 km range Flat-bottomed high-performance battery for long range and optimal weight distribution Four-wheel drive with four motors and torque vectoring 1,100 hp (over 800 kW) at peak power with a wheel torque of 14,000 Nm (10,500 lb.-ft) Power electronics made of silicon carbide (SiC) At the moment we don’t know if Karma will try to launch its own supercar model like the Karma SC2 Concept or if the platform will only be sold to OEMs. Kevin Zhang, Chief Technology Officer of Karma Automotive, said:“Our latest E-Flex platform is well suited for supercar configurations and is designed to be equipped with high-performance vehicles such as the SC2 concept car from Karma. The aim of all Karma E-Flex platforms is to offer our partners a variety of electromobility solutions with different drive motor systems and battery pack variants. Our powerful E-Flex platform is one of the highest quality of these configurations and offers unprecedented performance results. “ ——
  • Israeli startup uses auto technology to fight COVID-19

    Israeli startup uses auto technology to fight COVID-19

    Standing in a lengthy line at a grocery store or sitting in a crowd at a sporting event once seemed like the most ordinary of activities. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, they’re unfathomable. For the world to reopen, governments and businesses must find ways to ensure gatherings of people don’t threaten the health of workers or consumers. Adasky, an Israeli auto-tech startup, thinks it has found a way to accelerate a return to something resembling a normal way of life. In regular times, Adasky develops thermal-imaging camera technology for use in driver-assist systems and autonomous vehicles. But two weeks ago, company leaders and software engineers met for a brainstorming session on how they could help thwart COVID-19. Within a matter of days, they cobbled together prototypes that relied on their camera technology’s ability to measure heat. Instead of detecting objects on a road, that capability can now be used to measure the precise body temperature of prospective buyers at a car dealership, sports fans — anyone in public places. “After what we are witnessing now, the world after is going to look different in many ways,” Adasky CEO Yakov Shaharabani told Automotive News. “Technology will overcome the need for us to do what we’re doing, which is isolating ourselves. Technology will, step by step, help us get back to the world we knew a few weeks ago.” This week, the company will deploy cameras for temperature-taking applications in multiple Israeli hospitals. Those field tests will serve as an important validation tool, though internal testing has revealed accuracy down to a hundredth of a degree. Of course, the cameras cannot discern whether a person has the coronavirus. They merely serve to spot elevated body temperatures, a telltale symptom. That alone might be an important tool for maintaining vigilance and reassuring workers and consumers alike that best public-health practices are being followed. “I can definitely see a situation not far from today when these thermal cameras will be in all public areas, kind of like fire extinguishers,” Shaharabani said. He said Adasky has already had conversations with potential users who see benefits in ensuring high-profile CEOs and senior government officials are not in proximity to anyone who has a fever. The camera is the same used for automotive purposes. What’s changed is the software. Normally, it detects heat at ranges needed for automotive applications, but the camera was tweaked to work at short ranges and focus on taking temperatures from a specific body part, typically the head. The cameras can work passively from afar — they don’t need to be held — and they can gather temperature information simultaneously on anyone in their field of view, avoiding the need for queues of people waiting to be scanned. At mass scale, Shaharabani says it’s possible the cameras would cost less than $100 each. Only a month ago, he would never have envisioned such a new line of prospective business. On March 23, Ad...
  • AR HUD Design Solutions

    AR HUD Design Solutions

    There are different kinds of optical applications for HUD product, such as TFT (Thin Film Transistor), DLP (Digital Light Processing), and LBS (Laser Beam Scanning). The features of these techniques are as follows: •  TFT: Brightness 800~12000nits, projection becomes blurry when zooming in. Low light utilization, inefficient energy management that requires space and design for heat dissipation. •  DLP: Brightness 150lm @12W, 200lm @16W, with large projection size. Low light utilization, inefficient energy management that requires space and additional design for heat dissipation. •  LBS: Laser Bean Scanner, Brightness 25~50lm @3.7~6W, with large projection size. Easier heat dissipation. These optical projection techniques have been applied into automotive HUD products, like current HUD, WHUD and future AR HUD, in the market. HUD Display (2013~2018) uses TFT- LED panel, translating image that is projected information onto the vehicle windshield. It displays as 2D flat visual image, small virtual image with car speed, time, incoming calls and navigation, but its lack of distance perception and icons will block the front view upon driving. The WHUD Display (2017~2019) uses TFT-LED panel or DLP projection technique, projected the image directly to the windshield. However, poor brightness and contract might let the images being blurred and it doesn’t integrate to the front view, lacking of AR visuals with the driving environment. FIC LASER AR HUD (2019~Now) uses LBS projection, its high brightness makes it readable under the natural sunlight and provides distant perception (VID 2~20M). It is being able to see through the virtual images without blocking the front view. The HUD is relied on a projection device, optical technique and the light source in order to project the clear and correct information onto the car windshield. For this, FIC LASER AR HUD is using Laser as its light source and combing with optical glass design to create rich virtual images. An optical imaging element determines the shape, distance and size of the AR HUD images. The image appears to float freely over the road, the windshield acts as a deflecting subject. The AR HUD display composed by the following components: cover glass, curved mirrors, plane mirrors, diffusers (projection display), LBS, optical correction software, PCB/PCB assembly, SW flow chart, and housing/box-build. FIC designs AR HUD through design development, verification and analysis process, and cooperates with car manufacturer, windshield glass supplier and optical system supplier together, as working with car manufacturers to define imaging position, size and information, system integration, and final detection system and software testing in order to supply the best experience effect of the product. About FIC AR HUD image blending portions, the size of IP structure design & projection angle will affect the display image size and distance differently. The projection angle is from 5°, 10° to 2...
  • Samsung announced that it will launch 600 million pixel image sensing: breaking the limit of human eyes

    Samsung announced that it will launch 600 million pixel image sensing: breaking the limit of human eyes

    With Samsung's ISOCELL HM1/HMX sensor, some mobile phones have taken the lead in carrying a 180 million pixel camera, bringing new possibilities for photographing. It was reported that Samsung is developing a 150 million pixel Nonacell image sensor. However, Yongin Park, executive vice president of Samsung LSI, said in the latest article published on the official website that they are preparing to develop a 600 million pixel (600 MP) sensor product, directly breaking through the human eye limit (about 500 million pixels). Similar to the current 108MP sensor's nine in one technology, at the scale of 600MP, Samsung is bound to use multi-pixel synthesis technology to simulate the background and improve the quality of the chip, which may require the introduction of new materials and other technologies. In addition, Yongin Park also mentioned that the Samsung LSI sensor can capture light waves beyond the human eye (450nm to 750nm away), such as ultraviolet sensor can be used to detect skin cancer, infrared sensor can be used for industrial quality control, etc. It is reported that Samsung's 600 million pixel CMOS size will be relatively large, which may not be for smart phone development, but for Autonomous driving, Internet of Things and other fields. ──Source: Mydrivers
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