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Brushed DC motor drivers for functionally safe vehicle electrification

NXP Semiconductors has introduced the HB2000 and HB2001 advanced brushed DC motor drivers. These motor drivers target automotive applications that require functionally safe vehicle electrification like throttle control, cruise control, turbo flaps and fuel flaps.
13th April 2016

Reshaping the future for autonomous cars

Reshaping the future for autonomous cars
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has revealed two innovative new concept tires at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show that could literally reshape the future for autonomous cars. The concepts: the spherical-shaped Eagle-360 - a future-oriented tire - was designed with key features of maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry for autonomous mobility, while the IntelliGrip, featuring advanced sensor and treadwear technology, is a solution for the earlier adoption of self-driving vehicles.
3rd March 2016

7% lower fuel consumption with active gas pedal

7% lower fuel consumption with active gas pedal
The driver’s foot is responsible for one-quarter of fuel consumption. Up to now, the only thing that could be done about this rule of thumb was to drive gently and take eco-driving courses. Now, however, Bosch has developed a technical aid in the shape of the active gas pedal: its gentle vibration tells drivers when they have crossed the line from light touch to lead foot.
28th January 2016


The world’s first kinetic energy recovery system for freight

The world’s first kinetic energy recovery system for freight
Skeleton Technologies and Adgero SARL have developed the world’s first kinetic energy recovery system for road freight vehicles. The unique hybrid system is designed to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions by up to 25%, and is optimised for intermodal road transport solutions.
27th August 2015

Electric supercharger operates continuously at high boost levels

Electric supercharger operates continuously at high boost levels
Aeristech has announced what it claims to be the first electric supercharger capable of continuous operation at high boost levels. Independently validated by Ricardo and MAHLE Powertrain UK, the technology provides greater efficiency and easier packaging than a mechanical supercharger or a two-stage turbocharger.
31st July 2015

Brushed DC motor driver exhibits 0.34Ω RDS(on)

Brushed DC motor driver exhibits 0.34Ω RDS(on)
Toshiba has launched a small motor driver IC for DC brushed motors. While primarily targeted at vehicle engine applications, such as electronic throttle and valve control, the TB9051FTG is also suitable for control of on-board systems operating at up to 5A, such as control of wing mirrors and locks for car boots. The TB9051FTG is a single channel H-Bridge that supports two power supplies (VBAT and VCC).
24th June 2015

Motors add 700bhp to high-performance hybrid

Motors add 700bhp to high-performance hybrid
YASA Motors’ high power and torque density electric motors have been exploited to optimal effect in the latest sensational thoroughbred to emerge from the Koenigsegg stable. Unveiled last week at the Geneva Motor Show, the stunning Regera uses three YASA motors and, according to Koenigsegg, delivers the fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.
12th March 2015

Driverless cars unveiled for first road tests

Driverless cars unveiled for first road tests
The UK’s first driverless cars, designed to help commuters, shoppers and the elderly travel short journeys, were officially trialled on UK roads for the first time on Wednesday 11th February. Up to now, the scope for testing driverless cars has been limited, but as the Government considers changes to the Highway Code to allow public use, industry has been given the green light for testing on public roads.
12th February 2015

Comms system prepared for 1,000mph record attempt

Comms system prepared for 1,000mph record attempt
The BLOODHOUND project, led by Director Richard Noble and with Andy Green in the driving seat, aims to break the 1,000mph (1,609km/h) barrier, in the process obliterating Green's current world land speed record of 763mph set by Noble's own Thrust SSC Team in 1997. Last autumn, an Aero L-39 Albatros jet flew multiple passes down BLOODHOUND’s specially prepared South African desert track, synchronised with Jaguar's all-wheel-drive F-TYPE R Coupé and XF saloon, at closing speeds of up to 650mph (1,046km/h).
23rd January 2015

Collaboration creates joint timing analysis tool

A collaboration between Symtavision and Renesas Electronics has developed an integrated, model- and trace-based methodology for the Renesas RH850 family of multicore MCUs as well as other Renesas target MCU architectures. Central to the methodology is Symtavision’s SymTA/S tool suite for model-based timing analysis, optimisation and synthesis, combined with it’s powerful TraceAnalyzer solution for visualising and analysing timing from measurements and simulations.
28th October 2014


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