Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Porsche Won’t Plug in to Electric Cars Any Time Soon, But Plug-in Hybrids OK, Says Tech Boss

“Whilst we admire Tesla’s Model S sedan (we’ve even bought one to study) if we were to drive it at the permissible high speeds in Germany (like so many Porsche owners do), say from Munich to Frankfurt, the advertised range of around 430 kilometres would likely be severely reduced and potentially not enough charge would be available for the round trip commute,” he said. “I think it’s going to be at least five years before EV technology is where it needs to be, at least for Porsche.”

Discounted registration rates expire today for the ITS Annual Meeting & Expo

Don't delay -- early bird discounted registration rates for the 2015 ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo are set to expire today, Tuesday March 31! We expect more than 2,000 attendees at the ITS Annual Meeting. Join us to explore the bridges to innovation and the critical evolution of our nation's transportation infrastructure network. Explore all the ITS Annual Meeting has to offer from keynote speeches and panels led by the transportation industry's top innovators, government leaders and rising stars, to more than 18,000 sq. feet of exhibition space, 5 exciting technical tours, U.S. DOT-sponsored training courses, networking events and more. 

Ford tech aims to ease parking woes

Ford Motor Co. is working on new technology that will alert drivers when nearby parking spaces are available. "What we tried to do with this project is to demonstrate how sensors that are currently on our vehicles in production today, which detect objects around the vehicle, can be used as a person naturally drives through parking areas to sense whether vehicles are in parking spaces or not," Ford's Dave McCreadie explained.

Monday, March 30, 2015

STEM Teachers: Build Working Electric Vehicles With Your Class

“Our primary goals are to engage students in the education process,” said Switch co-founder Peter Oliver in a press release. “We want them to learn about math, science and technology and use their lessons to actually make something.” The EV Chassis Lab program runs for one semester, and in that time teaches circuitry, mechanics, and incorporating new forms of energy into vehicles. The vocational and scientific learning experience gained is relevant to real world careers in the tech sector and beyond. This includes skills in proficiency testing, automotive mechanics, and renewable energy. Instructors are finding multiple uses for the cars, with some employing them in up to four separate classes.

China Boosts Fleet of Electric, Hybrid Vehicles

Chinese authorities have announced plans to boost the number of electric, hybrid and other alternative fuel-powered vehicles used for public transportation, while sales of such cars for private use have spiked in recent months. The Transport Ministry announced Wednesday that officials aimed to add 200,000 buses and 100,000 taxis powered by alternative fuels by 2020. Last year, the country added 15,000 alternative fuel-powered buses to its roads.

Smartphone-like app platform will 'be key to success of connected car industry'

Speaking at the SMMT Connected conference in London, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, director of the engineering group at Jaguar Land Rover, said connected and autonomous cars of the near-future will depend on a platform through which developers can create apps, just as they have to revolutionise the smartphone industry. Citing the app stores of Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile platforms, Ziebart said: "What is key for car manufacturers? To provide a platform where others can add applications as easily as possible. This is to me the key to success for car manufacturers."

Transportation officials say Wi-Fi sharing bill could interfere with V2V tech

"We're making sure, first and foremost, the safety needs of the auto industry will be met, while also giving more opportunities for more innovation, more job creation, more economic expansion and more fairness in terms of accessing the internet," Booker said. The bill has bipartisan supporters in Congress and would require the FCC to evaluate whether Wi-Fi and V2V can co-exist. "We want to get to the point where traffic moves like two schools of fish seamlessly moving together," Dr. Peter Sweatman said.

5 Ways to Get the Masses Charged Up About Electric Cars

People already driving electric cars have fallen in love, as shown by of-the-charts customer satisfaction ratings. But for the vast majority of Americans who aren't yet driving electric, how do we get them charged up? In our last two blogs in this series, we talked about the large number of people we need to switch to EVs if we're to have a shot at averting the worst of climate change. We also discussed the type of public policies -- like cash rebates -- that will incentivize people to drive electric vehicles (EVs). But we won’t win over the mass market if we aren't educating and exciting the public.

Ford debuts vehicle designed to stay under the speed limit

It’s called the Intelligent Speed Limiter, a system in Ford’s new S-MAX with the ability to read traffic signs, keeping you under the speed limit and in the clear of getting a speeding ticket. The Intelligent Speed Limiter allows you to set a maximum speed which is automatically adjusted by the Traffic Sign Recognition system. Here’s how it works: there’s a camera mounted on the windshield that scans road signs and restrictions, reducing the vehicle’s speed to match.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The FTC has JOB OPPORTUNITIES available in its newly formed Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI)

As part of this expanded effort, they are happy to announce a number of new positions which we hope will draw fresh academic talent and expertise to OTRI (quick, application deadline for this round is April 3):

Technology Policy Research Fellowship, 
A full-time Research Coordinator position 
Technology Research Internship Program this summer (which will be expanding into semester-long externships throughout the school year.)