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Hybrid Technology at the Fraunhofer Society

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Society will give three years to turn a sports car in hybrid vehicle. By integrating electronic components more compact and more powerful developed internally, they want to promote the breakthrough of hybrid technology by showing that it can also be integrated with existing vehicles. The Fraunhofer Society (German: Fraunhofer-...

Road safety and tunnels

The company Feramat Cybernetics, after the incubator of the Technical University of Prague (CVUT) two years ago, took part in improving road safety in tunnels in Austria. This is the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, who has sought Feramat Cybernetics, especially as regards the study of different methods of risk analysis. Lukas Ferkl,...

A magnetic sensor to control mirrors

An innovative magnetic sensor developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen could recognize tiny fluctuations in magnetic fields even in the presence of a magnetic field of higher intensity. This sensor could be used more widely, for example where electric cables create a field of interference. The application for...

The Prius exceeds the million vehicles sold

The Prius exceeds the million vehicles sold The carmaker Toyota has announced that the total number of Prius sold worldwide had exceeded one million at the end of April 2008. The Prius, the first motor-powered hybrid car gasoline-generated electricity on a commercial scale, was placed on the market in 1997 in Japan. Since then, 1,027,700 units were sold worldwide, including third in Japan (315,000 units) and,...

Nissan and NEC join forces to launch a mass production of lithium-ion batteries

The car manufacturer Nissan and NEC Industrial (computing and telecommunications) will work together to launch a new chain of production of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars or hybrids that will start in spring 2009. As the race to produce environmentally friendly cars heats up, Nissan Motor Co. and technology giant NEC Corp. begin mass-producing lithium-ion...

An optical sensor in the engine testing the oil level

In most cars, light oil well lit before a discharge is actually necessary. "Many lights are based on mileage or cumulative duration of trips," says Rainer Mäckel, director of "feature verification & monitoring" at Daimler. A new sensor developed by his team could extend up to 25% of the time elapsed between two garbage. This sensor is integrated into the circuit...

The development of FlexRay in Japan

The Japanese electronics manufacturers have begun to develop products according to a new standard in local area network for vehicles in the booming international level, FlexRay. FlexRay is a consortium of about one hundred companies established by the founders 7 (BMW, Bosch, DaimlerChrysler, Freescale, General Motors, NXP Semiconductors, Volkswagen) which constitute...