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Processor Assists Autonomous Driving

Posted September 29, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A leading graphics processor maker has revealed a new mobile processor with key features for autonomous driving. Dubbed Parker, the system-on-chip (SoC) processor taps the company's new generation GPU and CPU architectures to deliver up to 1.5 teraflops of performance for deep learning-based self-driving. By comparison to other mobile processors, Parker claims a 50% improvement in CPU performance while consuming low power. It has been incorporated in the company's Drive PX2 platform, which is being used by more than 80 carmakers and university researchers developing autonomous vehicles.


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Still Searching for Breakthrough Battery Technology

Posted September 19, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Industry news sources continue to report proposed alternatives to the lithium-ion batteries that power everything from laptops to electric cars. The latest candidate, lithium-sulfur batteries (Li-S), can store 4x the energy per unit mass of the Li-ion variety and can work at high temperatures without catching fire. Nevertheless, Li-S batteries can suffer sulfur depletion after a relatively short life, and polysulfides can contaminate the electrolyte. IEEE Spectrum explains how researchers have alleviated such shortcomings using a coating technique to produce a stable battery up to 55° C.


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Transport Sector's Carbon Footprint Grows

Posted August 28, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

While U.S. industry has made solid strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the past 25 years, the transportation sector has increased its carbon footprint, say University of Michigan researchers. Industry, still the nation's largest emitter, accounts for about 29% of all emissions. That's down from nearly 36% in 1990. However, transportation — the country's second- largest contributor to greenhouse emissions—increased its share from 24% in 1990 to 27% in 2014. The relative contributions of the commercial, residential and agricultural sectors have also increased since 1990.


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3D Printing Simplifies Production of Spare Parts

Posted August 15, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Beginning in September, Daimler will simplify its spare parts business by printing spare parts for its Mercedes-Benz Trucks brand. As many as 30 spare parts will initially be available, including spring caps, air and cable ducts, clamps, mountings and control elements. Maintaining spare parts in low demand, not to mention the facilities that produce them, has long been uneconomical. 3D printing means parts can be produced on demand and on short notice across the world.


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Bullish Forecast for Autonomous Vehicle Sales

Posted July 19, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Reflecting a substantial increase from previous estimates, global sales of autonomous vehicles are now predicted to exceed 75 million through the year 2035. Key factors influencing this growth, reports IHS Automotive, include increasing investment in autonomy by OEMs, suppliers, and technology companies, as well as new mobility solutions such as ride sharing and car sharing programs. The U.S. market is expected to see the earliest deployment of autonomous vehicles as it works through challenges posed by regulation, liability, and consumer acceptance.


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