Automotive

Apartments rarely come with access to charging stations. But electric vehicles need them

Apartments rarely come with access to charging stations. But electric vehicles need them

Americans have now purchased more than 800,000 electric vehicles, counting both plug-in hybrids and all-electric models. That may sound like a lot of EVs, and...
Electric vehicle drivers could face challenges when temperatures drop

Electric vehicle drivers could face challenges when temperatures drop

New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that electric vehicle drivers could face longer charging times when temperatures drop. The reason: cold temperatures impact the...
Cars and planes are safer thanks to this tool developed for space shuttle

Cars and planes are safer thanks to this tool developed for space shuttle

On Feb. 1, 2003, just minutes before Space Shuttle Columbia was due to touch down, the spacecraft suffered a catastrophic failure — all because...
Synthetic suede gives high-end cars that luxury feel

Synthetic suede gives high-end cars that luxury feel

Leather car seats were once synonymous with luxury, but these days, synthetic suede is becoming the material of choice for high-end automobiles. With increased affluence...
Even self-driving cars need driver education

Even self-driving cars need driver education

What do self-driving cars and teenage drivers have in common? Experience. Or, more accurately, a lack of experience. Teenage drivers – novice drivers of any age,...
This material could make autonomous vehicles to come to market sooner

This material could make autonomous vehicles to come to market sooner

New material has optical properties that could enable better infrared detection for autonomous vehicles and assist firefighters One of the leading challenges for autonomous vehicles...
China develops first water-surface cleaning USV

China develops first water-surface cleaning USV

China develops the first water-surface cleaning Unmanned Surface Vehicle, or USV, according to a recent study by Institute of Intelligent Machines (IIM) of Hefei...
Connected cars can lie, posing a new threat to smart cities

Connected cars can lie, posing a new threat to smart cities

The day when cars can talk to each other – and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings – is rapidly...
Artificial intelligence can’t reason why

Artificial intelligence can’t reason why

Computer programs have reached a bewildering point in their long and unsteady journey toward artificial intelligence. They outperform people at tasks we once felt to be...

U.S. Navy submarine a step closer to electric drive

A UConn research team has developed a new 2-D, nanostructured insulator material with highly improved electrical and thermal characteristics, moving the U.S. Navy closer...