Automotive

Turning cars into robot traffic managers

Self-driving cars may one day do more than just get us from point A to point B. By adjusting their speed and position while they...

Spread of self-driving cars could cause more pollution – unless the electric grid transforms...

The world is on the cusp of dramatic changes in the ways people own, operate and power their means of transportation. Known as the “three...

New driverless car tech could make traffic lights and speeding tickets obsolete

Imagine a daily commute that's orderly instead of chaotic. Connected and automated vehicles could provide that relief by adjusting to driving conditions with little to...
How should autonomous vehicles be programmed

How should autonomous vehicles be programmed

A massive new survey developed by MIT researchers reveals some distinct global preferences concerning the ethics of autonomous vehicles, as well as some regional...

Scientists develop hydrogen car prototype

Researchers at the Institute of Chemical Technology and collaborators have successfully developed and tested a scale car prototype that stores and generates hydrogen safely...

Scientists show 120-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles. This provides six times the power...

Carbon fiber could store energy in the body of a vehicle directly

A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibers can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up...

Applying auto industry’s fuel-efficiency standards to agriculture could net billions

Adopting benchmarks similar to the fuel-efficiency standards used by the auto industry in the production of fertilizer could yield $5-8 billion in economic benefits...

This new catalyst could cut the cost of hydrogen fuel cells in cars

The new catalyst exceeds Department of Energy targets for performing the oxygen reduction reaction, a key step in generating an electric current in a...

Bioinspired camera could help self-driving cars see better

A new camera, inspired by the vision system of the mantis shrimp, features a dynamic range about 10,000 times higher than today's commercial cameras...