Test study at University of Kassel shows clear advantages of a touchpad with active haptic feedback. Picture source: University of Kassel

Haptic feedback keeps drivers’ eyes on the road

On average, motorists spend 23% less time with their eyes off the road and 33% shorter input time during a standard lane-change manoeuvre using touchpads with haptic feedback, according to a joint study by automotive supplier Continental and the University of Kassel.

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Platform allows ECU updates over the air

Symphony Teleca is offering a secure platform for over-the-air (OTA) ECU delta software updates and cloud-based vehicle relationship management (VRM). This integrated platform uses STC’s Insight Connect VRM and Movimento Venturo.

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Harriet Vickers

Lincolnshire student wins Jaguar Land Rover scholarship

An 18-year-old from Lincolnshire, UK, has become the first winner in the £9000 Range Rover Evoque Wise scholarship programme for young female engineering students.

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Yokogawa DL850EV Scopecorder aids powertrain prototyping

Combined instrument aimed at powertrain developers

Engineers prototyping powertrains for hybrid electric vehicles are the target for the vehicle edition of the latest combined oscilloscope and data acquisition recorder from Yokogawa.

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Wind River adds Renesas RH850 support to Diab Compiler

In the latest version of Wind River’s Diab Compiler is support for the Renesas RH850 family of automotive microcontrollers as well as a qualification kit for the ISO26262 automotive safety standard.

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Nottingham Trent University

University researchers aim to simulate car noise and vibration

Car journeys could become smoother and quieter as a result of new research that aims to cut noise and vibration in the next generation of vehicles.

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Coolirfet mosfets from International Rectifier are available from RS Components

Automotive mosfets available from RS Components

The automotive-qualified Coolirfet mosfets from International Rectifier are available from distributor RS Components.

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Visteon

Visteon raises stake in Russian venture

Visteon has raised its equity stake in its Russian joint venture, Visteon Avtopribor Electronics, from 49 to 68.77%. This positions Visteon as a majority shareholder in one of Russia’s leading cockpit electronics suppliers.

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ACS770 from Allegro Microsystems

Hall sensor IC uses thermal enhancement

Targeted at automotive, industrial and renewable energy markets, the ACS770 from Allegro Microsystems is an integrated Hall-effect based linear current sensor IC incorporating thermal enhancement to increase precision.

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Volvo V40 being tested by Euro NCap

Euro NCap puts autonomous emergency braking to the test

Euro NCap has released the first results of rear-end crash avoidance systems tested against the upcoming 2014 rating protocol. Eight vehicles have been compared with respect to their performance on the test track.

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