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Automotive and Transportation News
December 9, 2019

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Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities

In a future when self-driving and other internet-connected cars share the roads with the rest of us, hackers could not only wreck the occasional vehicle but possibly compound attacks to gridlock ... read more

Researchers Teach Robots What Humans Want

Researchers are developing better, faster ways of providing human guidance to autonomous ... read more

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in ... read more

Driverless Cars Working Together Can Speed Up Traffic by 35 Percent

A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers have ... read more
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Scientists Develop Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles. The new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to ... read more

Harmful Emissions from Traffic, Trucks, SUVs

Almost one third of Canadians live near a major road -- and this means they go about their everyday lives exposed to a complex mixture of vehicle air pollutants. A new study reveals that emissions ... read more

Enabling Autonomous Vehicles to See Around Corners

To improve the safety of autonomous systems, MIT engineers have developed a system that can sense tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there's a moving object coming around the ... read more

Teaching Cars to Drive With Foresight

Good drivers anticipate dangerous situations and adjust their driving before things get dicey. Researchers now also want to teach this skill to self-driving ... read more

Platform for Scalable Testing of Autonomous Vehicle Safety

In the race to manufacture autonomous vehicles (AVs), safety is crucial yet sometimes overlooked as exemplified by recent headline-making accidents. Researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) ... read more

Research Tests Speed of Drones in Responding to Medical Emergency Scenarios

Could drones be used someday to deliver life-saving medications or interventions in the case of a child's emergency, a drug overdose or in response to a mass casualty scene? According to new ... read more

Driverless Cars Could Lead to More Traffic Congestion

New research has predicted that driverless cars could worsen traffic congestion in the coming decades, partly because of drivers' attitudes to the emerging technology and a lack of willingness ... read more

Tradeoffs Between Commute Time, Safety

Urban commuters may be less likely to encounter automobile accidents if they are willing to increase trip time, researchers report. A new study introduces a tool that helps quantify the connection ... read more

Are Some Urban Settings Riskier for Traffic Injury or Death? We Know Less Than You Think

How risky is travel in the US? It gets tricky. Despite a lot of research on the dangers of traffic injury and death, there's a lack of clarity on the role of the built environment (roadway ... read more

System Can Minimize Damage When Self-Driving Vehicles Crash

Engineers have developed decision-making and motion-planning technology to limit injuries and damage when self-driving vehicles are involved in unavoidable crashes. After recognizing that a collision ... read more

Illegal Urban Off-Road Vehicles as Risky as Motorcycles in Cities

People who illegally ride off-road vehicles, such as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, on city streets suffer similar crash injuries as motorcyclists, but are less likely to die even though many ... read more

Hypersonic Research Spotlights Future Flight Challenges

Engineers are advancing what researchers know about hypersonic flight. A new study describes a series of tests that elucidate the conditions a future aircraft may experience traveling faster than 10 ... read more

Future Intent: Would You Let an Automated Car Do the Driving?

Researchers have surveyed more than 2000 drivers across Australia, France and Sweden for two separate studies investigating what people think about travelling in automated cars. The first ... read more

Curbing Diesel Emission Could Reduce Big City Mortality Rate

US cities could see a decline in mortality rates and an improved economy through midcentury if federal and local governments maintain stringent air pollution policies and diminish concentrations of ... read more

Saw but Forgot: Drivers' Memory Lapses Puts Motorcyclists at Risk

There are an estimated 90 fatalities a year in the UK caused by drivers pulling out into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. New research by psychologists suggests this sort of crash may often be the ... read more

Americans Would Rather Drive Themselves Than Have an Autonomous Vehicle Drive Them

Are you willing to ride in a driverless car? Researchers studied how Americans' perceived cost of commute time changes depending on who's ... read more

Researchers Design a Roadmap for Hydrogen Supply Network

Researchers have developed a hydrogen supply chain model that can enable the adoption of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered cars -- transforming them from a novelty into everyday transportation in just ... read more

'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself out of Water and Glide Through the Air

A bio-inspired bot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water's ... read more

Speed Identified as the Best Predictor of Car Crashes

Speeding is the riskiest kind of aggressive driving, according to a unique analysis of data from on-board devices in ... read more

Cost-Effective Fuel Cell Technology

Researchers have identified ammonia as a source for engineering fuel cells that can provide a cheap and powerful source for fueling cars, trucks and buses with a reduced carbon ... read more

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