Q&A With Jeff Blecher, Agero Senior VP, Strategy.
Agero is working with the AgeLab and the New England University Transportation Center to study the risks and benefits associated with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Are automakers designing features that assume a driver is paying attention?
Automakers are taking different paths regarding driver attention – some are using eye tracking technologies, some are requiring you to keep your hands on the steering wheel, and others are relying on the driver to mostly self-monitor.
A new green technology developed by AC Kinetics, Inc. can help eliminate as much as 26 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually while also reducing electricity usage by about 104 billion KwH.
“We have developed several algorithms for electric motor control that reduce energy consumption by 10% to 40%, while simultaneously improving motor performance,” explains Dr. Neil Singer, president of AC Kinetics, Inc. This next generation motor control is compatible with existing AC induction motor drive hardware and is now available for licensing. It will debut at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC, February 25-27.
Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally will elaborate on the new areas of focus for the lab, plus Ford’s latest technologies including SYNC®, EcoBoost™, MyKey® and inflatable rear safety belts, in his Innovation Power Panel keynote at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
“An open attitude to new ideas is critical to solving the transportation, environmental and societal challenges we expect in the future,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford chief technical officer and vice president of Research and Innovation. “With increasing pressures from urbanization and the need to reduce energy use, we’re going to see energy storage, wireless connectivity, sensing systems and even autonomous vehicles as key parts of the solution.”
Increasing fuel efficiency with a smartphone–A network of dashboard-mounted phones can collect data on traffic lights and tell drivers how to avoid inefficient stopping and starting.
Written by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office