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Just as the internet revolutionised the way we use mobile devices, the 'connected car' has the opportunity to transform the driving experience. CARMESH, a European Union (EU)-funded Marie Curie project, took the first steps towards a seamless integration of digital life into the car.
Published: 9 January 2015
An Italian-led European consortium is piloting an assembly line for a small electric car developed in an EU-funded project. The vehicle sets new standards for quality, efficiency and safety in the booming market for 'micro' electric vehicles.
Published: 4 December 2014
Could electric cars cause cancer? Like all electric devices, and indeed like all motor vehicles, they do produce electromagnetic fields. However, these fields are far too weak to give cause for concern, say EU-funded scientists at the end of a comprehensive research project.
Published: 3 December 2014
The motor industry is constantly re-inventing itself with new and innovative solutions aimed at providing consumers with the ultimate driving experience. Now though, the focus is on letting the vehicle do all the work.
Published: 1 December 2014
Through a unique approach of defining the bus system as a whole, rather than looking just at the vehicle, EBSF project team achieved major advances in the design of not only vehicles, but also infrastructure and operations.
Published: 27 November 2014
Public transport users dread confusing connections and frustrating delays in cities. An EU-funded project brings together travel and traffic data, helping travellers get from A to B on time, with less stress.
Published: 25 November 2014
Efficiently detecting possible collisions is vital for the locust - an insect that often needs to quickly overcome big obstacles and avoid what might be, otherwise, a 'fatal crash'. The research team involved in the European Union (EU)-funded project NEURAL DEVELOPMENT has studied the insect's nerve circuits. The project results are expected to help develop highly accurate collision sensors in cars, surveillance technology and video games.
Published: 21 November 2014
Is it possible to drive on greener, more resistant truck tyres that consume less fuel? In this edition of Futuris we go on a voyage of discovery into the science of the tyres of the future. Researchers at an EU research project are working here to develop a new generation of truck tyres designed to reduce fuel consumption, be longer-lasting and increase safety.
Published: 17 September 2014
A new road surface cuts tyre noise to one-tenth of that produced on today's asphalt. EU-funded researchers have now moved tests from the lab to Europe's roads, with the aim of providing a quieter, less stressful life for those living next to lots of traffic.
Published: 11 September 2014
Location-based services use information on the geographical position of mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. These services are expanding beyond consumer-facing products like the check-in applications (apps) one often sees on Facebook, and nowadays they are even powering advertisements, weather and travel apps.
Published: 1 September 2014