Innovations in Brain-to-vehicle Interfaces, Robotic Test Drivers, Carbon Fiber Composites, AI-Based Autonomous Platforms, Blockchain Solutions, and Autonomous Vehicles

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Published: 4 May 2018

This Mobility Technology TOE profiles key innovations in brain-to-vehicle interfaces to improve driver safety, carbon fiber composites for lightweighting and expanded applications, robotic test drivers, AI-based autonomous vehicle platforms, blockchains for connected cars, sensor security for autonomous vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. The purpose of the Mobility Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) is to raise awareness of global technology innovations in self-propelled ground-based mobile platforms that are not only technically significant, but potentially offering commercial value. Each monthly TOE provides subscribers valuable descriptions and analyses of 10 noteworthy innovations. The main focus is on highway-licensed motor vehicles (light, medium and heavy). Passenger cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, scooters and railway locomotives are within the product scope, energized by any fuel. Many of the innovations concern powertrains (internal combustion engines, turbines, battery electrics, fuel cell electrics, hybrid-electrics), as well as drivetrains (including transmissions), interiors--seating and displays, advanced materials--as for body/chassis, wireless connectivity, and self-driving technology that is currently receiving so much attention. The A&T TOE outlines and evaluates each innovation, notes which organizations and developers are involved, projects the likely timing for commercialization, furnishes a patent analysis, and provides valuable strategic insights for industry stakeholders. The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: Carbon fiber reinforced composites, carbon fiber reinforced polymers, CFRP, brain-computer interface, robot test driver, blockchain, autonomous vehicles, connected cars, thermoplastic polymers, lightweighting

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