News archive - January 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hybrid electricity system would reduce rates, improve service

A new distribution system designed by researchers at the University of Waterloo would reduce electricity prices by more than five per cent while also improving service reliability.

The design involves the integration of the two kinds of electric current that power homes, industries and electric vehicles—alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC).

Researchers found efficiencies by designing a system that delivers both kinds of current to customers instead of the AC-only distribution systems now in use throughout the world.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

CBC News: Ontario allows public road testing of autonomous cars — without someone behind the wheel

Manufacturers and researchers can now test automated vehicles without a driver on public roads

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fast-growing AI startup lands $16.3 million in funding

A startup company that was co-founded by ECE alumnus Mike Matta has raised $16.3 million to continue growing and developing its business intelligence and surveillance video software.

Solink, one of the fastest-growing companies in Ottawa, synchronizes security video footage with information on sales transactions and analyzes the combined data using artificial intelligence (AI) to give retail business owners insight into their operations.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ECE PhD student, Amir Ameli, wins Doctoral Thesis Completion Award

ECE PhD student Amir Ameli has been selected as a recipient of the Doctoral Thesis Completion Award for the Winter 2019 term.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The unintended safety problems with partially automated vehicles

TORONTO — The weak link when it comes to partially-automated cars might be you. Humans aren’t good at paying attention when it feels like there’s nothing much to do, in part because we’re too quick to trust computers to do things for us.

That presents a safety problem for current Level 2 (partially-automated) vehicles that combine lane-centring steering and adaptive cruise control. While such systems — including Tesla’s Autopilot and similar tech from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti and others — likely help make cars safer, this technology is also introducing new dangers.

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