Transportation is about moving people and things from one place to another. While the industry has evolved rapidly of late to do it all faster, farther, and more efficiently, the possibilities for transportation have never been as exciting as they are today.
Thanks to advances in technology, including sensors and wireless systems, vehicles are now packed with features that make them safer and able to communicate not only with the driver but also with other cars on the road. With the groundwork laid by several IEEE Fellows, cars are getting closer to driving themselves (and some are already a good way there). And with better batteries and an alternative fuel like hydrogen already powering postal delivery trucks in France, for example, drivers will be able to rely less on gasoline—and its hefty price.
With all that’s going on, the transportation industries have had to post “Help Wanted” signs for engineers, and several IEEE experts here offer handy advice on breaking into the field. IEEE has also put together a Transportation Electrification portal that provides resources for dealing with the latest advances, along with noteworthy conferences and books. These and other topics are covered in this special report.
Evolving features are helping vehicles make the transition to electrified transportation
French postal trucks will be among the first
Frank J. Sprague designed the first electric streetcar system
A look at the electronics that make cars safer, smarter, and more fuel-efficient
Some say the word is a misnomer
Helping IEEE become the go-to place for electrified transportation
Download them from the IEEE Xplore Digital Library
IEEE resources can help you stay current with electrified transportation
Covering applications that help upgrade the industry
Upcoming IEEE events cover topics related to transportation electrification
This IEEE member is helping design EVs that charge on the go
Three IEEE Fellows have pioneered the technology for self-driving cars
CAREER & EDUCATION
The transportation sector is on the lookout for talented engineers
Working to raise the visibility of members’ contributions to vehicular technology
Gasoline-free is doable with some planning and a place to charge
New features in automobiles could cause unintended consequences
IEEE.tv video showcases the latest advances for cars
IEEE Fellow helps lead the longest trip taken with a self-driving vehicle
A chair of Ford Motors envisions future transportation
Visitors can still take a ride on the electric streetcar