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Kwak J.H.,Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology | Lee J.H.,Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Lee J.H.,Daimler Trucks North America | Burton S.D.,Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | And 3 more authors.
Angewandte Chemie - International Edition | Year: 2013

Side on Combined FTIR and NMR studies revealed the presence of a side-on nitrosyl species in the zeolite Cu-SSZ-13. This intermediate is very similar to those found in nitrite reductase enzyme systems. The identification of this intermediate led to the proposal of a reaction mechanism that is fully consistent with the results of both kinetic and spectroscopic studies. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Source


Patent
Daimler Trucks North America | Date: 2013-01-23

Described herein are fiber-reinforced composite members and methods and systems for making the same. The composite members can be any of various types, including load-bearing structural members such as frame rails for a truck chassis. The composite members can be formed directly in a desired shape, such as with a pultrusion process, with irregular features, such as bolt holes, preformed therein without damaging the fibers. The composite members can provide similar or greater overall strength compared to metal members with reduced weight, and can comprise fibers distributed and oriented in such a manner to create additional strength in desired locations and directions and reduced strength in other locations/directions.


Patent
Daimler Trucks North America | Date: 2013-01-23

Described herein are fiber-reinforced composite members and methods and systems for making the same. The composite members can be any of various types, including load-bearing structural members such as frame rails for a truck chassis. The composite members can be formed directly in a desired shape, such as with a pultrusion process, with irregular features, such as bolt holes, preformed therein without damaging the fibers. The composite members can provide similar or greater overall strength compared to metal members with reduced weight, and can comprise fibers distributed and oriented in such a manner to create additional strength in desired locations and directions and reduced strength in other locations/directions.


Portland startup GlobeSherpa—perhaps best known locally as the technology behind the TriMet mobile ticketing app—announced today that they have been acquired by Austin based RideScout. The acquisition is a huge step forward for both companies and will allow us to create a comprehensive mobility ecosystem where you can find, book, and pay for any type of transportation in your city from one app. For GlobeSherpa, this acquisition represents a big win for our team with significant benefits to our partners, customers, and users. Since GlobeSherpa was founded in 2010, we have emerged as the market leader in mobile payment for transit systems with relationships with some of the most respected public transit agencies in the United States. As RideScout moves to organize the entire mobility ecosystem, payment is the next critical step. GlobeSherpa can help deliver this piece. The two companies held a press conference today to provide more details on the acquisition: For all of you trivia buffs out there, here’s a fun fact. With this acquisition, Daimler now has three distinct presences in Portland: Daimler Trucks North America, car2go, and RideScout which was acquired by Moovel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler. Car2go is part of the Moovel family, as well. This also marks a win for a number of local investors like TiE Angels Oregon, Portland Seed Fund, and Oregon Angel Fund, all of whom invested in GlobeSherpa.


News Article | March 31, 2016
Site: http://www.techtimes.com/rss/sections/auto.xml

Takata's massive airbag recall could be worst than originally feared. Bloomberg is reporting that a source familiar with the supplier — responsible for the biggest recall in auto industry history — is projecting a worst-case scenario recall cost of $24 billion. To put that staggering amount in perspective, the news agency had gotten a calculated estimate by a Jeffries Group LLC analyst of $7 billion just last month. So, how did a source familiar with the situation arrive at such a number? Well, according to Bloomberg, the person, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, calculated a doomsday recall scenario as one that would entail replacing 287.5 million airbag inflators, which would in turn deliver that projection of almost a quarter of a trillion dollars. Bloomberg additionally reports that the projection is nearly quadruple the amount of Takata's fiscal-year revenue projections ending this month. "At this juncture, the possibility of negative net worth cannot be completely denied," Masahiro Akita and Koji Takahashi, Credit Suisse Group AG analysts, wrote in a statement to the news agency Wednesday. While this projection may not pan out to be true and the actual recall cost could still be closer to $7 billion, there's no doubt that Takata's reputation has been shattered throughout this trying ordeal. Already, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared the company responsible for nine deaths in the U.S. after the airbag inflators burst, ejecting projectiles of plastic and metal. "It is not difficult to imagine how hard it will be for Takata to rebuild its financial standing if the expenses are apportioned," Takaki Nakanishi, a Jefferies analyst, wrote in a report late last month, as reported by Bloomberg. "The Japanese automotive industry cannot avoid seriously adopting an exit strategy from the Takata issue." Car and Driver estimates that 34 million vehicles are potentially affected in the U.S. by Takata's faulty airbag inflators with an additional seven million being recalled worldwide. Within that, the NHTSA released a list of vehicles affected, ranging from models belonging to the following automakers: BMW, FCA (Chrysler), Daimler Trucks North America, Daimler Vans USA LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

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