Vehicular network coming to a smart car near you?

Imagine if your car could know about a huge pothole just ahead. Or a traffic snarl. Or both. Would that be of interest to you? USC researcher Bhaskar Krishnamachari is working to enable a peer-to-peer network of “smart” cars that share information as they travel.

Westly to Focus More on Green Buildings for Future Fund

Greentech investor Steve Westly has been out there raising a new $175 million cleantech fund, and recently closed on the first $50 million. Particularly interesting is that Westly plans to have a special focus on green building technology for the new fund.

How to Capture Building Management’s Untapped Middle Market

In the building energy management sector, mid-size commercial properties like restaurants and stores are relegated to the industry’s untouched middle territory. But the right combination of low-cost and enhanced customer service could crack open this untapped market.

IBM Expands Smart Building, Green IT Tools

IBM has been talking for a long time about linking smart building technology and enterprise-wide sustainability. Late Thursday, it unleashed a slew of new products, services and partnerships aimed at cementing that role.

Today in Cleantech

Think of it as IBM’s “Smarter Planet” with IBM-designed wireless power watchdogs in charge. Big Blue came out this morning with a new process, dubbed CMOS-7HV, to combine power management and wireless communications on one chip while cutting production costs by 20 percent. Power management chips are in cell phones, computers, cars and solar panels, among other products, and iSupply expects the global market of $31 billion will double by 2015. Right now, IBM is trying out the new technology for smart phones with Irvine, Calif.-based chipmaker Wispry. But Rich Lechner, IBM’s vice president of eco-efficiency and sustainability, told me yesterday that IBM would like to see it embedded in such green systems as building energy sensors and controls, car electronics and solar panel monitors. IBM expects to announce some alternative energy projects involving CMOS-7HV soon, he added.