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Content posted in November 2011
Engineer's Toy Becomes a Profession
Electronics News 
11/30/2011  46 comments
Paul and Carol Flack started Bridge Street Toys to resurrect the engineering toys he remembered from his childhood.
Rockwell: Ethernet's Momentum in Automation Is Unstoppable
Electronics News 
11/22/2011  22 comments
Ethernet's move to the industrial automation space is gaining momentum, as engineers make the conversion from the fieldbuses of the 1990s to networks that unify the front office and factory floor.
Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Electronics News 
11/21/2011  42 comments
Engineers from General Motors say fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
Would You Vacation With Your Customers to Build a Better Product?
Electronics News 
11/18/2011  26 comments
Do you trust your customers to help you innovate? For most design engineers, the public answer is most likely "yes." The reality, though, may be a little more nuanced than that.
Ford to Jog Drowsy Drivers With Lane-Keeping Tech
Electronics News 
11/14/2011  35 comments
If you're one of the 40% of Americans who say they've nodded off at the wheel, then Ford Motor Co. may have news that will jump-start your next moonlight drive.
Smartphone's Next Role: Reducing Highway Fatalities
Electronics News 
11/1/2011  9 comments
Smartphones could reduce highways fatalities by running vehicle-to-vehicle communication applications.




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