Honda Motor Co. has announced it will unveil an electric concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The company also plans to show off a new type of hybrid powertrain at the show.
Like Toyota, Honda has been notable in the past for saying that electric cars cost too much and offer too little driving range. Both companies, however, have moved toward pure electric powertrains in the past year. Toyota announced earlier this year that it is teaming with Tesla Motors on the development of a pure electric car.
Honda is saying little about the announced rollouts, but the hybrid powertrain is believed to be aimed at large vehicles.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.