A milestone has been reached in the long effort to establish a single charging standard for electric vehicles. After 18 months of testing and deliberations, a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) task force has adopted a charge coupler design based on butt-type contact technology. The design thus becomes part of the J1772 standard of SAE. The action sets the stage for marketplace competition in inductive charging systems. The task force also considered pin and sleeve technology, which the Japan Electric Vehicle Assn. adopted as the standard in Japan. SAE J1772 will continue to reference this standard.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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