Meritor Automotive has introduced the "shift-by-wire" system--the SureShift(TM) transmission--that it claims will "dramatically increase the ease and comfort of safely shifting a non-synchronized manual transmission" for truckers. The new system offers the ease of an automatic transmission, but keeps manual control at the driver's fingertips. The technology prevents improper shifting by making it virtually impossible for drivers to make a shift that would over-rev or excessively jug the engine. To operate, the driver simply pushes a joystick forward for upshifts and pulls it back for downshifts. Clutch actuation is only required for starts and stops, which further reduces the driver's workload. The module is integral to the seat, ensuring that it's always comfortably within the driver's reach. The design also allows drivers to fold the module down and out of the way when not in use for easy access to the rest of the cab. Phone (800) 535-5560 (P) .
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
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