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) .
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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