USA Today reported today that a joint venture between Toyota Motor Co. and Panasonic will start making lithium-ion batteries next year, reportedly for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Toyota-Panasonic joint venture previously made nickel-metal hydride batteries for Toyota’s hybrids. Automakers are looking to lithium-ion for future hybrids because it offers higher energy density.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
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