If you haven’t already, take a look at the web site dedicated to T. Boone Pickens’ energy plan. Pickens deserves credit for conjuring up a comprehensive plan. And it’s hard to argue with his statements about America’s addiction to foreign oil. But will his plan work? In the next two weeks we’ll go to experts in the automotive and energy arenas to get their views on the viability of the plan, which calls for heavy use of wind energy and natural-gas-powered vehicles. In the meantime, look at his site and let us know what you think.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
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