Just as they do every year, Asian cars dominate the list of the best. Twenty-nine of the 30 top vehicles stretching from 1999 to 2008 are Asian. Most are Toyotas.
North American and European vehicles, meanwhile, dominate the “worst” list. Of the worst thirty, 14 are North American and 14 are European. Two are Asian. In a separate graph of “problems per 100 vehicles,” Volkswagens seem to hold up the worst of all. “Older Volkswagens (and Audis) stood out as the most problematic,” the magazine reports. “A typical eight-year-old Volkswagen has almost three times the number of problems as a typical eight-year-old Toyota.”
As always, Consumer Reports‘ surveys are based on extraordinary numbers of respondents. This year, the organization received approximately 1.4 million responses.
No survey is perfect, of course, but I believe the Consumer Reports surveys are about as good as anything that’s available.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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