Electric steering systems offer fuel efficiency advantages and reduced CO2 emissions over hydraulic power steering systems that run nonstop. The compact Mazda 2's electric motors only respond when they're needed, saving pricey fuel. TRW Automotive provides software and plenty of hardware, including the electronic control unit, steering angle sensors and the column drive motor. Electric power steering systems communicate over the vehicle's CANbus, so data can be shared with other systems to improve overall driving comfort.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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