An experimental Chevrolet Corvette took home the research award in the PC/104 Embedded Consortium's 2003 design contest. The car has a computer-controlled steering system that uses GPS information and automatic steering intervention to help drivers avoid road hazards and straying into other lanes. Although the vehicle has a traditional steering wheel, sensors and a high performance servomotor replace the steering shaft. Two sensors measure the pinion and steering wheel angle; the driver is able to control the car normally until problems arise.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.