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.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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