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.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
While many larger companies are still reluctant to rely on wireless networks to transmit important information in industrial settings, there is an increasing acceptance rate of the newer, more robust wireless options that are now available.
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