Soon drivers will be able to plot eco-friendly routes. Engineers from Audi of America Inc.'s California Research Labs are working with three California universities to reduce CO2 emissions through intelligent interactions between the driver and the car. "The path between two points can be measured in distance, but it can also be measured in the amount of carbon dioxide that our vehicles emit," says Daniel Rosario, Audi's manager of Connected Vehicles. When drivers choose a route with the lowest CO2 emissions, they can improve fuel efficiency by 20 percent. Rosario notes the technology exists today — it just needs to be integrated into an "intelligent vehicle network."
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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