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."
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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