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."
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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