Mercedes is augmenting its hybrid vehicle offerings with an S Class luxury car that will be a highlight of its 2009 line. The S Class 400 hybrid will use electric motors and a battery pack to augment its 3.5l, six-cylinder engine. That battery pack will be supplied by Johnson Controls-Saft, a joint agreement between the suppliers of automotive components and batteries, respectively. The battery supplier will also provide the control system that makes sure its lithium-ion batteries operate safely over a long lifetime. Initial performance specifications for the 400 claim mileage in excess of 40 mpg, a high level for a luxury vehicle.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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