Cadillac introduced Vizon, a cross between a sport-utility vehicle
and a station wagon, at the North American International Auto show. With this
car, Cadillac is expanding our vocabulary by referring to Vizon as an all-wheel
drive luxury activity vehicle.
"The Vizon concept is an alternative to conventional sport
utilities and wagons, offering their best features in one vehicle," says Wayne
Cherry, vice-president, GM design and portfolio centers.
The Vizon wheel base 119.4 inches. Overall length is 191.4 inches with width
measuring 70.9 inches. It's height is 64.2 inches. Vizon's unitized body/chassis
is made from steel. Its suspension is a front high arm SLA, rear independent
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.