The 2007 BMW X5 Sport Activity Vehicle is a high-tech showcase. One of its more unusual sensor systems is an Air Classification Module that prevents the intake of harmful combustion fumes like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. AppliedSensor of Warren, NJ, makes the module, employing a pair of sensing elements from Sensata Technologies, based in Attleboro, MA. The sensors work closely with a module in the air intake duct of the vehicle’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to temporarily shut down intake when fumes are detected.
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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