Le Mans, France —During the 24-hr race at Le Mans (June 17-18), information flowed from General Motors race cars via the Internet to homes around the world, providing a new perspective on the term "spectator sport." GM's demonstration of its ability to connect vehicles to the Internet allowed anyone with Internet access to see first-hand what had previously been exclusive to drivers and pit crews. Telemetry data from four Cadillac and Corvette entries included speed, braking, rpm, and lateral g-forces. The experience included real-time positions of the cars on the course, and allowed viewers to see through the drivers' eyes during the day and even at night through in-car cameras and the first ever road-racing use of Cadillac's exclusive Night Vision technology.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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