General Motors and BMW will jointly develop refueling devices for liquid hydrogen vehicles. The companies are also inviting other automakers to join the initiative. The collaboration centers on setting global standards and specifications, says Christoph Huss, head of Science and Traffic Policy for BMW (see DN 08.05.2002, p 21). "So that customers will not be confronted with various systems, standardizing the refueler coupler is a must," he adds. Both companies are looking to have hydrogen vehicles for sale by 2010. www.bmw.com.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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