A Los Angeles car rental company now offers rental cars powered by bio-diesel fuel. Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars began life on the Hawaiian island of Maui a few years ago and opened near Los Angeles International Airport in March of this year. Founder, Shaun Stenshol picked California for expansion because of the state's reputation for being environmentally friendly.
Stenshol is a former Greenpeace worker and an environmental activist. Bio-diesel runs about $3.45 per gallon, according to Reuters, about a dollar more than regular gas, but the cars can travel 400 to 800 miles per tank. The only glitch in Stenshol's earth-friendly rental service is refueling. Presently there is only one station in the Los Angeles metro area that sells bio-diesel fuel. Stenshol says he will get involved in helping to set up additional refueling stations in the LA area.
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.