Los Angeles —Hot on the heels of unveiling the X-Type mid-size sports sedan (see DN 1/6/01, p. 37), Jaguar stunned the LA Auto Show in January by announcing production commitment to a new roadster—the F-Type, which will compete with the likes of BMW's Z3 and the Porsche Boxster two seaters. While the X-Type hits the streets this year, "It will take us around three years to deliver the F-Type roadster to market," said Wolfgang Reitzle, Jaguar chairman.
The new design is seen as a smaller, "more affordable" complement to the current XK series of two seaters. A concept version of the F-Type debuted at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show, and "the overwhelmingly positive reaction across the globe to last year's concept has convinced Jaguar to build the F-Type roadster," added Reitzle.
It is nearly 40 years since Jaguar introduced its E-type sports car at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1961. The new F-Type is aimed at recalling the E-type in a contemporary car. Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar, noted, "The challenge is to create a true 21 st Century successor to the E-type"—considered a '60s automotive icon.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.