What started out as a satellite music network is now opening the door for telematics. Ford Motor Co. is extending its Sirius offerings to include the Sirius Travel Link navigation system. It gives drivers up-to-the-minute information on current gas prices, traffic, coast-to-coast weather conditions, sports scores and movie listings. That information is coupled with Ford's navigation system, which was developed by Xanavi.
As more functions like point of interest data and huge MP3 playlists make their way into the vehicle, Ford is also simplifying access with voice control. Its Sync system, developed with help from Microsoft, will soon be offered on nearly all Ford vehicles. It is on track to reach 1 million sales in early 2009.
Ford Motor Co. is extending its Sirius offerings to include the Sirius Travel Link navigation system.
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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