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.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
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