Sensors are making luxury cars ever more lavish. The redesigned 2007 Lexus LS460 deploys Denso's matrix infrared ray (IR) sensor, which it claims is the first of its kind, to detect the surface temperature distribution inside the vehicle cabin. The system's electronic control unit uses that data to automatically control temperature and airflow so passengers in both front and rear seats can be comfortable in their personally-selected climate zone. The sensor, one of about 40 in the vehicle, checks two points on the person and one on the seat.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its Neckarsulm plant: the so-called "chairless chair." The device's carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.