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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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