Fog can inhibit the driver's vision and has been among the highest heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) complaints reported in recent J. D. Power Initial Quality Surveys. An automatic fog control system which uses the inputs from a unit such as Delphi's Integrated Dew Point and Glass Temperature (IDGT) sensor operates in conjunction with the automatic climate control system to prevent fogging. Unlike an infrared fog detector, the IDGT measures glass temperature, air temperature under the sensor, and the relative humidity of the air to react prior to fog occurring. Recent enhancements in the sensor include improved response for the capacitive humidity sensor in the 80 to 100 percent relative humidity range and more accurate (2 percent) thermistors to measure the fogging condition more accurately. For more information on Delphi's IDGT sensor go to: http://rbi.ims.ca/4914-502
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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