Engineers may not care all that much about the label on their jeans, but when it comes to their cars, style is another story entirely. Of the Design News' readers participating in our exclusive automotive survey, 80% of the respondents rated "appearance" as an important or very important consideration in the purchase of their next passenger vehicle (outranking key features like fuel efficiency and engine type!). We're more interested, though, in the 4.5% of engineers who say they don't give a rap what their car looks like. In the words of one reader, "The only thing I care about is that it works. Then, I might think about getting it washed." Spoken like, perhaps a true engineer. For more results from our exclusive survey, see page 80.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
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