A recent study from Frost & Sullivan finds that regulatory pressures from government authorities such as the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are stimulating the adoption of fuel cell technologies. The goal of that pressure is to ensure reduced emissions and encourage the conversion to alternative fuels. The research also finds that initiatives such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership are also likely to usher in the use of fuel cells in commercial vehicles much earlier than expected.
Fuel cells help reduce the dependence on fossil fuel by using hydrogen. These energy-efficient devices have the ability to reduce noxious emissions considerably. Frost & Sullivan analysts believe government pressure will speed the development of fuel cell technology, thus making this alternative more practical for the auto industry sooner than auto industry experts expect.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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