J.D. Power and Assoc. named Volkswagen of America Inc. in Auburn Heights, MI, the most environmentally friendly automaker in its Alternative Powertrain Study. The study includes an automotive environmental index that assesses EPA data with “voice-of-the-customer” information to scrutinize 37 automotive brands relative to a range of environmental factors. The brands are then ranked, and Volkswagen topped the list due to its three low-emission vehicles, the Golf, Jetta and New Beetle.
The J.D. Power study also recognized Volkswagen for its products in the diesel arena, as the automaker is the leading manufacturer of diesel cars in the U.S. with its new Touareg V10 TDI, a turbodiesel SUV that has a particle filter, and the Jetta TDI, which is the auto industry’s top-selling diesel vehicle.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
Traditional dev kits are based on a manufacturer’s microcontroller, radio module, or sensor device. The idea is to aid the design engineer in developing his or her own IoT prototype as quickly as possible. A not-so-traditional IoT development kit released by Bosch aims to simplify IoT prototyping even further.
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