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.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
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