Hoping to help jump-start the move to HD Radio, Visteon Corp. is offering HD Jump, a portable radio that docks in automotive and home settings. It brings the clarity of Ibiquity’s digital technology, now being broadcast by more than 1,000 radio stations. An ARM processor from STMicroelectronics, augmented with a Texas Instruments DSP chip that utilizes Visteon’s Mach DSP technology, handles music processing while also offering song title and artist information. The automotive cradle includes an MP3 jack, giving owners of older cars many of the infotainment selections of new high-end vehicles.
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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