The American Honda Motor Co. Inc. has introduced a Honda Civic hybrid custom-designed and autographed by the pop act Panic at the Disco. The green car will hit the road with the band during its spring and summer tour and will be given away on July 31. Fans can register for free at concert appearances or at the website: hondacivictour.com. Entrants must be 18.
The band personalized the car with custom interior and exterior designs, making the hybrid the ultimate fan memorabilia. Custom choices by the band include a “time machine” interior with burgundy leather door panels and armrests, diamond-patterned leather seats and luxe buttoned headrests. The car also features a futuristic sound system tied to a satellite-linked navigation system. The hybrid gets 40 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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