The Bugatti Veyron can fly down highways at more than 250 mph, but for those who shell out more than $1 million for the fastest street-legal car, its ability to stop can’t be overlooked. Braking from top speed to a standstill in 10 sec requires more than its eight titanium brake pistons. Its rear wing acts as a brake, using two MTS Systems Corp. magnetostrictive position sensors to adjust the wing’s height, with another maximizing angular adjustments for the air brake. The wing raises and assumes a 55 degree angle in just 0.4 sec. Sensors from MTS, based in Cary, NC, are housed in the hydraulic piston that moves the wing.
Prosthetic limbs and other artificial body parts have come a long way in the last 10 to 20 years, and many on the market and under development today can restore nearly the same functions as the human body parts they’re replacing, or even improve them.