It’ll be a while before we see the Honda CR-Z hybrid concept car, but a few southern California residents will shortly get to lease Honda’s FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel car.
Even thought they have yet to be real, both these cars represent the most innovative vehicles shown on the first day of the Detroit Auto Show here in Motor City on Sunday.
The Clarity will lease for $600 a month while Honda puts out an infrastructure to support the vehicle. A national roll-out is still not a certainty, according to Todd Mittelman with American Honda. The car features an electric motor and a single tank of hydrogen to charge the batteries, which promise 100 kW. The vehicle’s only emission is water. First deliveries will be this summer.
The CR-Z represents Honda’s second-generation hybrid, but Honda was spare with the details. Honda also plans another hybrid priced lower than today’s Honda Civic hybrid, which could be a production variant of the CR-Z.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.