Hanover, Germany--Continental Teves' 30-Meter Car Project
is not a stretched VW but a design effort to develop a car that can stop within
30m (98 ft)-about a 20% improvement-from a speed of 100 km/hr (62 mph) while not
adversely affecting other characteristics. This has now been demonstrated on a
specially equipped VW Golf. Part of the electronic strategy of highly
integrating systems on the 30-Meter Car is controlling brake damping in
proportion to the applied pedal force. Systems included on the car are
electrohydraulic brakes, air suspension and adjustable shock absorbers, tires
with optimized footprints, and force measuring sensors. Future work could have
the brake systems "talk" to the steering to optimize braking in turns.
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
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