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.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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