Toyota and GM stole the show at this year's SAE World Congress with a one-person i-swing concept vehicle and a "skateboard" chassis for the Chevy Sequel. Read on for more innovations from the show. Show Coverage
Toyota Shows Off i-swing Toyota engineers stole the show at SAE 2007 as they buzzed around in their one-person i-swing concept vehicle. The three-wheeled i-swing, a so-called “personal mobility vehicle,” captured the attention of attendees when its operator leaned it back and drove it on two wheels. Read More
U.S. Army Demonstrates Autonomous Robot The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) rolled out a new concept enabling multiple autonomous robots to be operated from a single controller. The new concept enables one operator to see and control multiple robots on a single screen, then give orders to the robots, which autonomously find their way to their destinations. Read More
GM Shows Off Sequel 'Skateboard' General Motors Corp. showed off the so-called “skateboard” for its Chevy Sequel technical concept vehicle at SAE this week. The vehicle, which GM calls the “most technically advanced automobile ever built,” is designed around hydrogen fuel cell technology and uses three electric motors and a lithium-ion battery for its propulsion system. Read More
Crash Dummies Get Smarter Automotive manufacturers at the SAE World Congress this week rolled out new technologies that could help crash dummies provide better information to researchers. Boxboro Systems, for example, showed off an optical non-contact measurement system that combines LEDs and optical sensors to simulate deflection of a driver’s chest during a crash. Read More
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.