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
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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