Volvo doesn't trust the air we breathe, at least not that of many polluted city centers. Instead, it has come out with the Volvo Ambient Air Cleaner (VAAC)—currently used in Volvo's Versatility Concept Car (VCC)—which filters the surrounding air of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Among the benefits: it neutralizes the equivalent of up to three cars' exhaust emissions, and its sensor activates the fan in response to pollution detection. Solar cells power the VAAC when the car is parked.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.