Software is a bigger factor in automotive design than steel or glass, exceeding more than a third of total auto production costs, according to a survey by VDC (www.vdc-corp.com/embedded/press/03/pr03-82.html). Software development costs now average 38 percent of production, up from 26 percent in 1999. The rise of electronics to control fuel economy, safety, and other aspects of driving push up labor costs and software licensing costs.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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