You've heard the complaints about SUV drivers "owning" the road, blocking other drivers' views, and polluting the environment. You've also felt the brunt of rising gas prices. So here's a website to convince you why NOT to buy an SUV.
Bay Area Action, a nonprofit environmental organization in the Silicon Valley, has created a website dedicated to informing visitors of the physical and environmental dangers of driving a sport utility vehicle. The site provides some sobering statistics. Did you know that Americans have wasted 70 billion gallons of gasoline since 1990, thanks to the inefficiencies of SUVs?
Since the group aims to educate, the site (www.baaction.org/SUVticket) provides a downloadable PDF file of an SUV ticket. Citizens may issue these to SUV drivers with violations such as, "Thought SUVs were safer, disregarded rollover warnings" and, "Did not realize SUVs pay higher insurance rates."
It's all in good humor, at the expense of gas guzzlers.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.