Orange, CA—The neat looking mystery car we asked readers to identify in the annual auto issue of Design News (DN 10.02.2000, p. 34) is the Saab Quantum III roadster, seen on the cover of the July 8, 1964 issue. Of the two surviving copies (only three were made, with the first serving as the sacrificial fiberglass mold-master for the others), one is owned by Bud Clark of J & B Imports (email@example.com ) and the other, which is for sale, by an associate of his.
Design News flashlights go to the only three readers to correctly identify the car before press time—Ken Butcher, Ralph Semonian, and Joe Clift. Many sharp-eyed readers noticed the subtle differences in hubcaps and rearview mirrors between the two pictures we ran. The reason: the best photos were of the front of one of the surviving cars and the back of the other.
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.