The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system automatically adjusts a vehicle's speed to maintain a constant headway between vehicles. A pre-set cruising speed is applied through the automatic adjustment of the throttle by downshifting and/or actuating "feather" braking. A radar headway sensor, hidden behind the grille, detects obstacles ahead and enables the vehicle to travel at a set speed or adapt to the speed of the vehicle in front. An on-board microcomputer processes the radar information and converts the electronic instructions into engine speed or brake pressure.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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