Ford (www.ford.com) and General Motors (www.gm.com) have agreed to jointly develop a high-volume, front-wheel-drive, 6-speed automatic transmission that would offer a 4% improvement in fuel economy over 4-speed automatic transmissions available in today's cars. Other new features would include a wider gear ratio span, a compact design, and higher torque capacity. The new transmission would be available in mid-to-late decade on front-wheel-drive cars and SUVs.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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