A joint venture between Johnson Controls and Saft Advanced Power Solutions is developing lithium-ion batteries for hybrids and electric vehicles. General Motors tapped the technology for potential use in its Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid SUV. Lithium-ion technology offers advantages in packaging, energy storage and energy-delivery performance compared to the NiMH batteries used in hybrids today. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium is supporting the project, predicting the extended range that comes with longer battery life will enhance the attraction of hybrids.
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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