Auto supplier Johnson Controls has unveiled a number of environmentally friendly innovations and new materials in a concept hybrid car. The car has a plug-in hybrid battery in the trunk that provides for low-emission operation.
The car also includes new substrate materials processed from natural fibers to replace interior plastic. The front seat structures are constructed of lightweight materials designed to lighten the total weight of the car. The car is made of aluminum and steel that are combined using special welding processes to further reduce weight and improve mileage.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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