The aftermarket provides a great way to add options that were too expensive or didn't exist when a car was new. Sanyo Electric Co.'s CCA-BC200 Automotive Rear View Backup Camera System, the first aftermarket rearview system, provides accurate images, letting drivers see what is in their path during back-up maneuvers. Altera Corp.'s Cyclone II FPGAs and embedded Nios II processor minimize distortion in wide-angle views and hard-to-interpret perspectives. A single Nios II core can replace two standard DSP chips, reducing size and cost while providing real-time processing for transforming, filtering, smoothing and blending algorithms.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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