Some traffic studies say if drivers reacted half a second earlier, approximately half of all accidents could be avoided. Mobileye N.V. is among the suppliers attempting to provide alerts that let drivers know there's a situation that could lead to an accident. Its vision-based advanced driver assistance systems can be used in lane-departure warning systems, which are sometimes called a virtual rumble strip, that warns drivers when they're drifting from their lane. STMicroelectronics is providing system-on-chip technologies that add processing capabilities to the vision sensor. The EyeQ2 vision technology can also be used for adaptive headlight control, traffic sign recognition, forward-collision warning and collision avoidance through radar/camera fusion, which can drastically reduce the number of accidents.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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