Cameras are playing a key role as the auto industry looks forward to active safety systems. One is set to debut when Fiat's Lancia unveils the Delta. It uses TRW Automotive's video-based lane departure system, which uses a camera to watch the white lines and determine when the vehicle is drifting toward the lane markings. The system warns the drifting driver with gentle guidance/haptic feedback through the steering wheel. The camera is mounted on the rearview mirror so it's inside and has a clear view of the roadway.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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