As large trucks use more electronics, it's becoming easier to monitor things like tires, door latches, temperature sensors and cargo sensors. Digi International's ConnectPort™ X5 provides an array of connectivity options, supporting cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS, vehicle area networks and satellites. Digi's XBee® 802.15.4/ZigBee or point-to-multi-point 2.4- GHz radio technology lets drivers deploy low-power sensor networks throughout the vehicle, giving them real-time information about critical elements on their trucks. The system also lets drivers use Wi-Fi-enabled devices like vehicle displays and handheld devices. Fleet managers can use satellite or cellular links to monitor vehicle locations, even employing GPS to fence vehicles into certain areas.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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