Zipcar's campus car-sharing program has expanded to more than 140 campuses across North America and Great Britain. The program works by providing green cars on a shared basis to university communities where parking is a problem and car ownership is difficult and costly. University students and staff can use shared cars for off-campus errands and brief road trips.
Zipcar's program has grown 75 percent in the past year, now serving a total student population of 1 million in 25 cities. Using data from the EPA, Zipcar estimates its university programs have reduced carbon emissions by nearly 56 million lb annually, equivalent to the annual emission of 4,800 passenger vehicles.
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.