Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. has deployed an all-electric delivery truck that was developed with the help of a $39 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Navistar intends to build 400 of the all-electric trucks at its facility in Elkhart, IN during its first year of production, and the company expects to produce several thousand vehicles per year in the next few years.
The all-electric truck was designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness, producing zero tailpipe emissions. Navistar designed the vehicle to travel 100 miles before a recharge. It is intended primarily for fleets and commercial truck users in congested, urban environments where stop-and-go driving would otherwise consume a large amount of fuel.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.