When you think about the future, you might envision commuting to work in a self-driving electric vehicle – even one that picks you up at your door. That dream may take a few more years to come true, but in many ways, the future is already here.
Automotive manufacturers have a lot of priorities to balance – fuel economy, safety, cost, increased customer expectations and keeping manufacturing efficient as new innovations come into play. As cars use different materials to keep them lighter, the way they are held together is also changing.
A scientist’s the hunt for the next big breakthrough
Why pay for a new car every five years? It’s a big deal to dish out that kind of cash.
More than 60 years ago, an advance in technology changed the way we make things. That discovery improves dozens of applications that help us see road signs better, have more efficient abrasives and have access to microneedles that may soon provide us with patient-friendly shots.
There exists a place that will eat any echo. “It is so quiet you can hear your heart beat,” says scientist Tom Hanschen. The sound is damped, so there is no echo or reverberation in the room. It is literally one of the quietest places you will find.
Matthew Swift says school kids used to say his team’s solar car looked like a boat or a spaceship. He and his teammates at don’t get that comment anymore – not since introducing Penumbra.
You may remember a time when your car didn’t have GPS, heated seats and charging stations. We continue to ask for more comforts in our vehicles, but automakers also need to keep cars fuel efficient and lightweight.