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I like my tiny little Mazda, however I ’ ll be honest — I still wear ’ t totally comprehend how it works. That ’ s never ever truly bothered me before (I ’ d much rather geek out over a phone or something) however a Kickstarter task from a small group in Boston has me itching to pay more attention to exactly what ’ s truly going on under the hood. Long tale short, Dash integrates a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled dongle that plugs into your vehicle ’ s on-board diagnostics port with an iPhone app that provides you up-to-date details how on your car is holding up.
Yes, I know that probably seems extremely familiar.
We ’ ve seen a few fledglings tapping into that certain port recently — Carvoyant inked handle local car dealers to more broadly distribute its always-on diagnostics and tracking device previously this year, and Y Combinator-backed Automatic got a lot of attention for taking a comparable idea and incorporating it with an awfully good-looking iPhone app interface. Dash ’ s approach seems to look like the latter slightly even more than the previous, however at their core they ’ re all trying to complete the same objective: to enhance the driving experience by shining light on information that wasn ’ t always easily available.
So should you think about Dash over something like the ultra-slick Automatic when both devices are both slated to cost around $ 69? That all comes down to how you feel about the little techniques that set Dash apart from the oft-hyped California start-up ’ s service.
In addition to tracking fuel use, passing along notices when your car ’ s elements have gone awry and letting individuals locate their vehicles on a map, Dash users can use their smartphone as a secondary screen of kinds for realtime details like existing rate, engine RPM, and fuel economy. The huge idea behind latter is that you ’ ll have the ability to find an environmentally-friendly sweet spot while cruising along, though chances are you ’ ve already got some type of indicator telling you how fuel-efficient your driving is if you ’ re driving a more current automobile. Still, because UNITED STATE cars from as far back as 1996 have ODB ports there are plenty of drivers who might stand to take advantage of this sort of details.
Oh, and a side note: if Dash appeals to you since your vehicle ’ s inbuilt speedometer and tachometer don ’ t work, you should truly get that looked after first.
In case you were wishing to bring your social fixation into your automobile too, all that driving data can be automatically published to an associated online Dash account. From there people can compare their own metrics to their fellow Dash individuals and pick up on best practices for squeezing ideal performance from their trips (sadly, there doesn ’ t appear to be a way to mock them mercilessly for driving like your grandmother). What ’ s more, individuals can likewise tape-record and share in-car video with speed and engine information overlaid on top of it, well, simply because.
Those of you wanting to make your iPhone an extension of your automobile have to consider that the Dash still appears like a long way from fruition. At time of composing the group ’ s Kickstarter campaign has raised simply over $ 15,000 from backers, and is ultimately shooting to top $ 750,000 prior to Could 11. Ought to the Dash team fulfill that lofty objective though, they wish to get the first set of dongles out at some point this June — in the nick of time for summer roadtrip period. Sadly, simply like with Automatic, Android individuals will have to wait until later on in the year to get their mobile vehicle diagnostics on.
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As of November 2010, you can include a 3D-printed vehicle to that list, too.
The Urbee 2 is a two-wheeled hybrid assembled completely from parts spat out of 3D printers, reports Wired. Simply as Makerbot and Type 1 have actually altered the way we perceive production, Urbee is seeking to change the means we construct vehicles.
Urbee is the creation of Jim Kor and his team at Kor Ecologic, a group entirely committed to the future of 3D car manufacturing. Their website expands upon their marvelous vision for the future of the automobile, a couple of points of which we’ve noted below.
“Utilize the least quantity of energy possible for each kilometer took a trip.
Trigger as little contamination as possible throughout manufacturing, operation, and recycling of the automobile.
Use products available as close as feasible to where the auto is constructed.”
Kor’s objective is to make the vehicles of the future light, energy-efficient and simple to make.
The production process of the Urbee takes location completely inside RedEye, a 3D-printing center that was also utilized to produce the globe’s first 3D-printed motorbike. Kor says one of the virtues of 3D printing is the added adaptability that’s impossible to produce with slab metal. Rather of producing a wide variety of parts that would be put together later, the 3D printers can spit out a solitary, unibody part that makes producing a heck of a whole lot much easier. Kor just publishes the designs for each part into the printers, and 2,500 hours later on (that’s something like 105 days), Kor has all the plastic parts he should construct his auto.
That’s right, the world’s first 3D-printed car is also a plastic automobile.
Kor has assurances that the Urbee will be perfectly safe to drive out on in the roadway. “We’re calling it race automobile security,” Kor informs Wired. “We desire the vehicle to pass the technician evaluation needed at Le Mans.” And the car isn’t entirely made from plastic. The engine and the base chassis, naturally, will be made from steel.
Good luck, Urbee. You might look like a large computer mouse, but you’ve come a long way from the days when you looked like this.
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Question by ruha mehboob: What are the applications of robotics in automobile industry?
importance of robotics in automobile industry
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They do all the repetitive tasks faster, and more accurately than a human – riveting, spray painting etc etc
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Ever wonder how the world would still turn after MPG stickers were updated to take hybrids and EVs into consideration? Wonder no more. Purportedly, the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to decide by July’s end whether it’ll require “emissions grades” on all new vehicles. We’re told that said stickers would resemble those shown above, complete with a QR code that could be scanned by any smartphone for more detailed information on how a grade was decided upon. As the story goes, cars would be graded from A through D, with a score of F presumably omitted for political correctness. If implemented, it wouldn’t require automakers to slap these onto their rides until the 2013 model year, but as you’d expect, said car companies aren’t exactly pumped about the idea. As of now, 40 percent of the vehicles on American roads would receive Cs or Ds, and Ohio’s own Rep. Steven LaTourette had this to say about it: “Those who live in Planet Reality might need a minivan or SUV to haul around four kids in child and booster seats, and have room for luggage and a family dog. Thanks to the EPA, they’ll be lucky to find a vehicle that gets a C.” In truth, he’s dead right, but there’s always two sides to every story. To counter the obvious, automakers are instead backing “a more modest labeling redesign” that’s not quite so jarring to consumers. Ah, the wonders of compromise.
In a move that could shape the mobile landscape — or simply suck down cash, of course — General Motors just revealed that Google was its mysterious infotainment partner. In the final hours before Google I/O, we sat down with GM VP Nick Pudar to tell us what the future thus holds for OnStar. As we saw in January, GM’s already developing smartphone apps for the Chevy Volt on iPhone, Blackberry and Android that will let you remotely lock doors, honk the horn, check tire pressure and more…. But sometime after the Volt launches, Google Maps Navigation will be integrated into the smartphone app, and we got a hands-on tour. Check out the new interface and hear about GM’s strategy after the break.
Google partnership has GM OnStar exploring Maps, open APIs and more originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 May 2010 12:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.