Haier is now the fastest-growing provider of appliances in the world. Since 2011, it has held the largest worldwide market share in white goods. With its upscale brands in China, such as Casarte, and its growing presence in the United States, Europe, and Japan, this US$38 billion company has moved out of the value-priced and niche appliance domain to compete directly with top-of-the-line appliances from more established companies. It has accomplished this by being a consistently coherent and capable company: staying true to its core identity as a company dedicated to solving problems for consumers, while continually reinventing itself with imagination and verve.
This reflects a growing availability of advanced-driver assistance systems, or ADAS, such as lane-keeping assist, automatic braking or adaptive cruise control in the market. As auto makers offer the components needed to power these functions in option packages as low as $1,800, they are being snapped up at a far higher rate than electrified vehicles.
After a decade of spending much of its time and billions focused on boosting fuel-efficiency, Washington is increasing its focus on technology that could save lives.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering ways to make ADAS features more ubiquitous, and Congress will hold a hearing Tuesday from Alphabet Inc.’s Google X team and General Motors.
Thor carries 57 sensors analyzing 140 variables like chest compression, sternum acceleration, and skull shifting. The old dummies typically measured about 20 such factors.
NHTSA says it plans to use Thor as part of its public, nationwide crash-test analysis beginning in 2019. Once that happens, auto companies will also have to make their vehicles markedly safer, says Warren Hardy, head of Virginia Tech’s Center for Injury Biomechanics. “We’re going to be able to design things to prevent a wider range of injuries and keep people intact,” he says, “not just keep them alive.”
Pair the paint with related tech like infrared-reflecting windows, and the effects are amplified. When the DOE tested a Cadillac STS with infrared-reflective glass (offered by automakers including Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Volvo) and solar reflective paint, it found the car’s cooling demands dropped by 30 percent (from 5.7 to 4.0 kW).
More important, just like the early iPhone, Amazon has managed to turn the Echo into the center of a new ecosystem. Developers are flocking to create voice- controlled apps for the device, or skills, as Amazon calls them. There are now more than 300 skills for the Echo, from the trivial — there is one to make Alexa produce rude body sounds on command — to the pretty handy. It can tell you transit schedules, start a seven-minute workout. read recipes, do math and conversions, and walk you through adventure games, among other possibilities.
Makers of digital home devices like Nest are also rushing to make their products compatible with the Echo. Alexa can now control your Internet—connected lights, home thermostats and a variety of other devices. Hardware makers can also add Alexa’s brain into their own devices, so soon you won’t need an Echo to consult with Alexa — you could find it in your toaster, your refrigerator or your car.
The (mamaRoo) seat simulates five gentle motions optimized for soothing, from a car ride to a gentle wave, to a tree swing. It has plenty of accessories to make the experience more fun and comfortable. But what really gets me excited is the fact that you can now control it the entire experience from an app on your iOS or Android mobile device.
Of course there are also the existing benefits of the infant seat that moms have loved, like four built-in soothing sounds, and an MP3 plug-in to play your own music instead of the tinny nursery song excerpts on traditional infant seats and swings. It mercifully charges in a standard wall outlet, so buh-bye, to those zillions of pricy C-batteries destined for landfills.
Governing magazine highlights new infrastructure investments governments are having to make
- After Delphi, an auto parts manufacturer, took its driverless vehicle on a cross-country trip, company officials told Steudle that despite nominally uniform standards across states, the pavement markings were actually all different.
- Connected vehicles can't communicate with stoplights and pavement sensors unless those devices broadcast their information. Those traffic devices, in turn, can benefit from information from the connected vehicles.
- One of (Colorado’s) new initiatives aims to equip 1,000 vehicles owned by the general public with smartphone apps that will gather information about road and traffic conditions, much the way that the traffic apps Google Maps and Waze already do.
When it sits on your bathroom counter, a new device called Droppler measures how much water you're using and gives real-time feedback. But once you've trained yourself to take shorter showers—and you're no longer using the gadget—you can turn it into a drone or a video camera.
Founders at Nascent, the startup making Droppler, think that this could be the future of electronics: instead of tossing out new technology a couple of years after buying it, the guts inside can just be transformed into whatever you need next.
The company studied 600 electronic products, and found that a kit of less than 15 modular parts could build 80% of the gadgets on the market. The shape and the software might be different, but the things that make your Nest or drone work—and what give it its environmental footprint—are basically the same.
Wall beds no longer simply hide away behind an unusable wall or sliding doors, but serve as a shelf, table or desk when tucked away. Engineered for stability and ease of use, there is no need to clear off the desk before setting up a wall bed. In just a few quick moves, a living room or office can transform into a guest bedroom.
Sofa beds that convert into bunk beds make for an easy way to sleep two without clearing away furniture to unfold a traditional sofa bed. It's a perfect solution for grandparents who occasionally watch children overnight, or for turning a one-bedroom apartment into a home for a family of four.
Transforming furniture and space-saving design isn't just reserved for beds. Side tables and coffee tables that easily turn into dining tables allow a modest home to readily host large dinner parties or family gatherings. The square footage of a home should not limit the experiences and memories that can be had within its walls.
The little EV may look like just another five-door compact, but two figures make it an engineering masterstroke: 200 and 30,000.
That first number is its range: 200 miles on a fully charged battery. That’s a number exceeded only by Tesla, whose cheapest model starts north of $70,000. And that brings us to the second number. Chevy promises the Bolt will cost less than $30,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit. Together, they make the Bolt the first EV that delivers excellent range at a great price. It is the electric car for the masses.