through 90 degrees. It can also drive diagonally and turn on the spot. The chassis can push itself together while driving, thus shortening the length of the car by 0.8 meters to 1.5 meters. Additional modules like passenger cells can be attached
all depending on the individual needs of the driver. In future, the
EO smart connecting car
will also be able to drive completely autonomously.
Image provided by: DFKI GmBH
the EO smart connecting car is primarily efficient as part of a group.
For further information go to: www.robotik.dfki-bremen.de
Image provided by: West Saxon University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau
Copyright: Jaka Plesec
Reflective safety vests are a critical safety component as soon as people (have to) stop on or next to the road. Students at the Weißensee School of Art in Berlin have worked in cooperation with the Thüring-Vogtland Textile Research Institute to develop a safety vest that uses LEDs to display a variety of different signs and that can be controlled by gestures.
The TexVest is made from polyester fitted with 4,230 LEDs. The textile panel is connected to move-ment sensors on the arms and a microprocessor. This enables the vest to recognize the wearer
s hand signals and display the associated image. The technology could, for example, help police officers to regulate traffic at night.
For further information go to: www.kh-berlin.de
Traffic signs on the torso
4,230 LEDs are required for gesture control.
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Passion is a driving force of Audi
s development work. Passion means love, sometimes lust and always full commitment.
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From the wrist
delicate lines, strong lines
with deft strokes, the contours of a new vehicle are conjured onto paper.
Gran Torino Text Uwe Hans