Posts with tag: ‘auto’

Japan’s Strange Musical Roads are Actually a Speed Deterrent

When traveling down certain stretches of road in Japan, you don’t need the radio, streaming audio, or anything else. The roads themselves provide music as you drive over the surface. That makes complete sense, coming from a nation where toilets sing and you can get socks made of sushi.

While these roads certainly seem weird, they also serve a purpose aside from entertaining drivers.

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3D Printing Helps Volkswagen Race to the Clouds for Pikes Peak

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle race to the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado, but this year's race might be even more extraordinary than usual thanks to 3D printing.

Racers take on the 12.42-mile public toll road, which contains a whopping 156 turns. Total elevation climb is 4,720 feet. At the summit, the elevation is 14,115 feet above sea level.

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Google Automotive Trends Report Shows What People Want Out of Their Cars

Every year, Google publishes a report on trends for the automotive industry. This is different from other industry trend reports, because it comes from searches typed by Google users. Market research firms often rely on focus groups, consumer surveys, and complex formulas. Of course, Google is privy to a data set many envy, so it leverages that advantage. The idea, as claimed by the tech giant, is that this sampling of buyer interests and intents is more representative of the whole range of consumers in different markets. I won’t bore you with Google’s methodology, since you can read all about it in the report.

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Daihatsu & Stratasys include the customer in the design process

If there’s one thing I know about our Community, it’s that you guys like designing cars. And engines. A lot. So when I saw that the Stratasys mothership had forged a partnership with Japanese automaker Daihatsu to create the first-ever automotive mass customization effort using 3D printing, it seemed like something you’d want to know about. Printing replacement parts (like a new grill, for example) is now very much a reality for Daihatsu owners. And if product parts don't blow your hair back, you can also print custom skins for whichever body panel you like. Pretty cool. Full article here.

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