Want to be the hit of Thanksgiving dinner conversation and small-talk with the extended family? Why not share your insights into the future of cars?
Bone up with some past RDN coverage and drop those topics or tidbits into casual conversation, and you’ll look like an MIT engineer or the well-read auto body professional you are.
Cars seem to be “cool” to non-gearheads again with the hype around self-driving cars, the increasing convergence of Silicon Valley computing and Detroit manufacturing, and “The Fast and the Furious” getting a ninth sequel. So you’ll probably have an attentive audience and help keep family drama or angry political debates from bubbling over.
3-D printing an entire car, or at least a part of it?
Intriguing developments, predictions in 3-D carbon-fiber automotive printing: Recent reports in Popular Mechanics and Wards Auto offer some glimpses of the future of automotive 3-D printing, a potentially carbon-fiber-intensive technology with the potential to alter collision repair. More.
Carbon fiber? Why not use tree, tequila composites instead?
Ultimate wood grain: Clemson, USDA seek composite bumpers from trees: Bring a house painter onto your auto paint team: A Clemson scientist and a USDA lab are attempting to create composite fenders and bumpers out of wood fibers. More.
Ford kicks in $5M, becomes first OEM charter member of carbon-fiber researching Composites Institute (This is the tequila one.)
Anything Tesla (Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re always interesting)
Musk: Model 3 will ace 5-star crash ratings, pre-orders at 198K day after reveal (This is the one normal people can afford.)
Go green: Hydrogen Toyotas, Bolts, and ‘eTrucks’
Self-driving cars — and safety tech we have now
How ‘turn taking’ between driver and autonomous cars could give shops some crashes to repair: A human alerted by a vehicle to take over needs 5-8 seconds to assess the situation and get back to the mentality of a typical driver. More.