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What Can Seamless Electro-Mechanical Vehicles Learn From Nature?
Published October 21, 1996 by Convergence Transportation Electronics Association in United States
A rule of nature is that the amount of energy, or mass, required to obtain a given level of functionality must be minimized. As a result, natural systems have evolved seamless electro-mechanical integration by exploiting intelligence and by developing multi-functional componentry.
There may also be more seamless electro-mechanical integration in future vehicles because the limitations of electronics integration and demand for new features will inevitably clash with vehicle space and cost constraints.
Meeting this need to maximize "functional density" will, however, require further improvements in several of the enabling technologies, such as digital signal processing, micro-electro-mechanical systems and smart materials.