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MathWorks Enhances Rapid Control Prototyping and Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing Capabilities with QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS)

MathWorks Enhances Rapid Control Prototyping and Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing Capabilities with QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS)

MathWorks today announced key updates to Simulink Real-Time that enhance rapid control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing with Model-Based Design. In Release 2020b, Simulink Real-Time has been enabled with the QNX Neutrino RTOS, a multi-process 64-bit POSIX-compliant real-time operating system from BlackBerry. The QNX RTOS is widely used in life and safety-critical systems for vehicles, medical devices, industrial controls, rail, robotics and aerospace & defense.

The update builds on the existing Simulink Real-Time and Speedgoat integration, enabling engineers to extend their Simulink models with I/O driver blocks, automatically build real-time applications, create instrumentation, and perform interactive or automated runs on a target computer. Engineers can replace a physical system such as a vehicle, aircraft, or robot with a real-time simulation of a virtual system to reduce the cost of testing. The QNX Neutrino RTOS enables new workflows, making real-time computing problems easier to solve, particularly when multiple tasks compete for a system’s resources.

“MathWorks is renowned for supporting engineers and scientists, who are increasingly seeking novel techniques to improve their designs through simulation and testing,” said Grant Courville, VP, products and strategy, BlackBerry QNX. “QNX is the RTOS of choice for mission-critical embedded systems, and countless engineers across a wide range of industries rely on MathWorks’ Simulink Real-Time for simulation and Model-Based Design. This integration will allow teams to work in their preferred environment and reap the benefits that the QNX Neutrino RTOS has to offer from design to deployment.”

“Engineers working on complex embedded systems are constantly looking for ways to improve real-time simulation and testing with Model-Based Design,” said Jay Abraham, manager – verification products, MathWorks. “With the enablement of the QNX Neutrino RTOS, they can now work with Simulink Real-Time to address design challenges that require streamlined solutions for rapid control prototyping and HIL testing.”

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Winter Beaters Don’t Get Better Than the Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge, Russia’s Aircraft-Powered Snow Machine

Winter Beaters Don’t Get Better Than the Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge, Russia’s Aircraft-Powered Snow Machine

Early models had just 100 horsepower courtesy of a five-cylinder radial engine, however, most later models had 260-hp nine-cylinder radial engines sourced from light aircraft. To ensure the boat didn’t flip over or push itself off of the ground with this much power, the engine was pointed downwards at a few degrees so it was always pushing the craft into the earth. 

Control for the A-3 was handled by two rudders on the back of the craft that both directed the air from the propeller and extended to the ground to provide mechanical steering. These rudders were controlled by a steering wheel inside the cabin. In addition to turning left or right, the rudders could also both point outwards when the wheel was pulled towards the driver, allowing for aerodynamic braking. To ensure the aerosledge wouldn’t slip from left to right over ice, three stainless steel runners protruded from the hull to provide lateral grip.

Over snow, the A-3 could carry as much as 1,400 pounds, and allegedly travel as fast as 74 miles per hour. Over water, the payload was a lesser 660 lbs, and the craft was limited to a speed of 40 mph—but that’s still good by boat standards. At 13-feet long and 7-feet wide, there was room for a driver and four passengers. But even carrying all of those people, the craft allegedly has a draft of just two inches in the water. This is in part thanks to the hull providing a small amount of lift when traveling at higher speeds. That being said, this is not an Ekranoplan. It cannot remain aloft, even inside the ground effect.

Production of these machines lasted until the early 1980s, and they found various uses in the frozen parts of Russia, and other eastern European countries such as

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Wichita settles split, approves car sale lot at Central/West

Wichita settles split, approves car sale lot at Central/West

The Wichita auto enthusiast won City Council approval Tuesday to open a small car-sales lot near Central and West, after a lengthy stop-and-start process that’s been going on since July.

The council action clears the way for up to four cars at a time to be sold on the parking lot at 4231 W. Central. Currently, that parking lot is shared by an automotive shop and a car upholstery business.

The car lot will be separately operated from the other businesses by applicant Jeremiah Leathers, who’ll be leasing four parking spaces along with a small office in the upholstery shop.

Leathers, a quality inspector in the aircraft industry, said cars are his passion and he’s been buying and selling them on the side for years.

He said he’s still working, but layoffs and furloughs in the aircraft industry, hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, nudged him toward trying to turn his part-time hobby business into a full-time business.

He said hopes his tiny car lot will soon outgrow the location.

The council’s unanimous vote settles a split between the District 6 Advisory Board, which unanimously recommended denial and the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, which unanimously recommended approval.

Getting a conditional-use permit to sell cars on Central “has not been the best experience,” he said.

The Planning Department originally recommended denying the permit because it would introduce a new use in that part of the “community core,” a roughly three-mile radius around downtown.

In July, the District Advisory Board agreed and unanimously urged the council to deny Leathers’ plan.

The next step was the Planning Commission. He won a recommendation of approval there, after agreeing to limit his stock to four cars at a time and other conditions dealing with lighting, signage, fencing and other issues.

Then, he had to go back

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Summarizing The Success Of 40 Years Of Deregulation In Air And Freight Transportation

Summarizing The Success Of 40 Years Of Deregulation In Air And Freight Transportation

In 1980 Democrats held the presidency and both houses of Congress. The 96th Congress marked a generation in which both the Senate and House had stayed blue. However, the economy overall had suffered the drawbacks of some 90 years of misguided industrial regulation and central planning from both parties. Moreover, Americans suffered from stagflation (prolonged stagnation and inflation), gasoline shortages brought on by a fickle foreign oil supply, limited options for transportation, and limited consumer goods, which were expensive to ship.  A growing bipartisan, academic and policy consensus documented that regulatory control entrenched the power of incumbent firms, incentivized collusive relationships between regulators and companies, created barriers to entry in the market, and precluded the competition that would incentivize innovation and choice. Congress and the Carter Administration rightly focused on democratizing the benefits of freight rail and air transport networks to help address some of these challenges. The signing of the Staggers Rail Act in 1980 laid important groundwork for the greening of the transportation industry today.

Making Freight Rail Work for Americans, not Bureaucrats

American folklore alludes to the 19th century railroads as justification for regulatory agencies, but the creation of Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1887 was partially a product of rent seeking, reflecting the political prioritization of powerful agricultural interests over transport providers, not consumers. Shippers of the time desired political power to ensure preferred rates rather than a competitive bidding process. The subsequent decades saw the decay of America’s railroads, so much so that they were unfit to deliver some supplies to ports during World War II. Many went out of business as the government subsidized highway travel and trucking. It reached

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Automotive Panoramic Sunroof Market worth $4.26 Billion by 2026: Allied Market Research

Automotive Panoramic Sunroof Market worth $4.26 Billion by 2026: Allied Market Research

Portland, OR, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As per the report published by Allied Market Research, the global automotive panoramic sunroof market was pegged at $1.31 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to hit $4.26 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 15.7% from 2019 to 2026.

Innovation in glass technology and surge in demand for safety, comfort, and convenience drive the growth of the global automotive panoramic sunroof market. However, high integration and maintenance cost and low penetration of power sunroof in low segment vehicles hinder the market growth. On the other hand, surge in penetration of solar sunroof in electric vehicles across the globe and increase in the sale of automotive vehicles would open new opportunities for the market players in the coming years.

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Covid-19 impact: The ongoing pandemic has negatively impacted the global automotive panoramic sunroof industry.

  • Paused production, slumped sale, and fallout in business performance has decreased the demand for the automotive panoramic sunroof.
  • Manufacturers are reviewing their R&D budgets, long-term investments, and diverting funds to potentially future-proof technologies, which may halt the manufacturing of automotive panoramic sunroofs.

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The global automotive panoramic sunroof market is segmented on the basis of material type, vehicle type, and geography. Based on material type, the fiber segment is anticipated the highest CAGR of 21.3% during the forecast period. However, the glass segment held the largest share in 2018, accounting for more than 90% of the market.

On the basis of vehicle type, the hatchback segment is expected to manifest the fastest CAGR of 19.6% during the forecast period. However, the sedan segment dominated the market in 2018, contributing to more than half of the market.

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