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Despite advances in technology, systems reliability is getting worse

With a steady increase in global product recalls, highly publicized fines for automotive companies and the recent Boeing tragedies, it’s clear that reliability is a major issue. According to world-renowned expert Michael Pecht, these problems are completely self-created and entirely avoidable.

Headlines

Qutech and co want to quantum-connect the Randstad
Neways acquiesces to automotive angst, axes 250
Academic Startup Competition announces its top 10
Ebusco and Rocsys link up for automated bus depots
Applied Materials bumps ASML back to runner-up in semi equipment market
Fastned lands France and €17M for further growth
TU Delft working on smart and communicative solar cells

Lightyear unveils first solar car prototype

Late 2016, a group of Solar Team Eindhoven alumni decided to build a long-range solar-powered car that could be sold on the market. Two years later, the team from Lightyear made good on their promise as they unveiled their prototype – the Lightyear One.

In other news

Electric cars: new vehicles to emit noise to aid safety (BBC)
Boeing’s 737 Max software outsourced to $9-an-hour engineers (Bloomberg)
One polymer to make two semiconductors, by controlling the solvent (TUE)

Photonics, a Noord-Brabant specialty

The Dutch province of Noord-Brabant houses leading global players in photonics: Smart Photonics and Morphotonics.