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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.

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.