Archive for the ‘transportation’ category

Oct 26, 2021

The Case of the Vegetarian Jet Engine: How GE Jet Engines Running on Vegetable Oil Mix Broke the Sound Barrier

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Circa 2012

Oct 25, 2021

A New Futuristic Electric Bike Concept Looks Straight Out of the Tron Series

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Is this the future of electric vehicles?

Anyone who has seen Tron movies can testify to the impressive vehicles that the characters ride. Now, a designer has created a Tesla electric bike concept called Dust that is reminiscent of the bikes in the movie.

The dreamy bike is draped in a completely metallic finish that seems straight out of the future. It also comes in two models: one is completely black and the other is a contrasting design with a silver finish and matte blac… See More.

Oct 25, 2021

Hertz Orders 100,000 Teslas for Rental Cars

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It’s the largest purchase of electric cars ever.

Oct 25, 2021

Tesla FSD Beta is starting to save lives

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Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Beta are, at their core, safety systems. They may be advanced enough to make driving tasks extremely easy and convenient, but ultimately, CEO Elon Musk has been consistent with the idea that Tesla’s advanced driver-assist technologies are being developed to make the world’s roads as safe as possible.

This is something that seems to be happening now among some members of the FSD Beta group, which is currently being expanded even to drivers with a Safety Score of 99. As the company expands its fleet of vehicles that are equipped with FSD beta, some testers have started sharing stories about how the advanced driver-assist system helped them avoid potential accidents on the road.

FSD Beta tester @FrenchieEAP, for example, recently shared a story about a moment when his Model 3 was sitting at a red light with the Full Self-Driving Beta engaged. When the light turned green, the all-electric sedan started moving forward — before braking suddenly. The driver initially thought that the FSD Beta was stopping for no reason, but a second later, the Model 3 owner realized that a cyclist had actually jumped a red light. The FSD Beta just saw the cyclist before he did.

Oct 24, 2021

Watch Jetson ONE, A Personal Electric Quad-Copter That Lets Anyone Take To The Friendly Skies

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Jetson One is the flying car we all wanted by now, its real and it’s awesome!

Oct 24, 2021

A City Without Cars Is Already Here, and It’s Idyllic

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Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana has been car-free for over a decade. Is it time to export their model?

Oct 24, 2021

New Marine Corps Robot Will Provide ‘Eyes in the Water’ for Explosive Device Removal Technicians

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The Marine Corps is expanding its mission set to include operating robots in shallow waters, a first for the service that comes as it prepares to operate on islands in the Indo-Pacific.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Remotely Operated Vehicle is a box-shaped robot that can navigate in shallow waters, where it will be able to identify and neutralize threats, according to a Marine Corps Systems Command news release issued Thursday.

The robot, also referred to as an ROV for remotely operated vehicle, has high-definition video capability and the ability to provide real-time feedback for explosive ordnance disposal divers, according to the release. It also uses sound navigation and ranging sensors.

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Oct 23, 2021

The 7 coolest electric cars coming soon, from Aptera’s solar three-wheeler to Canoo’s pickup

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, sustainability, transportation

Aptera says you’ll never need to charge its solar-powered three-wheeler. Lucid’s Air Pure sedan aims straight at Tesla. And many more are on the way.

Facebook outlines ambitions for augmented reality glasses.

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Oct 23, 2021

Israel Took One Step Closer to Making Compact Wingless ‘Flying Cars’ Real

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Almost every time we talk about Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) concepts, we are looking at a scaled-down version of an aircraft that can carry four-five people and some cargo. And an Israel-based company, Urban Aeronautics is determined to create the first flying car and they are doing a pretty good job at it.

The flying car’s lift is generated by fully enclosed counter-rotating ducted fans that are placed both in the rear and front of the car. After years of testing, the company has unveiled a sleeker exterior this year that can zip past at a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph) and has a range of around 100 miles (160 km). The project noise levels from this are still 78 dB, which are quite acceptable for city limits, the company claims. The company has completed technology demonstrations using helicopter engines where the car has flown at low altitudes of 49 feet (15 m).

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Oct 23, 2021

Freeway Phobia Seriously Scares Some Human Drivers Which Possibly Can Startle AI Self-Driving Cars Too

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The joys of riding in a car.

When I was a youngster, my grandparents delighted in taking me for a trek in their car, especially on the weekends. They would come to visit during the summers. A car ride included rolling down the windows of the vehicle and we would all relish the rushing cool breeze on those hot and muggy summer days as we drove leisurely along.

Since I wasn’t old enough to drive, they instead did all the driving activity. I did though have a hand in where we went. Let’s go to the store, I would clamor. Let’s drive past the school ground and wave at anyone there. Let’s go driving around the local park and see all the trees and the ducks in the pond.

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