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Jun 11, 2024

World’s largest robots will help airlines cut carbon emissions

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

A Norwegian startup is building massive AI robots to help airlines reduce their carbon emissions, save water, and inspect their planes in a fraction of the time it usually takes.

The challenge: The aviation industry is responsible for about 2.5% of global carbon emissions, and while sustainable jet fuels or electric propulsion systems could one day slash that figure, airlines can reduce their emissions right now — simply by cleaning their planes more often.

Washing an airplane’s exterior reduces air resistance, which means it can decrease the amount of jet fuel a plane needs to burn by up to 2% — while that’s not a huge difference, it can add up when you consider there are about 28,000 commercial jets in the global fleet.

Jun 11, 2024

Germany is No 1 in Europe for EV production, No 2 in the world

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Germany’s automakers manufactured around 1.27 million BEVs and PHEVs in 2023, putting it at No. 2 behind China, but 2024 will be bumpy.

The German automotive industry association VDA says that 995,000 purely electric vehicles rolled off German assembly lines in 2023.

China dominates global EV production, but most of its cars are sold domestically. By contrast, 76% of German EVs are sold abroad. The US holds the spot for the world’s third-largest EV maker. And Germany, the home of key automakers such as Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, leads Europe with more EVs produced than second-placed Spain (256,000) and France (225,000) combined.

Jun 8, 2024

Tesla’s Robotaxi Event: Potential Partnership Announcement to Boost $TSLA

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Brighter with Herbert.

Jun 8, 2024

New method optimizes lithium extraction from seawater and groundwater

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

As the electric vehicle market booms, the demand for lithium—the mineral required for lithium-ion batteries—has also soared. Global lithium production has more than tripled in the last decade. But current methods of extracting lithium from rock ores or brines are slow and come with high energy demands and environmental costs. They also require sources of lithium which are incredibly concentrated to begin with and are only found in a few countries.

Jun 6, 2024

Amazon’s Zoox Is Almost Ready to Launch Its Robotaxi Service

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Amazon’s @Zoox is on the verge of launching a robotaxi ride-hailing service in Las Vegas. @EdLudlow went for a first ride.


Its fully autonomous vehicle is capable of smoothly traversing a 5-mile stretch just off the Vegas strip.

Jun 5, 2024

Tesla investor Ron Baron backs Musk’s $56 bln pay plan

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Prominent investor Ron Baron has come out in support of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package, which is up for a shareholder vote next week, according to an open letter from the Baron Capital founder on Tuesday.

Jun 5, 2024

China’s humanoid robots to tackle tricky car chores at Dongfeng Motor

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Chinese state-owned automaker Dongfeng Motor is partnering with robotics firm UBTech to introduce the latter’s humanoid into its manufacturing process.

The industrial version of the Walker S humanoid robot from Ubtech will be used on the production line of Dongfeng Motor to carry out various manufacturing duties.

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Jun 5, 2024

Google Leak Reveals Thousands of Privacy Incidents

Posted by in categories: security, transportation

Google has accidentally collected childrens’ voice data, leaked the trips and home addresses of car pool users, and made YouTube recommendations based on users’ deleted watch history, among thousands of other employee-reported privacy incidents, according to a copy of an internal Google database which tracks six years worth of potential privacy and security issues obtained by 404 Media.

Individually the incidents, most of which have not been previously publicly reported, may only each impact a relatively small number of people, or were fixed quickly. Taken as a whole, though, the internal database shows how one of the most powerful and important companies in the world manages, and often mismanages, a staggering amount of personal, sensitive data on people’s lives.

The data obtained by 404 Media includes privacy and security issues that Google’s own employees reported internally. These include issues with Google’s own products or data collection practices; vulnerabilities in third party vendors that Google uses; or mistakes made by Google staff, contractors, or other people that have impacted Google systems or data. The incidents include everything from a single errant email containing some PII, through to substantial leaks of data, right up to impending raids on Google offices. When reporting an incident, employees give the incident a priority rating, P0 being the highest, P1 being a step below that. The database contains thousands of reports over the course of six years, from 2013 to 2018.

Jun 4, 2024

Impossible is nothing: Spanish engineers build combustion engine with no exhaust emissions

Posted by in categories: health, sustainability, transportation

Spanish scientists are working on an internal combustion engine that does not pollute the environment. Will the new technology change the future of emission-free transport, which until now has been associated with electrification? Two prototypes will soon be presented.

Until recently, it seemed that combustion vehicles, alongside EVs and vehicles that use biofuels, were not participating in the ongoing ‘race’ for sustainable transport. But this has changed, thanks to Spanish scientists from the Technical University of Valencia (Universitat Politècnica de València, UPV) who are working on an emission-free internal combustion engine.

The Spanish scientists have designed a ‘revolutionary’ internal combustion unit that does not generate gases that are harmful to health or carbon dioxide (CO2), and which also stands out for its high efficiency and complies with the emission regulations planned for 2040. According to the Valencian Innovation Agency, which co-financed the project, the first two prototype engines will come to light in the coming months.

Jun 4, 2024

21 New Laser Materials Uncovered in Groundbreaking Global Study

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Utilizing distributed self-driving lab technology, the University of Toronto’s Acceleration Consortium rapidly identified 21 high-performing organic solid-state lasers (OSL) materials, marking a significant advance in molecular optoelectronics and paving the way for future materials discovery. (Artist’s concept). Credit: SciTechDaily.com.

Organic solid-state lasers (OSLs) offer significant potential for various applications thanks to their flexibility, color adjustability, and high efficiency. Nevertheless, they are challenging to produce. With the need for potentially over 150,000 experiments to identify viable new materials, fully exploring this space could take many lifetimes. In fact, in the previous few decades, only 10–20 new OSL materials have been tested.

Researchers with the Acceleration Consortium based at the University of Toronto, took up this challenge and used self-driving lab (SDL) technology that, once set up, enabled them to synthesize and test over 1,000 potential OSL materials and discover at least 21 top performing OSL gain candidates in a matter of months.

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