Archive for the ‘transportation’ category: Page 278

Sep 24, 2019

World’s First Real Hoverboard

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

Get your self-lacing Nikes ready, because its time to shred up the streets on your very own real hover board! After decades of waiting, the hoverboards seen in Back To The Future will now be available for your personal enjoyment. This is heavy, Doc.


Sep 24, 2019

The “Real” Hoverboard From Back To The Future

Posted by in categories: time travel, transportation

The tool instrumental to the exploits of Michael J. Fox’s time-traveling Marty McFly would have ended on more than one occasion if not for the help of the futuristic skateboard.


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Sep 24, 2019

Aston Martin’s new fully-electric Lagonda could be the future of SUVs

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The brand claims it’s the first luxury battery electric vehicle promising both autonomous and zero-emissions driving, with an opulent touch.

The car will be powered by two electric motors, which will be mounted on its floor, one on each axle, freeing up a considerable amount of space in the shell for the occupant to enjoy.

The concept features gesture and voice control systems, a levitating key, which will work as the driver’s own personal assistant, rotating seats and premium materials.

Sep 22, 2019

The Rise Of Solar Power

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Solar power is on the rise. You can see the evidence on rooftops and in the desert, where utility-scale solar plants are popping up. The picture is not all rosy, but if the recent past is any indication, solar power is going to help lead the transition to a carbon-free future, and it might do it faster than we all expected.

Elon Musk and Tesla promised solar roof tiles in 2016, but the industry might not need an upgrade as its grown significantly with the solar panels currently available. You can see the evidence both on individual rooftops and in the utility-scale solar plants increasingly popping up in deserts across the country. In the United States, of all about 30% of the new power capacity added to the grid in 2018 was from solar.

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Sep 21, 2019

Everything we know about Neom, a ‘mega-city’ project in Saudi Arabia with plans for flying cars and robot dinosaurs

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Saudi Arabia has called its giga-project Neom, a new city 33 times the size of New York City, “the world’s most ambitious project” — and it sounds it.

Sep 20, 2019

Houston Mechatronics unveils underwater transforming robot ‘Aquanaut’

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Houston Mechatronics (HMI) unveiled Aquanaut at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, one year after the announcement of the platform concept.

Aquanaut is a revolutionary multi-mode transforming all-electric undersea vehicle. The vehicle is capable of efficient long-distance transit and data collection in ‘AUV’ (autonomous underwater vehicle) mode.

After transforming into ‘ROV’ (remotely operated vehicle) mode the head of the vehicle pitches up, the hull separates, and two arms are activated so that Aquanaut may manipulate its environment.

Sep 19, 2019

EV battery cooling technology to cut range anxiety

Posted by in categories: engineering, government, transportation

The i-CoBat project, operating under the UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge, aims to create an electric vehicle (EV) battery pack which is cooled through immersion using MIVOLT, a biodegradable cooling fluid developed by specialist manufacturer M&I Materials, the project’s leader. Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the manufacturing research arm of the University of Warwick, along with engineering consultancy Ricardo plc, are partnering with M&I to optimise the EV battery cooling technology for a longer lasting, safer battery product.

A UK consortium is developing new EV battery cooling technology, with the aim of minimising range anxiety for electric vehicle users.

Sep 19, 2019

Daimler Ends Gas Engine Development: Full Focus On Electric Cars

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Daimler has just announced that it is halting all future development of gasoline engines. The automaker will solely focus on electric cars from here on out. This implies that Mercedes-Benz is taking the same approach.

The future is electric. We all know that and so too does Daimler now with this move to electric-drive only for future vehicles.

Sep 18, 2019

Tesla’s Leadership At Nürburgring Is A Win For Everyone

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If you are a lover of all things auto, you should celebrate Tesla’s leadership on the Nürburgring track, and I am going to explain why I think this to be so.

Image courtesy Tesla

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Sep 18, 2019

Watch: Paris tests ‘flying taxi’ as future of city transport

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

With pollution a major issue for Paris and the city’s public transport bursting at the seams, one start-up has a solution involving the River Seine.

The Bubble, a “flying taxi”, is powered by electricity and lifts out of the water on “wings” – and boasts green credentials such as being noise and pollution-free. It costs around €200,000 to build and can reach speeds of up to 18 knots (20.7mph). Test voyages in Paris are limited to a maximum speed of 18.6mph.

The service could launch as early as spring next year, according to a press release from the Paris mayor’s office. The Seabubbles start-up launched a four-day test run on the Seine on Monday.