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Oct 1, 2018

Fully driverless Waymo taxis are due out this year, alarming critics

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Waymo poised to launch driverless service with minimal federal oversight.

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Oct 1, 2018

Watch this humanoid robot install drywall

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The HRP-5P is a humanoid robot from Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology institute that can perform common construction tasks including — as we see above — install drywall.

HRP-5P — maybe we can call it Herb? — uses environmental measurement, object detection and motion planning to perform various tasks. In this video we see it use small hooks to grab the wallboard and slide it off onto the floor. Then, with a bit of maneuvering, it’s able to place the board against the joists and drill them in place.

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Sep 30, 2018

[EuroVis 2018] Maps and Globes in Virtual Reality (VR)

Posted by in categories: transportation, virtual reality

How to solve the problem of which map to use, without distortion.

Check out more details at our EuroVis 2018 paper at:

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Sep 30, 2018

What Happened To Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles?

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk unveiled prototypes of Tesla’s Solar Roof tiles In October 2016. They came in four styles that looked just like normal roofing material but were essentially miniaturized versions of traditional solar panels.

The announcement helped Tesla justify its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity one month later and represented Musk’s vision for what the businesses could do together.

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Sep 27, 2018

Everyone’s talking about this electric car that’s taking on Tesla

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

0 to 60 in under 3 seconds!

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Sep 27, 2018

You Can Drive This Bugatti Chiron Made Of Legos

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This LEGO Bugatti Chiron is drivable.

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Sep 26, 2018

Why trackless trams are ready to replace light rail

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

I began my life as an activist academic in 1979 when the Western Australian government closed the Fremantle railway, saying buses would be better. Patronage immediately fell by 30% and I ran a four-year campaign to save the railway. We won. I have been writing books and running campaigns ever since on why trains and trams are better than buses. But I have changed my mind. The technology has changed, and I think it will end the need for new light rail.

“Trackless trams” are based on technology created in Europe and China by taking innovations from high-speed and putting them in a bus.

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Sep 25, 2018

Futuristic Travel Methods

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

Could this be the future of travel? It beats your usual bus journey!

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Sep 25, 2018

10 Surprising Ways Driverless Cars Will Change The World

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

When you think about the amount of time we spend behind the wheel today, whether in congestion or helping friends and family getting to and forth, being able to spend this time on other activities whilst on the move opens up a whole host of possibilities.

But not only will we have more free time, driverless cars also promise to make our roads safer and make our journeys faster.

Driverless cars are set to arrive on UK roads by 2021 according to the government and are predicted to change the face of personal mobility forever. Looking past the obvious benefits, Select Car Leasing have looked into the less predictable consequences of driverless cars.

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Sep 25, 2018

Tenfold improvement in liquid batteries mean electric car refuelling could take minutes

Posted by in categories: chemistry, energy, sustainability, transportation

One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles – that they require hours and hours to charge – could be obliterated by new type of liquid battery that is roughly ten times more energy-dense than existing models, according to Professor Lee Cronin, the Regius Chair of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, UK.

What’s so special about this liquid, or flow, battery?

“A normal electric vehicle has a solid battery, and when that runs out of charge you have to recharge it by plugging it in to a power socket. This takes half an hour or so if you find a rapid charger at a motorway service station, or up to 12 hours at home. Our battery, however, is made of a liquid rather than a solid. If you run out of charge, you could in principle pump out the depleted liquid and – like a regular petrol or diesel vehicle – refill it with liquid that is ready-charged. And that would take minutes.”

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