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Sep 1, 2015

Tesla Model S covers 452 miles on a single charge

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A Tesla Model S has reportedly been driven 452.8 miles (728.7 km) on a single charge in a feat that, according to driver Bjørn Nyland and the World Record Academy, sets a new world record for an electric production car.

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Aug 30, 2015

Racing Real Car in Virtual Reality — Castrol Edge & Video Games tech

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Castrol Edge & Video Games technologies: Racing a Real Car in Virtual Reality.

Castrol EDGE has premiered its latest Titanium Trial driving challenge, featuring Formula Drift professional Matt Powers driving his Roush Stage 3 Mustang whilst wearing a state-of-the-art Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 headset: blind to the real world around him, but fully-immersed in a rapidly changing 3D virtual world.

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Aug 30, 2015

Concept Video: Your Next Plane Could Take Off Vertically

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Private aircraft tentatively seeking stockholders.

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Aug 27, 2015

US pushes pedal on car-to-car communication

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V2V communication is a viable way to mitigate accidents amongst autonomous vehicles.


Engineers have known for some time that if cars could only “talk” to each other, they could avoid a lot of accidents.

Vehicles could be driven more safely with information about another car, obstacle or pedestrian around a blind curve, for example.

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Aug 19, 2015

This Startup Is Developing an Electric Car Battery That Can Charge in Minutes

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An Israeli startup is planning on bringing its fast charging batteries to electric cars.

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Aug 18, 2015

Going solid-state could make batteries safer and longer-lasting

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If you pry open one of today’s ubiquitous high-tech devices—whether a cellphone, a laptop, or an electric car—you’ll find that batteries take up most of the space inside. Indeed, the recent evolution of batteries has made it possible to pack ample power in small places.

But people still always want their devices to last even longer, or go further on a charge, so researchers work night and day to boost the power a given size can hold. Rare, but widely publicized, incidents of overheating or combustion in lithium-ion batteries have also highlighted the importance of safety in battery technology.

Now researchers at MIT and Samsung, and in California and Maryland, have developed a new approach to one of the three basic components of batteries, the . The new findings are based on the idea that a solid electrolyte, rather than the liquid used in today’s most common rechargeables, could greatly improve both device lifetime and safety—while providing a significant boost in the amount of power stored in a given space.

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Aug 17, 2015

Apple’s electric car is real, and it’s almost ready for testing

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Apple is definitely working on a self-driving car project, and according to some new documents, Project Titan appears to be further along than anyone thought.

Rumors of Apple’s car project first starting surfacing at the beginning of this year, with an announcement not expected until 2020 at the earliest, but the Guardian reports that Apple is already trying to secure a super-secret Bay Area test facility for the electric car.

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Aug 17, 2015

The UK is testing out roads that charge electric cars as they go

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Highways England are embarking on a trial to see if electric charging technology can be installed underneath roads across the country.

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Aug 16, 2015

Glass paint could keep metal roofs and other structures cool even on sunny days

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Sunlight can be brutal. It wears down even the strongest structures, including rooftops and naval ships, and it heats up metal slides and bleachers until they’re too hot to use. To fend off damage and heat from the sun’s harsh rays, scientists have developed a new, environmentally friendly paint out of glass that bounces sunlight off metal surfaces—keeping them cool and durable.

The researchers present their work today at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

“Most paints you use on your car or house are based on polymers, which degrade in the ultraviolet light rays of the sun,” says Jason J. Benkoski, Ph.D. “So over time you’ll have chalking and yellowing. Polymers also tend to give off , which can harm the environment. That’s why I wanted to move away from traditional polymer coatings to inorganic glass ones.”

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Aug 14, 2015

UK roads will charge electric cars while they drive

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The UK government has announced it’s set to trial a new type of highway that wirelessly charges hybrid and electric cars that drive on it.

The supercharged highways would juice up hybrid or electric cars that would normally need to stop, using a straight line charging path between A and B.

The results of this off road trial, based on this feasibility test, will be published and could lead to real motorway trials in the next few years, if successful. But it will come at a cost.

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