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Nov 20, 2019

This electric plane takes just one hour to charge and can travel 160 kilometers for just $5

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Well this is cool #climatesolutions

Weighing just 300 kilograms, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro is an ultra-light electric aircraft and can be bought for just $140,000.

Nov 20, 2019

Within 10 Years, We’ll Travel by Hyperloop, Rockets, and Avatars

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI, transportation

“The Hyperloop exists,” says Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hyperloop One, “because of the rapid acceleration of power electronics, computational modeling, material sciences, and 3D printing.”

Thanks to these convergences, there are now ten major Hyperloop One projects—in various stages of development—spread across the globe. Chicago to DC in 35 minutes. Pune to Mumbai in 25 minutes. According to Giegel, “Hyperloop is targeting certification in 2023. By 2025, the company plans to have multiple projects under construction and running initial passenger testing.”

So think about this timetable: Autonomous car rollouts by 2020. Hyperloop certification and aerial ridesharing by 2023. By 2025—going on vacation might have a totally different meaning. Going to work most definitely will.

Nov 19, 2019

NASA Unveils Its First Experimental Electric Airplane

Posted by in categories: government, transportation

The American X-plane series has a long and storied history stretching all the way back to the Bell X-1 that made supersonic flight a reality. NASA, the Air Force, and other parts of the government have used X-planes to explore the flight mechanics of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), movable wings, and much more. Now, NASA is working on the first manned X-plane in decades, the all-electric X-57 Maxwell.

NASA started working on the X-57 in 2015, but it’s not building its electric plane from the ground up. The team started with a Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane, which it is modifying in stages. NASA hasn’t flown the aircraft yet, but it has deemed the X-57 ready for its public debut. The press was allowed to view the X-57 last week at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards Air Force Base.

The X-57 is currently in its “Mod II” configuration, which is the first featuring entirely electric flight hardware. The plane has electric cruise motors where two combustion motors were in the original aircraft. Mod III and IV will complete the X-57’s transformation from a noisy combustion plane to a quieter, more efficient electric one.

Nov 19, 2019

Here Comes the Autonomous School Bus

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

Imagine seeing a school bus on the road filled with kids, but no driver. 🚌 Fully #autonomous electric school buses are on the horizon, and Cache Valley Utah is ready for this new era of transportation. IEEE Continuing Education

New in Cache Valley, Utah, is an autonomous school bus equipped with additional safety features, including a camera system with a 360° view outside the bus.

Nov 19, 2019

Hydrogen Truck Maker Nikola Claims It Has Breakthrough Battery Tech—And Doesn’t Care If You’re Skeptical

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Nikola Motor, the Phoenix-based startup that wants to disrupt trucking with futuristic electric semis powered by hydrogen, says it has developed a new type of battery cell with double the energy density, only 40% of the weight and half the cost of current lithium-ion batteries used in Teslas and other consumer-market electric vehicles.

But it’s not providing many details for now, and public demonstrations won’t happen for about 10 months.

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Nov 19, 2019

Nikola Corporation to Unveil Game-Changing Battery Cell Technology at Nikola World 2020

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Nikola Motor Company designs and manufactures electric components, drivetrains and vehicles including the Nikola One and Nikola Two electric semi-trucks.

Nov 17, 2019

Deep Learning and Self-Driving Cars from MIT: Lectures 01–05

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or new to machine learning or advanced researcher in the field of deep learning methods and their application, everybody can benefit from Lex Fridman’s course on Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars.

Nov 16, 2019

Why Mercedes’s Self-Driving Trucks Are Set to Overtake Its Robotaxis

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Safety and cost concerns have led Mercedes-maker Daimler to predict revenues from autonomous trucks before self-driving cars become a thing.

Nov 15, 2019

How Tesla’s first Gigafactory is changing Reno, Nevada

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s first Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, has a well-documented place in the company’s history, both for how it helped Elon Musk ship his first mass-market electric car and because production problems there nearly doomed the automaker. But what’s been harder to come by is an account of the impact the factory has had on the town it was built for — until this week, that is. USA Today’s The City podcast spent an episode vividly retelling how Tesla’s first Gigafactory came to Reno with a deep dive into the way it’s changed the city.

Nov 14, 2019

‘World’s cheapest electric car’

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Chinese carmaker unveils the ‘world’s cheapest electric car,’ starting at less than $9,000.

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