The new Nissan Leaf will be able to drive autonomously on the highway

January 6, 2017 by  
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With the arrival of electric cars like the Chevy Bolt and the upcoming Tesla Model 3 , the Nissan Leaf hasn’t received the attention that it did when it first went on sale at the end of 2010. Nissan is getting ready to bring the spotlight back on the Leaf with an all-new model set to launch in the “near future.” While we’ve heard reports about a much longer driving range, Nissan’s CEO has also confirmed that the next Leaf will be able to drive autonomously on the highway. Without going into to too much detail, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show that the next-generation Leaf will feature the automaker’s new ProPILOT technology. Related: Nissan’s next-generation Leaf prototype can drive over 310 miles on a single charge “At Nissan, from the beginning, we work to bring the right technologies for the full spectrum of our vehicles and the most amount of people,” said Ghosn in his keynote. “This takes more than innovation. It takes ingenuity. And it’s exactly what we deliver through Nissan Intelligent Mobility.” Nissan’s autonomous driving technology, called “Seamless Autonomous Mobility,” or SAM has been co-developed with NASA. The technology partners in-vehicle artificial intelligence with human support to help autonomous vehicles make decisions in unpredictable situations. According to Nissan, the technology could potentially enable millions of driverless cars to co-exist with human drivers on an accelerated timeline. Ghosn also confirmed that Nissan is working with Microsoft to build the next generation of connected car technologies. Although Nissan says that the next Leaf will arrive in the near future, we don’t have an actual confirmed date. + Nissan All images @ Nissan

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Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the self-driving bus of the future

July 19, 2016 by  
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Mercedes-Benz just gave us a glimpse of the future of urban transportation with its new self-driving bus. The semi-autonomous Future Bus is a much safer bus that is also more efficient and more comfortable than today’s conventional buses. Thanks to several cameras and radar systems, the semi-automated city bus relieves the driver’s workload, while its predictive driving style saves wear and tear while lowering fuel consumption and emissions. The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus utilizes autonomous CityPilot technology that was originally introduced in the self-driving Actros truck that the automaker presented two years ago. Mercedes-Benz says that the technology has been further developed for the Future Bus with several functions. Thanks to a dozen cameras combined with long and short-range radar systems, the CityPilot technology is able to recognize traffic lights, communicate with them and safely negotiate junctions controlled by them. It can also detect obstacles, like pedestrians, on the road and automatically stop on its own. The Future Bus also approaches bus stops automatically, where it opens and closes its doors. Related: Mercedes-Benz’ self-driving hydrogen Tokyo Vision car is a lounge on wheels To demonstrate the technology Mercedes-Benz has established a 12-mile track where the Future Bus is able to drive on its own with a number of tight bends, tunnels, numerous bus stops and some high speed sections. The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot will be making its first public journey on part of Europe’s longest BRT route (BRT = Bus Rapid Transit) in the Netherlands. The route links Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with the town of Haarlem. + Mercedes-Benz All images @ Mercedes-Benz

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Honda Demonstrates Collision-Free Automated Driving Tech in the U.S.

September 11, 2014 by  
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This week Honda introduced its connected car and automated driving technologies at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit. Marking the first-ever U.S. demonstration of Honda’s automated driving technology, the automaker also highlighted its latest advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. This technology is designed to provide enhanced protection for automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, pedestrians and other road users as part of its dream to create a collision society. Read the rest of Honda Demonstrates Collision-Free Automated Driving Tech in the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Acura , Acura TLX , automated driving , automated driving technology , autonomous driving , car safety , connected cars , connected vehicle safety , Honda , V2V , vehicle safety

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Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn

July 9, 2014 by  
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In the next few years self-driving cars will finally become a reality, and while several automakers have revealed prototypes with autonomous technology, Mercedes-Benz is taking it a step further. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch a self-driving semi truck on the market by 2025. They’re calling it the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck, and it could make freight distribution safer and more efficient while lowing fuel consumption . Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous driving , autonomous truck , autonomous vehicle , daimler , green car , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicle , Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 , self-driving truck

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Rinspeed Turns the Tesla Model S into an Autonomous Mobile Office

February 18, 2014 by  
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Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals

February 18, 2014 by  
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Not only has an international collaboration between 30 different scientific teams uncovered the “smoking gun” that caused mass extinctions during the last ice age, but it also demonstrated what can be achieved when different scientific communities pool their resources. The multinational team discovered that many animal species died out due to a lack of biodiversity brought on by extreme climate change – a chilling harbinger of what may become of today’s hapless fauna. Knowledge of the past, however, could help us better prepare for the drastic environmental consequences of current climate change events. Read the rest of Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cause of ice age extinction , cause of large mammals death during the ice age , Climate Change , Curtin University , effects of extreme climate change , global warming , lack of biodiversity , mass extinction of ice age mammals , project megafauna , woolly mammoth extinction , Woolly rhino extinction , wooly mammoth extinction , wooly rhino extinction        

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Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Car Completes First Autonomous Cross Country Trip!

September 9, 2013 by  
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Mercedes-Benz just announced that it completed the first autonomous cross country and inner city trip in its self-driving S 500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle! The vehicle was able to drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim, Germany without any intervention from a driver thanks to its near-production-standard sensor systems. Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Car Completes First Autonomous Cross Country Trip! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , autonomous car , autonomous driving , car safety , car technology , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive , S 500 Intelligent Drive , self-driving car        

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Elon Musk Uses Iron Man-Inspired Holographic 3D User Interface to Print a Rocket Part

September 9, 2013 by  
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After Elon Musk announced plans to post a video of himself using a holographic computer interface inspired by the one Tony Stark uses in the film Iron Man, it looks like the Tesla CEO and inventor has delivered. In the video, which you can see after the jump, Musk shows a rocket part with hand gestures and then prints it using titanium. Read the rest of Elon Musk Uses Iron Man-Inspired Holographic 3D User Interface to Print a Rocket Part Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , 3d Technology , CEO Elon Musk tesla motors , elon musk , Elon Musk 3d Hologram , Elon Musk invention , green technology , Hand Manipulated 3D Hologram , high-tech gadgets , holographic technology , Iron Man , Iron Man hologram , Iron Man movie , Iron Man technology , Tesla Motors        

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New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

September 9, 2013 by  
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Image © Mike Baker North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new way of connecting stacked solar cells that is strong enough to handle the energy of 70,000 suns. The innovation will help prevent voltage losses at the connecting junctions, which will make solar cells more efficient while lowering the cost of solar energy production. Read the rest of New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , alternative energy , connection junction , Dr. Salah Bedair , gallium arsenide , north carolina state university , renewable energy , stacked solar cells        

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