Renault’s Trezor is the electric car of the future

October 2, 2017 by  
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What will the electric car of the future look like? Renault has given us a sneak peek with the Trezor – a futuristic self-driving car powered by a 350 horsepower electric powertrain that can go from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. To enter the vehicle, the entire hood, windshield and side windows lift up – but you still have to jump over the side of the vehicle to get in, since it does without conventional doors. The vehicle also uses a rechargeable energy storage system to recover energy during braking and there are two batteries – one at the front and one at the back. The Trezor is a concept car , but it does explore the potential styling and technology that could debut on future electric cars. Its sleek, long profile is an artist’s dream. The interior feature a red wooden dashboard that incorporates the luggage compartment. The tailor-made trunks are held in place with leather straps in front of the driver and passenger. Although the wooden dashboard and red leather seats appear to be inspired by sports cars from the past, the Trezor features the latest technology with a L-shaped touchscreen that’s connected to a large dashboard screen in front of the driver. The curved OLED touchscreen is protected by a layer of Gorilla glass . The rectangular steering wheel features touchscreens that replace the traditional buttons on today’s steering wheels. The touchscreens provide access to the car’s three drive modes: neutral, sport and self-drive. In the self-driving mode, the exterior lighting changes to let other drivers know that the car is in autonomous mode. The steering wheel also comes apart and stretches out lengthwise to give a better view of the dashboard, so that the driver can watch a film or just look at the scenery. Renault’s Trezor was recently showcased at Designjunction during the London Design Festival . Renault and Nissan have announced plans to introduce several new fully-electric cars in the near future, so keep your fingers crossed that at least some of the technology in the Trezor concept will be offered in a production car. + Renault + London Design Festival Coverage on Inhabitat Photos by Renault and Mike Chino

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VW’s 10-year plan includes 30 new electric vehicles and a self-driving car system

June 24, 2016 by  
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On the heels of a report about the company’s $15.5B investment in an electric car battery factory, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller rolled out an ambitious 10-year plan to repair the company’s tarnished reputation following last year’s emissions cheating scandal. VW aims to launch 30 new electric vehicles by 2025 , which has to be the most outlandish goal a car company has ever announced. Yet, if any company is positioned to pull it off, it just might be this one. The company’s initiative, “Together – Strategy 2025,” outlines a shift in VW ’s focus, which many say is a deliberate and strategic move to distance the company from the $18 billion emissions scandal that put a damper on the car maker’s reputation. A court decision coming next Tuesday will determine exactly how much the company will pay directly to 482,000 customers, but VW has reportedly agreed to pay $10.2 billion (ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 per car owner, depending on the model’s age). Since Müller stepped into the chief executive role following the scandal, the company has made an enormous effort to reestablish itself as a leader in automotive innovations, up to and including green car technology. Related: VW promises world’s first mass market electric car In a recent press conference, Müller said the goal of the new initiative is “to learn from mistakes made, rectify shortcomings and establish a corporate culture that is open, value-driven and rooted in integrity.” VW had previously announced a goal to sell one million electric and hybrid vehicles annually by 2025, so this new initiative—as well as the news of a giant battery factory—lines up nicely with that. Volkswagen says it will work to develop a “competitive self-driving system (SDS)” that it can sell to other companies by the end of the decade. With VW’s home country of Germany planning to adopt a rule in 2030 requiring all new vehicles to be emissions-free, we know at least one place where the new VW models should sell like hotcakes. Via Engadget Images via VW

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Mesmerizing lava skylights give a glimpse under the Earths surface

June 24, 2016 by  
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Volcanoes get a bad rap in the movies, but what goes on underneath the Earth’s crust can actually be a beautiful scene – especially if we can get a glimpse of it. The Kilauea volcano’s recent lava breakouts in Hawaii were captured on film, including its hypnotizing “skylights” , where the crust breaks and the fiery lava flow can be seen from above. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITJ6HLHtzuc Lava tubes that form underneath the Earth’s surface can sometimes become too wide for the hardened crust on top to bear. Helicopters observed a spot where the tube had collapsed, revealing the red hot flow underneath. The “skylight” is estimated to be about 20 feet across and the speed of the rushing lava could be as fast as two meters per second. Related: Ecuadorian volcano ejects ash nearly five miles into the sky The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory describes the phenomenon as “capillaries beneath the skin,” a vivid image of the life-giving marvels that carry on just outside our awareness. Seeing just what nature is up to offers a rare peek at the little known charms in the deep corners of the world. Via The Huffington Post Images via Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

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Future-proof beach residence in Washington State is raised to withstand mudslides

June 24, 2016 by  
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The Saratoga Hill House is located on a remote beach on Camano Island, Washington. The site is difficult to reach and doesn’t have road access, which makes it hard to bring heavy equipment and building materials. Due to these limiting circumstances, the architects decided to use low profile steel columns and raise the house to mitigate potential mudslides. This structural solution also provides additional storage spaces for canoes and kayaks. Related: Architekturburo Scheder positions a tiny timber house on stilts in Germany Concrete stairs lead from the ground level into the living room and kitchen on the first floor. This space features large windows that provide views of the Puget Sound. The second floor houses the bedrooms and is accessible via steel and wooden stairs. The top floor features an expansive rooftop deck . + Designs Northwest Architects Via Contemporist Photos by Lucas Henning

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Compact WaterCube uses solar power to make clean drinking water

June 24, 2016 by  
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WaterCube by SunGlacier – Ap Verheggen from sunglacier on Vimeo . Verheggen tells Inhabitat that the biggest challenge they faced when designing the WaterCube was to cool down the cone to just above freezing point without using a huge amount of energy. After several trials, he and his team managed to achieve that goal with 25 Watts of energy. The small solar panels on the top and sides of the cube produce 40 Watts, which allows them to store excess energy in batteries for less sunny conditions. How much water is produced really depends on climate conditions, according to Verheggen. The higher the temperatures, the more water the device will produce. Related: Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop provides fresh drinking water in the desert “With my team we are doing research to find more solutions for cooling down surfaces in its most efficient way, off-grid, powered by solar, easy to scale up, and cheap to produce,” he said. “It’s my vision that many people can enjoy their own source of drinking water in the future, especially in drought-hit areas. Next to this device, we are developing a system that doesn’t have moving parts, perfectly to use for open agriculture. Just stick them in the ground and they make water.” With one in 10 people lacking access to safe drinking water, according to Water.org , Verheggen’s vision is more relevant now than ever. WaterCube was unveiled 23 June, 2016 during the OECD Water Governance Initiative at The Hague. + SunGlacier

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Uber confirms rumors they are testing a self-driving car

May 19, 2016 by  
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For the past year, rumors have been swirling that Uber is getting into the game of self-driving cars . The company opened the Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, where journalists spotted a vehicle that looked suspiciously like a driverless one marked with the Uber logo. This week, the company officially announced in a press release they are testing a self-driving car on the streets of Pittsburgh . The car is a hybrid Ford Fusion, and while it has “self-driving capabilities,” a driver will be present to take over if needed. Along with testing its autonomous function, the car will collect data for maps . According to Uber, the vehicle has been equipped with “a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.” Related: The self-driving car didn’t start with Google, or Tesla Uber allowed Pittsburgh Tribune-Review journalist Aaron Aupperlee to take a ride. He said , “The car’s sensors detected parked cars sticking out into traffic, jaywalkers, bicyclists, and a goose crossing River Avenue.” The transportation networking giant claims they still have a long way to go, but that they’ve received support from Pittsburgh city leaders including the mayor, who expressed excitement that Uber is pursuing innovative technology in his city. Uber said the city environment in Pittsburgh is the perfect place to test out their self-driving car, since it has to face challenges such as snow, hills, and narrow roads . While many have focused on the developments coming out of leaders like Google and Tesla in the self-driving car sphere, The Verge reports many experts are actually following Uber’s progress as they stand to benefit more as a company from autonomous technology. In their press release heralding the Pittsburgh test car, Uber said self-driving vehicles could save millions of lives, claiming, “1.3 million people die every year in car accidents – 94 percent of those accidents involve human error.” Via The Verge Images via Uber and Wikimedia Commons

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Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars

March 12, 2014 by  
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Most of today’s autonomous cars rely heavily on GPS systems and cameras to drive on the road without intervention from a driver. But Volvo claims that GPS systems and cameras have limitations in certain conditions. As a result, the automaker is currently testing road magnets as a safer and more reliable method to guide self-driving cars down the road. Read the rest of Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous vehicles , car safety , car technology , gps , self driving cars , self-driving car , Sweden , Swedish Transport Administration , volvo , volvo autonomous car        

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DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Partial Building Collapse Rocks East Harlem

March 12, 2014 by  
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Photo: Alyssa Alimurung Emergency crews are on the scene near 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem this morning after receiving calls about a massive explosion and partial building collapse . 11 minor injuries have been reported so far, and the cause of the explosion is still being investigated. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 116th and park , East Harlem , explosion in harlem , Harlem , harlem building explosion , harlem explosion , harlem subway explosion        

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Low Impact Maison Reciprocity Home Boasts a “Living” Brise-Soleil Modular Building Shell

March 12, 2014 by  
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Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

March 12, 2014 by  
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An up-and-coming architecture student has designed an incredible shading system that rotates in three directions in accordance with sun’s position. Tyler Short designed the Penumbra kinetic shading system using traditional, static components that make the shading louvers swing out to create a deep shade. Take a look at this brilliant 3D animation that showcases his concept. Read the rest of Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: facade design , intelligent facades , kinetic architecture , kinetic facades , mechanical facade , Penumbra kinetic shading system , Penumbra louvers , shading louvers , smart facades , student project architecture , transformable facades , Tyler Short architecture        

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