Chinese company LeEco begins building $3 billion electric car factory

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Chinese company LeEco begins building $3 billion electric car factory

Chinese technology company LeEco just commenced construction of a $3 billion electric car factory. The facility could start churning out the company’s LeSee sedan in a few years, producing a staggering 400,000 vehicles by 2018. Roughly 90 percent of the futuristic factory’s work may be completed by robots . LeEco, which currently makes products like televisions, was in trouble. In a November letter to staff, founder Jia Yueting said the company expanded too fast and was struggling, and then cut his own income down to 15 cents. But about two weeks after the letter, the company reported they’d raised $600 million from unidentified investors but proceeded to lay off around 60 Hong Kong employees anyway. Then LeEco received another $1.44 billion investment this past Wednesday, again from an unidentified investor, and broke ground on the factory the same day. It is unclear whether those employees will be re-instated, or of their jobs will be replaced by robots. Related: Elon Musk just confirmed plans for a new Tesla Roadster According to Car News China , LeEco hasn’t yet obtained a government license to produce their LeSee cars at the factory. The outlet even said there’s a “real possibility” the government will refuse LeEco a license, as the CEO isn’t currently popular in Beijing. However, according to the South China Morning Post, a mayor of a city close to the factory said the local government will support the project. Should LeEco obtain permission, the factory is slated to produce the company’s first concept car, the LeSee. Zhang Hailiang, chief executive of LeEco’s car unit LeSupercar, said the factory will be automated completely, as robots do the bulk of the work. The electric vehicle would be equipped to operate autonomously . Fancy features include five in-car screens, smart seating, and the ability to recharge via magnetic charging stations. LeEco said Earth’s topography inspired the LeSee’s design, with the interior influenced by geological and biological patterns. Vegan materials and neutral colors add to the vehicle’s natural feel. According to the company , the form and function of the car “address future needs of our society and showcase a symbiosis between human, machine, and nature.” Via Carscoops and South China Morning Post Images via LeEco

Go here to see the original: 
Chinese company LeEco begins building $3 billion electric car factory

Uber confirms rumors they are testing a self-driving car

May 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Uber confirms rumors they are testing a self-driving car

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

See original here:
Uber confirms rumors they are testing a self-driving car

Google patents sticky "fly paper" car hood to protect pedestrians in self-driving car crashes

May 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Google patents sticky "fly paper" car hood to protect pedestrians in self-driving car crashes

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Google . Imagine the amazing ping pong games and impromptu office jam sessions you would witness. Chances are you would also catch a whiff of Google’s latest innovations , some in their primordial brainstorming phase. One such idea took one step further into reality when Google was awarded a patent for a strong adhesive automobile hood, designed to catch pedestrians that have been hit by cars before they reach the ground and are potentially run over. Is Google preparing to launch some sticky self driving cars ? The adhesive hood patent was filed in 2014 and awarded to Google earlier this week, though the company has no immediate plans to bring it to life. In the patent, Google frames its idea as a potential safeguard for self-driving cars as the technology is developed. “While such systems are being developed,” reads the patent, “it must be acknowledged that, on occasion, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian still occur Such safety mechanisms may become unnecessary as accident-avoidance technology is being further developed, but at present it is desirable to provide vehicles with pedestrian safety mechanisms.” Related: Google’s driverless car causes an accident for the first time To avoid endlessly trapping small objects like actual insects and debris, Google’s automotive “fly paper” would be covered with an “eggshell” layer that breaks upon impact. As crazy it sounds, the idea may have some scientific merit. “Getting hit by a car once is much preferable to getting hit by a car and then the ground and then another car,” says Rebecca Thompson, head of public outreach for the American Physical Society. “Cyclists wear helmets not as much to prevent their head’s impact with the car as much as their head’s impact with the ground when they fall.” There are some drawbacks for the design, such as the potential for trapping a victim in a dangerous position on the hood. However, Thompson believes that such a design could decrease the number of hit-and-run incidents. After all, it’s hard to flee when a human fly is stuck to your vehicle. Via Gizmodo Images via Becky Stern/Flickr and Travis Wise/Flickr  

Here is the original:
Google patents sticky "fly paper" car hood to protect pedestrians in self-driving car crashes

Groundbreaking affordable, paper-thin filter removes viruses from water

May 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Groundbreaking affordable, paper-thin filter removes viruses from water

Though over 748 million people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking water , water filters aren’t as widely used as they could be due to prohibitive costs. Many rely on chemical methods of cleaning water instead, which only inactivate microorganisms rather than getting rid of them. Yet Uppsala University researchers developed a paper-thin water filter called the mille-feuille filter that not only cleans water, but rids it of harmful viruses , all at an affordable price. Uppsala University designed a filter that comes as a paper sheet using cellulose nanofibers, which allows it to perform the potentially life-saving application of cleaning water of viruses. Cellulose is used in vacuum cleaners and tea bags, among several other common uses, yet typical cellulose can’t filter out viruses. This development is especially groundbreaking because most water filters can’t filter out viruses either; the pores in such filters are too large. Some viruses even resist chemical methods. Related: Researchers create nanoparticles that scrub polluted water at an accelerated rate The mille-feuille filter, named for its internal resemblance to the French pastry of the same name, is not only effective but affordable as well. Uppsala University Professor of Nanotechnology Albert Mihranyan said , “With a filter material directly from nature, and by using simple production methods, we believe that our filter paper can become the affordable global water filtration solution and help save lives. Our goal is to develop a filter paper that can remove even the toughest viruses from water as easily as brewing coffee.” Water-borne infections threaten not only those in developing countries who often don’t have adequate sanitation, but developed countries as well. One example is the Swedish town of Lilla Edet, where residents were infected with norovirus due to unsanitary municipal water in 2008. The mille-feuille filter could improve lives in every country worldwide. Via Phys.org Images via Wikimedia Commons and YouTube screenshot

Read more from the original source: 
Groundbreaking affordable, paper-thin filter removes viruses from water

Terrifying ‘flying car’ is powered by 16 separate motors (video)

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Terrifying ‘flying car’ is powered by 16 separate motors (video)

Click here to view the embedded video. Just how much do we want a flying car? If it looks as dangerous as this one Thorston Crijns built, some of us might think, “umm….maybe not.” On the other hand, one has to commend Crijns for the insane amount of engineering necessary to get this thing off the ground. Crijns’ flying car has 16 separate motors and props as well as a pack of lithium-ion batteries to power it. Keeping it lightweight is critical, so the computer-optimized frame is made of lightweight 6060 aluminum. The control system is the MultiWii Autopilot, a well-known gadget that can adjust the power on each individual motor. Read the rest of Terrifying ‘flying car’ is powered by 16 separate motors (video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car , drone , electric cars , flying car , manned drone , multicopter , prototype car , thorston crijns , UVA

See more here: 
Terrifying ‘flying car’ is powered by 16 separate motors (video)

Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

A Palestinian man living in Gaza is helping his community overcome chronic energy shortages with affordable DIY solar ovens. Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches the limits of already degraded infrastructure. The everyday struggles are compounded by periodic episodes of warfare, such as last year’s month-long conflict with Israel which left 2,310 Gazans dead, at least 65 percent of whom were civilians. Despite the rough conditions, Gaza has no shortage of human resilience or sunlight. Case in point? Khaled Bashir, of Deir al Balah in the Gaza Strip, has constructed a solar oven to take advantage of natural resources not even Israel can hijack. Read the rest of Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , DIY , Gaza , gaza strip , palestine , Resilient Communities , resilient technology , solar kitchen , Solar oven , Solar Power

Read the original post:
Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Uber test car conducting early research on streets of Pittsburgh for future self-driving taxi

May 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Uber test car conducting early research on streets of Pittsburgh for future self-driving taxi

While Google has sought wide publicity for its self-driving car efforts, Uber has been a much quieter force in the movement. Uber confirmed news of the self-driving car project in February of this year but has kept its project under wraps until last week. An Uber-branded test vehicle, a Ford sedan, was spotted for the first time in Pittsburgh. The $40 billion company aims to develop its own fleet of self-driving taxis that will eventually replace its human drivers, the most expensive part of their car service. Read the rest of Uber test car conducting early research on streets of Pittsburgh for future self-driving taxi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous vehicle , car , carnegie mellon , National Robotics Engineering Center , pittsburgh , self driving taxi , self-driving car , Uber

See the rest here: 
Uber test car conducting early research on streets of Pittsburgh for future self-driving taxi

California dishes out free solar panels to its poorest residents

May 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on California dishes out free solar panels to its poorest residents

Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, and he’s also the first California resident to receive a free rooftop solar system. But he won’t be the last. Thanks to legislation first introduced by Senator Kevin de León, the Oakland-based non-profit organization GRID Alternatives is funneling funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state’s cap-and-trade program designed to discourage carbon dioxide emissions, into a program that is expected to deliver 1,600 free solar panels to California’s poorest residents by 2016 . Read the rest of California dishes out free solar panels to its poorest residents Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , CA cap-and-trade , California free solar , California free solar program , clean tech , free rooftop solar panels , free solar , free solar for poor California residents , greenhouse gas emissions , Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund , GRID alternatives , reduced CO2 emissions , rooftop solar , rooftop solar panels , Roy Rivera , Sacramento , Senator Kevin de Leon , solar panels

Read the original here:
California dishes out free solar panels to its poorest residents

Pedal-powered Raht Racer cycle can travel as fast as a car

February 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Pedal-powered Raht Racer cycle can travel as fast as a car

If you love biking to work, but wish you could get there a bit faster, then the Raht Racer is just the cycle for you. This hybrid vehicle amplifies pedal power to enable cyclists to travel at car speeds while still getting a workout, and it has a roof to keep you dry in wet weather. The Raht Racer’s hybrid flywheel generator multiplies the pedal power of the driver so that the vehicle can hit a top speed of 100 miles per hour! Read the rest of Pedal-powered Raht Racer cycle can travel as fast as a car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , car , commuter , cycling , cyclist , hybrid generator , hybrid technology , hybrid vehicle , kinetic energy , pedal power , pedal power vehicle , RAHT RACER

Excerpt from:
Pedal-powered Raht Racer cycle can travel as fast as a car

Kengo Kuma created an organic facade out of cedar strips for the University of Tokyo

February 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Kengo Kuma created an organic facade out of cedar strips for the University of Tokyo

Read the rest of Kengo Kuma created an organic facade out of cedar strips for the University of Tokyo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cedar strip building , cedar strip Kengo Kuma building , Daiwa Computing center , Kengo Kuma , Kengo Kuma University of Tokyo , Kengo Kuma wood strip building , Tokyo wood strip building , university of tokyo , wood buildings , wood facade , wood strip building

Read more: 
Kengo Kuma created an organic facade out of cedar strips for the University of Tokyo

« Previous PageNext Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 1967 access attempts in the last 7 days.