Why automotive technology is going from 0 to 60 in 2017

January 17, 2017 by  
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Gear up: This year’s CES technology conference in Las Vegas was overrun with self-driving cars and EVs.

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Why the U.S. Air Force wants to fly on renewable energy

January 17, 2017 by  
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Mobilized by the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Air Force joined a startup accelerator to investigate resilient renewable energy solutions.

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New Toyota concept takes the wheel when drivers get sleepy

January 5, 2017 by  
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The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas, with an increasing number of automakers using the show to showcase their latest technological innovations. This year, Toyota is giving the world a look at the future with its Concept-i vehicle which can not only drive itself, but also uses Artificial Intelligence to build a relationship with the driver. According to Toyota, the Concept-i is designed from the inside out to give the vehicle a warm and friendly user experience. While its interior looks spacious and inviting, the more significant part of the Concept-i is its advanced artificial intelligence system that builds a relationship with the driver that is stronger than learning driving patterns and schedules. The Concept-i is designed to use multiple technologies to measure emotion, mapped against when and where the driver travels around the world. Related: Chrysler unveils all-electric self-driving Portal car In addition, the AI system uses advanced automated vehicle technologies to enhance driving safety. Under certain conditions, drivers will have the choice of automated or manual driving based on their personal preference, but the Concept-i also has the ability to fully take over if the driver’s engagement declines. The system monitors driver attention and road conditions, with the goal of increasing self-driving support as necessary. The warm and friendly part of the Concept-i starts with a next-generation user interface that serves as a platform for the vehicle’s AI Agent, nicknamed “Yui”. Instead of displaying important information on a digital screen, Yui uses lights, sounds and even touch to communicate critical information. Colored lights in the foot wells indicate whether the vehicle is in automated or manual drive, projectors in the rear deck project views onto the seat pillar to help warn about blind spots and a next-generation head up helps keep the driver’s eyes on the road. The Concept-i’s exterior also displays information, like “Hello” to greet the driver and passengers as they approach the vehicle. The rear of the concept communicates to other drivers about upcoming turns or warn about a potential hazard, while the front communicates whether the Concept-i is in automated or manual drive. Toyota hasn’t announced any production plans for the Concept-i, but Toyota does expect to start on-road evaluation within the next few years in Japan. + Toyota All images @Toyota

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Faraday Future’s FF91 smashes speed record of Tesla Model S in ludicrous mode

January 4, 2017 by  
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Faraday Future made a bold claim Tuesday when the California-based automotive startup unveiled its 1,050-horsepower FF91, which they say will be the world’s fastest electric car . The production model was featured in a video at CES in Las Vegas, where it can be seen besting a Tesla Model S . Since its inception in 2014, Faraday Future has chased Tesla’s shadow—consistently promising to release a better electric car with a better battery—and the company has even started building a $1 billion factory near Las Vegas. While Faraday Future is already taking pre-orders for the supposedly lightning fast FF91 model, the company can’t pay for production without hefty support from investors, which have yet to be found. Does Faraday really have a future? While Faraday Future is an American company, it is backed in large part by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting. Since 2014, the company has been teasing the automotive world with promises of bigger, better, faster electric cars, and the unveiling of the FF91, which Faraday calls “the first of the species”, marks the first time we’ve seen an actual car to back up the wild ambition, as the previous teasers have all been mere concepts. Faraday Future’s FF91 can reportedly accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.39 seconds, shaving precious time off the record 2.5 seconds for a Tesla Model S P100D with “Ludicrous Mode” engaged . Related: Faraday Future breaks ground on $1B electric car factory outside Las Vegas In addition to its speed, the FF91 (that’s FF “nine-one,” the company clarifies in its press release) also boasts a longer range than any other commercially available electric car , with an estimated 378 miles of travel on a single charge of its 130 kWh battery. Faraday Future also claims to have achieved the fastest charging time with a home battery charger capable of juicing from 50 percent to full charge in under 4.5 hours. Faraday says deliveries of its super fast FF91 will begin in 2018, but there are a lot of “ifs” involved. The company is still working hard to raise capital for production of the FF91 (which is strikingly similar to where Faraday was a year ago at this time, with a different concept car) but they are already taking reservations toward purchases (much like Tesla) at $5,000 (which is refundable). There’s no word on what the FF91’s final price tag will look like, and Faraday Future’s reputation for big ideas without the actual technology to back them up may prevent the speedy electric car from ever hitting the road. Via Bloomberg Images via Faraday Future

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Modern Brazilian home treats neighboring mountain as an extension of its green patio

January 4, 2017 by  
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When designing a home in a country as verdant as Brazil , it’s important to retain a strong connection to nature. Obra Arquitetos does just that with LEnS House by creating an open design, unobstructed views of the beautiful Mantiqueira mountain range, and planting a suite of lush green plants throughout. The house provides a contemplative and reflective space for a couple. Organized around a small patio , it unfolds across different levels providing views of the central open space through curved glass . The building’s dialogue with nature intensifies with height. The outdoor experience starts with the views of the patio, which features a host of plant species. Related: Brazilian House Harnesses Natural Materials and Smart Design A staircase leads to a green roof , gradually opening up more expansive views of the surrounding landscape. + Obra Arquitetos Via Archdaily Photos by Nelson Kon

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This is the first object 3D printed from asteroid dust

January 8, 2016 by  
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3D printing technology has made several leaps and bounds within the last few years, especially in regards to the materials that can be used to create different objects. These days, even  coffee grounds and beer can be recycled into art. Planetary Resources and their partner, 3D Systems , have just blown the competition out of the water for the most innovative material ever used: asteroid dust . The “asteroid-mining” company says this step is just the beginning for humans utilizing raw materials from outer space. Read the rest of This is the first object 3D printed from asteroid dust

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VW’s electric BUDD-e van revives the iconic Microbus with a 373-mile driving range

January 6, 2016 by  
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In the early 2000’s Volkswagen teased Microbus fans with the prospect of launching an all-electric VW van . That dream just got a whole lot closer, as Volkswagen has unveiled a modern take on its iconic microbus at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new BUDD-e has an estimated driving range of 373 miles on a single charge, and its battery can recharge up to 80% in 20 minutes flat. Read the rest of VW’s electric BUDD-e van revives the iconic Microbus with a 373-mile driving range

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Gogoro unveils new home battery charger for electric scooters – sets sight on your city

January 5, 2016 by  
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Gogoro’s battery-swapping electric Smartscooters are enormously popular in Taiwan, set to launch in Amsterdam this year, and they could be coming soon to a city near you. To help spur their uptake, Gogoro just unveiled a new GoCharger at CES that lets you charge up Smartscooter batteries at your home. (Previously, users only had the option of finding a battery bank and switching out their batteries there.) This new initiative not only makes users more independent, but batteries placed in the GoCharger connect with the consumer’s smartphone. This makes it easy to track charge levels and rates, monitor battery health, and it’s also possible to receive charging notifications. Read the rest of Gogoro unveils new home battery charger for electric scooters – sets sight on your city

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Faraday Future unveils insane 1,000 horsepower electric car at CES

January 5, 2016 by  
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US sues Volkswagen for up to $90 billion for violating the Clean Air Act

January 5, 2016 by  
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After Volkswagen’s much-publicized emissions cheating scandal , the United States Justice Department has filed a civil lawsuit against the automaker. VW is accused of violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal systems that allow vehicles to cheat emissions tests and stealthily produce heavy air pollution. According to a senior Justice Department official, VW may face fines of up to $90 billion, or $37,500 per vehicle that is determined to have violated the law. Read the rest of US sues Volkswagen for up to $90 billion for violating the Clean Air Act

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