Continental presents concept tire that adjusts to road conditions

September 13, 2017 by  
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When was the last time you checked the air pressure in your car tires ? Most of us don’t pay as much attention to our tires as we should, but Continental recently unveiled two technologies that could pay attention for us. One technology alerts drivers should a tire become damaged, and another could actually change the rim width and tire pressure for better driving on slippery or uneven roads. Continental is showing off their tire technologies, ContiSense and ContiAdapt, at the Frankfurt Motor Show . With the help of sensors embedded in the tire, ContiSense measures temperature and tread depth and then sends that data to a driver over Bluetooth to a smartphone or to a car receiver, with the help of electrically-conductive rubber . If a nail or something else punctures the tire, ContiSense is able to alert the driver far faster than other systems. Related: Continental Tire looks to dandelions for a more sustainable tire ContiAdapt takes a more active role in tire functionality. Micro-compressors in the wheel can adjust the tire pressure on their own, and the system can modify how large the contact patch is to optimize the tire for varying street conditions. There are four combinations so a tire can cruise easily in wet, slippery, uneven, or normal conditions. Continental says the system also allows for very low tire pressure when, for example, a car is navigating deep snow or black ice. Continental also has a concept tire featuring both technologies. This tire design boasts three different tread zones ideal for driving on surfaces that are wet, slippery, or dry. The tread zones are activated depending on the rim width and tire pressure chosen by ContiAdapt. New Atlas said the two technologies will soon be added to Continental’s portfolio, which includes ContiSeal, allowing for automatic sealing of holes, and ContiSilent, which reduces tire and road noise. Via New Atlas and Continental Images via Continental

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Gyroscopic driving cabins may revolutionize urban travel

August 25, 2017 by  
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This futuristic gyroscopic driving cabin – controlled by a joystick – may just be the future of urban commuting. A Russian design company, Dahir Insaat , has created the futuristic pods to provide a radical new green solution for cities looking to curb urban transportation problems. The gyroscopic glass-dome cabins use an innovative take on the classic gyroscopic system to enable the vehicles to be completely self-balancing. With just two wheels, the pod’s movements are completely controlled with a joystick instead of a steering wheel. Related: Zero-emission hydrogen-powered car is designed to revolutionize everyday travel Although the concept is feasible for individual drivers, designer Dahir Semenov wants to expand the idea of gyroscopic vehicles to include public and emergency transportation for cities. The concept envisions gyro vehicles such as firetrucks or public buses lifted on narrow stalks that would use rails to glide over conventional traffic . Semenov has spent years developing the concept , mainly inspired by the need to address the issues facing overcrowded urban areas. He said, “I do not have the slightest doubt that this mode of transportation will supersede buses, trams, and trolleybuses in the cities of the future… I can say without exaggeration that this mode of transportation is compatible with the human habitat, with the spaces in which city dwellers recreate… After all, it is absolutely safe in both ecological and physical terms.” + Dahir Insaat Via Yanko Design

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100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017

December 2, 2013 by  
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Volvo just unveiled plans for the world’s first large-scale trial of self-driving cars. The ‘Drive Me’ project will see 100 autonomous vehicles take to the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. The cars will traverse 30 miles of public roads while encountering heavy commuter traffic, pedestrians and shifting highway conditions. While “ non-drivers ” will be behind the wheel during standard trips, Volvo anticipates that the cars will be able to seek out a parking spot, and park without the presence of a driver. Read the rest of 100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automated driving , autonomous car , car safety , Drive Me , efficiency , Gothenburg , green cars , green transportation , pedestrian safety , Public Roads , self-driving car , Sweden , volvo        

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14 Great Green Gifts for the Ladies

December 2, 2013 by  
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Looking for the perfect green gift for that awesome lady in your life? We have compiled a list of 14 gifts from classy clutches made from the recycled linings of juice boxes to recycled wine glasses and a beautiful bamboo Sprout watch , each of which has been carefully selected from suppliers who have the greenest and fairest consumer standards. We have gifts for ladies that love tea , ladies that love cooking , ladies who love reading , and everyone in between. Step on in for a look at the full guide to find a lovely green gift for your special lady. GREEN GIFTS FOR THE LADIES > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:        

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Toyota to Launch Automated Driving Safety Technologies in a Few Years

October 14, 2013 by  
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Toyota recently announced plans to introduce a new Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system that will use automated driving technologies to support safer highway driving. The system will be introduced in the mid-2010s and it will use cooperative-adaptive cruise control and lane trace control technology to ensure that vehicles stay within their intended driving lanes and follow a safe distance behind other vehicles. Read the rest of Toyota to Launch Automated Driving Safety Technologies in a Few Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive cruise control , automated driving , automotive , autonomous vehicle , car safety , car technology , green transportation , lane trace control , Toyota        

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Does Kicking Hybrid Drivers Out of Carpool Lanes Make Traffic Worse for Everyone?

October 16, 2011 by  
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Photo via Bill Selak flickr Up until recently, California has been allowing single occupants to drive in the carpool lanes as long as they are driving gasoline-electric hybrids. But as of July 1st 2011, solo hybrid drivers were no longer entitled to the privilege of using the carpool lanes. In a new study, U.C. Berkeley researchers examined data from roadway sensors measuring speed and congestion on… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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IF11: The Value Proposition Driving Recyclebank’s Explosive Growth

October 13, 2011 by  
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In a keynote interview this morning at the GreenBiz 2011 Innovation Forum , CEO Jonathan Hsu described to Senior Editor Marc Gunther how Recyclebank cuts through the clutter to spur behavioral changes in a population going through a recession and bombarded with green messaging and products.

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Recyclebank Lands Major Investment from Waste Management

October 13, 2011 by  
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Following an investment of an undisclosed amount, Recyclebank will take over Waste Management’s Greenopolis recycling-rewards program, and further expand its reach into 20 million households across the country.

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New Cycling-Themed Thriller Confirms New Yorkers’ Worst Impressions of Bikers

September 18, 2011 by  
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Image via YouTube screenshot. “Fixed gear. No brakes. Can’t stop. Don’t want to, either.” So begins the trailer for “Premium Rush,” an action thriller about a New York City bike messenger caught up in a life or death chase with a dirty cop and a mysterious, valuable package. But the movie does more than chronicle a wild adventure through the streets of New York. It also confirms every urbanite’s worst impression of cyclists as reckless, arrogant, and dangerous…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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P2P Car Sharing Has Just Launched in Spain, an Interview with SocialCar

September 1, 2011 by  
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After car sharing services like ZipCar or BMW’s New Car Share that lets you pick up and drop a car anywhere you want, it is no surprise that Person to Person car sharing is growing too. This works a bit like

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