GM unveils new self-driving car with no pedals and no steering wheel

January 12, 2018 by  
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You won’t need a steering wheel in the autonomous cars of the future. General Motors (GM) just brought us a little closer to this bold new reality with the Cruise AV. It lacks that apparatus along with pedals and manual controls – and they’d like to see the driverless cars on the roads next year. GM’s Cruise AV could hit the streets as soon as 2019. They’ve filed a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for their fourth-generation of the car. The company says the Cruise AV is the “first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals, or manual controls.” Related: Toyota’s ultra customizable self-driving vehicle can transport people, goods, or services GM said they spent hours of real-world testing to develop the Cruise AV. The car company acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe last fall, with Strobe’s engineers joining GM’s Cruise Automation team to develop the technology for self-driving cars. The car is equipped with advanced sensor systems and has two main computer systems, so if the primary computer fails the secondary system can jump in. A crash-imminent braking system also serves as a backup, ready to hit the brakes if needed. “Our Cruise AV has the potential to provide a level of safety far beyond the capabilities of humans,” GM said in their 2018 Self-Driving Safety Report . GM says all their autonomous vehicles will be electric . They paint a vision of a world free of car crashes – since human driver error is “the primary cause of 94 percent of crashes,” according to GM , their driverless cars could help pave the way for safer road travel. They’re also marketing self-driving cars as offering mobility no matter a person’s age or physical capabilities. You can read GM’s 2018 Self-Driving Safety Report here . Via General Motors ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) Images via General Motors ( 1 , 2 ) and Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors

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All-black solar panel from California achieves groundbreaking 19.4% efficiency

January 12, 2018 by  
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California -based Solaria has designed a sleek, all-black solar panel with more than just a pretty face. The company manufactures products with less space between the monocrystalline silicon solar cells for better efficiency than conventional solar panels, which tend to hit 15 to 17 percent, according to the company. In contrast, their black PowerXT solar panel boasts an efficiency of up to 19.4 percent. How is Solaria able to achieve better efficiency? Per a datasheet , they run a patented cell cutting and module assembly process and eliminate busbars and ribbon interconnections. On their website the company claims cells “are cut and overlaid without soldering which creates a highly reliable power unit assembly. The PowerXT module is electrically designed to reduce the power losses due to shadowing across the module by utilizing parallel connections between sets of sub-strings within each quadrant of the module.” Black backsheet and frames complete the look of the all-black panel Solaria describes as “one of the highest power modules in the residential solar market.” Related: Black butterfly wings provide inspiration for superior solar cells The Solaria PowerXT: Residential series panels offer a maximum power of 320 to 350 watt peak capacity. The company said the system would cost less because more efficient panels generate more energy per square meter, lowering installation costs and number of panels installed. Solaria’s datasheet didn’t offer a price for the module. But in a December press release on the PowerXT 350Wp, Auburn Solar owner Peggy Matson offered a hint, saying, “Solaria is great looking, highly efficient, and priced right so we can offer very competitive deals to our customers – often beating our competitors by thousands of dollars.” Solaria’s solar panels come with a 25-year warranty. This week, the company announced they’ve raised $23 million in funding to expand production. They also offer building integrated photovoltaics PowerView products – architectural glass that generates clean power on windows, facades, skylights, or other structures. + Solaria Via Electrek and Solaria ( 1 , 2 ) Images via Solaria

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After $500M Lyft bet, GM chases sustainable self-driving cars

January 15, 2016 by  
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General Motors Executive Director of Urban Mobility Peter Kosak weighs in on the automaker’s future in transportation tech.

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Why renewable energy offers long-term stability

September 29, 2015 by  
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General Motors and energy experts explored how Power Purchasing Agreements can protect your company against the peaks and valleys of fossil fuel prices.

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The Closed Loop Fund’s first year: From aspiration to impact

September 29, 2015 by  
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The world’s biggest companies formed an effort last year to invest in recycling. The co-founders reveal progress in creating markets for tricky plastic waste.

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

July 25, 2014 by  
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Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors , and described his ideal version of the future that he’d like Musk to make happen. Funnily enough, it sounded a lot like Nicola Tesla’s vision . More fascinating and hilarious details after the jump! Read the rest of Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , elon musk , Elon Musk interview on The Colbert Report , Elon Musk Stephen Colbert interview , reuable rockets , software upgrades , space exploration , spacex , tesla , Tesla Motors , Tesla Motors free patents

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Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Power to Model S EVs in June

July 15, 2014 by  
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Tesla Motors passed an important milestone in June as its rapidly expanding Supercharger network delivered more than one gigawatt hour of power (GWh) to Model S electric vehicles – that’s enough energy for 3.7 million electric miles! According to Tesla’s blog , the achievement saved 168,000 gallons of gas and offset 4.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Since the Superchargers were launched less than two years ago, the network has powered more than 24.7 million driving miles and prevented 1.1 million gallons of gasoline from being burned. Read the rest of Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Power to Model S EVs in June Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Charging Station , elon musk , GWh , model s , one gigawatt hour , solar canopies , solarcity , Superchargers , Supercharging Stations , Tesla Motors

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2014 Could Be the Worst Year in Nearly a Decade for Rhino Poaching

July 15, 2014 by  
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It’s no secret that rhinos are being poached in numbers that are off the charts, and despite efforts to protect the animals , 2014 is on track to be the worst year in nearly a decade for rhino deaths. So far poachers have killed more than 500 rhinos, a majority of those in South Africa. Last year the number of rhinos poached ended at 1,004, the highest number since 2006. Read the rest of 2014 Could Be the Worst Year in Nearly a Decade for Rhino Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 rhino deaths , endangered animal protection , endangered rhinos , kruger national park , Kruger National Park Rhino Poaching , protecting endangered animals , protecting rhinos , rhino conservation , rhino horn , rhino horn powder , rhino killing , rhino poaching , rhinos , Rhinos killed by July 2014 , rhinos killed in 2014 , South Africa Rhinos

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Elio Motors Unveils Three-Wheeled 84 MPG Car That Costs Only $6,800

May 17, 2013 by  
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A brand new car that gets 84 MPG and costs less than $7,000 sounds too good to be true, but Elio Motors just unveiled a new three-wheeled vehicle that hits all those marks. The affordable two-seater Elio gets amazing mileage, and it’s small enough for a congested urban environment. Read the rest of Elio Motors Unveils Three-Wheeled 84 MPG Car That Costs Only $6,800 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Elio , Elio car , Elio green car , Elio Motors , green car , green transportation , personal transportation , three-wheeled car        

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Tesla Motors Turns a Profit for First Time as Model S Sales Exceed Target

April 1, 2013 by  
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Tesla Motors , the pioneering California-based electric car company, announced yesterday that sales of its Model S sedan exceeded expectations. The company expected to sell 4,500 units of the Model S in the first quarter, but by last weekend sales had surpassed 4,750. According to Tesla, the company, which has been hemorrhaging money in recent years, turned a profit for the first time in the first quarter of 2013. Read the rest of Tesla Motors Turns a Profit for First Time as Model S Sales Exceed Target Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car company , clean transportation , electric car industry , electric vehicles , electric vehicles California , green car companies , green transportation , Model S electric vehicle , Tesla electric vehicle , tesla motors model s

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