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Cars Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Guest Contributor Originally published on the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists.By Josh Goldman You may have heard a lot recently about electric vehicles (EVs). Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle
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Tesla Completes the West Coast Supercharger Corridor from San Diego to Vancouver Tesla Completes the West Coast Supercharger Corridor from San Diego to Vancouver Tesla Motors just completed the West Coast Supercharger Corridor, a network of electric vehicle charging stations that stretches all the way from San Diego, California to Vancouver, British Columbia. Boasting stations all along U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate 5, the Supercharger Corridor gives Model S owners the ability to travel up and down the west coast at no cost with zero range anxiety. With the new supercharger corridor in place, Model S customers can drive between San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver for free with minimal stops. More than 99 percent of Californians and 87 percent of Oregon and Washington owners are now within 200 miles of a Supercharger.
Ion thruster photo from NASA A team from MIT is working on developing ionic wind thrusters as an energy-efficient, low-emission alternative to conventional propulsion technologies like jet engines. The new thrusters would use ionic energy, which is created when a current passes between two electrodes. If one electrode is thinner than the other, it creates an air current in the space between them – and if a substantial voltage is applied, the device could produce powerful thrust without the need for fuel or motors. MIT Develops Ionic Wind Thrusters As An Efficient Alternative To Jet Engines MIT Develops Ionic Wind Thrusters As An Efficient Alternative To Jet Engines
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Despite Google's Self-Driving Cars, Vehicle Autonomy Remains a Distant Destination Driving on Interstate 495 toward Boston in a Ford Fusion one chilly afternoon in March, I did something that would’ve made even my laid-back long-ago driving instructor spit his coffee over the dashboard: I took my hands off the steering wheel, lifted my foot off the gas pedal, and waited to see what would happen. The answer: not much. To a degree, the car was already driving itself. Sensors were busy tracking other vehicles and road markings; computer systems were operating the accelerator, the brake, and even the steering wheel. The car reduced its speed to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, but as that car sped up again, mine did so too. I tried nudging the steering wheel so that we drifted toward the dotted line on my left. Despite Google's Self-Driving Cars, Vehicle Autonomy Remains a Distant Destination
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London will host Formula E electric Grand Prix London will host Formula E electric Grand Prix London will host Formula E electric Grand Prix Posted on 13 March 2013 by Vicky Ellis The UK will host one of the first ever electric Grand Prix-style races in London when the Formula E Championship kicks off next year. Eight cities so far have been selected to hold races in 2014, including Rome in Italy, China’s capital Beijing and the South American party centres Rio De Janeiro in Brazil and Argentina’s Buenos Aires.
AIR TRANSPORT / AIRSHIPS: new ways to reduce transportation costs | Mobility La tarification de la mobilité («mobility pricing») est un principe économique qui veut que l'utilisateur participe davantage à son financement. La Suisse dispose d’un très bon système de transport, mais il est de plus en plus engorgé. Pour les seules routes nationales, on compte 20 000 heures d’embouteillage par an. Dans de nombreuses parties du pays, les transports publics sont surchargés aux heures de pointe. En outre, le système suisse est très onéreux. AIR TRANSPORT / AIRSHIPS: new ways to reduce transportation costs | Mobility
Motor Trend has bestowed its coveted Car of the Year title on Tesla's Model S, making it the first car without an internal combustion engine to earn such an honor. The vehicle won out of 25 other contenders, with a total of 45 variants. All of the vehicles were put through an "extensive battery of testing" that examined just about everything you can examine on a car. Tesla Model S named 2013 Car of the Year by Motor Trend Tesla Model S named 2013 Car of the Year by Motor Trend
Driverless cars approved by Nevada They will be held responsible for the car's behaviour. As the vehicle will only be able to break the speed limit if the driver takes control, he or she would receive the speeding fine. But he or she will be able to spend the journey on the phone or even texting without putting other road users at risk. A test car, which has already been tested in California, has already covered 140,000 miles without any mishap – apart from being nudged from behind at a set of traffic lights. Driverless cars approved by Nevada
Buying a Coal-Powered Car — Academic VC Buying a Coal-Powered Car — Academic VC I’d read all the news stories about NHTSA-induced fires, laughed at all the jokes, and watched Newt Gingrich claim that “You can’t put a gun rack in a Chevy Volt.” (Wrong.) But I also read “Car Guys vs. Bean Counters” by Bob Lutz, who knows more about the automobile business than anyone alive… and who proudly declares himself to be the father of the Chevy Volt.
Semi-Autonomous Car Could be Licensed By Month’s End – Video Semi-Autonomous Car Could be Licensed By Month’s End – Video It was only December of last year when Google earned patents for autonomous vehicles. Now, the technology continues to rapidly move ahead as automotive supplier Continental has commenced testing a semi-autonomous vehicle of its own that is more affordable and could be among the first licensed for use on Nevada’s designated public roads by months end. Nevada is the first state to pass laws regulating driverless vehicles. To qualify for a special state license, engineers at Continental have built and driven a heavily modified Volkswagen Passat with its brake and steering controls removed and replaced with sensors to digitally read and interpret surroundings. According to engineer Ibro Muharemovic, the Passat has logged almost 10,000 miles of autonomous driving and during a more recent trip from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Brimley, Michigan, home of Continental’s development and testing center, more than 90 percent of the journey did not involve the use of hands and feet.
How wireless charging could boost the electric car
The Concorde became the premiere transport across the Atlantic in part because it was precluded from flying over populated areas due to the sonic boom it creates. A new two-wing design, however, may hold the secret to silently breaking the sound barrier. Guile does not approve. As a plane moves through the air, it stacks up air pressure in front of the plane and creates a vacuum in its wake. When the plane hits super sonic speeds—actually travelling faster that the sound wave it's creating—the plane will drag and compress the leading and trailing pressure waves together to form a single big shock wave moving at the speed of sound. The wave from this hits the ground is what's considered the sonic boom. New Bi-Plane Design Promises All of the Sonic, None of the Boom | Gizmodo UK
Individual mobility is increasingly defined in terms of sustainability. The BMW Group has taken on the challenges of a rapidly changing world and is now developing serial production solutions to meet the mobility needs of the future. As an integrated part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad is also addressing issues of individual single-track mobility and future customer needs. In this connection, BMW Motorrad is expanding its business activities to include a new facet: that of “Urban Mobility”. IAA 2011: BMW Motorrad Concept e
Researchers create first large-scale model of human mobility that incorporates human nature For more than half a century, many social scientists and urban geographers interested in modeling the movement of people and goods between cities, states or countries have relied on a statistical formula called the gravity law, which measures the “attraction” between two places. Introduced in its contemporary form by linguist George Zipf in 1946, the law is based on the assumption that the number of trips between two cities is dependent on population size and the distance between the cities. (The name comes from an analogy with Newton’s Law of Gravity, which describes the attraction of two objects based on mass and distance.)
Ingenious Infographic: U.S. Highways, Mapped Like A Subway System
Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here | Magazine
Honda Begins Deliveries of Battery-Powered Fit