D-Dalus - an entirely new genre of aircraft arrives. Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type of aircraft at the Paris Air Show which has the potential to become aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engine. View all The D-Dalus (a play on Daedalus from Greek mythology) is neither fixed wing or rotor craft and uses four, mechanically-linked, contra-rotating cylindrical turbines, each running at the same 2200 rpm, for its propulsion. The key to the D-Dalus' extreme maneuverability is the facility to alter the angle of the blades (using servos) to vector the forces, meaning that the thrust can be delivered in your choice of 360 degrees around any of the three axes.
Hence D-Dalus can launch vertically, hover perfectly still and move in any direction, and that's just the start of the story. Like most cars and aircraft these days, it sounds very complex but it's all controlled by computer algorithms, so it's simple joystick control for the user, and far less exacting than a helicopter to fly. "Holy s##t!" – the amazing Zero SR electric motorcycle blows our minds. It's been about three years since we last tested one of Zero Motorcycles' electric bikes, and in that time, the company has been very busy. Compared to the 2011 Zero S, the 2014 Zero SR has between 200-400 percent more everything – riding this bike was an absolutely shocking progress report on the state of the art. The SR represents a liminal moment in motorcycling.
We may look back in years to come and see this as the first time an electric motorcycle stood shoulder to shoulder with petrol powered bikes, and made them feel like yesterday's heroes. View all When we last rode the Zero S about three years ago, we came away thinking "what a nice little commuter, shame about the battery range. " Things have changed, and in a big way. Just to ram the point home, here's how the 2014 Zero SR compares to the 2011 S: it has a 3.2 times bigger battery, almost 4 times the range, just under 2.7 times the power, 2.4 times the torque and a 50 percent higher top speed. The Numbers Forget about the numbers. Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle. 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).
Sales of EVs are up, manufacturers are beginning to offer a variety of EV models – from sportscars to sedans – and our recent analysis found that 42 percent of American households with a vehicle could use an EV. So, why are car buyers getting more enthused about EVs? #1 Cheaper to Fuel Like saving money? “I have owned a Nissan Leaf for 2 years.
. #2 Less Volatile Fuel Prices The average national price of electricity has remained fairly static over the last decade, whereas the global oil market has caused the average price of gasoline to rise, drop, spike, dip, and rise again over the same time period. . #3 Less Maintenance Despite being an advanced technology, EVs are remarkably simple to maintain. . #4 Driving Performance EVs are straight up zippy. . #5 Fewer Emissions #7 Less oil use. Large_.png (1065×690) 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.
Tesla’s Superchargers are capable of charging Model S vehicles 20 times faster than most public charging stations. Superchargers deliver up to 120 kW DC power directly to the Model S battery, providing half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. + Tesla Motors. MIT Develops Ionic Wind Thrusters As An Efficient Alternative To Jet Engines. 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.
Ionic wind thrusters have been discussed ever since the 1960s, but up till now they’ve been dismissed as impractical or suitable only for lightweight vehicles. However the MIT research team now believes that the technology could potentially power commercial airlines. Following a series of experiments, the MIT team announced that ionic thrusters could be more efficient than engines currently used in the aerospace industry.
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.
Tesla Model S named 2013 Car of the Year by Motor Trend. 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. There were 11 judges in total, and all of them unanimously awarded the honor to the Tesla Model S.
Testing included a 0 to 60mph and quarter-mile acceleration, braking from 60 to 0mph, figure-eight handling, high-speed loops that replicates LA's freeways, and a winding track. Motor Trend's editor-in-chief Edward Loh offered this statement. What kind of competition was the Tesla Model S up against? Driverless cars approved by Nevada. 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. And I read his defenses of the Volt against right-wing smears here and here and here.
And I saw that the NHTSA ended its Volt safety investigation by stating that “no discernible defect trend exists.” And I saw that the Volt (under its European badging as the Opel Ampera) just won European Car of the Year… the first American car ever to do so. And, as an engineer, I like the idea of plug-in hybrids. So I was rooting for this awkward underdog of a car, but wasn’t really involved. It’s a great car. Not “It’s a great car, considering it’s electric.”
Or “It’s a great car, if you’re an environmentalist.” Just… “It’s a great car.” Semi-Autonomous Car Could be Licensed By Month’s End – Video. How wireless charging could boost the electric car. New Bi-Plane Design Promises All of the Sonic, None of the Boom | Gizmodo UK. IAA 2011: BMW Motorrad Concept e.
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”.
Building on almost 90 years of experienced in the field of motorised two-wheel vehicles, BMW Motorrad is drawing on the conceptual benefits of single-track vehicles to develop innovative solutions, adding a new dimension to the area of urban commuting. Before the end of this year, BMW Motorrad will establish its new “Urban Mobility” area with two premium vehicles in the maxi scooter segment. Visionary design for a new drive concept.
Concept e – a vision with a future. 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.)
Though widely used in empirical studies, the gravity model isn’t very accurate in making predictions. Researchers must retrofit data to the model by including variables specific to each study in order to force the results to match reality. Physics professor Albert-László Barabási of Northeastern is lead author and principal investigator on the project. Ingenious Infographic: U.S. Highways, Mapped Like A Subway System. The graphic language of the London Underground map is so iconic that "[insert any network or process here] visualized as a London Underground map" has become a design cliché.
So why are we writing about the latest iteration, a Tube-style map of U.S. interstate highways, created by Cameron Booth? Because, clichéd or not, visualizing this particular system in this way is actually damned useful. The U.S. interstate system actually has a grid-like logic to it: Highways that go north/south are labeled with odd numbers, and highways that go east/west have even-numbered labels. Not that you’d be able to easily tell, though--much like the London Underground rail system, interstate highways look like an overturned plate of spaghetti when plotted on a geographically accurate map. Chucking geographic accuracy for a Tube-style schematic makes much more sense for plotting routes on the U.S. interstate system.
Click to zoom. via Visual.ly; top image by Tim Roberts/Shutterstock. Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here | Magazine. The object, vaguely pink, sits on the shoulder of the freeway, slowly shimmering into view. Is it roadkill? A weird kind of sagebrush? No, wait, it’s … a puffy chunk of foam insulation! “The laser almost certainly got returns off of it,” says Chris Urmson, sitting behind the wheel of the Prius he is not driving. A note is made (FOD: foreign object or debris, lane 1) as we drive past, to help our computerized car understand the curious flotsam it has just seen. It’s a Monday, midday, and we are heading north on California Highway 85 in a Google autonomous vehicle. Anthony Levandowski, business lead on Google’s self-driving-car project, sits in the passenger seat, lanky and spectacled, wearing loud athletic shoes and clutching a MacBook Pro with a bumper sticker that reads “My other car drives itself.”
The Prius begins to seem like the Platonic ideal of a driver. Google isn’t the only company with driverless cars on the road. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here. Honda Begins Deliveries of Battery-Powered Fit.