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Why  does every electric car that boasts a world record range on a single  charge always looks like it is from an ugly Buck Rogers future? Buck Rogers Rocket Ship (left)  Bluebird EV capable of 500 mph (Right)   Schluckspecht E (left) and with the Schluckspecht Team (right)  (via Team Schluckspecht) Team  Schluckspecht just barely does away with the outer-space fairing look  with their new world record holding electric vehicle (EV), the  "Schluckspe ...
(Image via Technische Universitaet Muenchen)   I did not know how to turn off the change oil light in my car, it was not in the manual. What did I do? I checked youtube for the answer. Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TU) and Audi are about to bring a video manual you can talk to on all new model Audi cars.   The Avatar-based Virtual Co-driver System (AviCoS) is a animated avatar that can give the driver, or anyone in the car, detailed information on the vehicle using "natural-langua ...
26 November 2003 was the last flight for the commercial Concorde supersonic airliner. Global dreams of traveling 3 times faster than anything else were seemingly dashed forever.   That was until the 2011 Paris Air Show. Two supersonic jet concepts were announced from EADS and new player HyperMach Europe Aeronautics. Both claim speeds fasters than the Concorde. Both are decades away. More notably, both are promoting these jets as being "green."   EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence ...
Kinergy Flywheel     A weighted 9" disc spins at 60,000 rpm, who's surface is traveling twice the speed of sound, may just power hybrid vehicles in the near future. British company Ricardo has designed a flywheel energy storage system to use in future hybrid vehicles. The system called Kinergy, stores the energy in breaking into the carbon fibre laced flywheels. The energy stored is then used as a torque assist in accelerating the vehicle. The flywheel is house in a vacuum sealed conta ...
  Inside a non-transparent box that is moving, one may feel secure. Ignorance is bliss. But placed in a clear box that is moving, impending doom could be seen. Airbus wants to make a clear box airplane for the future. Much like the observation car on a train, a section of the new airplane will be mostly transparent showing the entirety of the outside. The ability to look straight ahead into the direction of the plane will show objects approaching at whatever speed the plane is moving. 700 m ...
    Here is a perfect example of, "I can not believe this has not been done already."   Aalto University in Finland is testing the use of hybrid technology in non-road, mobile industrial machinery. Think Prius versions of cranes, bulldozers, tractors, and diggers. Their concept is to capture of the energy from the work being performed by each machine that is lost when in operation. Like in hybrid cars, deceleration, braking energies are being absorbed as well as energy from such ...
The charge anxiety of an Electric Vehicle (EV) has deterred many from purchase. With few places to recharge, the possibility of being stranded is high. Nissan and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) announced a roadside recharging service for all EVs that has lost power. Nissan developed a few roadside vehicles equipped with EV recharging equipment that can be deployed from a Kanagawa branch office. Of course this one office will not service all of Japan, it is first being tested in an extreme ...
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Sphere drone robot

Posted by Eavesdropper Jun 10, 2011
  The Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense went to the geek capitol of Akihabara, a section of Tokyo, to source parts for this "reconnaissance drone." In its current form, it can travel 40 mph for up to 8 minutes. Since the drone if built inside of a protective sphere, it can withstand the sudden impact of drop after losing power. 8 separate fins around the sphere control the direction, and it seems to handle quick turns very well. The 42cm, diameter, drone weighs only 350 grams with all the c ...
  Scooters are dangerous. The small front wheel in more prone sudden twisting when one hits a bump or object in the road. But it is hard to resist riding a Fremont Motors all electric scooter "Fido." At speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, this scooter can get you to distances up to 35 miles. This is definitely meant for short trips. However, the battery in easily removed for swapping and external charging. So, if a second or third battery is carried, distance is multiplied. Also, the storage ...
  A driverless "POD" is whisking students to the other side of the campus at Masdar City (near Abu Dhabi). These EV vehicles go 25Mph and can reach a range of about 37miles on a single charge. So, charging every hour then? Built by a dutch company called "To Get There," these cars are trying to fill Masdar's dream of being a "zero carbon, zero waste, car-free city." RFID and other onboard sensors help the Personal Transportation System (PRT), keep it on task and able to avoid obstacles. Alt ...
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Brain driven car

Posted by Eavesdropper Feb 22, 2011
  When I first watched this video I had one question, what if the driver spaces out for a little bit? Although my question was not answered, I did see an impressive video of the brain controlled car in operation. The "MadeInGermany" autonomous car designed by Autonomous Labs in collaboration with the Freie Universitat in Berlin, has been controlled by an iPhone, iPad, and now a EEG (electroenzephalogram) tool. The Drive-By-Wire system interprets electromagnetic signals produced by the brain ...
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Air-powered cars

Posted by Eavesdropper Feb 15, 2011
Per Tunestal, Combustion Engines at Lund University in Sweden researcher, is working on air hybrids cars that he claims are cheaper to manufacture. He states, “The technology is fully realistic. I was recently contacted by a vehicle manufacturer in India which wanted to start making air hybrids."The concept is to store energy from braking and vibration into compressed gas to use later. For stop and go operation, short drives, and acceleration the compressed gas in used to start the inertia ...
  Networking vehicles with one another and with the infrastructure gives the driver information on the situation beyond his or her field of vision and warns the driver about accidents or traffic jams. Researchers from Fraunhofer will be unveiling the latest applications for traffic safety and efficiency at this year’s embedded world Exhibition & Conference in Nuremberg, Germany. The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems ESK in Munich, Germany, are working on innovative id ...
  The twin Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have outlasted their planned three-month lifetime and given us our closest look yet at the Martian surface. But the solar-powered rovers have covered only 21 miles of Martian terrain in their combined 11 years of operation, leaving most of the surface unexplored. Future Mars surface missions could cover more ground with a platform that can hop great distances in the planet's thin atmosphere and weak gravity. Since summer 2009, researchers and st ...
  I know what you’re thinking, “nice photoshopped picture”, but it’s actually not. Thanks to the Indian railways, an old unused engine, which would have been shown the doors to the scrapyard, has got a fresh lease of life – it’s been transformed into a mobile garbage collector. Made in the Parel workshop, by Central Railway engineers, this one took shape when the authorities were toying with the idea of building an effective garbage disposal system on whe ...

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