Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

These Easy-To-Install Solar Car Chargers Can Create EV Infrastructure Where We Need It

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The EV ARC charging station fits in a parking space and collects energy from a canopy of solar panels. Wherever people need a charge, now we can give them one. Fast Company shares this report.

The EV ARC charging station fits in a single parking space. Throughout the day, a canopy of solar .Read more...

The Delivery Drone That Could Make Amazon’s Vision A Reality

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The new HorseFly octocopter–a small drone with eight rotors–is designed to live on the back of a electric delivery truck. Fast Company takes a look at this vision of Amazon.

Delivery companies obsess about finding the perfect route to drive through town, since every detail matters for saving fuel and reducing .Read more...

If Robots Drove, How Much Safer Would Roads Be?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

How much safer would driving be if robots replaced humans on the roads? NY Times looks at this story.

It has been hard to estimate because fully autonomous cars are not yet available to test. Google says that its driverless cars have logged more than 700,000 miles without an .Read more...

These Mouse-Inspired “Whiskers” Give Cyclists A Temporary Bike Lane

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Inspired by cats and mice, students competing in a biomimicry design challenge found a unique way to signal that a cyclist needs some space on the road. Fast Company shares this story.

Even though more cities are adding bike lanes, it still isn’t always easy to get from one place to .Read more...

Pentagon’s Superpowered Autopilot Will Do the Work of 5 Crew Members

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The Pentagon’s research arm is developing a sophisticated, drop-in autopilot that can replace as many as five crew members of a military aircraft, and turn the pilot into a high-level “mission supervisor” issuing commands through a touch screen. Wired tells us more.

The Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program is .Read more...

A Trip in a Self-Driving Car Now Seems Routine

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Google’s self-driving cars, a noticeable behavioral quirk that the Lexus exhibited was that it seemed to change lanes with emphasis, avoiding the gradual meandering from one lane to the next as a human driver might do. New York Times shares this story.

ince it created the project in 2009, Google has .Read more...

This Quadriplegic Racer Drives a Corvette by Tilting His Head

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Sam Schmidt, who has been paralyzed below the shoulders since slamming into a wall 14 years ago, always believed he’d never drive again. Wired shares his story.

Schmidt was a promising driver with 27 Indy Racing League starts when he went into the wall at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, .Read more...

The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Suppose that an autonomous car is faced with a terrible decision to crash into one of two objects. It could swerve to the left and hit a Volvo sport utility vehicle (SUV), or it could swerve to the right and hit a Mini Cooper. If you were programming the car .Read more...

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven. Fast Company shares this report.

In a few years, your flight from London to .Read more...

These Solar Roads Could Power The Entire Country

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

The founders of the Solar Roadways project want to cover every highway in thick, LED-lit glass. Fast Company shares this story.

The Solar Roadways project, now crowdfunding on Indiegogo, hopes to re-pave the country in custom, glass-covered solar panels that are strong enough to drive on while generating enough power to light the road, .Read more...

When driverless cars crash, who’s to blame?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Self-driving cars have an undeniable allure: Think of all the fun things you could do if you didn’t have to keep your eyes on the road! A lot of Americans feel this way; about half of us say we’d try a driverless car if we could. But behind the obvious technological challenges .Read more...

How Do You Make Roads Safer For Bikes? Nix Drivers

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

 

Self-driving cars are better at responding to pedestrians and cyclist. Then there’s that road rage thing. Fast Company reports.

he best way to accomplish Vision Zero–the ambitious plan currently under way to completely eliminate traffic-related fatalities in New York City–may be to nix drivers altogether. Although road design is a factor in encouraging .Read more...