Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

How Driverless Cars Could Save the Government Lots and Lots of Money

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Most of us experience the inefficiencies of America’s transportation system every day. Congestion costs us time, poor roads cost us car repair fees, unrealized safety improvements cause hardship, injury and even death. Atlantic Cities tells us more.

Winston and Purdue scholar Fred Mannering suggest there’s more to it than that. They argue .Read more...

Just a Bunch of Autonomous Convoys Driving Around an Army Base

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A glimpse of the military’s future: Fewer soldiers, more autonomous vehicles. The Atlantic shares this report.

General Robert Cone, the head of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, gave a speech that the service’s future configuration. In short: fewer soldiers, more “lethality.”

How’s that? Cone said that in the years and decades ahead, .Read more...

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Tech Will Be Mandatory, say Feds

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) will soon propose rules for vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communications on U.S. roads. IEEE shares this story.

As envisioned by NHTSA, vehicles equipped with V2V would send position and speed data to one another ten times per second over an ad hoc wireless network. .Read more...

Remote Control Snowplows: The New Winter Luxury?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

If you’re sick and tired of the constant snowstorms this winter (and especially the shoveling that comes after), it might be time to invest in a remote-controlled solution. Atlantic Cities shares this report.

Behold the Remote Control Six-Wheel Drive Snow Plow, already built and ready to ship from robotics firm SuperDroid Robots.

The 393-pound .Read more...

Obama Administration Wants to Speed Up Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The “hydrogen economy” just got a nice push from the Obama administration, which is now partnering with the private sector to facilitate a fresh wave of fuel cells that can be used to power the transportation sector. IEEE shares this report.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced at year end that it would .Read more...

How a New Russian Icebreaker Slices Sideways Through Frozen Seas

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The Russian icebreaker Baltika takes an unusual approach to the task of busting open frozen sea-lanes. Wired shares this story.

The Baltika isn’t adrift—it’s breaking ice. Debuting in the Gulf of Finland in early 2014, the Russian-owned ship will be the first to travel sideways through the frozen stuff. Although smaller than a normal icebreaker, .Read more...

Driverless Trucks Will Keep Army Safe From IEDs

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

U.S. Army convoys will soon be able to roll into even the roughest of unfriendly foreign urban areas and combat zones without the worry of loss of life, thanks to new technology that will make large vehicles fully autonomous. Wired tell us more.

In demonstrations earlier this month at Fort Hood, .Read more...

How Hurricane Katrina Inspired A Revolutionary New Disaster Shelter

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The innovative emergency housing system offers a suprisingly simple alternative to house the house the over 32 million people who are displaced from  natural disasters every year. Fast Company shares this story.

Based on the design on a simple styrofoam coffee cup, each 80 square foot EXO unit consists of two .Read more...

Organic Transit’s Enclosed Tricycle Is Half Bike, Half Car

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Organic Transit, a small company in Durham, N.C., completed construction of the 51 enclosed, electrically assisted tricycles that it sold earlier in the year through a successful Kickstarter campaign. IEEE tells us more.

The company and its new product—the Elf—is certainly something different. Normally, when you say “cycling,” what comes to .Read more...

Ford’s Solar-Powered Hybrid Car Displays Sun-Tracking Technology

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Ford’s new concept for solar-powered hybrid car can run for 21 electric-only miles on a day’s worth of sunlight. That possibility comes courtesy of sun-tracking software that works in combination with a concentrator lens to focus the sunlight falling on the car’s rooftop solar panels. IEEE shares this report.

The C-MAX Solar .Read more...

Self-Driving Car Rules Will Lag Tech, Think Tanks Predict

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Self-driving car technology will be ready to hit the road well before authorities are ready to license it. IEEE tells us more.

RAND, a think tank in Santa Monica, Calif. Waiting until the technology’s potential and impacts are more clear could help policymakers establish better rules for driverless roads, they write.

The .Read more...

Another Transit System Tests Inductive-Charging Buses

Monday, February 24th, 2014

A city known for its Gordian roundabouts and pedestrian-defeating roads is testing a clean new form of public transit: electric buses charged via induction. IEEE tells us more.

The borough of Milton Keynes, in the UK, will begin testing eight electric buses whose batteries get a charge from underground induction coils .Read more...