Charles Wardell

11,590 Flips | 7 Magazines | 40 Likes | 27 Following | 127 Followers | @charleswardell | Born in England, resident in Austria, with a background in automotive industry, IT and publishing, I’m a retiree with a keen interest in these areas.

Hyperloop pioneers choose rural France to test high-speed rail travel of the future

Hyperloop transport faces many hurdles but until now, how cows can cross the track hasn't been one of them.<p>But that's going to change as Canadian company TransPod sets up its testing facility in a village deep in the French countryside.<p>The current record for high-speed TGV trains (574.8 kmh) could …

High-speed Rail

Ford says slow and steady will win the self-driving car race

The automaker released its first-ever safety report to the federal government<p>Ford doesn’t want to be the first company to offer self-driving cars to the public; it wants to be the brand most synonymous with the word “trust.” At least, that’s what the company says in its self-driving safety report, …

Autonomous Cars

Powering ahead: the new breed of electric car clubs

Car clubs have long been hailed as an environmentally friendly option, reducing the number of vehicles on the road and cutting out unnecessary trips. But a new breed of car clubs is going one step further – by only renting out electric cars powered by a rechargeable battery.<p>Clubs, such as Zipcar, …

Electric Vehicles

An idea for making self-driving cars safer: Reprogram humans

You’re crossing the street wrong.<p>That is essentially the argument some self-driving car boosters have fallen back on in the months after the first pedestrian death attributed to an autonomous vehicle and amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence capable of real-world driving is further …

Artificial Intelligence

Extreme Paranormal Radio Presents: Shannon Bradley Byers, Paranormal Genealogy

Join us live Thursdays 8PM Eastern on BTR as tonight, Michele and Stacey talk with Shannon Bradley Byers about Paranormal Genealogy. Being obsessed …

Paranormal

We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril | Cynthia Wong

Information could be abused by government officials, police officers, or even private companies<p>On Friday, the identity matching services bill will be discussed at a hearing by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. It has serious implications for human rights.<p>Should the government …

Surveillance

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Plans to Dig a Tunnel to Dodger Stadium

With six weeks left in the 2018 baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are just two games out of first place in the National League West and a trip …

Los Angeles

Electric delivery vehicles are getting even better with new advances by companies like Bosch and Tropos Motors

Delivery vehicles and other utility vehicles are some of the best candidates for EVs. With frequent stops, starts and idling as well as the need for poserful low-end torque, these work horses can reap many of the most important performance benefits of electric vehicle drivetrains.<p>Apparently the …

Electric Vehicles

Electric flight is coming, but the batteries aren’t ready

Flying requires an incredible amount of energy, and batteries are too heavy<p>The idea of electric powered flight has been around for decades, but only recently has it begun to take off. There are over a dozen startups and companies today that are pursuing battery-electric and hybrid prototypes, with …

Solar Impulse

Sono Motors announces plans to expand solar-powered electric car sales

Sono Motors, a Germany-based EV startup, is announcing plans to expand in the Netherlands with its solar-powered electric car: the Sion.<p>The Sion is equipped with both a battery pack, which can be charged like a regular electric car, and also a system of integrated solar cells that can charge the …

Electric Vehicles

Robot cars start delivering groceries in Arizona

Pilot service is being run by grocery giant Kroger and Nuro, a startup from two ex-Google engineers<p>Grocery giant Kroger and autonomous vehicle startup Nuro launched their driverless delivery service Thursday in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the first market for the two companies, which first announced …

Nissan Leaf

SpaceX seeks approval for Starlink internet tests on high-performance govt. planes

According to updated regulatory documents and recent Aviation Week interviews with the US Air Force Research Laboratory, it can be all but guaranteed …

Military

The UK Loves Electric Cars, But it's One of the Worst Countries for Charging Infrastructure

Electric cars are pretty popular in this country, especially amongst the youth who are least resistant to switching from a petrol pump to a plug …

Alternative Fuel

Audi Reveals More About Its E-Tron SUV Electric Car

This is the Audi e-tron SUV, the German company’s first pure electric car. It isn’t completely road ready yet, but the prototype you see in these images reveals a little more about Audi’s intensions with its first batch of emission-free family of cars. The e-tron idea has been teased for quite some …

Audi

Fully self-parking cars could be on the roads in the UK within the next few years

Self-parking cars could be hitting the roads in the UK much sooner than you’d expect.<p>Funded through the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles …

Roads

Electric Cars now more profitable than ICE cars

101101 <i>Member</i><p>Munroe estimates 36% profit for the Model 3 and that may be the lower side. This trend will only continue. How many GM cars have that …

Elon Musk’s Boring Company announces new tunnel and ‘loop’ to get to Dodger Stadium in 4 minutes

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is rolling back its plan for its first test tunnel in West Hollywood announced earlier this year and instead, the startup is announcing a new tunnel and ‘Loop’ system to get to the Dodger Stadium in just about 4 minutes.<p>Earlier this year, The Boring Company announced a …

Los Angeles

A graphene breakthrough hints at the future of battery power

Catch the 1E bus from central Belgrade, Serbia, and you’ll be riding the future.<p>The five Chariot e-buses that operate on this route are some of the …

Graphene

Before taking that DNA test: Six things you need to know

As DNA testing becomes more common, more and more of us are spitting saliva. But what exactly is a DNA test? How does it work? What are the …

Molecular Biology

Elon Musk's Company to Build Tunnel to Dodger Stadium to Ease Traffic

The trip to Dodger Stadium will apparently get a lot easier after Elon Musk installs his newest creation in Los Angeles.<p>Darren Rovell of ESPN provided the latest details on The Boring Company invention:<p>The "Dugout Loop" is expected to cost customers only around $1 per trip, according to the …

Los Angeles

Systems 'attacking each other by accident' the greatest risk of military AI

New research warns against novel attacks such as "data poisoning" and hosting AI apps on insecure machines.<p>Militaries across the world should …

Machine Learning

Apple Car Will Beat Others With Stunning Augmented Reality, Report Claims

The Apple Car is still on track, and it’s going to launch soon. That’s according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who published a …

Augmented Reality

VW's Electrify America launches first ad campaign... with a Bolt EV

As part of its Dieselgate settlement, Volkswagen agreed to spend $2 billion in the US promoting electric vehicles. Its first ad campaign is ready to hit the airwaves, and it's a pretty good one.<p>The "JetStones" commercial from Electrify America is pretty straightforward. Using the Jetsons theme, the …

Electric Vehicles

New electric vehicle charging station unveiled with record capacity of ‘up to 475 kW’

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure industry is evolving at a high pace as it is trying to keep up with the growing deployment of electric vehicles.<p>Now a manufacturer is trying to push the boundaries of charge rates by unveiling a new station with a record capacity of ‘up to 475 …

Alternative Fuel

Researchers say new 'flow battery' could charge electric cars in seconds

Vehicles would no longer need hours to charge with the pumpable liquid able to store high amounts of electricity and hydrogen.<p>Electric cars could be …

Clean Energy

How electric vehicles are moving into the fast lane

<b>From battery-powered delivery trucks and rickshaws, to Formula E racing cars, electric vehicles are entering the mainstream. But will a lack of investment in charging infrastructure hold the market back?</b><p>In 2015 single mum Sushila Devi was struggling to make ends meet and didn't even have the money …

Electric Vehicles

Chinese electric car company Nio seeks to raise $1.8 billion in IPO

Nio, a Chinese company that makes electric cars, has filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. The company said in a filing on Monday that …

Wall Street

This British startup thinks it has a crucial competitive advantage over Google, Uber, and Apple in the race to launch driverless cars in Europe

Anyone walking around the South London suburbs of Bromley and Croydon this week might spot a bright new addition to the roads: A futuristic sky-blue Ford Fusion laden with sensors.<p>FiveAI, a British driverless car startup, is putting five of these vehicles on UK roads to gather data to train its …

Autonomous Cars

To Make Self-Driving Cars Safe, We Also Need Better Roads and Infrastructure

The big question around self-driving cars, for many people, is: When will the technology be ready? In other words, when will autonomous vehicles be safe enough to operate on their own? But there has been far less attention paid to two equally important questions: When will the driving environment …

Autonomous Cars

Green Light for FiveAI Autonomous Car Testing in London

FiveAI, a UK based company, has been given the green light to deploy data-gathering cars on London’s streets to pave the way for a potential …

Autonomous Cars