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Mercedes-Benz To Electrify Next-Generation Sprinter Van

The next generation Sprinter van from Mercedes-Benz will be designed to accommodate a <b>fully electric powertrain</b> and also autonomous driving.<p>As the …

Auto Shows

5 Reasons Why Automakers Should Fear Google's Partnership With Ford

Google’s rumored joint venture with Ford to develop driverless cars validates that Google has differentiating intellectual property. It also threatens to accelerate the development of driverless cars. This should make other automakers and suppliers cringe.<p>Most automakers have long argued that …

Innovation

The world's first supersonic private jet just got a lot closer to reality

Meet the Aerion AS2. It’s the first supersonic private jet in the world and it just got a 20-unit order from Flexjet, a private air company. It’s …

Solar Impulse 2 Passes ‘Point Of No Return’ in Audacious Attempt to Cross the Pacific

Solar Impulse 2 passed the “point of no return” early Monday, about 16 hours into the solar-powered plane’s audacious attempt to cross the Pacific …

Solar Impulse

Carmakers need to fear for their lives—and it’s not just about getting electric cars right

One major carmaker after another—Tesla, BMW, Toyota, and now Ford—is making its cutting-edge electric car patents available for use by their rivals, some with licensing fees and others completely free.<p>If this were the software business, no one would bat an eye. But why are carmakers, notoriously …

Intellectual Property

Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think - MIT Technology Review

Electric cars may seem like a niche product that only wealthy people can afford, but a new analysis suggests that they may be close to competing with …

Electric Vehicles

Articles about prefab home can be built day generates twice energy it uses on Dwell.com - Dwell

U.K. design firm DIY Kyoto recently announced the launch of cheaper version of its Wattson, an ingenious little device that not...<p>If you're anything like me, it drives you nuts when a light is left on in a room you—nor anyone in your household—is in. How...<p>With Europe leading the way, …

Prefab Homes

Neutral Bay House in Sydney with Midcentury Modern Flair

Turning a <i>1920s</i> semi-detached house into a modern home that serves the needs of a young family is a task that demands the best possible fusion of …

Pergola by Apollo Architects & Associates

Pergola is a minimalist house located in Saitama, Japan, designed by Apollo Architects and Associates. The client requested a home with a sense of …

Architecture

Update brings incredible new feature to one of Google’s most useful mobile apps

Google on Wednesday announced a significant update to the mobile version of one of its most popular online services, and it provides exciting new …

Apps

Google could be about to destroy the language barrier

An update to Google's mobile apps will convert your phone into a universal translater that can take your voice and convert it into recognisable audio in 80 languages, allowing you to have a natural conversation with somone even if you can't speak their language<p>Google will launch a live translation …

Why Mercedes’s Self-Driving Car Is So Much More Tempting Than Google’s

Mercedes-Benz just dreamed up the first tempting self-driving car. And in the process, they show us all what Google was missing.<p>A man pulls his cellphone out of his pocket and hits a button. A glowing vehicle pulls up that looks like it was carved from a single block of silver. The door opens …

Driverless Cars

Tech 2015: Deep Learning And Machine Intelligence Will Eat The World

Despite what Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk say, hostile Artificial Intelligence is not going to destroy the world anytime soon. What is certain to happen, however, is the continued ascent of the practical applications of AI, namely deep learning and machine intelligence. The word is spreading in all …

Honda's new hydrogen fuel-cell car looks like it belongs in a movie

Hydrogen-powered cars seem like the dream, if we can figure out how to reliably make them; the only emission is water, and unlike a battery-powered car, you don't need to wait for a recharge. Toyota has spent much of 2014 doubling down on hydrogen, announcing that it would sell a fuel-cell car …

What Commercial Aircraft Will Look Like in 2050

The aircraft industry is expecting a seven-fold increase in air traffic by 2050, and a four-fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions unless …

Interacket by Drap og Design is a jacket that changes colour like a chameleon

This jacket by Oslo studio Drap og Design illuminates to imitate the colours of whatever the wearer is touching (+ movie).<p>The Interacket was created …

Mysterious Air Force space plane to land soon in California

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane, the X-37B, is about to come back to Earth after nearly two years in orbit on a mission the military won't tell us much about.<p>The X-37B is expected to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Air Force said.<p>The base did not …

"The car is dead, long live the car"

<b>Opinion:</b> with the petrol heads stuck firmly in rut, there's an opportunity for designers to do something different with the new wave of electric …