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UL Working To Ensure Used EV Batteries Can Be Safely Re-Purposed

Electric vehicles are sexy. They accelerate from zero to sixty in no time. Some of the coolest models from BMW and Tesla have gull-wing doors. And they are beginning to gain traction in the market. To date, some half a million have been sold in the U.S. This year, we are on a record pace both in …

Batteries

AAA Warns of Misconceptions Regarding Automatic Braking

The automatic emergency braking systems showing up on an increasing number of vehicles may not work quite the way drivers think they do.<p>A study released Wednesday by AAA found that many buyers don’t know that some systems are designed to prevent accidents, while others only attempt to lessen the …

Honda

Prepare to be underwhelmed by 2021’s autonomous cars

BMW, Ford, and Uber have all recently said they plan to have “fully autonomous” cars ready to drive themselves on the road in 2021 (see “2021 May Be …

Why Tesla's New Battery Pack Is Important

It’ll be the longest range production electric car in the world.<p>Tesla Motors announced a breakthrough on Tuesday that was the stuff of energy nerds: a new battery pack for its performance cars that packed more energy into it.<p>The not-so-geeky result of that new 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack are …

Electric Vehicles

These futuristic road signs offer a peek at what's to come

As we steam toward a future with self-driving cars, electric vehicles charging stations as common as gas stations, buses that straddle cars and complete robot autonomy, it seems pertinent to start reimagining some of our road signs.<p>To have some fun, Car Keys — an online car dealership of sorts — …

Transportation

PowerVision PowerEgg hatches into a 4K camera drone

It's very difficult to say "PowerEgg" and not smile or giggle, and that's sort of the point.<p>Robotics company PowerVision was looking for a drone …

Drones

Daimler Is Adopting Silicon Valley Tactics to Fight Its Upstart Rivals

Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche is sweeping away layers of bureaucracy.<p>Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler is embracing Silicon Valley management techniques in a drive to speed up decision making, empower staff and fend off new rivals such as electric carmaker Tesla Motors.<p>Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche is …

Silicon Valley

Tesla's Innovations Are Transforming The Auto Industry

Tesla. The company name evokes very different yet equally strong responses from critics and fans. Critics argue Tesla loses money on each car sold. Indeed, with losses of $290 million in 2014 and $888 million in 2015, it’s unclear when the company will eventually hit profitability. Critics also …

Tesla

Ford and Baidu Invest $150 Million in Velodyne for Affordable Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

Elon Musk may not think that lidar is a necessary sensor for self-driving cars, but pretty much everyone else in the inudstry disagrees. With its …

Driverless Cars

Parrot's Disco Drone Lets You Take to the Sky in Immersive FPV

Parrot defined the consumer quadrotor with its excellent (and affordable) AR Drone, which was first announced at CES 2010. Since then, Parrot has …

Drones

Delphi and Mobileye Will Offer a Fully Self-Driving System By 2019

Delphi, an American auto supplier, and Mobileye, an Israeli self-driving firm, say that by 2019, they expect to introduce a fully self-driving …

Ford Motor Company

Zero-Emissions Electric Aircraft: Theory vs Reality

Many different electrically propelled aircraft have been or are soon to be flying. Recently a zero-emissions electric aircraft, Solar Impulse, flew …

Energy

All Aboard! The Future of Railroads, Subways, and Smart Cities

Download this article in .PDF format<br>This file type includes high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.<p>Smart cities are an inevitable …

Smart Cities

Powerfully electric

Electric drive is a double blessing: it will enable Porsche to meet stricter fuel consumption and emission standards in future. At the same time it …

Energy

Daimler’s new Denza 400 with 62 kWh battery pack could hint at upcoming Mercedes EVs

Today, Daimler introduced a new all-electric vehicle under its Denza brand in partnership with BYD in China. The vehicle, called Denza 400, is based on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class platform, which is already offered in an all-electric version in Europe, but the Denza 400 features a new 62 kWh battery …

Batteries

This could be Faraday Future’s answer to the Tesla Model X

Faraday Future is driving a camouflaged version of a real upcoming production EV in LA, according to Electrek. The site reports that a candid shot of a covered-up SUV is actually a test vehicle from the Californian would-be Tesla competitor backed by Chinese consumer gadget company LeEco.<p>The …

Automotive

A look inside Hyperloop One’s wildly fast future

What’s really going on at Hyperloop One – the futuristic transportation system proposing to shoot humans from point A to B at 750 miles-per-hour?<p>The startup changed its name from Hyperloop Transportation to Hyperloop One and began testing in the Nevada desert this spring; announced $80 million in …

Hyperloop

Tesla's new 100kWH battery makes Ludicrous Mode even more ludicrous

With a number of new upgrades announced today, Tesla's Model S is now the third-fastest car in the world, going from 0 to 60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds. That's only just slower than the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder — both million-dollar hypercars. The Model X goes faster too, from …

Batteries

Artificial Intelligence Intersects with Autonomous Vehicles

In his tenth post in the series, Marshall Kirkpatrick focuses on the intersection between artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. By way of …

Intelligence

U.S. Cities Want To Totally End Traffic Deaths—But There Have Been A Few Speed Bumps

U.S. cities have eagerly embraced the Vision Zero plan for a safety-focused redesign of city streets. But reaching the final goal will require overcoming a host of issues, from NIMBYism and racial tensions to tight city budgets.<p>In San Francisco, it was two pedestrians—a 6-year-old an an …

Traffic

Detroit Electric says ‘it’s not following Tesla’, announces all-electric sedan and SUV after its Lotus Elise-based car

If it doesn’t ring a bell, Tesla’s first vehicle, the Roadster, was an all-electric sports car based on the Lotus Elise. It went out of production in 2012 after Tesla’s contract for gliders with Lotus ended. Now it’s sort of getting a new life with Detroit Electric’s .<p>Detroit Electric today has …

Batteries

Car giants look to Israel for self-driving technology

Uber’s recent $680 million acquisition of Israel-based self-driving-truck company Otto adds to the flurry of moves by major car and transportation companies looking to claim a piece of Israel’s burgeoning autonomous car technology industry.<p>“Israel is a very important part of the quest for …

Israel

Automobile industry, as we know it, is about to be disrupted

Automobile, or car as we commonly call it, has been around for more than a century even if we ignore all the other forms that appeared before the …

Automotive

The world's top autonomous vehicle tech firms are teaming up to create the ultimate self-driving system

Delphi and Mobileye, two heavy hitters in the world of autonomous vehicle technology, have announced that they are partnering to jointly develop a self-driving system that automakers will be able to integrate into their cars starting 2019.<p>For those who came in late: Delphi is one of the auto …

Signal processing

NVIDIA's made-for-autonomous-cars CPU is freaking powerful

NVIDIA debuted its Drive PX2 in-car supercomputer at CES in January, and now the company is showing off the Parker system on a chip powering it. The 256-core processor boasts up to 1.5 teraflops of juice for "deep learning-based self-driving AI cockpit systems," according to a post on NVIDIA's …

NVidia

Two auto suppliers join for self-driving cars by 2019

Two major auto suppliers announced Tuesday they are joining forces to develop an advanced self-driving system by 2019, which would likely place them about a year ahead of the target time being set by some automakers.<p>Mobileye, the Israel-based maker of sensors, and Delphi Automotive, a longtime …

CES

Lost Spacecraft Starts Talking After Nearly 2 Years

Artist rendering of the STEREO Observatory spacecraft during solar panel deploy.NASA has successfully reestablished contact with one of its Solar …

Astronomy

We found Amazon's secret drone testing site hidden in the English countryside

Amazon's delivery drones are being put through their paces at a secret location in the heart of the English countryside.<p>Daniel Buchmueller, the cofounder of Prime Air, Amazon's drone business, told journalists at a press event last month that Amazon's largest outdoor drone test site was somewhere …

Amazon

1 in 6 cars sold in 2020 must be electric to meet fuel-economy rules: study

2016 BMW i3<p>Several nations have enacted strict fuel economy standards but, for the most part, they have not required automakers to sell electric cars.<p>…

Fuel efficiency