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By Tom Grounds | A Tech Blog on Energy, Communications, Location, Transportation and Logistics.

Tesla Releases 8.1 Software Update and Improves Autopilot 2.0 Features: Autosteer at 80MPH and Summon

As reported by Electrek: Last week, Elon Musk said that Tesla’s highly anticipated 8.1 update was coming March 28-29 and he delivered this time. We …

Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the Brink of a `Wright Brothers moment’ with Reused Rocket

As reported by The Seattle Times: If the rocket that Elon Musk’s SpaceX expects to launch this week looks familiar, that’s because it is. <br>The Falcon …

Google Maps Introduces New Location Sharing Feature With Real-Time Friend Tracking

As reported by Mac Rumors: Google today announced an update coming to the iOS, Android, and desktop versions of Google Maps will introduce a way for …

Self-Driving Cars’ Spinning-Laser Problem

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Many components go into making a vehicle capable of driving itself, but one is proving to be more crucial and …

Driverless Flying Taxi Service set to Launch in Dubai

As reported by CNN: Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it's not the world's first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed …

SpaceX is Pushing Hard to Bring the Internet to Space

As reported by The Verge: For months, SpaceX has been quietly meeting with the FCC to advocate for one of its least-known projects. According to …

These Toaster-Oven-Size Radios Will Help Bring 5G to Life

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Live-streaming a virtual-reality broadcast. Downloading a 90-minute high-definition TV show to your smartphone …

Virginia is the First State to Pass a Law Allowing Ground Robots to Deliver Straight to your Door

As reported by Recode: Virginia has made robotics history. The commonwealth is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to …

SpaceX Plans to Send Two People Around the Moon

As reported by The Verge: SpaceX has plans to send two private citizens around the Moon, CEO Elon Musk announced today.<p>It will be a private mission …

Elon Musk Is Really Boring...Tunnels

As reported by Bloomberg News: <b>The pit is at least 15 feet deep and more than 50 feet wide.</b> It’s in a nondescript lot at Crenshaw Boulevard and West …

The Gita is Your Personal Robot Porter

As reported by Engadget: Though robots are increasingly making their way into factories, offices and even airports, they're still not something you'd …

Tesla to Transition from ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ to ‘Fully Self-Driving’ in ‘3 to 6 Months’

As reported by electrek: Tesla’s software timeline to fully autonomous driving on its new Autopilot hardware can be somewhat complicated. There’s …

Kreisel and Schwarzenegger​ Reveal 483-HP 190-Mile All-Electric Mercedes G-Class

As reported by New Atlas: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class isn't really the first vehicle to come to mind when it comes to "green vehicles," especially with …

Tesla's Ludicrous Plus mode beats Faraday Future's 0-60 time

As reported by Engadget: Faraday Future claims its FF 91 SUV will be the fastest accelerating production vehicle to date with a 0-60 mph time of 2.39 …

NHTSA Investigation Closed: Tesla’s Crash Rate Dropped Almost 40 Percent After Autopilot was Installed, Feds Say

As reported by The Verge: The federal investigation into the fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode has ended, with no vehicle …

The US Army Successfully flies its Hoverbike Prototype

As reported by Engadget: The Army has proven that the hoverbike its contractors are developing actually works during a flight demo with the …

Tesla Will Manufacture Model 3 Parts at the Gigafactory

As reported by Engadget: Nevada governor Brian Sandoval has announced that Tesla will bring some of its manufacturing for the Model 3 across from …

Tesla's Autopilot Update Rolls Out

Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot update has rolled out to all its HW2 vehicles, company chief Elon Musk has announced on Twitter. HW2 is what the automaker …

SpaceX Falcon 9: Company Has Busy Launch Schedule

As reported by International Business Times: <b>SpaceX is back in business</b>. After being grounded from flight operations, following the spectacular Sept. …

Europe’s New Satellite System Will Improve Your Phone's GPS

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Galileo, a global navigation satellite system that will reach more places and work more precisely than today’s …

A French Town Just Installed the World's First 'Solar Road'

The tiny town of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France no longer has to worry about how it will power its street lights. The Sun will handle …

US DOT Unveils 'V2V' Rule Requiring Cars to ‘Talk’ to Each Other

As reported by The Hill: On Tuesday, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a rule to "advance the deployment of connected vehicle …

GPS Location Data for Four Million Commutes Reveal New U.S. 'Megaregions'

As economic centers grow in size and importance, determining their boundaries has become more crucial.<p>An ever increasing share of the world’s …

Nikola Unveils its Hydrogen-Powered Semi-Truck

As reported by Engadget: It's not just passenger vehicles that are moving away from gasoline, big rigs are also saying goodbye to fossil fuels. In …

Long-Range Anti-Drone Gun can Secure the Entire Neighborhood

Whether you're concerned about them snooping or indulging in something much more sinister like firing weapons, there are now a few precautions you …

MIT's New Method of Radio Transmission Could Make Wireless VR a Reality

If you want to use one of today's major VR headsets, whether the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, or the PS VR, you have to accept the fact that there will …

How Otto's Self Driving Trucks Defied Nevada and Scored a $680 Million Payout from Uber

As reported by Backchannel: It could be the plot of an Ocean’s Eleven movie: A team of daring engineers heads to the wilds of Nevada to create a …

Tesla Self-Driving Demo Shows You What the Car Sees

As reported by Engadget: Sure, Tesla's first demo of full self-driving features was intriguing. But did you wonder what it was like from the car's …

SpaceX Finds Rocket Explosion 'Smoking Gun'

As reported by Seeker: Investigators probing why a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket burst into flames on its launch pad two months ago have found the smoking …