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Toyota is Testing a Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Semi

As reported by Engadget: Toyota built a larger sibling for the hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai, a semi truck. The automaker is testing a …

This Driverless Electric Pod could be the Delivery Guy of the Future

As reported by FastCompany: Inside a new type of truck, there are no seats and no windows. The vehicle—which founders call a “T-pod”—is the first …

The Promise of Self-Driving Cars Starts with Better 'Eye-Sight'

As reported by Engadget: San Francisco's Pier 35 usually hosts cruise ship guests boarding and unboarding their giant floating hotels. It's a …

Boeing Uses First FAA-Approved 3D-Printed Parts for the 787

As reported by Engadget: Boeing expects to shave $2 to $3 million off each 787 Dreamliner's manufacturing costs by 2018, thanks to 3D-printed …

Unintended Consequences: Self-Driving and Electric Cars Are Going to Have Tons of Strange Effects on Society

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Electric cars will be good for the planet and autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road accidents. …

Homemade 'Iron Man' Suit Requires a Special Kind of Crazy

As reported by Engadget: Remember the, insane record-shattering flight of a jet-powered hoverboard? UK inventor Richard Browning thought that riding …

Falcon 9 first stage has landed on Of Course I Still Love You — world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

Falcon 9 first stage has landed on Of Course I Still Love You — world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.<p>— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 30, …

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 …