New Battery Could Power Electric Cars 620 Miles on Single Charge

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To do so, they got rid of the housings that encase individual batteries and turned to a thin, sheet-like design instead of a cylinder. Their metallic sheet is coated with an energy-storage material made from powdered ceramic mixed with a polymer binder. One side serves as the cathode, and other side serves as the anode.The researchers stacked several of these so-called bipolar electrodes one on top of the other, like sheets of paper in a ream, separating the electrodes by thin layers of electrolyte and a material that prevents electrical charges from shorting out the whole system.The “ream” is sealed within a package measuring about 10 square feet (1square meter), and contacts on the top and bottom connect to the car’s electrical system.The goal is to build a battery system that fits in the same space as the one used by Tesla’s vehicles or other electric vehicles, the researchers said.”We can put more electrodes storing the energy in the same space,” Wolter said.She added that the researchers aim to have such a system ready to test in cars by 2020.

Source: New Battery Could Power Electric Cars 620 Miles on Single Charge

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Regular Roofs & Have “Infinity Warranty”

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Last night, Elon Musk announced via Twitter that orders would begin today (May 10th, 2017) for his revolutionary solar roof hardware. In another tweet, he promised that ordering would be available in most countries throughout the world. He also clarified that people could expect to see delivery begin in the United States in late 2017, and that deliveries would roll out sometime next year for overseas locations.But another announcement just came in that’s even more revolutionary: The solar roofs will have an infinity warranty.

Source: Elon Musk: Tesla’s Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Regular Roofs & Have “Infinity Warranty”

Virgin Galactic CEO: We’ll Be Ready to Send Tourists Into Space in 2018

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX has also expressed interest in commercial space travel. The company has developed the Dragon V2 spacecraft, capable of carrying seven people into space. Even more, they are looking to take their travel plans significantly further by promising a trip to the moon in 2018.

Source: Virgin Galactic CEO: We’ll Be Ready to Send Tourists Into Space in 2018

Uber takes its self-driving tech north of the border

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Uber’s self-driving operations inside the US have had a checkered start, but that hasn’t stopped the company expanding its efforts beyond the border. It has today announced that it will set up a small research outpost in Toronto, Canada that will complement its ongoing work with autonomous vehicle technologies.The research center will be a new branch of Uber’s existing Advanced Technologies Group, which already has offices in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Uber kicked off self-driving trials in both locations last year, though its momentum suffered a blow when the California DMV banned the trial in that state in December. It has since gotten the necessary permits, but suspended another trial in Arizona following a high-impact crash.

Source: Uber takes its self-driving tech north of the border

Nvidia’s slightly terrifying Metropolis platform paves the way for smarter cities

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Now Nvidia believes there’s an opportunity to use AI, deep learning and a gushing firehose of data to monitor and optimize the entire organism of a city. And it’s working toward that goal with Metropolis. This platform encompasses a number of Nvidia products all operating on a unified architecture, which can come together to analyze and make sense of video in real time.

Source: Nvidia’s slightly terrifying Metropolis platform paves the way for smarter cities

Toyota drives its 2,000-hp Land Cruiser to world speed record

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ith recently retired Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards behind the wheel, the Land Speed Cruiser clocked an official one-way time of 230.02 mph (370.2 km/h) on a 2.5-mile (4-km) runway at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port. That speed blows well past the previous SUV world record claim of 211 mph (340 km/h), crowning the Land Speed Cruiser the speed king of SUVs – and given its top speed is faster than many six- and seven-figure supercars, that’s no dubious honor.

Source: Toyota drives its 2,000-hp Land Cruiser to world speed record

Self-driving cars share space with Shakespeare at new Ontario test site | TechCrunch

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Self-driving cars in Canada have a new designated test site in the province of Ontario: Stratford, which is also home to the annual Stratford Festival, an event celebrating Shakespearean and other stage plays. Autonomous-vehicle testing in Stratford will provide a focal point for development done across six technology centers located at different points around the province before heading to the dramatic proving ground.Stratford is relatively close to a number of Canada’s leading universities, including the University of Waterloo, where autonomous-vehicle development is already well underway. It’s also within easy reach of many automaker technology hubs located in the province, and close enough to hand for large tech companies with significant engineering centers in Canada, including Google, which has a Waterloo engineering office.

Source: Self-driving cars share space with Shakespeare at new Ontario test site | TechCrunch

UC Students Ahead Of The Curve Inside Self-Driving Vehicles | WVXU

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University of Cincinnati DAAP students are already imagining ingenious interiors. Professor Juan Antonio Islas Muňoz wanted to enhance the experience of riding or driving a car which brings the interior to a “whole new level of importance.” He says, “We as a school, have the freedom to choose areas that are probably a little bit ahead of the curve.”

Source: UC Students Ahead Of The Curve Inside Self-Driving Vehicles | WVXU

Even Verizon is getting into self-driving cars

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Verizon has invested in autonomous car startup Renovo Auto. Known for building its self-driving and electric car tech into the image of a Shelby-Daytona coupe, the company now wants to build more everyday vehicles for the masses. Verizon participated in a $10 million round led by True Ventures, according to the Wall Street Journal. What’s Verizon’s interest in self-driving technology, you might ask? The massive quantity of data that self-driving cars will produce.   RR

Source: Even Verizon is getting into self-driving cars

China’s Monkey King: Player 3 has entered the giant robot fight

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The world’s first public giant robot fight is set to take place this August, between America’s MegaBots and Japan’s Kuratas. But it seems a third country is set to get in on the action, too. China has debuted a prototype of a quadrupedal, single-seat fighting robot called the Monkey King, and thrown its hat in the ring.Giant international robot suit fighting is going to be awesome, right? Tell me it’s going to be awesome. The idea of giant gundam suits going at it Real Steel-style in metal-twisting, ground pounding combat with guns, fists and weapons blazing … How could that possibly not be awesome?

Source: China’s Monkey King: Player 3 has entered the giant robot fight

New Research Shows That Time Travel Is Mathematically Possible

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My model of a time machine uses the curved space-time to bend time into a circle for the passengers, not in a straight line,” Tippet explained. “That circle takes us back in time.” Simply put, their model assumes that time could curve around high-mass objects in the same way that physical space does in the universe.

Source: New Research Shows That Time Travel Is Mathematically Possible

Seoul National University to test self-driving car on public roads

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SEOUL, April 30 (Yonhap) — Seoul National University (SNU) will begin testing its self-driving car on public roads in South Korea’s capital city from late next month, the school and government sources said Sunday.Developed by researchers at the country’s top rated university, the driverless sedan, named “SNUBer,” has been test driven inside the school’s Seoul campus, but it will be the first time it is making an appearance on public roads.The university has won permission for the test drive after the National Geographic Information Institute, a government agency in charge of managing the nation’s geographic data, completed a special map for self-driving cars.

Source: Seoul National University to test self-driving car on public roads

Self-Driving Cars in GM’s Fast Lane | The News Wheel

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Cruise Automation was acquired by GM last year, and the automaking giant still lets it operate as a startup company. Right now, Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with self-driving equipment are taking on streets in Arizona and California. In California, GM and Cruise Automation chose San Francisco because, in Mary Barra’s own words, “Downtown San Francisco is one of the most complex environments.” The companies feel confident that if it can navigate that coastal city, the rest of the US will be much simpler.

Source: Self-Driving Cars in GM’s Fast Lane | The News Wheel

Elon Musk releases self-driving truck visuals at TED talk – Technology – Dunya News

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Musk went on to tease the audience with a photo of a self-driving truck that his company Tesla Motors is adding to its line of electric cars.Describing the vehicle as powerful enough to tow a regular big rig up a hill, he said it would handle like a sports car.”When I was driving the test prototype for the first truck, it was really weird,” he said. “I thought,  This is crazy!  driving this large truck and it s doing these amazing maneuvers.”

Source: Elon Musk releases self-driving truck visuals at TED talk – Technology – Dunya News