In Andhra Pradesh, a southeast state in India, a subsidiary of Alphabet called simply “X” might soon be delivering the internet with lasers. According to the company, they aim to provide “fiber optic cable, but without the cable.” The technology that makes this all happen is called free space optical communications (FSOC) technology
At IAA 2017, visitors shared their vision of the future and what automated driving should look like for themselves. Discover the exciting, unusual and futuristic results in our E-Book.
At IAA 2017 in Frankfurt we asked visitors for their ideas: What is it they couldn’t live without in their personalized automated car? What would they like to do?
The fasting group exhibited a 50 percent increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that John J Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, calls “Miracle-Gro for the brain” due to its role in promoting new neuronal connections.
Keeping an equal amount of space between your car and the cars in front and behind you dramatically reduces traffic jams.
Recently Martti accomplished what the researchers claim is a world first: driving fully autonomously on a real snow-covered road (and hitting 25 MPH, at that). Others from Yandex to Waymo have tested cars in snow, but from their reports these seem to have been more controlled conditions. Martti’s drive took place in Muonio on a public road almost totally obscured by snow.
Volvo is pumping the brakes on its Drive Me autonomous vehicle program, delaying by four years plans to deploy a fleet of 100 self-driving cars in Sweden and acknowledging its technology isn’t ready. Volvo says the move will help it better understand how people interact with driverless technologies and improve its first Level 4 autonomous car when it becomes available by 2021
In what may be a preview of the future of athletics, Hubo, a humanoid robot, carried the Olympic torch in Daejeon, South Korea as part of the relay leading up to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Hubo, who was built by a team at the KAIST public research university and took out the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015, had to perform a disaster rescue operation to hand off the torch to the next runner.
An Australian startup called Alauda has an ambition to fast-track that reality with its electric, low-altitude aircraft, the Airspeeder Mark I.
Alauda is founded by Matt Pearson, who also cofounded space startup Fleet. Over the past two years, Pearson has been working on the project as part of a team of five in a Sydney warehouse.
Unlike the DeLorean, Pearson’s Airspeeder Mark I is a quadcopter — essentially a bigger version of a drone, with a single seat for the pilot.
“About three years ago I started to look at hover technology, and magnetic hovering. The problem with that is you need to build a track as well as the vehicle. You can’t just build a magnetic hover car and fly it on any road, you need to build the road,” Pearson explained to Mashable.
Tesla’s all-electric Semi truck has been the biggest story of the year for freight hauling, but the rig won’t even go into production until 2019, assuming everything actually goes according to plan.
In the meantime, Elon Musk’s dream machine will face some steep competition from other future-forward truck companies looking to cut in on the marketshare with energy and emissions-conscious fleet operators. The newest player just threw its hat — or more appropriately, its mythological hammer — into the ring: Thor Trucks, a new Los Angeles-based startup, has an all-electric semi truck design that could convince trucking companies to pass on a new Tesla in two years’ time.
Executive Chairman Bill Ford and new CEO Jim Hackett were in China to make the announcement. “China is not only the largest car market in the world, it’s also at the heart of electric vehicle and SUV growth and the mobility movement,” said Bill Ford. “The progress we have achieved in China is just the start.”
Case in point: The City of Las Vegas and AAA’s self-driving shuttle, one of the most advanced public autonomous trials in the U.S., was hit by a semi-truck within hours of its maiden trip last month. The Navya Arma bus was stuck between a car behind it and the slowly advancing truck, which backed its way into the the shuttle.
The Tesla Model 3, the second-gen Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Bolt EV offer ranges between 150 and 310 miles (a longer-range LEAF is promised for model year 2019) and base prices from $36,000 to $37,495. The three car guys examined every aspect of the three contending EVs, from interior space to handling to infotainment to autonomy features.
“Within the Volkswagen Group, we expect to achieve about a quarter of our global sales volume with battery-electric vehicles in the year 2025,” said Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Head of Group Research and Development for Volkswagen. “However, a major prerequisite for success in the volume market is more powerful battery concepts.