Introduced at CES earlier this year, Toyota’s Concept-i offered a glimpse of how artificially intelligent vehicles might interact with their users. The company has now added a couple of new concepts to this forward-thinking lineup that cater to less mobile folks, with both to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.If the futuristic and eye-catching exterior didn’t give it away, then the user interface inside might. Toyota sees the Concept-i not as a car for today, but as a vehicle for how AI can be developed to make for new and improved driver experiences in the future. A heads-up display spans the width of the windshield, while the onboard AI monitors the driver’s mood and alertness and can learn to automatically switch between manual and automated driving modes.
The magical kingdom of Dubai continues to cement its dual reputations as both the world’s most future-forward city, and the most desperate for attention, with the announcement that it plans to add quadcopter-style hoverbikes to its police fleet.The police hoverbike was announced at GITEX, the biggest technology expo in the gulf region. Under electric power, it can fly a pilot at up to 70 km/h (43 mph) with a programmed maximum height of 5 meters (16 ft). It’ll also fly unmanned with a top speed closer to 100 km/h. Range is in the 20-25 minute area, with recharge times around 3 hours – but batteries are swappable to keep these things in the air if necessary.
Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger that’s built into a towable 20-foot container. The system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, and can be fed through the local electrical grid or by a generator.The container includes three HV350 charger units, as well as a power management system. It provides output voltage up to 920 V (nominal) and 1,000 V (maximum). Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).This solution is designed to charge vehicles in locations where it might not be appropriate to install permanent charging infrastructure, such as test tracks, road tests, or sites with difficult conditions.
Georgia-based Green4U Technologies showed its first all-electric vehicles – the MTU-6 and Enova SUVs – at two recent US trade shows.The developmental prototypes on display feature all-electric powertrains that will deliver up to 230 miles of range. Both vehicles, which are designed primarily for fleet use, will share an in-house-designed modular aluminum chassis. Both feature six doors to provide easy access to each SUV’s second- and third-row seats.
IN BRIEFThis Monday, the scientists from LIGO, VIRGO and observatories around the world will reveal new information about their work with gravitational waves — an area that could transform science forever, and offer unparalleled insight into our universe.EXCITING NEWS ABOUT GRAVITATIONAL WAVESOn Monday, October 16, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will host an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC featuring researchers from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo collaborations, along with scientists from approximately 70 observatories from around the world. Journalists are also invited to attend the event, which is intended to be the global reveal for new findings on gravitational waves.First the scientists will discuss the new findings, which are from LIGO, Virgo, and various other observatories from all over the world. Next, telescope teams studying extreme cosmic events in partnership with the LIGO and Virgo collaborations will discuss their recent findings. The event will begin for the press and public at 10:00 a.m., EDT.On September 14, 2015 the LIGO team first detected gravitational waves, a discovery that they announced in February of 2016. Gravitational waves are created (among other things) by the compacting and releasing of the fabric of spacetime as two black holes orbit each other in a dance of death. The first observed event confirmed Einstein’s general theory of relativity, via which he posited spacetime as a singular and unitary phenomenon, and was a milestone in astronomy and physics that would usher in a new field of gravitational-wave astronomy. Three more detections were confirmed since then, the most recent of which was the first joint LIGO and Virgo detection.
If fully autonomous vehicles ever hit the world’s highways en masse, their developers have a lot of work to do to convince the humans inside the tech is trustworthy. Seventy-five percent of Americans say they would be afraid to travel in an autonomous vehicle, and initiatives are starting around the US to help self-driving cars earn the confidence of their would-be passengers. Taking our hands off the wheel won’t be easy.
TOKYO — Japan’s automakers aim to electrify at the Tokyo Motor Show with a cavalcade of battery- powered cars that preview the home team’s EV ambitions.Connectivity and autonomous driving will also be big themes under the show’s banner of “Beyond the Motor.”But sticking to tradition, the domestic players won’t forget to roll out a few quirky and futuristic concepts to inspire and delight.