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Straight Out of Sci-Fi: Hoverbike ‘Surfs’ Through the Air in Test

March 25th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Think of it as half drone, half motorcycle: A new hoverbike prototype aims to make flying as simple as riding a bike. Hoversurf, a Russian drone startup, recently unveiled its Scorpion-3 hoverbike in a test- flight video — making it the first manned quadcopter that has undergone testing, reported Futurism, a science and technology news website.



Roborace shows off its driverless race car at MWC

March 24th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

While most of the attention around autonomous vehicles has centered on “everyday drivers,” there is one effort that goes off in an entirely different direction. An offshoot of Formula E, Roborace aims to launch a parallel series of races conducted entirely without human drivers. The effort has taken longer than planned, but is getting closer to […]



Airbus’ Pop.Up concept may be the best “flying car” proposal to date

March 20th, 2017 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

One of the biggest obstacles keeping flying cars grounded isn’t necessarily figuring out how to make a vehicle capable of flight (hello, helicopters) but rather, designing something that can both fly and drive on the streets. The flexibility of being able to do both is incredibly appealing but physical limitations on both sides of the spectrum impact […]



AImotive aims to convert regular cars into driverless ones inexpensively

March 18th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The AImotive office is in a small converted house at the end of a quiet residential street in sunny Mountain View, spitting distance from Google’s headquarters. Outside is a branded Toyota Prius covered in cameras, one of three autonomous cars the Hungarian company is testing in the sleepy neighborhood. It’s a popular testing ground: one […]



‘Thousands’ of self-driving Bolt EVs to be deployed next year

March 12th, 2017 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a crucial car for General Motors in more ways than one. With an EPA-rated 238-mile range and $37,495 base price (before federal, state, and local incentives), the Bolt EV considered a groundbreaking electric-car game changer.



Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020′

February 16th, 2017 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “game changers” that could […]



Shell to start installing electric vehicle chargers at its gas stations

February 16th, 2017 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

In a future where the world’s car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream brought in by people stopping for gas but buying something at the convenience store.



Airbus is planning to make autonomous, flying cars by 2017

February 14th, 2017 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

We live in a time where Level 5 autonomous cars are close to becoming a reality, and more than one company is working towards bringing humans to Mars. Consider all this, it’s almost surprising that flying cars haven’t taken to the skies yet. But it turns out we may not have to wait too long: Airbus is […]



3D Printing startup raised $23 million to disrupt how cars are made

February 10th, 2017 at 4:24 pm » Comments Off

Divergent 3D, a Los Angeles-based startup that hopes to disrupt automotive manufacturing, has raised $23 million in a Series A funding round led by technology venture capital fund Horizons Ventures. The company will use the funding to help it commercialize its manufacturing platform, which uses 3D printing to produce the chassis of an automobile. The platform […]



Tesla transitions from ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ to ‘Fully Self-Driving’ as soon as ‘3 to 6 months’

February 9th, 2017 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

Tesla’s software timeline to fully autonomous driving on its new Autopilot hardware can be somewhat complicated. There’s ‘Enhanced Autopilot’, which in itself offers several different features, and there’s ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’, which despite its name will not enable self-driving for a while, but could still be useful to Tesla drivers very soon.



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