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Self-driving ‘cognitive’ vehicle uses IBM Watson IoT

July 5th, 2016 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

Creator of the world’s first 3D-printed cars, Local Motors, has developed the first self-driving “cognitive” vehicle, using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. It’s set to debut later this year in Washington DC.



Scientists create nanorods that harvest water from the air

July 1st, 2016 at 2:14 pm » Comments Off

After their nanorods were accidentally created when an experiment didn’t go as planned, the researchers gave the microscopic, unplanned spawns of science a closer look.



Virtual power plants

June 29th, 2016 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

By using software to unify solar panels and battery storage, we can create a single, flexible resource that utilities can use to supply the grid. Look and see what New York utility Consolidated Edison is launching this summer.



IKEA wants to help restaurants build their own indoor farms

June 27th, 2016 at 3:35 pm » Comments Off

The furniture chain is getting into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at a time. Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA is known for its simple, affordable furniture that populates dorm rooms and studio apartments across the country. Now, the furniture chain is hoping to get into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at […]



Electric truck maker Nikola raises $2.3 billion in first month

June 24th, 2016 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

Nikola Motor Company is an American manufacturer that wants to build electric semis. They recently announced that they raised $2.3 billion in the first month since they opened their pre-sales.



Is the future of farming in shipping containers ?

June 20th, 2016 at 4:06 pm » Comments Off

Refrigerated shipping containers used to transport cold goods. Inside the 320-square-foot boxes, it’s a relatively balmy 63 degrees, and the humid air is heavy with the earthy smell of greens. Filling each box are 256 neat vertical towers of plants, bathed in a noonday-intense pink light.



Robots could be the future of mail

June 17th, 2016 at 9:10 am » Comments Off

Despite the hype, drones may be only one small part of the future of post. It’s expected that not only drones but self-driving trucks may be the next big thing in mail delivery.



The UK gets its first driverless car insurer

June 17th, 2016 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

As cars have gained more assistive driving features, many questions have been raised as to how driverless vehicles will be insured. If someone has an accident while being piloted by an autonomous car, who is at fault? The driver? The car itself ?



Norway might become the first to ban gas-powered cars

June 16th, 2016 at 2:35 pm » Comments Off

The US is only now warming up to the idea of electric cars and other eco-friendly modes of transportation,  however Norway is whole-heartedly embracing them. It might become the first country to actually ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles in its aim to reach zero vehicle emissions by 2025.



Wireless charging for electric vehicles has finally hit the road

June 16th, 2016 at 2:29 pm » Comments Off

I’m on a bus headed for Bletchley Park, however I’m not going to visit the UK’s second-world-war code breaking centre.  In fact, I’m just along for the ride. I’m on an electric bus that is one of the first vehicles to use inductive charging technology. Its batteries charge wirelessly when the bus stops to pick up […]



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