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GPS III isn’t fully operational yet, but when it is, it’ll be great

July 5th, 2020 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

  The GPS III satellite armada will eventually make our GPS technology more accurate, but we’re not quite there yet. Just three satellites have been launched thus far, and only one of them is operational at the moment. Elon Musk recently tweeted that our ‘GPS just got slightly better,’ but that isn’t entirely true. We […]

Seoul aims to commercialize urban air mobility in 2025

July 5th, 2020 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

  Hyundai Motor Group via The Korea Herald/Asia News Network SEOUL — South Korea aims to commercialize urban air mobility (UAM) services in the domestic market in 2025 as it strives to tackle worsening traffic congestion in major cities, the transport ministry said Thursday. The government plans to begin offering UAM services initially with one […]

U.S. will unveil data-sharing platform for autonomous vehicle testing

July 5th, 2020 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

(Reuters) — On Monday, U.S. auto safety regulators will unveil a voluntary effort to collect and make available nationwide data on existing autonomous vehicle testing.  U.S. states have a variety of regulations governing self-driving testing and data disclosure, and there is currently no centralized listing of all automated vehicle testing. California, for example, requires public […]

Can the Uber model transform freight?

July 5th, 2020 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

 Freight brokerage is ripe for disruption, write Dr. Walter Rentzsch and Dr. Wilfried Aulbur The disruption of digital platforms in brokerage-based businesses is just one of the many ways our world is increasingly becoming digitised. Special report: Can the Uber model transform freight? Take the travel agency business as an example. Until the late 1990s, […]

Americans are actually drinking less during the pandemic

July 4th, 2020 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

  During the coronavirus pandemic, people are drinking less. (Yes, you read that correctly.) While the masses are buying more booze from grocers and liquor stores to drink at home, that hasn’t been enough to fill the gaping hole created by declines in shipments to restaurants, bars and sporting venues that were closed to slow […]

Stanford research brings EVs one step closer to wirelessly charging on roads

July 4th, 2020 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Imagine never having to plug in an electric car to recharge,but instead simply take the highway on-ramp to get a range boost. Researchers from Stanford University have published a new demonstration of highly efficient wireless charging that could allow the technology to one day be scaled up to boost driving range of electric vehicles on […]

Autonomous car makers dispute insurance study’s low estimate of crashes

July 4th, 2020 at 7:56 am » Comments Off

Companies working on self-driving vehicles have criticized an insurance industry study suggesting that only a third of all U.S. road crashes could be prevented by driverless cars, arguing that the study has underestimated the technology’s capabilities. The study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), released on Thursday, analyzed 5,000 U.S. crashes and concluded […]

Data fog: Why some countries’ coronavirus numbers do not add up

July 3rd, 2020 at 9:56 pm » Comments Off

Reported numbers of confirmed cases have become fodder for the political gristmill. Here is what non-politicians think.  Have you heard the axiom “In war, truth is the first casualty”? As healthcare providers around the world wage war against the COVID-19 pandemic, national governments have taken to brawling with researchers, the media and each other over […]

Self-driving cars won’t eradicate the car crash, study says

July 3rd, 2020 at 9:50 pm » Comments Off

While self-driving cars won’t get distracted or drive drunk, that only accounts for a third of wrecks that occur, according to the insurance industry. Self-driving cars likely have a long, long way to go. In a blow to hopes for a future free of car crashes with the coming of self-driving cars, a study released […]

Report: Hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles likely to reach price parity with gasoline by 2025

July 3rd, 2020 at 9:46 pm » Comments Off

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars face many roadblocks to mass adoption, but a new report claims they could achieve price parity with gasoline by 2025.  Drafted by the California Energy Commission, the report lays out a plan for development of renewable hydrogen production plants in the state, predicting that future demand and costs will make this new […]

Super-sticky surgical tape patches up organs and peels off harmlessly

July 2nd, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

An MIT team has created surgical tape that can hold strong but also be removed when needed As helpful as Band-Aids are, ripping them off your skin is never fun – but just imagine having one on your heart or lung. Researchers at MIT have now managed to create surgical tape that can stick to […]

Restaurants are in need of a helping hand. Miso Robotics is offering one. Literally

July 2nd, 2020 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Flippy the robot flips cooks burgers to perfection. Dining out looks pretty different these days. It’s natural to pine for the past, but many quick service restauranteurs are also looking ahead to a future where automation will be the key to drastically increasing their notoriously thin margins and allowing their workers to shine in the […]

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