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Feb 16, 2019

Nissan unveils incredible solar-powered mobile workshop for woodworkers

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Over the years, we’ve seen thousands of unique van conversions, but Nissan has taken the van-loving world by storm with its new NV300 concept van — a mobile workshop for woodworking professionals. The amazing design, which was a collaboration between Nissan and UK-based firm Studio Hardie, is fully-functioning mobile woodworking studio that can be taken off grid, letting wood-loving artisans find inspiration anywhere they choose. What’s more, the van runs on solar power and its tools are powered by an emissions-free, weatherproof power pack made out of recycled electric car batteries.

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Feb 15, 2019

Special forces are getting a stealth motorcycle that’s silent and deadly

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DARPA wants a stealthy, fuel-scavenging hybrid-electric motorcycle for special forces.

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Feb 14, 2019

We find out more about the inventor behind the jet-powered hoverboard

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We take a closer look at the amazing turbine-powered hoverboard invented by former jet ski world champ Franky Zapata.

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Feb 12, 2019

‘Air traffic control’ for driverless cars could speed up deployment

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Combining human and artificial intelligence in autonomous vehicles could push driverless cars more quickly toward wide-scale adoption, University of Michigan researchers say.

That’s the goal of a new project that relies on a technique called instantaneous crowdsourcing to provide a cost-effective, real-time remote backup for onboard autonomous systems without the need for a human to be physically in the driver’s seat. The research is taking place at the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

The need for human safety drivers in vehicles like Waymo’s recently introduced autonomous taxis undermines their cost advantage compared to traditional ride sharing services, the researchers say. It also keeps the era of cars as autonomous rolling living rooms tantalizingly out of reach. And most researchers agree that machines won’t be able to completely take over driving duties for years or even decades.

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Feb 12, 2019

SeekerVideosNASA Is Testing Quiet Sonic Booms

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This quiet supersonic plane could cross the Atlantic in 3 hours.

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Feb 6, 2019

DHL adding 63 electric vans to US fleet

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Slowly but surely, home delivery is getting cleaner.

Logistics company DHL has already branched out into selling its own StreetScooter zero emission delivery vehicles, but that doesn’t mean it’s not in the market for adding to its fleet from other manufacturers either.

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Feb 6, 2019

Decentralized systems are more efficient at reaching a target when its components are not overly capable

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, transportation

A team of researchers including Neil Johnson, a professor of physics at the George Washington University, has discovered that decentralized systems work better when the individual parts are less capable.

Dr. Johnson was interested in understanding how systems with many moving parts can reach a desired target or goal without centralized control. This explores a common theory that decentralized systems, those without a central brain, would be more resilient against damage or errors.

This research has the potential to inform everything from how to effectively structure a company, build a better autonomous vehicle, optimize next-generation artificial intelligence algorithms—and could even transform our understanding of evolution. The key lies in understanding how the “” between decentralized and centralized systems varies with how clever the pieces are, Dr. Johnson said.

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Feb 6, 2019

Boeing unveils rendering of hypersonic jet that would fly from US to Japan in 3 hours

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Boeing unveiled a rendering of its first-ever design for a hypersonic passenger plane at an aerospace conference in Atlanta. While the idea and potential of the plane will generate plenty of buzz, this is a concept that is likely decades from being built.

The hypersonic passenger plane could, in theory, fly as fast as Mach 5, or just under 3,900 miles per hour. That would allow the plane to carry passengers between Los Angeles and Tokyo in roughly three hours. A flight from New York to London could be as quick as two hours. Right now, those flights take about 11 hours and 7 hours, respectively.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg is pushing the aerospace giant to explore the potential of ultra-fast passenger planes.

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Feb 6, 2019

Boeing Is Working on a Real-Life Force Field

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Circa 2015


The plasma shield outlined in a Boeing patent would protect a vehicle against shockwaves from explosions.

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Feb 5, 2019

Germany Just Rolled Out the World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Trains

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One tank of hydrogen is enough to support 621 miles of travel.

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