Boat to produce hydrogen from the ocean for clean energy storage

February 21, 2017

In a bid to prove the effectiveness of hydrogen as a renewable fuel, Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse will sail around a world in a boat powered by the gas – made from the elements they encounter on the way. “The problem is that 95 per cent of the hydrogen that you use already is made out of fossil energies,” says Delafosse. “We will produce hydrogen onboard from the ocean, we…


Engineers fall asleep at the wheel of autonomous cars

February 21, 2017

The Ford Motor Company’s own engineers were falling asleep during Level 3 test drives, so it is skipping Level 3 autonomy—when the driver must be prepared to take the wheel—and going straight to Level 4—when there is no steering wheel at all. “These are trained engineers who are there to observe what’s happening,” Raj Nair, Ford’s product development chief, told Automotive News. “But it’s human nature that you start trusting…


Atlanta on track for self-driving car tests

February 20, 2017

Atlanta would become one of the largest urban areas for testing self-driving vehicles if plans come together for a demonstration as early as September. Nationwide, 10 sites were designated last month as ‘proving grounds’ for automated vehicles by the U.S. Department of Transportation. They include North Carolina turnpikes, the eastern Iowa prairie and a Michigan site where World War II bombing aircraft were produced in a factory built by automobile…


Crash testing drones and self-driving cars with an open-source sim

February 17, 2017

To let developers crash drones and self-driving cars, Microsoft has released open-source software. Called Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform, or AirSim for short, the code creates a realistic training environment in which it’s possible to simulate mistakes without real-world consequences. Let’s say you want to teach an aerial robot to tell the difference between a wall and a shadow,” Microsoft says in a blog post. “Chances are, you’d like to…


Dubai plans for autonomous passenger drones

February 16, 2017

Commuters in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, may soon climb aboard automated flying taxis, soaring over busy streets and past the desert city’s gleaming skyscrapers, all — quite literally — at the push of a button. Passenger drones, capable of carrying a single rider and a small suitcase, will begin buzzing above the emirate as early as July, according to the director of the city’s transportation authority, part of…


Come to hover around Dubai this summer

February 14, 2017

A one-man electric vehicle has been tested in Dubai, the Chinese prototype of a self-driving hover-taxi aims to be introduced in the emirate by July. The test of the aerial vehicle comes as the city state in the United Arab Emirates seeks to ensure a quarter of its means of transport are self-driving by 2030. The EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100km/h (60 mph) at an…


Ahoy there captain- oh wait there isn’t one

February 8, 2017

Let’s set the scene, a massive container ship has just received the latest weather report at midnight on the North Atlantic Ocean. A nasty storm can be seen approaching ahead, and quietly the shop decides to change course and speed to skirt the worst of the storm, and ensuring an on-time arrival at its destination. The owners of the ship and its harbormaster at the next port of call are…


Automotive Gigabit Ethernet put into effect

February 7, 2017

KDPOF – a leading supplier for automotive gigabit connectivity over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – has announced the sampling of the first automotive Gigabit Ethernet POF (GEPOF) transceiver in 2017. “With the KDPOF KD1053, we are proud to introduce the first fully integrated automotive transceiver that implements the physical layer of Gigabit Ethernet over POF,” stated Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-Founder of KDPOF. “Optimized for low power and small footprint,…


Smart phones unlock a bright biking future in China

February 6, 2017

The humble bicycle is seeing a revival in China as a new generation of start-ups help tackle urban congestion and pollution with fleets of brightly colored two wheelers. The bike-share concept has attracted huge venture capital as fledgling firms wrestle for market share. Such has been the success of this made-in-China business model, which is using smart phones to reignite the nation’s passion for cycling, companies are hatching plans to…


eVolt charge points support new fleet of EVs at Taxi Central

February 3, 2017

eVolt, the Electric Vehicle (EV) charge point supplier, has completed the installation of three chargers to assist a Kirkcaldy-based taxi business in achieving its environmental ambitions and support its five new private hire Nissan Leaf EVs, which are now fully operational. Taxi Central has installed one of eVolt’s Rapid Chargers, which can charge the 30kWh Nissan Leafs to 80% battery life in 30 minutes, to provide on-shift EVs with essential…