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Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been known to enjoy ambitious flights of technological fancy, but this may be his flightiest: Bloomberg reports the enigmatic billionaire, who favors dark attire and once leapt out of an airplane wearing Google Glass to promote the launch of the wearable, is now working... Read more
In the Age of Trump, China Eyes Electric Car Dominance
Now that the Trump Administration is working to shred those environmentally-focused rules, the auto industry seems to be swinging its attention east. The post In the Age of Trump, China Eyes Electric Car Dominance appeared first on WIRED. Source link Read more
Trump’s $1 Trillion Bill Can’t Fix US Roads—These Ideas Could
The future of road funding beckons. The post Trump’s $1 Trillion Bill Can’t Fix US Roads—These Ideas Could appeared first on WIRED. Source link Read more
Climb Inside the World’s Largest Wind Tunnel
A cold wind is whipping past, but the engineers scurrying around the giant room don’t seem to mind. They’re busy moving a fishing rod-like smoke wand this way and that, watching vaporized mineral oil stream off its tip and flow like a contrail over the sleekest semi you’ve ever... Read more
Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future
In the July 1924 issue of Popular Science, “Ace of Aces” fighter pilot E.V. Rickenbacker told readers to expect “Flying Autos in 20 Years.” Rickenbacker’s flying car would have retractable 12.5-foot wings, a sea-worthy hull and wheels to cruise America’s growing network of highways. Ninety-three years later, personal cars remain land-bound. But... Read more
Here We Go Again: EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Selling Dirty Diesels
Some 24 hours after the Department of Justice indicted six Volkswagen employees for their alleged roles in the a cheating diesel scandal, the Environmental Protection Agency has accused Fiat Chrysler of the same kind of thing. Today, the EPA and the California Air Resources Board issued a notice of... Read more
Ford’s US Expansion Is a Victory for Trump’s Trolling Tactics
President-elect Trump and green jobs advocates rarely find themselves on the same side. Today is an exception. All it seems to have taken was a little trolling. Ford Motor Company said this morning that it’s spending $700 million to expand its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant to develop a new... Read more
The Very Human Problem Blocking the Path to Self-Driving Cars
It was a game of Dots that pushed Erik Coelingh to rethink his entire approach to self-driving cars. Coelingh, Volvo’s head of safety and driver assist technologies, was in a simulator, iPad in hand, swiping this way and that as the “car” drove itself, when he hear an alert... Read more
BMW to open a new autonomous driving development center near Munich
BMW has already staked its claim in the self-driving production timeline, with plans to release an autonomous electric car by 2021. To help meet that goal, the carmaker is opening a dedicated facility aimed at developing connected and automated driving tech in Unterschleissheim, Germany near Munich. The facility is designed... Read more
The last frontier of consumerizing travel lives in the workplace
According to a 2014 study by Google, 74 percent of leisure travelers relied on the internet for travel planning. That’s not surprising; it’s generally understood that most consumers make travel plans online. But that same study found that 77 percent of business travelers also started their journey online. Similarly,... Read more