Monthly Archives: June 2014


Michigan’s Mock City: Where Robot Cars Will Drive (And, Ideally, Not Crash)

A purpose-built simulated town and suburb for testing autonomous vehicles–is to open this fall on 32 acres at the University of Michigan’s North Campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Mobility Transformation Facility will include straight and curving roads of asphalt…

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Phinergy, Alcoa, Demonstrate 1000-Mile Range-extending Electric Car Battery

When it comes to electric car range, Tesla’s all-electric Model S sedan with optional 85 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is unarguably champion among production electric vehicles. While its EPA rating is just 265 miles per charge, it’s possible to push…

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New battery ‘charges 20 times faster; gives electric cars a 300-mile range

Is this what the electric car dreamers have been waiting for? Power Japan Plus is to mass-produce this year “Ryden,” a disruptive carbon battery that can be charged 20 times faster than an ordinary lithium-ion cell. The battery, said to…

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Tesla Motors: Please infringe on our patents for the greater good

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Andreas Raptopoulos : No roads ? There’s a drone for that

One billion people in the world today do not have access to all-season roads. One billion people. One seventh of the Earth’s population are totally cut off for some part of the year. We cannot get medicine to them reliably,…

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Elon Musk Wants to Build an Electric Pickup Truck and Supersonic Jet

Elon Musk, ever eager to convince everyone, everywhere, that EVs are The Future, sees a day when Tesla Motors offers a pickup truck, allowing ranchers and construction workers to know the joy of electric propulsion. Oh, and he also wants…

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Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk plans to build cars that fly and swim

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Elon Musk May Give Away Its Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Electric Car Development

Elon Musk has said repeatedly he wants to “do something controversial” with Tesla’s collection of electric car patents, but he finally offered specifics at the UK launch of his Tesla Model S on Sunday. The Tesla Motors CEO said he…

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Your local delivery man may soon get a flying robotic sidekick

Very soon, your town could be patrolled by a fleet of ultra-quiet electric mother-ship vans, traveling down main arteries, pausing only at optimally calculated locations, then releasing a fleet of autonomous drones to make strategic drops throughout the hinterlands. You…

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The Practical Path to Driverless Cars

As Silicon Valley races toward the future of driving, Tampa is keeping a more manageable pace.   Jason Bittner is into “trip-chaining,” he says, in his personal life as well as his professional one. His job is director at the…

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