1. Our tech contributor Alexis Madrigal on what’s just down the road for driverless cars

    If you’ve heard about autonomous vehicles, cars that drive themselves, you probably associate them with Google, which is working on fully autonomous vehicles that will drive us to and fro while we’re safely texting on our Android phones from the passenger seat.

    Not to be outdone by a tech company, the traditional car makers have major development programs, too.  The Mercedes S500 Intelligent Drive concept vehicle (above) recently drove 100 kilometers between German cities, Nissan has promised some kind of autonomous vehicle by 2020.   And GM’s EN-V concept car is a funny little electric pod that would detect pedestrians in a crosswalk and automatically slow the vehicle.  It could also communicate with smart infrastructure and traffic optimization apps to, say, detect that a drawbridge is up and plot a route around it. Ford imagines packs of vehicles sensing their surroundings with stubby, horn-like antennae and communicating about traffic conditions amongst themselves.

    You can read the full piece here.

     

    video by TechnologicVehicles 

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  1. It turns out the rusty old tow truck that inspired the beloved Disney Pixar character, Mater, is on display in the tiny town of Galena, Kan., population 3,200. The more you know. View in High-Res

    It turns out the rusty old tow truck that inspired the beloved Disney Pixar character, Mater, is on display in the tiny town of Galena, Kan., population 3,200. The more you know.

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  1. theonlymagicleftisart:

(Emmanuel Delaby)

Today: the future of the electric car, with science writer Seth Fletcher. View in High-Res

    theonlymagicleftisart:

    (Emmanuel Delaby)

    Today: the future of the electric car, with science writer Seth Fletcher.

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  1. Posted on 7 June, 2011

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    Reblogged from ianbrooks

    ianbrooks:

Electric Shoe Car
A footwear manufacturer in China has made an electric car out of a giant shoe. It can carry two people up to 250 miles at speeds of up to 20mph on a single charge of the battery underneath the driver’s seat.
I’d hate to see the odor eater designed for that thing. In related news, Mario preparing to sue:

(source: gizmodo)

Tomorrow: a discussion about the future of the electric car — and the batteries needed to power them — with science writer Seth Fletcher

    ianbrooks:

    Electric Shoe Car

    A footwear manufacturer in China has made an electric car out of a giant shoe. It can carry two people up to 250 miles at speeds of up to 20mph on a single charge of the battery underneath the driver’s seat.

    I’d hate to see the odor eater designed for that thing. In related news, Mario preparing to sue:

    (source: gizmodo)

    Tomorrow: a discussion about the future of the electric car — and the batteries needed to power them — with science writer Seth Fletcher

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