Friday, August 28, 2015

Electric Vehicles, Solar Energy and Net Metering

Electric Vehicles, Solar Energy and Net Metering: It’s an interesting combination in more ways than one. As there are no production or transportation costs for solar, beyond initial installation, home solar/ EV driving makes for one of the most efficient way to drive electric. Further, costs of owning an EV as well as home solar is more affordable than ever. In fact, roughly 1 in 3 EV drivers have a home solar. As Elon Musk said at a recent press conference, “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the Sun. You don’t have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day and produces ridiculous amounts of power.”

Beyond Traffic Lights: Driverless Cars at Intersections

UT professor of computer science Peter Stone, who heads the research team, says intersections of the future will not need stop lights or stop signs. “They will look like a somewhat chaotic flow of driverless, autonomous cars slipping past one another, managed by a virtual traffic controller,” he said. “A future where sitting in the backseat of the car reading our newspaper while it drives us effortlessly through city streets and intersections is not that far away,” said Stone.

1 Year Of UberPOOL — Moving San Francisco

Our vision for uberPOOL means helping urban environments solve some of their toughest problems, whether it’s congestion, pollution, or lack of access to transportation. We think we’re only beginning to scratch the surface, but we’re already encouraged by some of the results — for example, over the past year, riders taking POOL in San Francisco have saved nearly 200,000 gallons of gas. Imagine the environmental impact a few years from now, when other urban areas reach similar milestones!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tata Consultancy to Form Tech Center in $35M Gift to Carnegie Mellon

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. will help fund a technology center at Carnegie Mellon University where it will provide researchers as well as recruit in areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence.
The school will announce the $35 million donation Tuesday to fund the 40,000-square-foot center at its campus in Pittsburgh.

New car crash avoidance systems earn high marks

Fourteen of the 19 collision-avoidance systems tested recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned the agency's best rating of "superior," while the other five were marked "advanced." The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for mandatory installation of the technology in all new vehicles to reduce the number of accidents and limit the severity of those that occur.

Device offers hands-free navigation for cyclists

CycleLabs has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of its SmartHalo device, which allows users to connect their smartphones to their bicycles for fitness tracking, GPS location and hands-free navigation. The navigation system works by illuminating lights attached to the bike's handlebars to let cyclists know when a turn is approaching or if they've gone the wrong way.

Jason’s Legacy and Jason’s Law: Improving Safety for our Nation’s Truck Drivers

From Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez:

We have nearly six million commercial motor vehicle drivers out on our roads each day –a number expected to increase dramatically by 2045– and the safety of everyone on our roadways demands that drivers pull off the highway and rest periodically. That means safe truck parking is a necessity.  And that’s why, last week, I was honored to join Hope Rivenburg (widow of murdered truck driver Jason Rivenburg) in announcing the National Coalition on Truck Parking, a call to action for a national dialogue on trucking needs and strategies for immediate, near-term and long-term solutions...

FHWA Research &Technology Now - July/August 2015

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Research and Technology (R&T) Now news update. The update reports on research, technology, and development activities taking place within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Google May Lose the Autonomous Car Race

Meanwhile, Google is working feverishly to get their little electric micro machine figured out so that it’s legal and marketable, and just when they think they have the upper-hand, this technological beast from the Middle East comes out swinging and releases a YouTube video. In the video report conducted by Bloomberg Middle East Editor Elliott Gotkine, Mobileye CEO Ziv Aviram is seen cruising in his fully autonomous Audi, illustrating how Mobileye’s driverless technology works, and how the company owns the future of autonomous cars.

Imagine an electric car battery that charges in only 5 minutes. Now meet StoreDot.

The technology works with an array of ~7,000 cells to make an 80KWh battery that is capable of powering nearly 300 miles of driving. In response to the decision to structure multiple smaller batteries together as opposed to building a single unit, Dr. Myersdorf explains that, ”It is typically easier to charge faster and to manage the health of the cells when they are smaller. This is similar technology to what Tesla has done with Panasonic cells.”