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July 16, 2020

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What Ethical Models for Autonomous Vehicles Don't Address, and How They Could Be Better

There's a fairly large flaw in the way that programmers are currently addressing ethical concerns related to artificial intelligence and autonomous ...

New Automotive Radar Spots Hazards Around Corners

Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, researchers have developed an automated system that will allow cars to peer around corners and spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians. ...

New Research Leads to Drones Changing Shape Mid-Flight

Engineers have developed autonomous air vehicles that can change shape during ...

A New Family of Nanocars Ready for the Next Nano 'Grand Prix'

Researchers have developed a new family of nanocars ready to compete on a gold surface against the 9 other teams selected for the 2nd Nanocar Race in ...
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Research Determines Financial Benefit from Driving Electric Vehicles

Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new ...

Making More Data Available for Training Self-Driving Cars

For safety's sake, a self-driving car must accurately track the movement of pedestrians, bicycles and other vehicles around it. Training those tracking systems may now be more effective thanks ...

Bike Commuting Accelerated When Bike-Share Systems Rolled Into Town

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in cities where bike-share systems have been introduced, bike commuting increased by 20%, according to a new ...

Fiber Optics Capture Seismic Signatures of the Rose Parade

Interesting signatures of the Rose Parade were captured by fiber optic telecommunications cable lying below the parade route. Researchers describe how they converted these dark or 'unused' ...

Fossil Fuel-Free Jet Propulsion With Air Plasmas

Humans depend on fossil fuels as their primary energy source, especially in transportation. However, fossil fuels are both unsustainable and unsafe, serving as the largest source of greenhouse gas ...

Gas Storage Method Could Help Next-Generation Clean Energy Vehicles

A Northwestern University research team has designed and synthesized new materials with ultrahigh porosity and surface area for the storage of hydrogen and methane for fuel cell-powered vehicles. The ...

Could Shrinking a Key Component Help Make Autonomous Cars Affordable?

Electrical engineers working on shrinking the mechanical and electronic components in a rooftop lidar down to a single silicon chip think the component could be mass produced for as little as a few ...

A New Battery Chemistry Promises Safer High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries

For the first time, researchers who explore the physical and chemical properties of electrical energy storage have found a new way to improve lithium-ion batteries. They successfully increased not ...

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

A simulation system invented to train driverless cars creates a photorealistic world with infinite steering possibilities, helping the cars learn to navigate a host of worse-case scenarios before ...

Electric Cars Better for Climate in 95% of the World

Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, new research ...

Small, Precise and Affordable Gyroscope for Navigating Without GPS

A small, inexpensive and highly accurate gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS ...

Cycling to Work Linked to Higher Risk of Injury-Related Hospitalization Among UK Commuters

Cycling to work is associated with a higher risk of admission to hospital for an injury than other modes of commuting, suggests a new ...

Households in Switzerland Could Feasibly Be Energy Self-Sufficient by 2050

By 2050, photovoltaic technologies that convert sunlight into electricity could enable many single- and multi-family buildings in Switzerland to produce enough energy to meet their own consumption ...

Car Congestion Outweighs Scooter Scourge on City Streets

'Scooter clutter' has been a concern amplified by media reports in urban areas where micromobility has entered the landscape, with large numbers of dockless scooters and shared e-bikes on ...

Disposal of Wastewater from Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Dangers to Drivers

New research shows that the growing traffic burden in shale energy boom-towns from trucks hauling wastewater to disposal sites resulted in a surge of road fatalities and severe ...

Drivers of Expensive Cars Less Likely to Yield for Pedestrians

What does the car you drive say about your manners? New study finds that drivers of flashy cars are less likely to yield for ...

What to Expect When You're Expecting Electric Transportation

While electric vehicles alone may not reduce carbon emissions, a new study reveals that when electric vehicles are powered with renewable energy and coupled with carbon policy strategies, they can ...

Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams

Researchers have developed the first decentralized algorithm with a collision-free, deadlock-free guarantee and validated it on a swarm of 100 autonomous robots in the ...

Cobalt Supply Can Meet Demand for Electric Vehicle and Electronics Batteries

Greater use of electric vehicles might be good for the environment, but further growth hinges on continued availability of critical battery components such as cobalt. Cell phones and other ...

New Commuter Concern: Cancerous Chemical in Car Seats

The longer your commute, the more you're exposed to a chemical flame retardant that is a known carcinogen and was phased out of furniture use because it required a Proposition 65 warning label ...

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