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Dec 27, 2019

EDumper: World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Never Has To Be Recharged

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This 45-ton dump truck ascends a 13-percent grade and can take on 65 tons while doing so.

As the heavy transport descends with more than double the weight, the trucks regenerative braking system recaptures all the energy it will need to refill the charge that it will need to use on the way back up again. Regenerative braking allows the eDumper to produce more energy downhill than it consumes uphill.”

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Dec 27, 2019

Sorry Truckers, Volvo’s Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI, transportation

To start, Volvo’s Vera will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden. But more Veras will eventually mean fewer trucking jobs.

Dec 25, 2019

Free of Heavy Metals, New Battery Design Could Alleviate Environmental Concerns

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

Today, IBM Research is building on a long history of materials science innovation to unveil a new battery discovery. This new research could help eliminate the need for heavy metals in battery production and transform the long-term sustainability of many elements of our energy infrastructure.

As battery-powered alternatives for everything from vehicles to smart energy grids are explored, there remain significant concerns around the sustainability of available battery technologies.

Many battery materials, including heavy metals such as nickel and cobalt, pose tremendous environmental and humanitarian risks. Cobalt in particular, which is largely available in central Africa, has come under fire for careless and exploitative extraction practices.1

Dec 21, 2019

The Fighter Plane Powerful Enough to Destroy a Satellite in Space

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Aviation buffs: See firsthand footage of an F-15 shooting down a Russian space satellite.

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Dec 21, 2019

London’s electric buses are getting fake noise, and it’s positively psychedelic

Posted by in categories: law, sustainability, transportation

From next year, some of London’s electric buses will play artificial noise while traveling at low speeds, and the specific sound that’s been created for them is an ambient treat for the ears. The noise was created by Zelig Sound, which has been working with Transport for London on the audio over the past year.

The sound is being introduced in response to a new EU law which stipulates that all electric vehicles will eventually need to produce artificial noise while traveling at low speeds, to make up for the lack of noise from their internal engines. If you can’t hear a vehicle, then you’re not as aware of its presence, and research suggests pedestrians are more likely to be hit by electric or hybrid cars as a result.

Wired reports the base note is a soft F#maj7 chord, with a slight pulsing sound in the background. This is what gets played when a bus is stationary:

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Dec 21, 2019

Nawa’s stylish e-motorbike uses an ultracapacitor to drastically boost range

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Nawa’s Racer goes farther than other e-bikes thanks to an ultracapacitor that harvests more brake energy.

Dec 20, 2019

Why Haven’t Hydrogen Vehicles Taken Over the World Yet?

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What ever happened to hydrogen cars?

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Dec 20, 2019

IBM Research Created a New Battery That Outperforms Lithium-Ion—No Problematic Heavy Metals Required

Posted by in categories: materials, transportation

With everything from cars, to trucks, to even airplanes going electric, the demand for batteries is going to continue to skyrocket in the coming years—but the availability of the materials currently used to make them is limited. So scientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be extracted from seawater instead of mining.

Dec 20, 2019

California now allows driverless truck and cargo van testing on public roads

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The California DMV set the rules for driverless light-duty vehicle testing on public roads on Tuesday. Among other things, the autonomous trucks and vans must have a link to a remote operator, or a human safety driver on board.

Dec 18, 2019

Camouflage made of quantum material could hide you from infrared cameras

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, transportation

Infrared cameras detect people and other objects by the heat they emit. Now, researchers have discovered the uncanny ability of a material to hide a target by masking its telltale heat properties.

The effect works for a range of temperatures that one day could include humans and vehicles, presenting a future asset to stealth technologies, the researchers say.

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