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Apr 30, 2019

“Unlimited range” stealth e-bike never needs plugging in

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If e-bikes tend to look a little ungainly for your tastes, check out this thing from Barcelona’s Nua Bikes. With the motor, sensors and battery built into a discreet hub unit, the Nua Electrica is barely distinguishable from a regular fixie, and its innovative “self-charging” mode means you can get away without ever charging it.

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Apr 29, 2019

Cars will be lowered into the tunnel from the roads on a car skate

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Apr 29, 2019

PaintBot: A deep learning student that trains then mimics old masters

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, transportation

Artificial intelligence has been showing us many ish tricks as apers of human-created art, and now a team of researchers have impressed AI watchers with PaintBot. They have managed to unleash their AI as a capable mimic of the old masters.

AI can deliver a Van Gogh–ish, Vermeer–ish, Turner–ish painting. The team, from the University of Maryland, the ByteDance AI Lab and Adobe Research, turned an algorithm into a mimic of the old masters.

“Through a coarse-to-fine refinement process our agent can paint arbitrarily complex images in the desired style.”

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Apr 29, 2019

The World’s First Flying Car Skyport Is Under Construction in Miami

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

Future residents of Paramount Miami World Center, a 600-unit condominium building now under construction, may be the first in the world with a private skyport for their use, television station WSVN reports.

Infrastructure matters. Flying cars will never, um, get off the ground if they don’t have places to land. Helicopter landing pads and heliports are apparent answers to the question of where to touch down. However, landing spots or sky ports built specifically for flying cars could offer convenience and amenities specifically applicable for or adapted to flying cars.

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Apr 29, 2019

Elon Musk promises fleet of 1 million Tesla ‘robotaxis’ in 2020

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

One problem? 71% of Americans are still afraid of self-driving cars.


Tesla owners would be able to earn money by making their cars available on a ride-hailing app, Musk said.

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Apr 28, 2019

Tesla Promises Full Level 5 Autonomy in 2019, Model 3 Robotaxis in ’20

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla and CEO Elon Musk say many Teslas will soon drive themselves, and that up to 1 million private Model 3s will form an autonomous taxi service.

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Apr 28, 2019

Toyota unveils latest heavy-duty electric fuel-cell truck to haul cargo around LA

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

The latest version of Toyota’s zero-emissions fuel-cell powered tractor truck was unveiled today in Los Angeles. Developed as part of a joint project with the Kenworth Truck Company, the Port of Los Angeles, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Fuel Cell Electric heavy-duty Truck (FCET) that runs on hydrogen and produces only water as waste is intended to meet or exceed the performance of a conventional diesel truck.

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Apr 28, 2019

China develops unique heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft

Posted by in categories: materials, transportation

Chinese scientists have developed a new heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft, as it can endure over 3,000 C from friction caused by a Mach 5–20 flight within the atmosphere.

A lead scientist said the material outperforms all similar foreign-made ones with its high melting point, low density and high malleability.

The new material enables a hypersonic aircraft to fly at Mach 5–20 within the atmosphere for several hours, as the high heat resulting from the friction between the aircraft and the air reaches between 2,000 C to 3,000 C, a temperature normal metal would not be able to endure.

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Apr 27, 2019

This road charges electric vehicles as they drive

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This road in Sweden can charge a Tesla as it drives.

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Apr 25, 2019

Tesla has achieved one of its biggest goals

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Tesla has begun delivering the $35,000, base-priced version of its Model 3 sedan, three customers have told Business Insider. Electrek first reported on April 15 that Tesla had started delivering the $35,000 Model 3, known as the standard-range trim.

The beginning of standard-range Model 3 deliveries is a landmark for Tesla, but the electric-car maker has been unusually quiet about it. While Tesla posted on its website and social media accounts when it began allowing customers to order the standard-range trim in February, the company has only made reference to the beginning of deliveries near the bottom of an April 11 blog post about an update to its product offerings.

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