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Nov 2, 2021

Elon Musk’s tunnel vision is closer to becoming a reality

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“This is not transportation for the wealthy,” Davis said. “It’s very affordable, very accessible and very, very comfortable.”

Davis told the commission that the system would be built in phases, with initial plans for five to 10 stations to open within the first six months once construction begins. About 15 to 20 stations would be added each year until full buildout, he said.

Whether the underground system makes a dent on the often-gridlocked Strip remains to be seen, but Hill is optimistic that Vegas Loop riders will be able to see more of Vegas once they emerge from the tunnels because they will be able to get around quicker. The innovation also creates a new point of interest in a town well known for its curiosities.

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Nov 2, 2021

New technology gives smart cars ‘X-ray’ vision, detecting hidden pedestrians, cyclists

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Australian researchers have developed disruptive technology allowing autonomous vehicles to track running pedestrians hidden behind buildings, and cyclists obscured by larger cars, trucks, and buses.

The autonomous vehicle uses game changing technology that allows it to “see” the world around it, including using X-ray style vision that penetrates through to pedestrians in blind spots and to detect cyclists obscured by fast-moving vehicles.

The iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre-funded project collaborating with the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and Australian connected vehicle solutions company Cohda Wireless has just released its new findings in a following three years of research and development.

Nov 2, 2021

Dump Truck Accident Pours Liquid Asphalt From Overpass Onto Vehicles Below, Providing Lessons For AI Self-Driving Cars

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As a clarification, true self-driving cars are ones that the AI drives the car entirely on its own and there isn’t any human assistance during the driving task.

These driverless vehicles are considered Level 4 and Level 5 while a car that requires a human driver to co-share the driving effort is usually considered at Level 2 or Level 3. The cars that co-share the driving task are described as being semi-autonomous, and typically contain a variety of automated add-on’s that … See more.

Asphalt is all around us, that’s for sure.

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Nov 1, 2021

New Zealand strait crossed for first time

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Wellington International Airport officials believe it may be the longest distance flown in an electric plane across any body of water.

“It’s a very exciting day for the airport. A world-record-setting day,” said spokesperson Jenna Raeburn.

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Oct 31, 2021

Diesel-Killing Locomotive Of The Future Runs On Solar Power

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This rolling sheet of solar panels may not look like much, but it could help spark a solar power revolution in the railroad industry.

The creators of the solar-powered locomotive of the future were aiming to set a Guinness record for speed last weekend, and that is more than just your ordinary attention-getting stunt. Demonstrating the functionality of PV panels on rail cars could help set the stage for solar power to knock diesel fuel out of the railroad business. No word yet on the official results, but solar is beginning to wiggle its way into a field dominated by fossil fuel.

The Solar Train Of The Future Hits The Tracks, With Only Solar Power

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Oct 31, 2021

How AI is shaping Adobe’s product strategy

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Like many other companies, Adobe is leveraging deep learning to improve its applications and solidify its position in the video and image editing market. In turn, the use of AI is shaping Adobe’s product strategy.

AI-powered image and video editing

Sensei, Adobe’s AI platform, is now integrated into all the products of its Creative Cloud suite. Among the features revealed in this year’s conference is an auto-masking tool in Photoshop, which enables you to select an object simply by hovering your mouse over it. A similar feature automatically creates mask layers for all the objects it detects in a scene.

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Oct 31, 2021

Can These 820 Feet-Long Railless Trains Dethrone Air Travel?

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The new rail-less passenger system could give Elon Musk’s Hyperloop a run for its money.

Oct 30, 2021

A Colorado Firm Claims It Can Triple the Power of Electric Engines

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The founding team at H3X have a compelling origin story. The three friends — Jason Sylvestre, Max Liben, and Eric Maciolek — formed a bond as they participarted in an engineering course regarding electric vehicles.

After their careers led them in separate directions, with each finding work in the tech and auto industries, a Department of Energy grant brought them back together to ponder how they could improve electric motors.

Their first-principles mindset and efforts have borne fruit in the form of a new electric motor that can potentially power large commercial flights.

Oct 30, 2021

Is the Great Neutrino Puzzle Pointing to Multiple Missing Particles?

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In 1,993 deep underground at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, a few flashes of light inside a bus-size tank of oil kicked off a detective story that is yet to reach its conclusion.

The Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) was searching for bursts of radiation created by neutrinos, the lightest and most elusive of all known elementary particles. “Much to our amazement, that’s what we saw,” said Bill Louis, one of the experiment’s leaders.

The problem was that they saw too many. Theorists had postulated that neutrinos might oscillate between types as they fly along — a hypothesis that explained various astronomical observations. LSND had set out to test this idea by aiming a beam of muon neutrinos, one of the three known types, toward the oil tank, and counting the number of electron neutrinos that arrived there. Yet Louis and his team detected far more electron neutrinos arriving in the tank than the simple theory of neutrino oscillations predicted.

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Oct 29, 2021

China’s New EV Truck Recharges While Driving. With a Retractable Solar Roof?

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

In a press statement, EdisonFuture said the EF1-T, as well as a van version of the vehicle called the EF1-V, feature “a uniquely designed solar mosaic technology that provides a stunning visual signature while also harnessing the power of the sun to recharge the batteries, enabling work vehicles to continuously charge while in the field.”

Bizarrely, as far as we can tell, the automaker hasn’t actually released any information regarding the battery size, range, or solar charging specifications of the EF1-T, though a prototype of the vehicle is due to go on display at the LA Auto Show in mid-November, so we may learn more information then. EdisonFuture also said it will begin accepting reservations for the pickup during the show.

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