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We have tons of cars—and tons of congestion. But new breakthroughs in connecting cars to the cloud (and eliminating the need for car ownership) show what a better future for cars might look like.
By all accounts, the global automotive indus…
The talk about Peak Car is picking up speed. Maybe the discussion in itself will enforce the phenomenon further…mo
Google: Self-driving cars in 3-5 years. Feds: Not so fast
The self-driving car could be available to consumers in 3-5 years, the head of Google’s autonomous driving project says. That’s the most optimistic timeframe yet. Other projections have been for 2020 and beyond,
Full Story: ExtremeTech
It is an interesting time frame target in the slow moving automotive/traffic legislation world… Can we predict some tension coming up here? What will states or cities who wish to be seen as progressive do?
Air-powered hybrid car unveiled.
Peugeot Citroen have shown off a hybrid car which can run on petrol or compressed air, or a combination of both.
The ‘Hybrid Air’ system uses a petrol engine for travelling at ‘cruising’ speeds, where the makers say petrol is still the most efficient power source. At slower speeds or when the vehicle needs extra power to climb a hill, the car uses a combination of compressed air and petrol. At slower speeds below 43mph the car runs solely on compressed air until the supply runs out.
The air tanks are refilled during all modes of driving, by re-using energy normally lost during slowing down and braking, instead using that energy to run an air compressor. The makers claim an average fuel saving of 45 percent, and when driving solely around cities at slower speeds that figure could rise to 80 percent.
The car is expected to be available by 2016.
LAS VEGAS — Automakers, hoping to get ahead of the technology curve for once, are opening their dashboards and APIs to outside developers in a bid to ramp up the number of apps you can use behind the wheel.
Ford and General Motors rolled into CES saying they want to make it easier than ever for developers to create apps that will make their infotainment systems more entertaining, more engaging and more useful.
The moves are desperately needed, because developers have been slow to code for cars.
I still don’t understand why any one would like to write apps for the car when we everybody have the iPhone, iPad or Android based devices in our pocket. If Apple and Google et al are working on good eye glass interface you don’t even have to fiddle with the device in your lap…
Robot cars could increase highway efficiency 273 percent: Study
Cooperative self-driving cars could nearly triple the capacity of our highways, says a new study on the potential benefits of autonomous vehicles. By working together, cars can travel far more efficiently than if they act on their own.
Full Story: NBC
Another argument, beside safety concerns, which politicians might adopt.
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