Electric-vehicle battery packs could shrink 20 to 30 percent, and make electric vehicles more affordable, if new sensors were developed to monitor the cells in a pack, according to the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). The agency says such sensors could have an even greater effect on hybrid gas-electric vehicle batteries, […]
Picture an all-electric vehicle cruising down the highway, emitting little noise and no noxious fumes. It’s such an improvement that you have to wonder why only a handful of all-electric vehicles are now available on the mass market. Here’s a big reason: Picture the driver of that same car getting a call from a relative […]
The brainchild of engineer Chris Hoffmann, Portland-based RYNO Motors has begun production on an electric-powered, self-balancing scooter, which sounds pretty cool until you see that it has only one wheel. Then it sounds extremely cool. Watch Hoffman’s TED talk here, or read about Engadget’s test drive here.
Imagine a vehicle that’s smaller than a Smart Car, nearly a third of the price of a Nissan Leaf ($32,500), safer than a motorcycle with a range capacity that just lets you drive and won’t ever tip over? What you get is Lit Motors‘ C-1, the world’s first gyroscopically stabilized, two-wheeled all-electric vehicle. The C-1 […]
About half of the country’s bridges will celebrate their 50th birthday by 2020. And with age, comes deterioration. “We’re facing a baby boomer bridge problem,” says Jerome Lynch, director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Structural Technology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The big wake-up call came with the collapse of a bridge carrying […]
Surrounded by water, but not a drop to drink is never felt more profoundly than a person who is stranded at sea. Kim Hoffmann, a graduate student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, considered this problem as a young girl spending summers on her parents’ sailboat. This thinking led her to develop […]
At any given moment on US roads, 10 percent of young drivers are working their cell phones, according to highway safety research. Now, University of Utah researchers have developed a solution to this public safety danger: a key attachment that disables a youth’s cell phone while the ignition is on. The idea came to Wally […]
On most people’s list of least-desirable experiences, hunting for a parking space probably falls somewhere between paying taxes and having a root canal. That may soon change, however. Several companies will begin to offer wireless technology that will bring parking into the age of the Internet – and in the process, reduce traffic congestion and […]