Humanoid Robots Drive Cars And Use Power Tools As They Vy For Millions In Cash Prizes
In 2013 the DARPA Robotics Challenge was created to inspire universities and corporations to build robots to assist humans in disaster situations. The robots are asked to open doors, climb stairs, turn valves and even drive a cars and use power tools to saw through a wall! We head to Pomona, CA, for the 2015 DRC Finals and track two of the teams vying for millions in prize money.
SpaceX may not want to take on the task of building a complete hyperloop system, but it sure is doing its best to encourage others. First, it announced a mile-long test track. Now, it's calling for teams to compete for the best pod design.
NEDRA Points Championship Series; AMS Using 500 MWh Of Tesla Batteris
Renault's video shows the health and environmental results of using EVs. OSU software to make a greener Camaro earns a prize. NEDRA has announced the Points Championship Series. Advanced Microgrid Solutions will use 500 MWh worth of Tesla batteries.
A paper by a couple of Swedish researchers figures that the price-per-kWh for lithium-ion battery packs is now $410, down from more than $1,000 in 2007. Economies-of-scale, not chemistry advances, will do the most to get that down to $230 by 2018.
Autobild puts some numbers to the BMW i5, which it says will be based on the long-wheelbase 5 Series sold in China and have around 640 horsepower coming from a four-cylinder ICE and two electric motors. It's not a straight-up Tesla fighter, but it will stress electric power over ICE.
A development site at the Lincoln domain introduces us to a new Continental concept, called "The face of forward thinking," and the tagline, "Follow us forward." There are no pictures yet, but we're promised that it's "elegantly styled and boldly distinctive," and an "envisioning of what's to come."
AeroMobil wants to have its flying car ready to sell to the public for 2017, but there's still a lot of development to get the vehicle ready for the road. In the future, the company even wants to make the plane autonomous.
BluepointLondon Takes Over Chargers; EDI Converts Pickups To PHEVs
Nissan and Endesa plan mass-market vehicle-to-grid offering Europe. Despite reports, BMW says Apple won't base its electric car on the i3. BluepointLondont is taking over EV charger management from Transport for London. EDI converts light-duty GM pickups to plug-in hybrids.