China Unveils New Solar Highway

China’s new solar highway is complete and will soon be able to recharge electric vehicles.
The world’s first solar panel highway was officially opened at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in Jinan, the capital of China’s Shandong Province. This solar road is part of a project, named the Jinan City Expressway that is currently being built in one of China’s most highly-trafficked areas. In total, the solar road is 1.2 miles and contains over 10,000 photovoltaic panels that will be able to convert sunlight into electricity. Continue reading

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Navya Unveils its Self-Driving Taxi

Navya Technologies SAS unveiled its Autonum Cab, an autonomous taxi currently available for orders.
The small French company is mostly known for its autonomous shuttles. Navya has recently taken the next step in self-driving vehicles by introducing its robot-driven automobiles.
Navya is planning to test its self-driving taxis onto the streets of Paris in the next few weeks to try and beat large tech companies, big automakers, and other well-funded startups, from General Motors Co. to Alphabet Inc., in a race to develop fully autonomous cars and prove that they are safe. Continue reading

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Two Vintage Cars Owned by The Beatles Go To Auction

1966_Morris_Mini_Cooper_S_Monaco_coupe_(6880431032)Two Beatles’ cars are up for auction: Paul’s Aston Martin, Ringo’s Mini Cooper along with Elton John’s Bentley.
Two most British pieces of musical and automobile history Aston Martin and Mini Cooper formerly owned by The Beatles can now be yours. A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that used to belong to Sir Paul McCartney and a 1966 Mini Cooper owned by Ringo Starr are going to auction in a few days at The Bond Street Sale, an auction house in London.
The Cooper is expected to sell for anywhere between $120,000 to $160,000 and Aston Martin is expected to fetch between $1.6 million and $2 million. Continue reading

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Uber Paid Hackers $100K to Delete Stolen Data and Stay Quiet

Uber_autonomous_vehicle_prototype_testing_in_San_FranciscoUber concealed data breach for a year and paid hackers $100,000 to delete stolen personal data on 57 million people.
Hackers have stolen the personal data of drivers and customers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year.  Continue reading

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Airline Wants to Weigh Travelers Before They Board the Plane

Bathroom_ScalePassengers at Helsinki airport flying with Finnair, the national airline, have been asked to step onto weighing scales before boarding.
Finland airline is conducting a voluntary weigh-in. Passengers’ names are not included in the data, the company claims.
it needs about 2,000 travelers to get an accurate read on passenger weights and their carry-on bags.
Finnair is looking for 2,000 travelers to get an accurate read on passenger weights and their carry-on bags. The aim is to verify the accuracy of figures the carrier uses to estimate a plane’s total weight. Continue reading

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Tesla to Build Manufacturing Plant in Shanghai

14_Tesla_Model_STesla is planning to build a factory in Shanghai to help bring costs down.

Tesla Motors is in discussions to establish its first factory in China. CEO Elon Musk said two years ago that a factory in the country could cut the price of electric cars sold in China by a third.

In a statement last week, Tesla Motors said it is planning to set up more overseas factories to make electric cars that customers could afford. Such a factory is a must in China, which charges steep tariffs for imported cars.

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Richard Branson Invests in Hyperloop One

Hyperloop_Cheetah_capsule_in_tube_02Sir Richard Branson invests in the US company developing vehicles that will run at supersonic speeds.
After a major investment from Richard Branson’s company, the Hyperloop One transport company has changed its name into Virgin Hyperloop One. The exact investment figure invested by Virgin Group has not been released. However, last month Hyperloop One received an additional $85 million through fundraising. The company’s total funding was brought to $245 million. Virgin Hyperloop One has now been valued at $700 million.

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Putin Says He Would Drive a Tesla

Lada_Vesta_ConceptRussian President Vladimir Putin said he could see himself buying a Tesla, though he thinks cars that run on gas are better for saving the planet.

Putin, whose homeland is one of the biggest oil producers in the world, said Wednesday he would be interested in driving a Tesla. The Russian President was speaking during an energy forum in Moscow. Putin said he had tried driving various foreign electric cars and that it is not all carts and tanks that people drive in his country. Continue reading

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A Rocket Will Get You Anywhere on Earth in an Hour

800px-Clouds_over_AfricaThe vehicle would both take off and land vertically, just like a space rocket. It would fly New York to Tokyo and any other routes in about 30 minutes or at least under an hour.

The billionaire innovator unveiled his plans for his rocket at a presentation Friday in Australia. The rocket is named BFR and would also be able to carry satellites to orbit, people and cargo to the International Space Station. In addition, the rocket would complete missions to the Moon and Mars, according to Musk. The vehicle would contain 40 cabins and would be able to carry roughly 100 people at a time. Continue reading

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Lockheed Martin Unveils Reusable Crewed Mars Lander

Mars_23_aug_2003_hubbleFully reusable crewed Martian lander was unveiled Friday by Lockheed Martin at this year’s International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.
The water-powered lander, single stage and fully reusable, will allow humans to explore Mars from an orbiting ‘base camp’ in the 2030s.
The lander is Lockheed Martin’s vision for what may come after NASA’s Deep Space Gateway mission to test habitable orbital environments. The mission starts in the early 2020s. The completely reusable lander could both land and lift off, according to Robert Chambers, a senior systems engineer at the US defense giant Lockheed Martin, helping to lead the Mars Base Camp project. Continue reading

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