Tokyo to Install Eco-Friendly Solar Roads for 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo metropolitan government is planning to build “solar roads” that collect energy from the sun via solar panels installed beneath the surface of the roads. The effort aims at promoting the Japanese capital as an eco-friendly city ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The new technologies are believed to be started on a trial basis at facilities owned by the Tokyo government next year. The solar road consists of a system of solar panels installed on the road, with the surface of the panels covered with a tough resin that will enhance durability. It is possible for vehicles to drive over the panels. Continue reading

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GXV-T: а Radical New Self-Driving Troop Carrier Revealed by US Army

Advanced radical technology for combat vehicles has recently been demonstrated for the US DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program.

A series of demonstrations, such as the last one at Aberdeen Test Center held in May, has given potential military service transition partners an opportunity to observe technical progress on the GXV-T program.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Ground X-Vehicle Technology is a project that aims to develop technologies and designs to create lighter armored military vehicles.

GXV-T program focuses on enhancing mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armor.

The new technologies will enable the vehicles to travel quickly over different terrain while enhancing situational awareness and ease of operation.

GXV-T combat vehicles of the future will be able to traverse up to 95 percent of off-road terrain, including slopes and various elevations. Capabilities include revolutionary wheel-to-track and suspension technologies that would enable access and fast travel both on- and off-road.

8 contracts to a group of defense contractors and research institutes were awarded by DARPA to develop the technology.

According to defense-update.com  and darpa.mil.com.

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California Testing Digital License Plates

You might soon be able to buy digital license plates, but these digital displays don’t come cheap.

California is testing new digital license plates on vehicles. Although it opens up new possibilities, it also raises new privacy concerns.

Five years ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing digital license plates to be tested in his state. The displays are finally hitting the streets in California.

According to Fortune.

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Tesla Says Autopilot Feature Not Engaged in Brussels Car Crash

Tesla denied Autopilot is to blame for the crash in Brussels. The driver was in control without using Autopilot when the accident took place.

 A Model S crashed into parked cars in the Brussels borough of Saint-Gilles on Tuesday and the driver reportedly said he was outside the car, with the engine running.

However, Tesla Inc. denied reports made earlier this week that its Model S vehicle started up on its own and crashed into several cars this week while in Autopilot mode, as the driver in the incident was operating his car himself. Continue reading

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Tesla Bursts into Flames after Fatal Crash in Switzerland

Swiss firefighters have indicated the impact of a fatal crash involving a Tesla car may have set off a fire in the vehicle’s battery, causing the vehicle to go up in flames.

A 48-year-German driver died when on Thursday his car hit a barrier on a motorway in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, turned over and burst into flames.

The car burst into flames and was attended to by Bellinzona firefighters, who say the blaze may have been caused by the Tesla battery.

The crash is one of several accidents to affect Tesla vehicles in recent days, and one of several crashes in recent years involving fires.

According to The Reuters.

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Waymo Releases Video from Autonomous Car Just Before Crash

Waymo has released a video of the moments before the crash.

Another self-driving car has been involved in a crash and it is the second incident in less than two months.

The accident happened in Chandler at Chandler Boulevard and Los Feliz Drive, east of McClintock Drive. On Friday night, Waymo released a video of the moments leading up to the crash. The video is taken from front-facing camera sensors mounted in the car.
According to Chandler Police, the incident took place Continue reading

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Buick’s Stunning Semi-Autonomous Electric Concept Boasts Massive Range

Buick Enspire 2018 SUV uses Cadillac’s Super Cruise system.

Buick pulled the wraps off its new Enspire 2018 concept SUV. The electric concept car made its debut at Auto China in Beijing. It has semi-autonomous features, enviable range and is quicker than ever.

Buick shared the first images of its new SUV concept just ahead of the auto show. First of all, the concept is incredibly good looking and full of advanced technology promises. Sleek design and smooth uninterrupted curves are giving the SUV elegance and also meant to improve its aerodynamic performance. Continue reading

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Mustang and Focus Hatch Will Be Only Ford Cars Sold in U.S. in 2020

Ford drops all but two models from its North American dealerships.
It seems it is the end of the lineup for the Fiesta, Fusion and the compact Focus crossover. The models will disappear in the region. Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday, dropping most of its North American car lineup is part of company’s broad plan to save money and make the company more competitive in a fast-changing marketplace. Continue reading

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Global Race to Develop Autonomous Ships

Global race to develop crewless ships leaves U.S. behind.

While U.S. was about to become a major player in the global race to develop self-navigating ships, other competitors in the field are trying to leave it behind.

Last year, chemical experts Yara and aerospace company Kongsberg announced that they joined forces to develop the world’s first autonomous, zero-emissions container ship. Continue reading

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Watch How AI Creates a 3D Model of a Person

Watch artificial intelligence create a 3D model of a person for just a few seconds.

A minute-and-a-half long video shows how artificial intelligence is able to transform the image of a human body into a 3D character after they turn around themselves. The system requires special camera equipment to detect depth or to view someone from multiple angles. A new algorithm creates 3D models using standard video footage from one angle.

Watch the video here.

Source ScienceMag.

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