ZMP RoboCar automated vehicle

Video: Look Ma, No Driver! ZMP RoboCar Memorizes Route Map

Feeling lazy? Don't feel like driving home from work tonight? Sounds like an autonomous car would be right up your street... ZMP's RoboCar doesn't quite have the aesthetics or practicality (and especially not the performance) of Google's automated Toyota Prius, but the technology it demonstrates is... read more

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Toilets sign by flickr user Koffiemetkoek

Want A Car Powered By Human Waste? Urine Luck...

The concept of powering a car on waste products has been around for a while, and indeed it's an idea that's very attractive for a sustainable fuel future. Why let waste go to... read more May 16, 2011 by 

Cloud-based energy optimization

Cloud-Controlled Energy Saving From Google And Ford

It's 7am, and your alarm is blaring to raise you bleary-eyed from your slumber. You grab breakfast, chuck some clothes on and get ready to head to work. As you step into your... read more May 12, 2011 by 

Ford to use dandelion stems in rubber components

Flower Power: Ford To Use Dandelion Roots In Rubber Parts

Dandelion flowers may look pretty to some but to many, they're a weed that needs uprooting throughout the warmer months to prevent them from taking over the garden. What... read more May 11, 2011 by 

LED bulbs

Plug-n-Play LED Lighting On The Way, Gets Brighter, Cheaper

If you spend a lot of time driving you won't have failed to notice the distinctive shape of high intensity LED daytime running lights on some modern vehicles. As for LED... read more May 3, 2011 by 

Laser beams on a car windshield, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Losing The Spark: Lasers May Replace Plugs For Igniting Fuel

"You can't start a fire without a spark" sang Bruce Springsteen in his 1984 hit Dancing In The Dark. Great line, but unfortunately for old Bruce he wasn't quite technically... read more May 2, 2011 by 

Hyundai Blue Link screen interface

In-Car Screens Could Soon Use 3D Image Technology

Nintendo's 3DS has caused something of a stir in the world of 3D imaging. Rather than using unfashionable and unwieldy 3D glasses to view a stereoscopic image, the 3DS and... read more April 26, 2011 by 

Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene Paper 10 Times Stronger, 6 Times Lighter Than Steel

Nanotechnology, the study of materials and engineering on a molecular scale, has the potential to completely change the vehicles we drive. We've looked at self-healing... read more April 22, 2011 by 

Magnesium vehicle construction

Magnesium Car Bodies: The New Steel, Carbon, Aluminum?

Another day, another material that could lead to lighter vehicles of the future. The latest candidate? Magnesium. Magnesium componentry in cars is nothing new of course... read more April 8, 2011 by 

2012 Ford Focus Five-Door

2012 Ford Focus Has 'Torque Hole Filling' Auto Trans Tech

Changing gear is a necessary evil. Of course, for driving enthusiasts it can be a challenge and a pleasure, and in cars with automatic transmissions you can sit back and let... read more January 27, 2011 by 

d3o self-hardening gel

d3o Bullet-Proof Gel Could Lead To Safer Cars Of The Future

Have you ever seen the experiment using custard to demonstrate increases in viscosity with force? When you run your hand through the substance it acts like a liquid, but... read more January 18, 2011 by 


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