Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Danish Electric Bike-Sharing Dodges Failure

Copenhagen's public electric bikes are kind of a pain to get started: they are heavy and their coaster brake prevents riders from kicking the pedal around...

What Happens When Carpooling Laws Suddenly Change? Chaos!

A natural experiment is what social scientists settle for when people, as is their tendency, fail to volunteer as guinea pigs. And one heck of...

Volvo Says Goodbye To Gasoline

Volvo says all of its 2019 models will have electric drive, making it the first big auto company to switch from traditional internal-combustion engines. “This announcement...

Under the Hood of Luminar's Long-Reach Lidar

Current automotive lidars scan their surroundings by firing pulses from semiconductor diode lasers emitting at 905 nanometers in the near infrared and recording reflected...

Driverless Tech Startups Are Driving Past a Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE. A...

Personal Transportation Gadgets: Hot. Integrated Smart Home IoT: Not

Executives at HAX, the five-year-old hardware accelerator and seed funder, know a lot about hardware. They’re getting ready to release a detailed analysis about...

Musk Claims “Verbal” Approval for a Hyperloop Tunnel From New York to D.C.

Elon Musk today tweeted that he has verbal approval from unnamed governmental officials to build a Hyperloop tunnel from New York City to Washington, D.C., adding that this...

Riding in a Robocar That Sees Around Corners

Communication is a sixth sense that lets us see through other people’s eyes and thus through walls, over the horizon, and around corners. “Look out for...

Startup Profile: Plex.ai Aims to Shake Up Auto Insurance With AI and the Blockchain

Illustration: Getty Images If Internet-connected cars, the blockchain, and machine learning are each going to change the world in its own unique way, what happens...

Shut Up About the Batteries: The Key to a Better Electric Car Is a...

Photos: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Keep On Turning: The authors’ motor represents an advance on another design—one that did not use magnets to shift...

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