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May 4, 2021

MIT’s “Programmable Matter” Technique: A Zap of Light Switches Objects’ Colors and Patterns

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“Programmable matter” technique could enable product designers to churn out prototypes with ease.

When was the last time you repainted your car? Redesigned your coffee mug collection? Gave your shoes a colorful facelift?

You likely answered: never, never, and never. You might consider these arduous tasks not worth the effort. But a new color-shifting “programmable matter” system could change that with a zap of light.

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May 3, 2021

New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles

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Billy Hurley, Digital Editorial Manager.

Metal-air batteries are light, compact power sources with a high energy density, but they have had a major limitation: They corrode.

A new design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology uses oil to reduce the corrosion and extend the shelf life of single-use metal-air batteries.

May 2, 2021

Toyota built an internal combustion engine that sips hydrogen, and it sounds awesome

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Japanese auto giant Toyota is working on a new-age hydrogen vehicle. When the words Toyota and Hydrogen are in the same sentence, the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai comes to mind. Still, the Mirai is a hydrogen-electric car or FCEV (fuel-cell electric vehicle). It uses hydrogen fuel to convert electricity and power an onboard electric motor. This time, Toyota came up with something different.

“At the end of last year, we built a prototype that provided that ‘car feeling’ that car lovers love, such as through sound and vibration, even though we were dealing with environmental technology, said Koji Sato, Chief Branding Officer, and Gazoo Racing Company President. ” It was only recently that I realized, as one thing led to another, that we could use technologies that we had on hand.”

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May 2, 2021

The Race to Build Self-Driving Trucks Has Four Horses and Three Jockeys

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It’s likely that safety drivers will remain in cabs for years to come as companies hone their sensor technology and train their software for every highway scenario. It’s expensive and painstaking work that can overwhelm even the best-run start-ups. The consensus within the industry is that three contestants stand the best chance to make it to the finish line: “It’s TuSimple, Aurora and Waymo,” says Grayson Brulte, co-founder of Brulte & Co., a consulting firm focused on transportation. TuSimple, a San Diego based-company that raised $1.35 billion in an initial public offering in April, is in the pole position, as Brulte sees it, because of its singular focus on trucking and its partnership, begun three years ago, with Navistar International to build autonomous trucks. “They’ve got the head start on it,” says Brulte.


These are the companies set to dominate the highways of tomorrow.

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May 2, 2021

Surely We Can Do Better Than Elon Musk

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Thoughts?


Getting past the cult of Genius and the bleakness of capitalist futurism.

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May 2, 2021

Zero Labs only needs 24 hours to make your rusty, old truck an EV

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The California-based EV company has lofty dreams of using its new platform to convert droves classic vehicles.

May 1, 2021

Oshkosh takes victory lap over Postal Service delivery truck contract

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Oshkosh can make 100% battery-electric delivery trucks for the U.S. Postal Service, likely dashing Workhorse’s hopes of reigniting the competition.

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Apr 29, 2021

Swap and go: electric trucks to run between Sydney and Brisbane using exchangeable batteries

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“It’s usually the diesel engine that’s worn out, not the rest of the truck,” he said, “so, instead of spending money on the rebuild, they can convert their trucks.”


Batteries can be swapped in three minutes, removing the need for trucks to plug in and charge.

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Apr 29, 2021

Jetoptera VTOL aircraft design features “bladeless fans on steroids”

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

Seattle-based company Jetoptera says its air-accelerating Fluidic Propulsive System, which works a lot like a Dyson “bladeless” fan, produces thrust for half the fuel of a small turbojet while being the “most silent propulsion system in the skies.”

Apr 29, 2021

Toyota Shows Off Its First Electric Car | EV News

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Toyota finally unveils its first EV, an all electric SUV called bZ4x but it also responded to pressure of some investors to cut out the anti-EV lobbying. InsideEVs and Forbes contributor Tom Moloughney will be here to weigh in, plus other EV news of the week.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdX0BJNon1c6GfOdeS3pyDw.

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