Automotive

To Uber or not

To Uber or not? Why car ownership may no longer be a good deal

Every day there’s more news about the inevitable arrival of autonomous vehicles. At the same time, more people are using ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps, and...
When solar-powered drones meet Arctic glaciers

When solar-powered drones meet Arctic glaciers

Solar-powered flying platforms have yet to prove their real-world applicability outside of targeted demonstrations. Monitoring glaciers in polar regions is in pole position to become...
NASA will test highly-flexible, lightweight wings on X-56A

NASA will test highly-flexible, lightweight wings on X-56A

The subscale X-56A is scheduled for a series of research flights in November to prove enabling technology for designing aircraft with highly flexible, lightweight...
NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

NASA has concluded a flight test series to investigate technologies that may significantly reduce airframe noise for communities near airports. The flights, which gathered data...
Fuel-cell cars finally cruise onto the market

Fuel-cell cars finally cruise onto the market

Fuel-cell powered cars that emit only water vapor when driven have been in the works for decades, but progress seemed to keep stalling. Now, according...
Flying Taxicabs

Flying Taxicabs?

Need to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think. Vikas Prakash, a...
With wireless charging, electric cars could drive forever

With wireless charging, electric cars could drive forever

Scientists have found a way to wirelessly transmit electricity to a nearby moving object. The method may have applications in transportation, medical devices, and more. If...
supersonic flight

70 years of supersonic flight: NASA continues to break barriers

NASA’s Quiet SuperSonic Technology Preliminary Design, or QueSST, has brought the agency ever closer to making the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft, or LBFD, a...
Boost for solar cells also makes self-driving cars safer

Boost for solar cells also makes self-driving cars safer

Engineers working to make solar cells more cost effective ended up finding a method for making sonar-like collision avoidance systems in self-driving cars. The twin...
New vehicle infotainment systems create increased distractions behind the wheel

New vehicle infotainment systems create increased distractions behind the wheel

In-vehicle technology takes one step forward, two steps back New vehicle infotainment systems can take drivers' eyes and attention off the road and hands off...