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...
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...
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality

Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality

UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to...
X-plane: NASA advances concepts for next-gen aircraft

X-plane: NASA advances concepts for next-gen aircraft

An aviation renaissance, one focused on energy efficiency and economic impact, is on the horizon, and it’s changing how engineers look at aircraft power...
Introducing autonomous vehicles sooner could save hundreds of thousands of lives

Introducing autonomous vehicles sooner could save hundreds of thousands of lives

Some people think autonomous vehicles must be nearly flawless before humans take their hands off the wheel. But RAND research shows that putting AVs...
China’s first heavy load cargo drone finishes test flight

China’s first heavy load cargo drone finishes test flight

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China's national scientific think tank, announced on Thursday that the country's first heavy load unmanned aerial vehicle had...
Traffic signal countdown timers lead to improved driver responses

Traffic signal countdown timers lead to improved driver responses

Countdown timers that let motorists know when a traffic light will go from green to yellow lead to safer responses from drivers, research at...
Fuel economy worse in fall, winter thanks to higher share of new light trucks sold

Fuel economy worse in fall, winter thanks to higher share of new light trucks...

Fall and winter are a good time to buy a vehicle as dealers clear out inventory from the previous model year but it's also...
Let your car tell you what it needs

Let your car tell you what it needs

Imagine hopping into a ride-share car, glancing at your smartphone, and telling the driver that the car’s left front tire needs air, its air...
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...