Automotive

Inspired by sci-fi, an airplane with no moving parts and a blue ionic glow

Since their invention more than 100 years ago, airplanes have been moved through the air by the spinning surfaces of propellers or turbines. But watching...

Driverless cars may make you sick – but there’s a fix

Driverless cars will usher in a transport utopia, at least according to many of their proponents. Concept art for these futuristic vehicles often show passengers...

Smart car techs save drivers $6.2 billion on fuel costs each year

This Thanksgiving weekend, it is estimated that 54.3 million Americans are planning a road trip Time-mapping and route optimization, lane-keeping warnings, and various forms of...

Air taxis – why they’re no longer pie in the sky

Imagine a taxi service that picked you up (into the sky) and then dropped you off after an exciting journey, completely free of road...

Will hydrogen-powered cars gradually become mainstream in Europe?

An EU initiative will deploy hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in three European capitals as taxis, private-hire and police cars. The move will accelerate their...

New materials could allow autonomous vehicles see through rain and fog

Typically, navigation systems for autonomous cars use visible light to identify foreign objects. This works most of the time. But in misty, foggy, or rainy...

Driving autonomous cars off the beaten path

Autonomous vehicles can follow the general rules of American roads, recognizing traffic signals and lane markings, noticing crosswalks and other regular features of the...

Semiconductors for higher efficiency, comfort and affordability of electric cars

Electric cars are increasingly complex and frequently recalled. But does it necessarily have to be that way? A post-market in-vehicle diagnostics system and semiconductor-based technologies developed...

Scientists reinvents the wheel for vehicles of the future

Shape-shifting tires, digital driving assistants could enable safe driving over all kinds of terrain Wheels that transform into tracks on the fly and a digital...

Turning cars into robot traffic managers

Self-driving cars may one day do more than just get us from point A to point B. By adjusting their speed and position while they...