Automotive

Carbon fiber could store energy in the body of a vehicle directly

A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibers can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up...

Applying auto industry’s fuel-efficiency standards to agriculture could net billions

Adopting benchmarks similar to the fuel-efficiency standards used by the auto industry in the production of fertilizer could yield $5-8 billion in economic benefits...

This new catalyst could cut the cost of hydrogen fuel cells in cars

The new catalyst exceeds Department of Energy targets for performing the oxygen reduction reaction, a key step in generating an electric current in a...

Bioinspired camera could help self-driving cars see better

A new camera, inspired by the vision system of the mantis shrimp, features a dynamic range about 10,000 times higher than today's commercial cameras...

Sandwich’ materials may lead to shape-shifting cars

Materials that are light and robust, inherently stable and still easily adjustable, and can also be produced sustainably and in a resource-friendly way become...

Safe, efficient self-driving cars could block walkable, livable communities

Almost exactly a decade ago, I was cycling in a bike lane when a car hit me from behind. Luckily, I suffered only a...

New electric car charger is more efficient, 10 times smaller than current tech

Researchers at North Carolina State University have built an electric vehicle fast charger that is at least 10 times smaller than existing systems and...

Future cars to be made from revolutionary new material

A new material that is as stiff as metal but flexible enough to withstand strong vibrations could transform the car manufacturing industry, say experts...

Automated vehicles may encourage a new breed of distracted drivers

Few people pay close attention to the traffic situation unfolding around them when they’re travelling as a passenger in a car, even if they’re...

We don’t need Elon Musk for an innovative tech industry

We all know that organizations are made up of many people, so why is it that the leaders get all the credit and most...