Automotive

NASA shake testing helps make safer cars

NASA shake testing helps make safer cars

When handling a multi-billion-dollar space telescope, you want to be pretty careful not to jostle it — unless it’s your job to shake it with...
New liquid-metal membrane tech may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable

New liquid-metal membrane tech may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable

While cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer clear advantages over the electric vehicles that are growing in popularity (including their longer range, their...
Self-driving cars are coming – but are we ready

Self-driving cars are coming – but are we ready?

It’s been 60 years since the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine gave us the promise of flying cars. But our personal mobility options remain, today...
This simple trick keeps pollution out of your car

This simple trick keeps pollution out of your car

After conducting a new research approach using actual commutes, engineers discovered a simple shift can reduce the health risks of air pollution on the...
Mars Rover Concept Vehicle

NASA’s new Mars rover concept vehicle

When it comes time to explore Mars with crewed missions, a number of challenges will present themselves. Aside from the dangers that come with long-duration...
What went wrong with the F-35, Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter

What went wrong with the F-35, Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter?

The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired, serving the Air Force, Marine Corps and...
Electric cars can power buildings from the parking lot

Electric cars can power buildings from the parking lot

Using energy stored in the batteries of electric vehicles to power large buildings not only provides electricity for the building, but also increases the...
Stronger, lighter steel could soon end up in cars

Stronger, lighter steel could soon end up in cars

A new method makes it possible to create high-strength, lightweight steel on an industrial scale, potentially making way for its use in vehicles. Researchers have developed...
Space robot technology helps self-driving cars and drones on Earth

Space robot technology helps self-driving cars and drones on Earth

The key to making fleets of self-driving cars and grocery delivery by drones might be found in an unlikely source: autonomous space robots. Marco Pavone,...
Printed sensor can monitor tire wear in real time

Printed sensor can monitor tire wear in real time

Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers...