Automotive

NASA tests new alloy to fold wings in flight

NASA tests new alloy to fold wings in flight

NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent...
Will self-driving cars threaten your security

Will self-driving cars threaten your security

While every new generation of automobile technology brings new security risks, the vulnerabilities that come along with self-driving cars are unprecedented and understudied, a...
New depth sensors could make self-driving cars practical

New depth sensors could make self-driving cars practical

New computational method improves the resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors 1,000-fold For the past 10 years, the Camera Culture group at MIT's Media Lab has...
There are uncertain effects with the rise of shared autonomous vehicles

There are uncertain effects with the rise of shared autonomous vehicles

The next revolution in transportation is expected to be shared autonomous vehicles, with personal cars yielding to driverless cars summoned on demand. For instance, Uber...
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...