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Toyota to Launch Partially Self Driving cars around 2015

Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it has developed a next-generation advanced driving support system, Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), which uses automated driving technologies to support safer highway driving.

 AHDA links two automated driving technologies to support safer driving and reduce driver workload: Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control, which wirelessly communicates with preceding vehicles to maintain a safe distance; and Lane Trace Control, which aids steering to keep the vehicle on an optimal driving line within the lane.

 Toyota recognizes the importance of the driver being in ultimate control of a vehicle and is therefore aiming to introduce AHDA and other advanced driving support systems where the driver maintains control and the fun-to-drive aspect of controlling a vehicle is not compromised. Toyota plans to market the newly developed AHDA in the mid-2010s and other driving support systems as soon as possible to provide safe and secure means of transportation.

http://nextbigfuture...lf-driving.html


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Thorium powered cars of the future only need refilling once a century.

http://www.industryt...a-century/15649


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Forget a steering wheel - new Toyota inspired by horses

 

6 November 2013

 

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Toyota has suggested motorists of the future could ride about in a vehicle inspired by a horse.

It has announced a concept car that drivers would control by shifting their body weight while standing, doing away with the need for a steering wheel.

One analyst said the current design posed too many safety issues, but did point towards future developments.

The FV2 vehicle will make its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in two weeks' time.

 

'Imagination piece'

 

Toyota suggested leaning forwards, backwards or to the side to determine the FV2's direction would be "intuitive", adding that voice and facial recognition sensors would bring up information to assist users in their journeys.

Suggested destinations and other data would be shown on an augmented reality display presented on the windscreen, it said.

The aim was to develop aspects of trust and understanding between the vehicle and the rider "similar to those a rider will have with a horse".

"This is an imagination piece rather than something that will be seen in production in the next few years," a spokesman told the BBC.

"But some of the technologies we're suggesting could be introduced further down the line - say in five to 10 years' time."

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-24837760


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Japan PM Abe rides around Tokyo in self-driving vehicles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a ride in several self-driving vehicles on the public roads in the capital on Saturday, showcasing the technology ahead of Tokyo Motor Show.

Abe tried auto-piloting vehicles from Toyota, Honda, and Nissan on the roads around Japan's National Diet Building, as major international automakers compete with likes of Google and other IT firms to develop new types of cars with the goal of helping to reduce accidents by eradicating human error.

 Read more at: Japan PM Abe rides around Tokyo in self-driving vehicles

 

Japan probably will be the first to allow people to use them on the streets in mass production.


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Nissan's revolutionary trapezoidal BladeGlider Concept defies convention

The BladeGlider concept to be shown by Nissan at the Tokyo Motor Show this month will no doubt cause a stir among the general populace for its radical shape, but it just might represent a significant moment in the history of the automobile. When Ben Bowlby conceived the vehicle’s revolutionary architecture in December 2008, he envisioned a far more efficient automobile than current form factors allow

The BladeGlider concept to be shown by Nissan at the Tokyo Motor Show this month will no doubt cause a stir among the general populace for its radical shape, but it just might represent a significant moment in the history of the automobile. When Ben Bowlby conceived the vehicle’s revolutionary architecture in December 2008, he envisioned a far more efficient automobile than current form factors allow.

Just five years later, the same trapezoid form factor will be the marquee unveiling at one of the most important car shows in the world. The reason it is so important, and yes, revolutionary, is that the Bladeglider (nee ZEOD RC, nee Deltawing) has such a low aerodynamic drag coefficient, that it uses considerably less energy to achieve the same performance as a conventional car using the same powerplant – maybe as little as half the energy.

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Nissan's revolutionary trapezoidal BladeGlider Concept defies convention


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Forget a steering wheel - new Toyota inspired by horses

 

6 November 2013

 

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Toyota has suggested motorists of the future could ride about in a vehicle inspired by a horse.

It has announced a concept car that drivers would control by shifting their body weight while standing, doing away with the need for a steering wheel.

One analyst said the current design posed too many safety issues, but did point towards future developments.

The FV2 vehicle will make its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in two weeks' time.

 

'Imagination piece'

 

Toyota suggested leaning forwards, backwards or to the side to determine the FV2's direction would be "intuitive", adding that voice and facial recognition sensors would bring up information to assist users in their journeys.

Suggested destinations and other data would be shown on an augmented reality display presented on the windscreen, it said.

The aim was to develop aspects of trust and understanding between the vehicle and the rider "similar to those a rider will have with a horse".

"This is an imagination piece rather than something that will be seen in production in the next few years," a spokesman told the BBC.

"But some of the technologies we're suggesting could be introduced further down the line - say in five to 10 years' time."

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-24837760

 

Reminds me of TRON.

 

I don't see a future in it with Google's self-driving cars coming along, but hey, perhaps they could automate the weight-shift process as well.



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proposed future airport to replace Heathrow Airport in London. 

 

Hate it, Boris airport is a £50 billion black hole that hopefully never happens. :) keep fingers crossed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is that the proposal for a floating airport? If so, it's hardly new, though I'm pretty sure it's just a vision proposal, no real chance of it ever happening. Though the idea of a floating airport is pretty smart.



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Too nice not to share:

 

 

More on Volvo Dynamic Steering:

 

http://www.volvotruc...s/steering.aspx


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http://www.gizmag.co...n-flight/29882/

 



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100 Self-Driving ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods to be Installed Near London

Milton Keynes, a small city north of London, just announced plans to install 100 self-driving “pod cars” to connect the city’s downtown to its central train station. Powered by electric motors, the ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods will travel along the pavement at speeds of up to 12 mph. The $104 million project is part of a five year pilot plan that is expected to be completed by 2017.

Pedestrians will be able to call the pods via a smartphone app for a ride that costs $3,19. The system has been in use at London’s Heathrow airport since 2011, but the UK government is now looking to direct it towards public transport as a way of freeing up roads from polluting buses. The pods are currently using segregated lands but the long term plan is to remove these to allow the system greater versatility.

Each of the computer-driven vehicles provides transport for up to four passengers, along with personal items such as luggage and shopping. The battery-powered pods have rubber tires and navigate complex routes with lightweight infrastructure. They are virtually silent when running, producing little or no external vibration and zero emissions.

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Canadian mining firms look to modern airships for transporting heavy equipment

 

http://www.thestar.c..._equipment.html

 

Neat-o.


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Stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time. But in this brilliant new Chinese train innovation No time is wasted- get on & off the bullet train without the train stopping. The bullet train is moving all the time.

A mere 5 min stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!

- See more at: http://awescience.co...h.7FWpu6zW.dpuf

 

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Forget a steering wheel - new Toyota inspired by horses

 

6 November 2013

 

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Toyota has suggested motorists of the future could ride about in a vehicle inspired by a horse.

It has announced a concept car that drivers would control by shifting their body weight while standing, doing away with the need for a steering wheel.

One analyst said the current design posed too many safety issues, but did point towards future developments.

The FV2 vehicle will make its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in two weeks' time.

 

'Imagination piece'

 

Toyota suggested leaning forwards, backwards or to the side to determine the FV2's direction would be "intuitive", adding that voice and facial recognition sensors would bring up information to assist users in their journeys.

Suggested destinations and other data would be shown on an augmented reality display presented on the windscreen, it said.

The aim was to develop aspects of trust and understanding between the vehicle and the rider "similar to those a rider will have with a horse".

"This is an imagination piece rather than something that will be seen in production in the next few years," a spokesman told the BBC.

"But some of the technologies we're suggesting could be introduced further down the line - say in five to 10 years' time."

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-24837760

 

Reminds me of TRON.

 

I don't see a future in it with Google's self-driving cars coming along, but hey, perhaps they could automate the weight-shift process as well.

 

reminds me of the segway.


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Pulse weapon brings cars to a halt

 

 

A British company has demonstrated a prototype device capable of stopping cars and other vehicles using a blast of electromagnetic waves.

The RF Safe-Stop uses radio frequency pulses to "confuse" a vehicle's electronic systems, cutting its engine.

E2V is one of several companies trying to bring such a product to market.

It said it believed the primary use would be as a non-lethal weapon for the military to defend sensitive locations from vehicles refusing to stop.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-25197786



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^ Cops are gonna salivate over this.

 

My big worry is that this technology gets small enough to get into the hands of pranksters or even terrorists who will use it to bring destruction to the masses.

 

Also, one caveat is that this will not work with older model cars as they do not have electronic platforms built into them.


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Shell's record-breaking Prelude takes to the water A floating vessel that is longer than the Empire State Building is high has taken to the water for the first time. The hull of Shell's Prelude was floated in South Korea. When fully built, Prelude will be the largest floating facility ever created, weighing more than 600,000 tonnes. It would be used to help in the production of natural gas from 2017, Shell said, and would operate for 25 years off Australia's north-west coast. http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-25213845



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UK paves way for driverless cars

 

5 December 2013

 

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The government has announced that it wants to make the UK a world centre for the development of driverless cars.
It said it would conduct a review next year to ensure that the legislative and regulatory framework is in place for such vehicles to be incorporated on Britain's roads.
It will also create a £10m prize to fund a town or city to become a testing ground for autonomous vehicles.
Milton Keynes is already experimenting with driverless pods.
By mid-2017 it is planned that 100 fully autonomous vehicles will run on the town's pathways along with pedestrians, using sensors to avoid collisions.
The plans for self-drive cars were announced in the chancellor's National Infrastructure Plan.

 

 
 

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