Electric U-Shift takes a modular approach to urban mobility

The German Aerospace Center has revealed a working prototype of a multi-use urban mobility and logistics vehicle called U-Shift, which is made up of an electric U-shaped base platform that’s used to ferry around various pod modules.Continue ReadingCate… Continue reading Electric U-Shift takes a modular approach to urban mobility

“Brain training” exercises shown to lessen motion sickness

Whether it occurs in a car, plane, boat or VR environment, motion sickness is no fun. According to new research, though, it’s possible for people to “train their brain” out of the condition, potentially reducing the symptoms by more than half.Continue … Continue reading “Brain training” exercises shown to lessen motion sickness

SeaClear project aims to robo-garbage-pick the ocean floor

While we hear a great deal about the huge patches of garbage that are floating on the world’s oceans, there’s even more trash lying on the seabed. The European Union-funded SeaClear project aims to gather much of it up, using autonomous robots.Continue… Continue reading SeaClear project aims to robo-garbage-pick the ocean floor

MIT’s shared ebike transforms into a self-driving trike

While bicycle-sharing systems certainly are proving to be popular, they still have a few problems, such as the limited availability of bikes. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are working on a solution, in the form of the MIT Autonomous Bicycle.Continue… Continue reading MIT’s shared ebike transforms into a self-driving trike

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler begin work on autonomous Ram ProMaster vans

Through its years-long partnership with Waymo, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has taken an active role in the development of self-driving technology, and is now expanding the scope of its efforts to include vehicles of a slightly larger footprint. The two compani… Continue reading Waymo and Fiat Chrysler begin work on autonomous Ram ProMaster vans

Volvo teams with Waymo to develop autonomous electric vehicles

So far as self-driving startups go, Waymo is farther along than most with tens of millions of miles covered by its test vehicles and number of partnerships in place with household names like Walmart and Jaguar. It can now add Volvo to that list, with t… Continue reading Volvo teams with Waymo to develop autonomous electric vehicles

Unmanned solar wing-in-ground-effect vehicle being developed in Russia

Russia has a long history of experimenting with wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) vehicles, most notably the huge ekranoplans dating back to the 1960s. Now, Russian scientists are developing a smaller unmanned WIG, that’s solar-powered.Continue ReadingCatego… Continue reading Unmanned solar wing-in-ground-effect vehicle being developed in Russia

R&D project kicks off autonomous shuttle pilots in Europe

After 18 months of planning, the Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation System (FABULOS) project is about to roll into five European cities to field test autonomous last-mile shuttles in real-world conditions.Continue ReadingCategory: Urban Transpo… Continue reading R&D project kicks off autonomous shuttle pilots in Europe