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Transportation

Video: Driverless cars hit the roads

By Lisa McDonald / December 12, 2018

The first self-driving taxi service launched in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, on December 5. Currently only previous focus group passengers can use the app, but it will eventually open to the public.

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Fast-charging EV stations could be a reality in three years

By Faye Oney / October 26, 2018

In a collaborative effort between researchers and industry, a team is working to develop fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. Their success could lead to wider adoption of EVs in the near future.

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Video: Move over electric cars—battery-powered train takes center stage in Europe

By Faye Oney / October 3, 2018

Now that electric cars are becoming more commonplace, could electric trains be far behind? Today’s video offers a glimpse into a German transportation company’s vision for battery-powered trains.

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Video: We could someday fly our own aircraft

By Faye Oney / July 18, 2018

Did you ever wish you could fly your own small plane without getting your pilot’s license? Watch today’s video to see how close the future really is!

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Video: Electrified road charges electric vehicles throughout their journey

By Faye Oney / April 25, 2018

An initiative in Sweden is attempting to lower vehicle-based carbon emissions. eRoadArlanda uses conductive technology to power and charge electric vehicles as they travel down the road—but the verdict is still out whether or not eRoadArlanda is a practical solution.

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Collaboration between Air Force Research Lab and HRL Labs could bring additively manufactured ceramics to hypersonic travel

By April Gocha / April 10, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate recently announced that it is working together with HRL Laboratories to additively manufacture high-temperature ceramic materials that are well-suited for hypersonic aircraft.

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concrete boat—The Boat

Video: 97-year-old concrete ship has colorful history

By Faye Oney / March 28, 2018

Concrete ships have been around since the 1800s. But there is one boat with a concrete hull that is still afloat in a Florida sound. Watch the video to learn more about the colorful history of “The Boat”—which seems to have more lives than a cat!

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Video: How much battery capacity is needed to power Tesla’s new semi truck?

By Faye Oney / January 17, 2018

Tesla recently wowed the world with another innovation introduced at the end of 2017—the Tesla Semi. Engineer Brian McManus wanted to know how much energy a battery will need to power the Tesla Semi, and how much the battery would weigh. Watch the video to see his conclusions.

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Major spark plug maker plans to shift focus towards solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / January 5, 2018

NGK Spark Plugs, the Japanese company that leads the global spark plug market, is turning its focus away from its namesake product and instead concentrating its efforts to develop solid-state batteries for electric vehicles.

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Video: 7 of Tesla’s unknown inventions that put him ahead of his time

By Faye Oney / December 6, 2017

You know Tesla the car. But do you know Tesla the inventor? Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor who developed dozens of ideas and innovations, many of which are used today. Watch the video to learn about some of his little-known inventions, some of which never saw the light of day.

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