The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha brought a robot driver, Motobot, that was built to race. The robot was quoted, "I was created to surpass you," challenging racer Valentino Rossi. 

Currently Motobot is capable of hitting 62 mph in a straight line on a regular motorcycle. Yamaha plans to teach him to corner and run a slalom and he also learns as he races. 

In response to Motobot's challenge, Formula E has announced an event called Roborace. It will have driverless vehicles and will race for one hour. 

The end goal of could provide a platform for completely autonomous vehicles in the future. 

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Students Create a Flying Snowstorm

Engineering students in Singapore designed and built an electric flying machine. It can hold up to 150 pounds and can fly 5 minutes. 

Roads That Charge Cars

As we know, electric cars require drivers to stop to charge their cars whether it is at an outlet at their house or via wireless charger pods. The British government is planning to test roads that charge the cars while they are driving through magnetic induction technology. It works kind of like wireless phone chargers. 

They will be installing wireless technology in cars and a equipment that creates an electromagnetic field will be installed into the ground later this year. The project is estimated to cost the British government $775 million over the next five years. 

The Hyperloop

Photo Credit: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Photo Credit: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

The Hyperloop transportation proposal designed by Elon Musk plans to break ground in 2016 on a 5-mile track that will serve Quay Valley in California. The test track will be used to design and test pods that could transport people up to 760 miles per hour. It will start carrying passengers as soon as 2018. Space X is also holding a pod competition for university students and independent engineering groups.

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The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained

By Trey Ratcliff/

By Trey Ratcliff/

IN the past decade, airlines have shifted their airplane maintenance to places like El Savador, China, and Mexico. The problem with that is the mechanics do not have to be FAA certified and inspections do not carry the weight that they do in the United States. 

For more on this, read the article from Vanity Fair.