The first successful test of Hyperloop One’s propulsion technology proved a lot this morning. On display was proof that Elon Musk’s dream of a transportation system that breaks the barriers of speed and time was a step closer to reality. Also on display was proof that the future will still be boring.
HRL Laboratories has figured out how to replicate the rapid stiffening and softening of human muscle in metal. The technology could be used to create the ultimate automotive suspension, or give a robot the strength and sensitivity of a person.
The annual Consumer Electronics Expo kicks off in Las Vegas next week. What was once a trade show for the tech industry has rapidly expanded into another venue for automakers to show off both the latest interactive technology, as well as a growing number of concept car debuts.
In a December 14th interview Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields told with NPR radio host Ari Shapiro that the company has “plans to have a rear-wheel drive hybrid truck but the end of the decade.”
It’s always fun to look back at movies set in the future and see what their vision of the future was. Even though it’s more a reflection of the time period the movie was made and their imagination is limited to what was around them, it’s cool to see what was right and what was totally off. Robert Jones made this…
The Chevy Silverado “Bone Collector” sounds intense but actually seems remarkably practical. I dig what a few tubes of steel does for the look and I wish GM would offer this bed drawer system as a factory option, like, yesterday.
As the Frankfurt Motor Show dies down and we all sleep easy at night with dreams of a Montecarlo Blue Alfa Romeo Giulia, I thought we could process some of the big ideas a lot of automakers hinted at with this year’s show.
That Lexus hoverboard that we all got collectively giddy about until we realized we could probably never afford one (if they were ever going to actually build more than one) is going to be shown off in full on August 5th. Lexus is saying that it’ll be revealing everything about the project then, which cool, we’ll see…
Anytime anyone rags on one of Erik Buell’s motorcycles, I have to fight an overwhelming urge to pick them up and shake them. “Don’t you understand his story?!” I shout in my head. Not enough people do, so let’s fix that once and for all. It’ll make you appreciate the quirky, flawed genius of his motorcycles.
Perhaps the most important thing to understand about a future in which your car is fully autonomous is that it probably won’t be your car.
Holiday traveling couldn't be easier, thanks to the fact that I'm from the future and have access to insanely advanced matter-teleportation technology. And even though all of you reading this are disgusting, backwards simpletons, I'm delighted to give you my Top 10 Turkey-Day Teleporter Travel Tips! Hang on!
Renault has announced they're entering the pickup truck market "soon," and followed up with this Duster Oroch concept. Looks like it's trying to revive the "fun and useful" vibe attempted by the Pontiac Aztek and Honda Element, with some 2014 flair.
Ask a dozen people what the future of racing will look like and you'll get a dozen different answers. But if you take the best ideas, hand them to renowned racecar designer Sergio Rinland, and tell him to create something amazing, you get this. And no brakes.
Last week Mercedes-Benz demonstrated the "Future Truck 2025;" one of their Actros 1845 commercial rigs with 12-speeds, 1,600 lb-ft of torque, and a full suite of self-driving tech they call the Highway Pilot. They say we'll be not-driving it in a decade.
Semi-truck driving seems like exactly the kind of repetitive, yet awareness-intensive activity that robots were born to bear the burden of. Why bother with a self-driving PowerWheels koala bear when 'bots could be taking the efficiency of ground transport to a whole new level?
Some cars predict technologies to come. Some cars predict styles to come. And then some cars just look like they came from the future.
Last year I went to Germany and heard about what Audi called e-gas, a carbon neutral sustainable fuel. It sounded all well and good, and they had ambitious plans to start producing it this year. And it wasn't vaporware. This is really happening.