Boeing Patents Star Trek-Like Force Field Technology For Vehicles

Force fields have been a mainstay in science fiction since just about forever. Now, the future may finally be close at hand as Boeing recently patented a "method and system for shock wave attenuation via electromagnetic arc," which aims to make invisible and instant protection from nearby explosions a reality. » 3/23/15 2:52pm 3/23/15 2:52pm

Here's What Lockheed Martin's New Laser Gun Does To An Old Ford Pickup

The engine of this old Ford F-150 was surgically blasted to oblivion from more than a mile away by a 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system called ATHENA made by security and aerospace outfit Lockheed Martin. ...Yikes. » 3/05/15 1:46pm 3/05/15 1:46pm

A Car Bumper Laser Helps Prevent Rear-End Collisions in Fog

It's one of the most passive forms of weather on the planet, but fog accounts for countless pileups and accidents on roads and highways because drivers simply can't see the cars in front of them. But this simple bumper-mounted laser promises to help remedy that by shining a bright red line on the road, 15 to 20 feet… » 2/06/15 9:30am 2/06/15 9:30am

Watch The Navy's First Operational Laser Cannon Blow Crap Up

The Navy's first operation laser cannon is now on active duty in Persian Gulf. Perched high above the bridge of America's Afloat Forward Staging Base, the USS Ponce, the Office of Naval Research's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) close-in weapon system has exceeded the Navy's expectations when it comes to reliability and… » 12/10/14 1:30pm 12/10/14 1:30pm

Drunks Point Laser At Police Chopper, Cops Coordinate Immediate Bust

Some drunk revelers at a backyard party near Birmingham, England thought it would be fun to point a laser at a helicopter flying over their house. Unfortunately for them, that helicopter belonged to the National Police Air Service, who walked a beat cop to their house with impressive efficiency. » 10/26/14 2:00pm 10/26/14 2:00pm

Lockheed's New Mini Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. » 9/16/14 7:34am 9/16/14 7:34am

The Navy Wants to Mount an Anti-UAV Laser on a Hummer--A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It's only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI… » 6/17/14 2:20pm 6/17/14 2:20pm

Hobby Drones As Guided Bombs And The Rise Of Laser Defense Systems

"Drones" are changing the world's view of aviation rapidly. At first, larger models such as the Predator and Global Hawk took center-stage in the public's consciousness, but now small unmanned aircraft, some the size of lunchbox or even smaller, are capturing the public's imagination and keeping defense and homeland… » 5/01/14 12:00pm 5/01/14 12:00pm

First look at BMW's new laser headlights

Not content to simply upstage sealed-beam headlamps that date back to Thomas Edison with LED arrays, BMW has laid out plans to hopscotch over LEDs with laser headlamps. These are the first pictures showing how lasers could some day light the road. » 10/13/11 12:45pm 10/13/11 12:45pm

BMW will replace LED headlights with freaking lasers

A new report from Munich reveals that, while Audi was busy trying to shove 300 LEDs into the snout of an A7, BMW's been working on the real future: laser headlights. My cat is going to flip out. » 9/01/11 1:30pm 9/01/11 1:30pm

Will lasers replace spark plugs?

Like Jello molds, spark plugs haven't changed much since their invention 150 years ago. Now, researchers say they can use lasers to ignite an internal combustion engine's fuel/air mixture far more efficiently than spark plugs. Vaporware or the next big thing? » 4/26/11 12:00pm 4/26/11 12:00pm

Air Force Shooting Freaking Lasers At Cars

The Air Force has successfully fired a plane-based laser at the hood of a test car, successfully melting it. It's like the plot of Real Genius come to life! » 10/08/09 3:30pm 10/08/09 3:30pm

Ford Looking To Replace Spark Plugs With Lasers

Ford is working with Liverpool University to develop a laser-based ignition system purportedly more efficient than the tried-and-true spark plug. Plus, it'll only cost one hundred million billion dollars. » 7/20/09 3:30pm 7/20/09 3:30pm

DARPA Driverless Volkswagen Passat Is A Hit In London

November's the target date for the next DARPA Challenge, but it's not stopping some of the teams from trying to snag some publicity in the interim. The next Challenge, an urban city course, is drawing less of the "utility vehicles" than the off-road challenge. That's why VW's showing off at the London Science Museum… » 4/12/07 1:30pm 4/12/07 1:30pm