Category: Cars

Soon: planes with display screens projecting the sky

A French agency Technicon Design developed a project of windowless planes with large display screens projecting the sky.

Standard planes with windows are much more heavy, says chief designer at Technicon Design Gareth Davies. Besides windowless planes will be able to reduce fuel.

For now, though, the technology remains only in the reach of the super-rich, but with the world’s first commercial windowless plane already in the pipeline, it may be only a matter of time before the concept is adapted.


Hyundai to boost vehicle efficiency with semi-transparent panoramic solar roofs

The automotive world’s attention may be focused on the high-performance parts of the 2018 SEMA Show, but Hyundai is providing some details on a very different style of performance-enhancing component. Beginning around 2020, it will add solar roof panels to both electrified vehicles and gas models as a way of boosting efficiency. Its solar integration will evolve over time to include a semi-transparent, solar-harvesting sunroof and a solar roof and hood combo.

Hyundai Motor Group is participating in SEMA with the usual small army of high-performance components and concept cars, but it’s also capitalizing on the timing to focus on a more serious breed of component not on show in Vegas. Its soon-to-launch solar roofs will help improve efficiency and cut emissions on a select range of Hyundai and Kia vehicles. They will feature not only in the growing electric and hybrid lineup, but also in purely gas vehicles, directly charging batteries and cutting the workload on the internal combustion engine (ICE).

References: newatlas

Autonomous Two-Passenger Drones

Companies are churning out a variety of drones with cameras or GoPro mounts so you can experience the liberating feeling of flight through a screen. Astro killed the camera idea and created a drone large enough to fit a couple of passengers so you can actually roam the skies.

Astro’s Elroy provides a fully autonomous flight for the modern age. It’s equipped with adaptive flight control, fiber optic internal communications, field-oriented motor control, and encrypted communication channels. You’re able to input your destinations quickly thanks to Glass Cockpit Avionics flight support, working with a secure 4G network so you can sit back and enjoy the views as the Elroy takes control. It also comes with a joystick for a fly-by-wire override. The Elroy is built with a full carbon body and 360° cabin glass for your viewing pleasure. The passenger drone has 17 rotors powered by an emission-free electric motor designed to run quietly while allowing the vehicle to travel at a top speed of 43 mph. You can reserve your passenger drone today.

References: hiconsumption

The Nikola Tre Runs on Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Batteries

Nikola is a startup that believes the future of trucking is electric, by way of hydrogen. Its latest vehicle, while still years away from actual production, takes that US-centric plan and modifies it for Europe.

Nikola has unveiled the Tre, which means “three” in Norwegian. It’s the company’s first hydrogen-electric truck for the European market. The US and Europe have different trucking regulations, so a completely different model was required to meet all those unique standards.

That said, the Nikola Tre still has the powertrain in common with its American sibling. Running on 800-volt batteries, it relies on a hydrogen fuel cell to take compressed hydrogen gas and convert it to electricity, creating potable water as its sole byproduct. It’ll be offered in both 6×4 and 6×2 configurations, with between 500 and 1,000 horsepower. Depending on the options chosen, the Tre’s range is estimated between 310 and 745 miles.

References: cnet

Specialized Fishing Watercrafts

Sea-Doo Fish Pro has just been launched and it was specifically designed to fish at pro level.

This watercraft made by the world famous BRP Group is more spacious, so it may carry up to three quite comfortably, it’s also a bit wider than other leisure models, thus more stable too and it hauls a specially designed cooler at the back to keep your loot fresh while you’re still fishing, with a capacity of 13.5 gal (51L), quite enough for a catch.

Engine wise you get 62hp and a trolling mode easily managing slow speeds and a number of special features that make it all the more handy for fishers such as multiple attachment points, innovative rod holders, an angled footrest to enhance comfort and stability plus the possibility to customize it to best fit your needs, should you need a GPS to assist you in finding the fish and to get you on the right course, a water tight phone box is also available and more.

References: blessthisstuff

Futuristic Mobile Hotel Suites

Aprilli Autonomous Travel Suit wants to offer door-to-door transportation service in between traveler’s home and destination. It’s a futuristic, driverless mobile hotel. Even though this automobile becomes a compact hotel environment, it is still equipped with basic sleeping, working, and washroom functions. Guests would still be able to enjoy their travel time more productively and efficiently. Thanks to this technology, you can travel to multiple destinations while working, enjoying your personal vehicle as your hotel room at the same time.

The autonomous travel suit communicates through a central platform called Autonomous Interface. It controls different operations and services in between travel suits and hotel facilities using advanced technology. Guests can set multiple destinations and necessary services through an online app, this autonomous hotel suit will be delivered right at their front door.

References: tuvie