Town Planning and Transport Efficiency

Public Transport benefits

In many developed countries public transport is so efficient that many people use it to get to and from work. Besides the economic benefits of using public transport, this choice of daily travel could potentially reduce carbon emissions. In Swaziland the use of public transport to travel to work has not taken root due to the inefficiency of our public transport system. Town planning and transport efficiency in our cities is increasingly becoming important. The way in which our towns are developed will now have to take into account the environmental implications of travel within the city, and also to… read more

Nissan Promises Driverless Cars By 2020

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When Google debuted their “driverless car” a few years ago, they caused quite a stir in the auto market. Were they considering launching their own line of automobiles? Was this just an experiment, or were they looking to share their technology? How long would it take for this to become mainstream? Google isn’t the only car company rocking the waves, however. Tesla, GMC, and Nissan currently build and sell some of the best electric vehicles on the market, with Tesla being the new startup in the industry. Just last year, Tesla was named the “Auto Trend Car of The Year”… read more

Portable Motor Turns Share Bikes into Electric Bikes

Portable Motor Turns Share Bikes into Electric Bikes

For those who regularly ride bikes from bike sharing programs, an upcoming product promises to help you get around quicker and with less effort, by turning a share bike into an electric bike. Many of the major bike sharing programs use the exact same bikes, which tend to be heavy and require a good amount of effort to pedal, especially when riding up hills or inclines. If you’re riding one of those bikes to work, you might arrive quite sweaty and out of breath, unless you have a little extra leverage, such as a portable electric motor that can convert… read more

This Robot Is A Solar Powered Police Officer

This Robot Is A Solar Powered Police Officer

Directing traffic is an occasional part of an officer’s duty, and those who guide vehicles and pedestrians on a regular basis know how frustrating and downright dangerous it can be. Located in Kinshasa, Congo, there is a new line of police officers that are demanding people to stop and take notice. In order to tend to busy traffic routes and decrease financial costs in the African region, an innovative group at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Techniques has developed a robot that can perform like a traffic officer. The robot can observe traffic flow and works as a stoplight,… read more

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

One up and coming small electric vehicle technology promises to combine the best parts of a motorcycle and a bicycle, while adding a third wheel and electric drive. The Odyssey Electric Trike project, from Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, is the culmination of five years of work, which began with the first trike being built as a high school business project. The current iteration of the trike, the Mk. 5, is said to be have the speed and power of a motorcycle, due to its powerful 4kW electric motor, which puts out about 5.3 hp. The Odyssey is powered by… read more

Apple Meets With Tesla; Proposes New Ventures

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Over the span of the past 18 or so months, Apple has been meeting with Tesla, and reportedly considered purchasing the electric car company. Tesla, a pioneer in the automotive industry, won Motor Trend’s Car of The Year award in 2013, bringing them to the forefront of eco technology. Apple, listed as the 4th greenest company by the EPA, appears to be looking at expanding their foray into the ecological market. Among the news of the important meeting between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple is reportedly looking into the development of technology that could predict heart… read more

Movies Come To Life

Tron

In the world of tech startups, many unique device and gadget developers vie for public notoriety and capital to expound upon their original idea. Utilising websites such as Kickstarter or IndiGoGo, companies and individuals alike put their projects on display as they campaign to reach a monetary goal. However, not all inventors build atop a previous technology made popular by film and pop culture icons. Lex Kendall from Evolve Electric Motorcycles, and a personal fan of the Tron: Legacy movie, saw a market potential for one of the film’s futuristic vehicles. Working in collaboration with Parker Brothers Custom Choppers, he… read more

Why The Invention Of Warp Drives Is So Important

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A presentation by NASA’s Dr. Harold White, head of the Advanced Propulsion Lab in November updated us on the possibility of reaching warp speeds in our lifetime. You can view the presentation below: So why is this so important, and how does it relate to ecological science? Not including the wild advancements this would bring for space discovery, warp drive has a very real affect on fuel and fuel conservation. Currently, it takes roughly 2 million litres of fuel to launch a shuttle into space. Even SpaceX and their Falcon 9 rocket use close to that amount in fuel, though… read more

Elon Musk Interested In Supersonic Jets

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In the tail end of 2013, Elon Musk was asked what sort of projects he’d like to take on outside of SpaceX and Tesla. One of his visions is of a vertical takeoff/landing supersonic jet that would run more efficiently and cleaner than the lumbering jets of today. This isn’t the first time he’s brought up the idea of an electric jet, however. We got to see a sneak peek of his plans for world domination in this Iron Man 2 cameo. Check out the supersonic jet interview:

Smarter Driving App Maximizes Fuel Efficiency

Smarter Driving App Maximizes Fuel Efficiency

A little inexpensive piece of hardware for your vehicle, coupled with an app on your smartphone, could yield better fuel-efficiency, and take some of the mystery out of your car’s performance with real time diagnostics, right on your phone. The Dash system, which uses a small device that plugs right into the stock ODB port in a vehicle, allows drivers to gather data on their car’s performance and their own driving habits, as well as find the cheapest gas prices nearby and shop for deals on auto repairs. Dash also adds a social component to driving, by allowing users to… read more