Month: March 2016

A plane with vertical take-off to carry cargo containers for disaster relief

The concept The Shango is an aircraft concept envisioned to ferry 40-foot-long intermodal containers across Africa, the Mediterranean, and other seas where trade routes are interrupted. It would be capable of vertical take-off to access most regions of this vast continent, and would be used to deliver medical supplies and other goods rapidly. Images provided Read More

Solo flying concept is like standing on a giant drone

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Vexil is a solo flying platform concept that uses a ground-based laser to recharge Read More

ATV with tires that adapt to conditions to improve ride

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Paspartu is an eco-friendly six-wheel drive amphibious ATV that can adapt its tire width Read More

Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells

Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power. Fuel cells are zero-emission, running on the power created when hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to make water. But to Read More

U.S. auto safety agency wants details of Google self-driving crash

The top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Thursday the agency is seeking additional details of a recent crash of an Alphabet Inc Google self-driving car in California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is collecting information to get a “more detailed exploration of what exactly happened,” NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind told Reuters on Read More

Ride on snow or water with a redesigned snowmobile that floats

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The Concept The Seatrik is a multi-season personal watercraft concept that integrates snowmobile elements in its design. Read More

Self-driving cars following similar path as elevators

Toronto’s financial district is a busy place. Drivers in slow-moving cars honk horns, delivery vans double park and pedestrians in suits fill the sidewalks in the rush to work. They hustle into one of many high-rise towers, push the up button, wait for the elevator, step into it, press the floor button and look down Read More

Jet boat rides on top of waves and runs on hydrogen

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Trident is an eco-friendly jet drive boat concept that rides quickly and smoothly above Read More

Ten features already in cars that show us the future

When historians look back on this moment in car history, they will likely see it as the transitional point between the automotive tradition of the last century and a new age of highly connected, automated and autonomous vehicles. The latest innovations in automotive technology are, in a lot of ways, baby steps towards that inevitable Read More

How cars have become rolling computers

The information technology age has transformed the world in a generation but arguably no single part of it, except maybe communication, has seen as much change as the automobile. Within half a normal lifetime, computerization has revolutionized not only how cars work and how they’re made, but how we view them – less mechanical devices Read More

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