New fuel cells double the voltage

New liquid-fueled fuel cells outdo the voltage of conventional hydrogen fuel cells. Researchers call it a "game changer."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cars transportation fuel-cells hydrogen science-and-technology

Self-driving taxis could be a setback for those with different needs – unless companies embrace accessible design now

In order to create an efficient future transportation system, autonomous vehicles need to accommodate people with different mobility needs.

John Lunsford, PhD Candidate in Media, Technology and Society, Cornell University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  pollution  disability  braille  uber  autonomous-vehicles  transportation  safety  technology  self-driving-vehicles  wheelchairs  lyft  americans-with-disabilities-act-ada  waymo  transportation-safety

Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability greenhouse-gases infrastructure emissions research transportation automobiles carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

Try it: Will COVID lead to ‘extreme traffic’ in your city?

A move from public transportation to single-rider cars due to COVID-19 may create a new boom in traffic. See how your city could fare with a new tool.

Marissa Shapiro-Vanderbilt • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities covid-19 transportation traffic society-and-culture vehicles

More people pedal to work in bike-share cities

More people bike to work in cities with bike-share systems, a new study shows. But convenience is key.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities travel jobs motivation transportation society-and-culture

Covid-19 diagnostic based on MIT technology might be tested on patient samples soon

A variety of MIT research projects could aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Anne Trafton | Jennifer Chu | David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 12, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: influenza medicine public-health bacteria microbes disease research transportation school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes chemical-engineering

Autonomous vehicles can be fooled to 'see' nonexistent obstacles

Driverless vehicles rely heavily on sensors to navigate the world. They're vulnerable to attack if bad actors trick them into 'seeing' things that aren't there, potentially leading to deadly crashes.

Z. Morley Mao, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  machine-learning  driverless-cars  autonomous-vehicles  sensors  transportation  lidar  autonomous-systems  automobiles

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