Frozen car batteries won’t blow up in transit

Flash freezing car batteries offers a way to transport them in a safer, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly way, researchers say.

Alice Scott-Warwick | Dec. 2, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries cars sustainability temperature

These switches could make self-driving cars smarter

A smaller, faster electro-opto-mechanical switch for light beams could find use in self-driving cars and optical quantum technologies.

Oliver Morsch-ETH Zurich | Nov. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology optics plasmons quantum-computing self-driving-cars

People want self-driving cars to share their personality

To perceive self-driving cars as safe, they have to have certain personality traits, researchers say. Here are the ones that matter most.

U. Michigan | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture perception personality safety self-driving-cars

Americans would rather drive than commute in self-driving cars

A survey of Americans' ideas about commuting in self-driving cars suggests that their perceived higher cost could mean people would rather drive themselves.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | Sept. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture beliefs money self-driving-cars surveys

How will self-driving cars deal with motion sickness?

What good will self-driving cars be if your ride makes you feel motion sick? Now, researchers are figuring out how to give future riders a smoother trip.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine motion nausea self-driving-cars transportation vehicles

Cheaper, tougher catalytic converters may be in sight

A better understanding of how catalytic converters break down could help pave the way for better versions that last longer and cost less to fix.

Andrew Myers-Stanford | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cars catalysts metals

Camera can ‘see’ moving stuff around corners

A new camera system that can watch moving objects around corners could one day help autonomous cars and robots see better.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | July 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology cameras lasers robots self-driving-cars

Hacking self-driving cars could cause mass mayhem

Hacking cars could plunge a city into gridlock and it wouldn't even take hacking a majority of internet-connected vehicles to do it.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hackers internet-of-things physics security self-driving-cars vehicles

New wireless transceiver chip goes ‘beyond 5G’

The new transceiver skips right over 5G to deliver faster data processing while using less power than even the next generation of tech.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology internet internet-of-things mobile-devices self-driving-cars

Rat brains have special map cells for navigation

A part of the brain called the striatum helps rats make a mental map of their surroundings, research finds. The findings could improve autonomous robots.

Boston University | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains navigation rats robots self-driving-cars

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