Dubai $5 Million Challenge for Self-Driving Transport

At the Washington Auto Show, there was a plenary session of countries talking about the advancements each Nation has made in self-driving cars and transportation. The Ministry of Economy for the United Arab Emirates, Talal M. Al Kaissi, and counterparts from Germany, South Korea, and other countries exchanged ideas on emerging trends in autonomous driving [...]

Bike to school, get food for free

One of the reasons people like Pokemon Go is it gets the couch potatoes off the sofa. It was about getting some exercise. Move over Pokemon Go; there's a new app in town. My open road (MOR) works the same way most of the game apps work, you start at a level and go to [...]

Google tests self-driving cars on MSNBC

Lou Ann Hammond talks to Chris Jansing about Google's autonomous vehicles on the road. The people behind the money may be Google, but the brains, Sebastian Thrun, behind the technology are some of the best and brightest from the DARPA challenges that started six years ago. Lou Ann Hammond interviewing Sebastian Thrun, then Director of Artificial [...]

2009 Shell eco-marathon winners!

The checkered flag Finally! It was a long two days out in the California sun and heat. Imagine being one of the drivers in those pods! Spending 45 minutes going around a track in 85-90 degree weather. Did the winner this year beat the old record of 2,843 miles per gallon? The combustion engine is [...]

What is the 2009 Shell eco-marathon Americas?

Scientists gone wild April 16-18, 2009, Fontana, CA - The goal of the Shell Eco-marathon is to design and build the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle that produces the fewest emissions. The eco-marathon has evolved since the friendly wager between two Shell scientists back in 1939. On regular gasoline, they achieved a respectable 50 miles per [...]

Schurr wins team spirit at Shell eco-marathon

We are the Spartans When it was announced that Schurr High School, home of the Mighty Spartans, won the team spirit award, everyone clapped wildly. Schurr had certainly earned it. I had heard all day about the excessive amount of sharing Schurr had done: a seat belt to one team, a wheel to another team. [...]

First day of competition 2009 Shell eco-marathon

End of first day results - April 17, 2009 Shell eco-marathon: These are the first day results, the 18th are the final runs. Laval - 2622.2MPG Laval University Country: Laval, Quebec, Canada Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol) Team Name: Alerion Supermileage Vehicle Name: NTF 3.0 Penn State - 1776.4 MPG Penn State Country: University Park, PA, [...]

2009 Shell eco-marathon teams get ready for the race

Fontana, CA - The goal of the Shell Eco-marathon is to design and build the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle that produces the fewest emissions. Teams can enter two main categories: * Futuristic prototypes - which are streamlined vehicles where the primary design consideration is reducing drag and maximizing efficiency * Urban Concept vehicles - which [...]

Challenge X:Mississippi wins first place!

"Someday, your work could be in our museum inspiring those who come after you. You are today's pioneers, today's risk takers." Cristian Samper Acting Secretary, Smithsonian Institute Smithsonian Castle, Washington DC May 21, 2008 In May, 2004 Challenge X started a competition involving 17 university teams from the United States and Canada to improve fuel [...]

Challenge X: EERE’s David Rodgers

Washington, DC - David E. Rodgers is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. Rogers talks about the six cellulosic ethanol plants that the DOE has given $1 billion dollars to in order to have them up and running by [...]

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