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  1. France Plans to Have Autonomous High-Speed TGV Trains Running By 2023

    Jun
    20
    2017

    FranceInfo has announced that France has grand aspirations for high-speed TGV trains in the future. By 2023, the country aims to have the TGV trains running, with train operator SNCF to have a prototype ready for testing by 2019. The high-speed TGV trains will cruise faster than 200 mph, equipped with sensors and an automatic braking system, are […]

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  2. GM Completes Production on 130 More All-Electric, Autonomous Chevy Bolts

    Jun
    13
    2017

    General Motors is ramping up the production of its all-electric, autonomous Chevy Bolts. In fact, the company has announced it recently completed production on an additional 130 more self-driving Bolts at its Orion assembly plant in Michigan. The new vehicles feature updated self-driving tech which comes courtesy of GM’s collaboration with San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle […]

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  3. Japan’s Pokémon With You Train, Originally a Disaster Relief Project, Is Getting a Makeover

    Jun
    02
    2017

    Shortly after Japan’s tragic earthquake in 2011, Pokémon with You was developed as a disaster relief project. In 2012, it was developed into a fully functioning sightseeing train with a myriad of tributes to the series, featuring Pokémon characters, artificial plants, tunnels, curtains, and decals. Now, the train is getting a special Pikachu makeover, undergoing interior and exterior […]

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  4. Robocar Becomes the First Autonomous Car to Race Through the Streets of Paris

    May
    25
    2017

    Robocar recently became the first car to race through Paris autonomously. The historic moment took place at Formula E’s Paris ePrix event after the Robocar navigated the 1.9-kilometer circuit’s 14 turns without any human intervention whatsoever. It was an impressive showing for Robocar which promises big things, boasting four electric motors capable of dishing out […]

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  5. Boeing Is Partnering With DARPA To Build Its New Hypersonic Space Plane

    May
    25
    2017

    The XS-1 is a vehicle Boeing has been developing which will make launching satellites a much more efficient endeavor. Now, Boeing has announced that it is working DARPA in order to further advance the XS-1 in order to eventually make its DARPA’s next generation hypersonic space plane. Essentially, this means DARPA like the concept pitch […]

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  6. Newly Developed Thin-Film Solar Cells Are Cheaper & 100 Times Thinner

    May
    22
    2017

    When we normally think of solar cells, they are usually installed on a flat glass surface and backed by a panel which is at least several inches thick. But new materials breakthroughs are allowing significant advancements in thin-film solar cells. These solar cells look closer to 2D rather than a 3D technology. According to solar […]

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  7. The MotoGP Racing Series to Add an All-Electric Class in 2019

    May
    19
    2017

    MotoGP is already the world’s most popular racing series and it stands to gain even more viewers with its plans for an all-electric class. CEO of the racing series, Carmelo Ezpeleta, relayed to Motorsport.com upwards of 18 electric bikes could start competing as early as 2019. Don’t let the fact that the motorcycles will be electric […]

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  8. Aerospace Composites Market Set to Double to $32 Billion by 2022

    May
    08
    2017

    Composite materials are now widely used in many industries and products including airplanes, sailboats, ski equipment, wind turbines, racecars, and medical equipment. Materials science and engineering continue to evolve with new classes of materials with new properties radically changing engineering and society. Today, materials scientists work on the atomic scale, studying atomic bonding, bond energy, […]

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  9. Lilium Aviation’s Zero-Emission, Electric Aircraft Completes Inaugural Flight

    Apr
    23
    2017

    Lilium Aviation’s new aircraft is a mouthful to say but very impressive nonetheless. The zero-emission, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), electric aircraft recently successfully completed its first ever flight in Germany. The unmanned plane went through numerous test, including a mid-air transition from hovering to horizontal flight. At the moment, the aircraft features a two-seat […]

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  10. Designers at Toyota Australia Constructed a Life-Sized Tonka Truck

    Apr
    10
    2017

    Who didn’t play with Tonka Trucks as a child? Designers at Toyota Australia have whipped up a bit of nostalgia by creating a concept HiLux pickup in the form of a life-sized Tonka truck. Built for off-roading, the vehicle features 35 inch tires, a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, and is lifted 6 inches higher than […]

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  11. SpaceX Makes History By Landing a Used Rocket For The First Time Ever

    Apr
    10
    2017

    SpaceX continues to do the unthinkable. Last week, the private space giant successfully landed a used Falcon 9 rocket on one the company’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean. The endeavor marks a historic mark in space transport, representing the first time ever SpaceX reused and landed one of its rockets. The Instagram video below […]

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