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What kinds of skills will our children need to get ahead in our new world of autonomous driving?

Will my eight-month-old son ever learn to drive a car? Or touch type? Watching him learn to crawl, having mastered sitting, is just the beginning of his discovering how to get around in the world. But in about 15 years’ time, when he needs to start driving himself, will that kind of skill even be necessary? The world is changing at a phenomenal rate, with exponential shifts in new technology...[Read More]

Two out of three’s not bad: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launches Elon’s Tesla Roadster past Mars

It’s no secret that we’ve been excited by the prospect of Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy test flight, which looked set to pave the way for mankind to head to other planets — provided the rockets didn’t detonate on the launchpad… or in flight… or on landing… or… Look, a lot could have gone wrong. As it happened, most of it didn’t. The launch of ...[Read More]

Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Much of the push toward self-driving cars has been underwritten by the hope that they will save lives by getting involved in fewer crashes with fewer injuries and deaths than human-driven cars. But so far, most comparisons between human drivers and automated vehicles have been at best uneven, and at worst, unfair. The statistics measuring how many crashes occur are hard to argue with: More than 90...[Read More]

Here’s how to watch Elon Musk launch his Tesla into space (and what it’ll look like)

Assuming that the Falcon Heavy rocket leave the launchpad in one piece, later this evening Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster will be making its way into space to orbit the sun for a few…. million?… years. That’s what we call a test-flight. And if you’re struggling to visualise just what that might look like SpaceX has done all of the work for you, in the shape of an...[Read More]

Elon Musk is launching a Tesla into space – here’s how SpaceX will do it

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled for launch on February 6, and the entire space industry is watching with anticipation. Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on Feb 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy. Easy viewing from the public causeway. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2018 What is so special about this rocket? This vehicle will be the first of its kind, t...[Read More]

Autonomous vehicles could help millions of people catch up on sleep, TV and work

What would you do if you could magically reclaim all the time you spend behind the wheel of a car? Ultimately that’s what a future filled with autonomous vehicles is promising. There are many questions about what autonomous vehicles will be able to do, how reliable they’ll be and how much they’ll cost. But development is far enough along for people to start thinking about what drivers would do wit...[Read More]

Why don’t electric cars look like the future?

Electric cars were supposed to be the future – or at least look like it. So now they’re here, why do they still look like ordinary petrol and diesel cars and not dazzling props from a science fiction film. Before they hit the market and became relatively mainstream, many imagined (or at least, hoped) that electric cars would resemble the Light Runner from Tron: Legacy. After all, without the need ...[Read More]

Why Silicon Valley wants you to text and drive

As self-driving cars come closer to being common on American roads, much of the rhetoric promoting them has to do with safety. About 40,000 people die on U.S. roads every year, and driver errors are linked to more than 90 percent of crashes. But many of the biggest advocates of autonomous vehicles aren’t car companies looking to improve the safety of their existing products. Huge backing for self-...[Read More]

Redefining ‘safety’ for self-driving cars

In early November, a self-driving shuttle and a delivery truck collided in Las Vegas. The event, in which no one was injured and no property was seriously damaged, attracted media and public attention in part because one of the vehicles was driving itself – and because that shuttle had been operating for only less than an hour before the crash. It’s not the first collision involving a self-driving...[Read More]

The Polestar 1 is Volvo’s new 600hp hybrid performance vehicle

Volvo’s Polestar performance brand has announced the new Polestar 1, the first vehicle in the stable and it’s a doozy. The Polestar 1 is a 600 horsepower hybrid that looks as though it’s been taking notes from the Ford Mustang. Except that, being a hybrid, it really, really hasn’t. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Volvo is switching away from making traditio...[Read More]

End of the road for traditional vehicles? Here are the facts

New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK, which has since been joined by France. Sweden and Scotland will impose the ban by 2032, and Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the carcinogenic effects of diesel emissions, the Volkswagen defeat device scandal, and the link between diesel particulates and Alzheimer’s, focus has turned again to electric cars. Th...[Read More]

Watch the Bloodhound SSC jet engine testfire (and yes, it’s delayed again)

You remember the Bloodhound SSC (super-sonic car), right? The long-delayed high-speed vehicle that was supposed to grace South African shores this October? Yeah, it has definitely been delayed again but there’s some progress in the shape of a rocket-engine test-fire. That’s right, the engineering team behind the fastest (and most complex, according to them) motor vehicle in the world &...[Read More]

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