Archive for November, 2016

Four elements define the car of the future

Low weight
Heavy vehicles use more fuel than lighter cars, so the weight is everything for an environmentally friendly vehicle. The force needed to accelerate a vehicle is directly proportional to the weight of the car.

Efficient engine
It is important to utilize the fuel as well as possible. Electric motors are considerably more efficient than combustion engines, the full benefit of 43 percent of the fuel energy.

Air resistance
Air resistance accounts for a large portion of a picture energy losses. Therefore, it must be designed so that the air has minimal resistance. Vehicle aerodynamics is improved, for example with a minimal frontal surface.

Rolling resistance
The friction between the tires and the road will cost lots of energy. Here, the choice of tires big role, but it applies also largely to reduce friction in the shock absorbers and the mechanical parts.

NASA goes on Google and Tesla

While Google and Tesla are struggling to make ordinary cars self-propelled, NASA has created the foundation for the ideal driverless car that can drive sideways, and turn on the stand.

When standing still similar to an ordinary golf cart. But when the 100 percent electric motor starts and it starts to run, you can clearly see that the space agency NASA has built a completely unique vehicle.
NASA car has wheels that an office chair

Modular Robotic Vehicle distinguish themselves above all because of their special wheels, each of which is structured as individual units called e-corner.
With technology, the wheels can rotate 360 degrees around itself, so that the car including can parallel park directly sideways and swinging with a radio at 0 degrees.

NASA build the perfect city car

All communication between the car’s systems precedes wireless, and it makes according to NASA the car to a structured candidate for a future autonomous car.
Meantime, NASA prototype only remotely controlled and not run by itself.
Technology giant Google has already tested the autonomous car while now Tesla is developing technology that will make the Tesla cars completely self-driving within five years.
NASA in the race for autonomous car

The two producers are focused on creating self-driving cars in addition to drive yourself similar to those we know today.
NASA vehicle’s small size and huge operating skill makes it ideal for navigating the narrow and busy streets and park in town.

Car guided by the power of thought

One can hardly believe it, but engineers at the Free University of Berlin in Germany has managed to steer a car only by the power of thought.

Completely without keeping hands on the wheel sat a researcher in the car and got it, for example, to turn left just by thinking of the “left”.

With a number of other thought commands “to the right”, “accelerate” and “slow down” the researchers got the car to drive around on a training course. For this purpose they used a car, on the steering wheel, accelerator and brake could be controlled from a computer, and the car’s driver was wearing a kind of hat with sensors that could measure his brain activity.

The sensors were connected to the computer. Because the computer before the test run had been “trained” to recognize the wave pattern from the driver’s brain that meant, for example, “left” or “slow”, could the driver control the car with the power of thought.