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Scott Collie

Automotive

Semi-autonomous Corvette hits 152 mph with quadriplegic driver

For people like Sam Schmidt, autonomous driving technology isn't a luxury – it's a necessity. As a quadriplegic, the only way he can drive is using Arrow's open-source semi-autonomous car. Having first demonstrated the technology at Indianapolis in 2014, Schmidt has returned with a modified version of Arrow's Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and clocked 152 mph (245 km/h) on the famous oval. That's 45 mph (72 km/h) more than his previous record, and fast enough to make most people with full use of their limbs feel a bit nervous.Read More

BMW i8 Futurism Edition is a beautiful tribute to Italy

Over the years, BMW has teamed up with individuals like Andy Warhol, Ken Done and Frank Stella to create some incredible art cars. It might not strictly fit into that art car lineage, but the newly unveiled i8 Futurism Edition wouldn't look out of place alongside the work of such legendary artists. Read More

Robotics

New soft actuator endows robots with a bit of give and take

The first law of robotics, according to Isaac Asimov, states that a robot must not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human to come to harm. But until robots are smart enough to understand such a law, we have to rely on other techniques. With this in mind, a team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has developed a new soft actuator that makes it safer for humans and robots to work alongside one another.Read More

Nokia name to re-enter the world of phones and tablets

Remember Nokia? Surely you do, the brand used to make mobile phones. Tough phones that could take a beating, phones that could go for weeks on one charge. Gosh, those were the days. The Nokia name is coming back, thanks to a new license agreement that allows Finnish company HMD to sell phones using the name over the next 10 years.Read More

Automotive

Captured CO2 to make Ford foam easier on the environment

As emissions regulations get tighter, there's a lot of focus on making engines more efficient, but engines aren't the only part of a car that are bad for the environment. The plastics and foams spread throughout the cabin are dirty to manufacture as well, so Ford is trying to tackle the problem by using captured CO2 in foam and plastic components.Read More

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