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— Robotics

Mantis – a two ton turbo diesel hexapod you can drive

The term mad scientist gets thrown around quite a bit, but in the case of one Matt Denton it most certainly applies. His company, Micromagic Systems, has been working steadily over the past four years to design and build a walking robot that's big enough to carry a human passenger. The resulting beast is described as "the biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world." Read More
— Automotive

BMW and Continental team up to develop automated driving "co-pilot" technology

German automotive companies BMW and Continental have teamed up to develop self-driving car technology, or as they call it, an “electronic co-pilot” for cars. The main goal of the joint venture is to develop and test technologies that would usher in an era of highly automated driving on European freeways from 2020, with fully automated systems expected from 2025. Read More
— Robotics

Hitachi's ROPITS tablet-controlled, self-driving urban vehicle

Toyota, Honda, and General Motors have been toying with the concept of eco-friendly single-seater urban vehicles over the past few years, and Hitachi has taken notice. Although it may look like a miniature car, Hitachi's ROPITS is more like a robotic wheelchair designed to assist people with difficulty walking (i.e. Japan's growing elderly population). The key difference is that – unlike the concept vehicles demonstrated by the auto makers – ROPITS drives itself. Read More
— Motorcycles

State-of-the-art rocket-powered motorcycle sells on eBay

A state-of-the-art rocket-powered motorcycle that was recently advertised for sale on eBay has been sold to Gerd Habermann Racing. Engineered to hit speeds in excess of 400 mph (640 km/h) during the quarter-mile, the bike was designed and built by Glenn Brittian, one of the few drivers licensed by the National Hot Rod Association to drive a rocket dragster. The asking price was US$27,000, but the actual selling price has not been made public. Read More
— Automotive

Toyota and Lexus unveil semi-autonomous Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle

Toyota and its Lexus division took a step closer to the autonomous car as they unveiled their Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle (AASRV) at a press conference in the run up to CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Based on a Lexus LS, the AASRV uses automated vehicle safety technologies to work toward the goal of eliminating "future traffic fatalities and injuries.” Read More
— Automotive

The 13 safest cars for 2013

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its list of safest vehicles for the 2013 model year. In all, the list includes 117 cars that were awarded a Top Safety Pick. Thirteen cars were given the Top Safety Pick+ award, which is an even higher award for vehicle safety. These vehicles go deeper to bring a safer ride to drivers and passengers, and we're going to take a quick look at each one. Read More
— Automotive

Audi RS 6 Avant wagon gets new 560 hp, V8 engine for 2014

Audi has just announced its new RS 6 Avant wagon for 2014. Based on the car's specs, it's only a wagon in the shape of the body, because the area under the hood contains goodies that seem much more akin to that of a sports car. The new twin-turbo V8 puts out 560 horsepower (412 kW) and 516.29 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque and with the highest options package, Audi claims the RS 6 Avant is able to push a top speed of 189.52 mph (305 km/h) and hit 0 - 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds. Read More
— Aircraft

Terrafugia flying car completes first phase of flight testing

Six years after the initial announcement that Terrafugia, Inc. would develop a "roadable airplane", the Transition has completed the first phase of flight testing. The flight testing, carried out at Plattsburgh International Airport in northern New York State, assessed the light sport aircraft's full performance envelope. The Transition prototype was reported to perform "exceptionally well", allowing the testing to be carried out quickly. Read More
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