Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Urban Transport

Volvo is planning to test an electric road concept that will charge buses on the fly

Volvo has announced plans to study the potential for electric roads that charge buses as they're being driven. The study will be carried out in partnership with the Swedish Transport Administration to further develop sustainable transport. A stretch of electric road may be built in Gothenburg for testing.  Read More

Juno Power claims its new Jumpr is the smallest car jump starter in the world

Juno Power's new Jumpr is small enough to fit in a glove compartment, and light enough to carry in a coat pocket or backpack, but is claimed capable of jump-starting a car. And it can charge your smartphone, too.  Read More

The Velogical Velospeeder rear rim motor system

Friction drives like the Rubbee provide a lighter, simpler option for transforming a regular bicycle into an e-bike. Velogical's all-new Velospeeder makes the friction drive even lighter. The compact e-drive solution weighs under 4 lb and allows for seamless switching between e-assist and manual riding. The company claims it's the lightest and smallest bicycle e-drive (soon-to-be) available.  Read More

The Veloschmitt has a  Müller headlight system

Along with 1950s/60s contemporaries like the Isetta, the three-wheeled Messerschmitt KR200 was one of the original microcars. The car continues to have a following half a century later, so much so that a pair of designers have developed a unique tribute. The Veloschmitt is styled like the original bubble car, but relies on a pedelec bicycle platform in place of the two-stroke engine build.  Read More

Four UK projects have received funding for projects aimed at improving fuel efficiency and...

Four projects will be the first to receive Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) funding to develop next generation engines using Formula 1 technology. The first projects will see technology deployed in excavators and buses. Around £1 billion (US$1.7 billion) will be invested over the next 10 years.  Read More

The BajaBoard is built to handle roads, dirt, grass, mountain trails or sandy beaches

Though the only range problems a leg-powered skateboard suffers are to do with the fitness of its rider, electric skateboards do offer the thrill of being able to take on a Corvette without the aid of bionic limbs, zip over dirt, grass or road without running out of puff, or even just get the adrenalin pumping on the way to work. For the last 3 years, an Australian design team has been working on a multi-purpose powered board called the BajaBoard, which boasts 12 kW (16 hp) of 4WD electric grunt, adjustable independent suspension and LED lighting at the front and back. The project has now headed to Kickstarter for the final push toward production.  Read More

In the next few months, Chris Hoffmann's start-up Ryno Motors begins shipping its self-bal...

Six years ago, Chris Hoffmann's 13-year-old daughter Lauren said, “Daddy, I’ve been thinking about this one-wheeled motorcycle I saw in a video game. Could you actually build something like that?” What happened next changed his life. In the next few months, Chris' new company begins shipping the Ryno, a self-balancing, one-wheeled US$5250 personal mobility device that has caused tidal waves of interest across the globe. This is Chris Hoffmann’s story of what happened in the intervening six years, in his own words, and that's 20-year-old Lauren with daddy's one-wheeled motorcycle.  Read More

The ShySpy uses GPS for fitness tracking and security

There are dozens of bike computers on the market. There are also a few GPS bike security systems out there, like the SpyBike. The ShySpy merges those two types of trackers into one, providing a GPS-based platform that monitors both performance and theft.  Read More

'I think the circumstance in big cities is the main problem and it's not necessarily the p...

Gannet Design founder Ulfert Janssen is one of the few automotive and transportation designers in the world who works in both the two- and four-wheeled domains. Stints at Samsung Motors in Korea, Nissan in Japan and a decade at Renault’s Barcelona studio involved in advanced concept design have given him a unique perspective on future transportation design.  Read More

Kolelina is looking to raise US$80,000 through Kickstarter in order to manufacture and sel...

The team behind the bicymple may have simplified the humble bicycle with their minimalist design, but Mihail Klenov and Martin Angelov have gone even further with their aptly-named Halfbike. Aimed at inner-city individuals in need of something to go distances of 5 km (3 mi) or less, they've created a compact three wheeler that ditches the traditional seat and handlebars.  Read More

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