AVIC, the leading Chinese aviation conglomerate, unveiled a flying robot car during the September 2015 Third China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin. The Swift Gazelle (Sai Ling in Mandarin Chinese) currently weighs 100 kg, and uses its six side mounted, digitally controlled rotors to vertically takeoff and land, hover and fly, just like a helicopter. On land, the Swift Gazelle can speed off in pursuit of enemies. At its current small size, the Swift Gazelle is unmanned, which means that it can drive autonomously on the ground (and much cheaper for scouting missions), at least until a bigger Gazelle comes along for human use.
Ever wondered who would be responsible if you were struck by a self-driving car? As of today, Volvo says it's their problem. Autoblog.com reports that if the car is a Volvo and it's running autonomously, the Swedish automaker has pledged to take on full liability for crashes in the future.
One of the factors that keeps electric vehicles from wide adoption is range anxiety. Though battery technologies have come a long way in the last decade, with 100 miles on a charge being common and Teslas easily topping 200 miles, people still want to know they can take off on a family vacation or a weekend away. Road trip!
When driving on Germany's notorious ultra-fast Autobahn, you generally hope that the other drivers have their hands firmly on the wheel. But last Friday, there was at least one giant freight truck on the Autobahn whose driver took a more hands-off approach, allowing the truck itself to take a turn at the wheel. And everything went just fine.
Automotive safety systems giant Autoliv has joined Volvo in the Swedish automaker's Drive Me autonomous car research project. The two companies will share their findings in order to accelerate efforts to get the active safety systems fundamental to autonomous driving into production.
Hybrid vehicles have been available since way back at the turn of the twenty-first century, and the technology could be considered mature. Few people question its feasibility or resale value anymore, or the longevity of the batteries. Hybrids can even seem stodgy and tame, especially in the face of shiny new technologies like pure electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cells.