They also actively hunt humans. Just saying.
Just as we reach the breaking point for bad news about climate change, along comes something that kindles our hope for humankind: this sharp hack transforming trite automobile advertising, and by extension the message that we can buy our way out of this crisis, into a foul-mouthed polar bear's flight from the great Arctic thaw, ranting all the way at the humans who have destroyed his home. Be sure to watch and read to the very end.
Volvo. Package not pictured.
Today in the I-probably-could've-thought-of-that tech sub-category: Volvo will let package delivery employees into customers' cars, because it sucks trying to be home when a package gets delivered.
The Black Knight Transformer
It's a lot easier to "leave no man behind" when the rescue crew is robotic. Advanced Tactics, an El Segundo-based firm, plans to test a remotely operated, transforming, flying, driving evacuation vehicle early this year. It's not quite a drone, but it's not really a truck or a helicopter either.
Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept at CES 2014
Emergenza Terremoto Abruzzo via Wikimedia Commons
Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia's Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under certain, very specific conditions.
HEL MD Set Up Outside
This truck has a freakin' laser on it.
U.S. Army photo
Named by someone who clearly hated Maryland, the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) hit 90 incoming mortar rounds and UAVs with a 10 kW laser in November and early December during tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. HEL MD has been in development since 2011 (though the laser and truck separately have been in the works for years), and this successful demonstration suggests laser warfare may be getting closer to reality.