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Category: Mobility

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
We’re less than a year away from the start of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, so the Japanese city is well underway with preparations for the celebration of athletic talent, sportsmanship, and global goodwill. Among the many things that will be needed for the games to be successful will be methods for athletes to get quickly and safely between their housing and venues during the games – and automaker Toyota is working on just that.

ANYmal Robot Has Both Legs and Wheels

ANYmal Robot Has Both Legs and Wheels
Robots usually have either legs or wheels to move them around. But this unusual robot has both. Its builders say the combination provides it with greater versatility than other quadruped robots, and from the looks of the video footage engineer Marko Bjelonic shared, I’d have to agree.
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Nissan Designs the Ultimate Gaming Chairs, Inspired by Car Seats

Nissan Designs the Ultimate Gaming Chairs, Inspired by Car Seats
If you love to play video games at your desk for hours on end, then you need a good chair with lots of support. Since Nissan knows a thing or two about engineering seats for long road trips behind the wheel, they decided to give it a shot, and came up with three awesome concept designs, each inspired by one of their vehicles.

2020 GMC Sierra HD Trucks Make Trailers Transparent

2020 GMC Sierra HD Trucks Make Trailers Transparent
Over the years, the camera technology in vehicles has dramatically improved. We started out with rudimentary low-resolution backup cameras, and now we have crystal clear images with multiple views, guidelines, and radar sensors to detect obstacles.

Polaris Builds a Working Replica of an Apollo Lunar Rover

Polaris Builds a Working Replica of an Apollo Lunar Rover
There have been lots of cool things going on to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing, but this might just be the coolest. Off-road vehicle maker Polaris Industries created a virtually perfect replica of the original NASA Lunar Rover Vehicle (LRV), which first appeared on the moon in 1971.

LEGO Harley-Davidson Fat Boy: Get Your Motor Runnin’

LEGO Harley-Davidson Fat Boy: Get Your Motor Runnin’
Do you like smoke and lightning? How about heavy metal thunder? If you answered yes, you might just be born to be wild. And if you are a true nature’s child, you’ll want to grab this LEGO Creator Expert set that’s based on the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.

Toyota’s TILT Lab is a Maker Space for Manufacturing Ingenuity

Toyota’s TILT Lab is a Maker Space for Manufacturing Ingenuity
I recently had the opportunity to visit Toyota’s largest vehicle production facility in the world, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK). While there, I not only got to see how humans and machines work together to make about 2000 cars per day, but learned a bit about the magicians who pull the strings behind the curtain of a car factory, the production engineering team.

Artist Turns Bus Into a Swimming Pool

Artist Turns Bus Into a Swimming Pool
Artis Benedetto Bufalino likes to make some pretty wild things out of vehicles. He’s transformed a construction digger into an aquarium, a Ford Mondeo into a pizza oven, a cement mixer into a disco ball, and both a car and a camper into swimming pools.

Amazon’s Latest Prime Air Delivery Drone Revealed

Amazon’s Latest Prime Air Delivery Drone Revealed
Amazon has been working on delivery by drone for a while now. And now the world’s largest online retailer has revealed its latest drone variant. The newly-revealed Amazon Prime Air delivery drone flies using a similar approach to VTOL aircraft, taking off and landing vertically, but orienting itself horizontally once airborne.

Michelin Plans to Produce Airless Tires by 2024

Michelin Plans to Produce Airless Tires by 2024
Forget having to fill up your car tires ever again. Airless tires are where it’s at. Soon you won’t have to worry about getting flat tires and filling them up to the proper pressure levels. The Uptis (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) is a line of airless tires that Michelin and GM have teamed up to launch on some consumer vehicles by 2024.

Bentley Continental GT Fitted with Tank Treads

Bentley Continental GT Fitted with Tank Treads
YouTube channel AcademeG found a cheap Bentley Continental GT (are they ever actually cheap?) and created this monster off-road version. In this case it probably was cheap since it had so many problems with the engine.

China Has a Military Vehicle That Launches Drones

China Has a Military Vehicle That Launches Drones
Being one of the world’s big superpowers, China is always building up its military might. One of their many dangerous toys is this armored vehicle from Beijing Zhongzi Yanjing Auto Co. Ltd. It looks like a Humvee of sorts, but this vehicle is deadly.

The U Safe Is a Remote-controlled Life Preserver

The U Safe Is a Remote-controlled Life Preserver
Typically, when you use a life preserver, you just throw it to the man overboard and hope for the best. If you suck at throwing, the person being rescued has to swim further to get to the life preserver, and that can put them in danger for longer.

Lime Scooters Are Saying Rude Things in Australia

Lime Scooters Are Saying Rude Things in Australia
These days, cities around the globe offer bicycles and scooters for rent. In Australia, Lime Scooters are one of the better known brands. Unfortunately, some of their scooters have started behaving badly. At least eight of the company’s e-scooters have been pulled from the streets after they were hacked to say sexual and other offensive things.

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain
Who says wheels need to just be round? These unusual Reconfigurable-Wheel Track (RWT) wheels were developed by CMU National Robotics Engineering Center for DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. We can expect to see these on the war machines of the future and they may be the next step toward real-life Transformers like Optimus Prime.

Dad Builds Working Mars Rover for His Son

Dad Builds Working Mars Rover for His Son
I know that plenty of parents would like to send their kids to Mars, and if you’re gonna do that, do it right. Build them a rover to ride around in. Hell, just build them one to ride around on Earth.
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