Editor Blogs

August 2022
Self-Driving Vehicles May be on UK Roads Next Year
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The UK government has unveiled plans to promote self-driving vehicles to improve safety on its roads and give the economy a boost. The government’s plan to encourage self-driving vehicles will be supported by £100 million of ne funding. A third of that funding will be available immediately and allocated
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08/31/2022
Inflation Reduction Act Includes $370b in Clean Energy Spending

Inflation Reduction Act Includes $370b in Clean Energy Spending

­The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes a significant investment in clean energy, with the potential to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions up to 43% below 2005 levels by 2030, and I’d like to take a non-partisan, apolitical look at its contents. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy is even more optimistic, claiming t
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08/29/2022
Chip and Battery-Free Electronic Skin Measures Heartbeat
Courtesy of the researchers

The device senses and wirelessly transmits signals without bulky chips or batteries.

There’s been a lot written over the last few years on the attributes of gallium nitride in the power industry, but one aspect of the material I had never read about before is that it is has piezoelectric properties, meaning that it can turn mechanical strain to electricity, and electricity to mechanical vibr
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08/29/2022
Tesla Delays Next Full Self-Driving Beta Update

Tesla Delays Next Full Self-Driving Beta Update

­Looks like Tesla owners will have to wait a bit longer for the next “Full Self-Driving Beta” software update. Back in July, Elon Musk claimed the FSD Beta 10.13 update would be out in a week. It was to allow for improved decision making for unprotected left turns, improved lane position error by 5% and lane recall by
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08/22/2022
Will New Law Hinder Electric Vehicle Uptake in the US?
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It is great to see the US rejoining the majority of the world in the fight against climate change. However, sometimes changes that are made with the best of intentions turn out to have different outcomes than anticipated. This might turn out to be the case with some aspects of President Biden’s signature Inflat
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08/17/2022
EV Demand is Much Higher than Existing Supply

The Tesla Model Y

­Turns out EVs are even more popular than their  top fans could’ve predicted. According to numerous reports, the demand for EVs outpaces supply by a significant margin. In 2021, when the demand hadn’t quite surpassed supply, EV sales totaled 6.6 million units globally (8.6% of total vehicle s
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08/15/2022
Are EVs as Clean as Claimed?
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Are EVs as Clean as Claimed?

I may have mentioned it before, but I do a lot of reading around the internet to try find material for this blog. One of the subjects that is obviously of interest to the blog is electric vehicles, usually the technology behind them and the infrastructure supporting them. It is generally accepted that EVs are a v
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08/11/2022
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New "Dynamic Motor Drive" Could Eliminate Need for Rare Earth Materials in EVs

­Where it concerns EVs and efficiency, every little bit helps. Silicon Valley-based Tula Technology may have found a way to boost EVs’ efficiency while doing a solid for the environment. We recently covered a report which claims the Hummer EV emits more pollutants than a gas-powered Chevy Malibu.  The key is the “upstream emissions,” like the fact that the electricity for EVs often comes from dirty sources (like a
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08/08/2022
Researchers Boost Lifetime of Sodium-Ion Batteries
Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This vial of clear, sodium-ion electrolyte provides the circulating “blood†that keeps the energy flowing through an experimental battery technology

In the race to bring new battery chemistries to market, sodium-ion batteries possibly holds the best potential. However, there is one obstacle that needs to be overcome to commercialize the technology. Sodium-ion, in fact all sodium based batteries, have a problem with longevity. They simply lose the ability to
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08/03/2022
Mercedes' Level 3 Autonomous Vehicle Certification is Very Ambiguous

Mercedes' Level 3 Autonomous Vehicle Certification is Very Ambiguous

­Digital Trends recently had the chance to test out the very first production system to achieve Level 3 on the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) autonomy scale, and it’s a neat look at the future of transportation, if a bit ambiguous. That system is the Mercedes “Drive Pilot,” which realized Level 3 cert
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08/01/2022