22 Apr 2012

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Not just satisfied with regular cruise control on your Cadillac XTS or ATS vehicle, perhaps you need Super Cruise?  GM and a team of researchers are currently road testing the Super Cruise technology.  With Super Cruise there is auto steering, braking and lane centering on the open highway "under optimal conditions."  This technology is meant for the highway for both free-flowing and gridlock traffic. 

Super Cruise uses a mixture of radar, cameras, ultrasonic sensors and GPS technology.  However, if reliable data can't be obtained by the system, then you have to take control.  Some of the basics parts of this technology have already been put in place on the new 2013 Cadillac XTS and ATS vehicles as part of the Driver Assist Package, the full Super Cruise package could make its way into new vehicles within 3 years by around 2015.

 


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04 Apr 2012

Your GPS blurts out, "Warning heavy traffic detected in route, 4 miles ahead.  Would you like to re-route?"  You think, no, and instead issue the voice command, "Set destination to nearest CarPort runway."  It's the near future and you are in your Terrafugia Transition vehicle, also known as a "roadable aircraft".  After heading to the closest "CarPort" you hit the runway near the parking lot which now features a take off strip for such vehicles and soar at 115 miles per hour towards your destination.

This is the future proposed by many flying car manufacturers.  The Terrafugia Transition has two seats, four wheels and folding wings with a propeller. 

The New York Post is reporting that the Terrafugia will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show April 6th through the 15th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The Transition flies at a top speed of 115 miles per hour and has a range of 500 miles, while on the road it will top out at 70 miles per hour and get 35 miles to gallon using unleaded gasoline.  It has all the features of regular vehicles like airbags, crumple zones and seat belts.  The price, a mere $279,000 once it is available. 

01 Nov 2011

human controlled multicopter

It was reported, that the worlds first manned flight of an electric multicopter has occurred.  This could have been quite messy for the human aboard this device if a malfunction had occurred.  German engineers at e-volo have created this device.  This device uses many mini helicopters to lift the passenger upwards into the sky.  Click the Read More to see the video.

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