Rinspeed's first underwater Car
Rinspeed will present its new sQuba, the worlds first diving car, at the Geneva Motor Show (March 6-16). The car is not only able to drive on roads autonomously with a push of a button (thus without a driver, passenger or further assistance), but can also transform into an amphibious vehicle which can be submerged in water up to 10 meters (33 feet). An electric motor with powerful torque drives the rear wheels, while the propulsion on the water is ensured by two propellers in the stern and two powerful jet drives in the bow propelling the vehicle under water while diving. When underwater, the driver and passenger are enclosed in the vehicle thanks to light weight body components made of futuristic Carbon Nano Tubes and are supplied with fresh breathing air by the self-contained on-board system. For more automotive news: http://www.automotivetv.net/ Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AutomotiveTv.net
Why We Don't Have Flying Cars, Yet
Please read before commenting. Predictive Innovation analysis of Flying Cars and the next natural big innovation for ground based cars. One of the biggest reasons we still don't have flying cars is the the least satisfied Outcome has been ignored. Car makers have focused on the wrong things, thus causing delays in progress. http://markproffitt.com/books/ http://www.predictiveinnovation.com/ The report and book this video is based on has been proven correct. Many of the predictions have already occurred but there are still important points to be learned from this analysis. News: GM to Introduce Hands-Free Driving in Cadillac Model http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-07/gm-to-introduce-hands-free-driving -in-cadillac-model.html Top five self-parking cars http://motorburn.com/2012/06/top-five-self-parking-cars/ http://smartdrivingcar.com/ Mercedes-Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive Autonomous Car Self Driving Car http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47Y8OiJFf-Y Robotic flying vehicles used for small packages in areas without roads. http://youtu.be/9yEl0-bCA9M High-precision high-speed motor controls. New possibilities for robotics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH-l7c0BSu0 http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/channels/us-united-states-corporate/ releases/nissan-leaf-with-highly-advanced-driver-assist-system-gets-first-l icense-plate-for-public-road-testing-in-japan 4000 mph automated ground cars (there are other Alternative for doing this) http://www.dailytech.com/Elon+Musks+Planned+Hyperloop+Transport+System+Will +Travel+from+LA+to+SF+in+30+Minutes/article31956.htm Terrafugia still hasn't shipped Transition but is now working on automated vehicle http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2013/05/06/terrafugia-unveils-new-tf-x-projec t-talks-future-of-flying-cars/?single_page=true http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/07/terrafugia-transition-not-likely-to-see- production-this-year/ Mavrick crashes near school http://jalopnik.com/experimental-flying-car-crashes-near-canadian-school-50 0215990 Notes: Terrafugia Transition is not a flying car. Directly from their website It is a roadable aircraft. The reason it isn't a flying car is it doesn't better satisfy the outcomes customers require from a car. It is too small. too expensive, too inconvenient, too dangerous for the average car driver to use the way they use a car. Additionally, all of the components that make the Terrafugia safer are technology that has been around on ground based cars for decades. The video was posted in 2010 and is based on a book published in 2009 which was based on an industry report presented in 2004. Self-driving cars have been on the roads for years. In 2011 Volvo XC60 with City Safe automatic braking sold 68% more cars in the USA than Chevy Volt, 12,932 units. Toyota has autopark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqrlN8KFakI Subaru has EyeSight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MMhN9B1Jos Standford offers a 7 week undergraduate class teaching how to program a self-driving car CS-373, not even a senior level class. So everything occurred precisely as predicted. Safety ratios: The video clearly states cars have become safer in a crash. The video also points out there are millions of injuries in addition to deaths. And the bigger point is any accident causes damage to something. That is reducing the ability to make other improvements. There is only a loose connection between miles driven and the number of accidents. In fact the more miles a person drives the less likely they are to have an accident. Air bags and other ways of making crashes safer doesn't address the core problem, there are a lot of crashes. That is what needs to be fixed to get the big increases in safety cars need. Automation is the only way to do that and it also increases efficiency, speed, and comfort. Example: Road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year Road fatalities per 100,000 motor vehicles Road fatalities per 1 billion vehicle-km Ireland 4.06 __ 7.44 __ 4.9 United Kingdom 3.59 __ 7 __ 5.7 Germany 4.5 __ 7.2 __ 7.2 Canada 9.2 __ 13 __ 8.2 USA 12.3 __ 15 __ 8.5 Austria 8.2 __12 __ 8.9 Even though the USA has a lot more deaths per car it is not much more per miles driven and the ratios are reversed for Ireland and UK. No strong correlations between miles and number of cars and fatalities. The main problem for safety in cars is a single point of failure, the human. Automation can easily have multiple layers of redundancy. Just 6 layers of rather poor technology that is only 80% reliable would have a total reliability of (1-0.80)^6 = 99.9936%. That is 6.4 per 100,000 more than 2 times as reliable as cars driven by humans in Canada, USA, and Austria. Any comment about population growth or claim that Terrefugia is a flying car will be deleted because it ignored the facts and misses the point. Please don't waste people's time. Any insults (even if you also have a good point) will be deleted. Be polite and logical.
Flying Car ► Pal-V One
The Dutch company PAL-V Europe NV has successfully concluded test flights of its flying car, PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle). During the past two weeks, several test flights were conducted at the Gilze Rijen Airport (The Netherlands). The patented vehicle flies in the air like a gyrocopter with lift generated by an auto-rotating rotor and forward speed produced by a foldable push propeller on the back. On the road it drives like a sports car. No new infrastructure is required because it uses existing roads and airstrips. A team of top engineers has been working on the first prototypes since finalization of the design concept in 2008. Renowned institutes such as the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory and Delft University have also been involved in the development. The driving prototype was fully tested in 2009 and now the flying-driving prototype has made its first flights. The PAL-V complies with existing regu- lations in all major markets, which means that the vehicle is allowed both in road traffic and in the air. A PAL-V offers the choice of flying like a plane or driving like a car. This means fast door-to-door mobil- ity for private individuals as well as professionals and organizations. The flying range will be between 350 (220 miles) and 500 km (315 miles), depending on the type, pay load and wind conditions. Driving, a PAL-V will have a range of about 1200 km (750 miles). It runs on gasoline like a conventional car and there will also be versions that use biodiesel or bio-ethanol. It can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h (110 miles/h) both on land and in the air. On the ground the slim, aerodynamic, 3-wheeled vehicle combines the comfort of a car with the agil- ity of a motorcycle thanks to its patented, cutting-edge, 'tilting' system. Driving, a PAL-V accelerates like a sports car and drives through curves like a motorcycle. Flying, a PAL-V is like a standard gyrocopter. It is quieter than helicopters due to the slower rotation of the main rotor. It takes off and lands with low speed, cannot stall, and is very easy to control. This makes a PAL-V one of the safest types of aircraft. Obtaining a licence requires only 20 to 30 hours of training. Thanks to its very short take off and landing capability, it is possible to land a PAL-V practically any- where. For take-off, a strip of 165 meters (540 feet) is enough and it can be either paved or grass. Governments are already preparing for increasing traffic with Personal Air Vehicles like the PAL-V. In the United States and in Europe government-funded development programs are determining the infrastructure of 'digital freeways' to provide a safe corridor using GPS technology. The technology is available today to allow personal air traffic to grow safely. PAL-V Europe N.V. is determined to play a leading role in this market. Estimated unit price is around $300,000. ► http://www.facebook.com/youcarpress
Rinspeed sQuba, the first underwater flying car
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