Posts Tagged ‘automobile’


Feb24

Alex Chinneck’s gravity-defying car installation

2015 at 03:37 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Known for his work in abstract art installations, ranging from melting wax buildings to levitating walls, Alex Chinneck has displayed his newest installation piece in London this past week, titled “Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together”. This latest piece was created in collaboration with Vauxhall Motors in order to promote their new Corsa Supermini automobile, and uses ingenious techniques to suspend the car fifteen feet above ground in a seemingly gravity-defying feat! The car, which seems to be driving upside down on an upheaved piece of tarmac peeled from the pavement, takes advantage of sturdy steel supports hidden from signt in order to keep the piece secure and safe for passerby to gaze at. The artwork was erected overnight, and will remain on display at the South Bank Center in London, England until February 26th.

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Jan07

Mercedes-Benz’s self-driving car at CES 2015

2015 at 04:50 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The International Consumer Electronics Show is a convention in Las Vegas in which inventors and companies big and small can show off planned releases and prototypes for the future of technology. Automobile company Mercedes-Benz, hoping to lead the world into a new future of driving, unveiled their newest vehicle by driving it up the Las Vegas Strip to the convention hall, only to reveal that the car was driving itself. The new Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion, sporting a sleek silver look fitting of a futuristic car prototype, is the company’s first fully autonomous vehicle.

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The F015 uses an innovative interior designed around a carriage-based concept, and features fully rotating seats that allow users to face each other directly while the car is in self-driving mode. The interior also features a number of touch-screen panels and screen throughout the vehicle, and can even project an image of what’s in front of the car to passengers through these screens, allowing users to monitor the road at all times. The F015 can be switched between autonomous mode and manual mode, and uses LED-studded bumpers on the car to let fellow drivers know which mode the vehicle is in. The vehicle is even designed to sense pedestrians, and will stop and project an image to signal to people outside of the vehicle that it is safe to cross.

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On top of that, the F015 is emission-free! The car runs off of a fuel cell that creates electricity through the combination of hydrogen and oxygen, and uses innovative cylinders within the vehicle that keep the hydrogen components safe, even in the event of an accident. Clearing this hurdle was a major step in making this emission-free vehicle safe for the road. The car is currently designed to run for 550 miles off of its hydrogen fuel cells, and an added 125 miles off of its internal batteries. Unfortunately, the F015 is not slated to be available to consumers until around 2030, making the Mercedes-Benz F015 a look into the distant future of vehicular transportation.

Sep08

GM announces smart cars by 2017

2014 at 01:07 pm by admin | Comments Off

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GM, or General Motors, has been producing automobiles and other means of transportation since the company was founded in 1908, and have announced that they plan on taking the next step in driver comfort and safety by producing “smart” cars by the year 2017! This news came at the opening ceremony of the Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, and detailed current plans for implementing the new vehicle-to-vehicle technology into a number of GM’s releases in the coming years, along with showing off booths to replicate the functions of the new tech.

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The first car that will carry the new communication will be the 2017 Cadillac CTS, and will then be applied to other cars across GM’s lineup, including Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC vehicles. The cars will utilize new technology that will allow these vehicles to communicate with other cars in a 300 meter radius, and will keep track of the location, speed, and direction of travel of other cars. This technology will assist in reducing traffic congestion and preventing accidents by warning drivers of upcoming dangers and other vehicles.

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GM is also creating an automated driving feature for upcoming Cadillacs, titled Super Cruise, which will allow drivers to select a lane and let the vehicle take over, adjusting speed and braking on its own. The Super Cruise technology is meant for assistance in heavily congested traffic, as well as on long drives on interstate highways. Unfortunately, while GM will implement these new vehicle-to-vehicle technologies into their cars by 2017, the full effect of this revolutionary technology will not be apparent until other motor vehicle companies follow suit and equip their own cars with the tech. Until then, GM plans to continue making strides in creating auto technology to make driving for people all over the world a safer experience.