Held for the third time since its outset in 2004, the DARPA Grand Challenge is the largest scale research and development program for autonomous vehicles. Taking place in the U.S., the event features robot cars built by teams from all over the world, competing in a long distance race. The program is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the central research and development organization of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This year’s competition, which will take place in a mock urban area in California, promises to be especially challenging, as DARPA added new tasks and rules for the competitor teams. Despite that, expectations are extremely high, due to the progress made in automotive research since 2005 – the year in which the second DARPA challenge featured five vehicles reaching the finish line after autonomously completing the 212 km course.
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Tighten your seatbelt and put on your gear as we take you on a awesome journey in to what would be the future of transportation with ‘Green Cars’ that are right out of flicks like Matrix or i-Robot. There are some which show the green creativity of young, modern designers while the others just show how the big boys can play when given a free hand with work. These cars do not just go on land; they fly in the air, go for a dive under the ocean and even make you wonder if they indeed are cars!! This ride just gets better with every step, so hang on to your seats and let the future come alive in front of your eyes…
1. Honda’s future akin to the Matrix!
This is the project design that Honda says would be on the street by the end of next five decades. (I might, just might live to see this on the streets) The car is being said to be powered by Solar Hybrid technology & is a vehicle that is four in one. It can launch 4 different modes of vehicles I suppose. Like the Mini-Bike in the batman car maybe! Honda plan to attain this goal by integrating Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Gyros & molecular engineering. You know all this sounds so mind-boggling in theory itself. Hollywood would look so dull and pale when this indeed does hit the road! Awesomeness!!
In Arabic, Masdar means “the source,” and the the latest development to spring from the city’s upwelling of green tech is a futuristic transit system that will serve the city’s six square kilometers. Realizing a concept straight out of sci-fi, the system consists of a fleet of solar-powered programmable vehicles that seat six and keep streets congestion free.
Dutch working on superbus – aerodynamic bus that can also be a high speed train It is an electric bus designed to be able to switch seamlessly between ordinary roads and dedicated “supertracks”, on which it can reach speeds of 250kph (155mph). It could thus present an alternative to much more expensive magnetic-levitation trains. It is as wide and long as a standard city bus, the Superbus is only 1.7 metres high, or roughly the same height as a sports-utility vehicle. There is no middle aisle. The low-riding Superbus, in contrast, has a separate door for each of its 30-odd seats. The individual doors also allow for rapid loading and unloading of passengers
Unless you wear one of those jet packs (a la rocketman), not many of you would claim to wear his/her preferred mode of transport on the back. Chang Ting Jen recognizes this and wants to change it too. His entry in the International Bicycle Design Competition is tagged Backpack Bicycle, and it is easy to see just why. With public transport (MRT and buses) becoming all the more favored means to commute, increasingly bike is becoming inconvenient or downright superfluous. Its need is felt only when the inter-city buses leave us on our own to explore the city. As soon as the need for a foldable bike arises, the Backpack Bicycle steps in.