TRANS PORTATION curated News January 22nd

AIRSHIPS - An interactive map of every plane in the air right now
To celebrate the anniversary of 100-years of commercial flight travel, The Guardian has created a lovely interactive map that shows the flight paths and times of all the planes currently in the air.
An interactive map of every plane in the air right now
http://io9.com/an-interactive-map-of-every-plane-in-the-air-


AIRSHIPS - FlexSys’ 1 Piece Wings Improve Fuel Efficiency by 12%
By removing the seams and rivets of conventional airplane wings, the engineers at FlexSys have been able to improve an airplanes’ fuel efficiency by as much as 12% per flight. The Michigan-based company’s seamless, variable geometry airfoil design is called the FlexFoil, and it’s set to be the next big thing in aviation.According to a 2006 paper co-written by the inventor of the FlexFoil system, mechanical engineer Dr. Sridhar Kota, FlexSy .. ...
FlexFoil Airplane Wing Without Flaps
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/21/flexsys-wing-without-fla


BATTERIES - Report: LG Chem obtains patent for Li-ion battery separator in Europe, Japan
Yonhap News reported that South Korea-based LG Chem Ltd. said that it has obtained a patent for its safety-reinforced separator (SRS), a key component of lithium-ion polymer batteries, in Europe and Japan. SRS uses nanoscale ceramic particles to prevent internal short circuits. The separator offers excellent abuse tolerance due to its thermal and mechanical strength. (Earlier post.)LG Chem introduced its SRS in 2006, and emphasized its high therm ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140122-lgchem.htm


BATTERIES - Researchers develop energy-dense sugar battery
A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, a development that could replace conventional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-energy-dense-sugar-battery.htm


BATTERIES - Virginia Tech researchers develop high-energy-density sugar “biobattery”, an enzymatic fuel cell
A Virginia Tech research team led by Dr. Y.H. Percival Zhang has developed a high-energy-density sugar “biobattery”—a sugar-fueled fuel cell based on a synthetic enzymatic pathway. This enzymatic fuel cell is based on non-immobilized enzymes that exhibit a maximum power output of 0.8?mW?cm?2 and a maximum current density of 6?mA?cm?2—far higher than the values for systems based on immobilized enzymes. Enzymatic fuel cells containing a 15% (wt/v) ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140121-zhang.htm


BOATS - UK planes, trains and boats could get 'superfast' satellite internet later this year
Sure, in-flight internet has its perks, but it's not available everywhere and it can be a little slow. To push things forward, at least in the UK, Ofcom has approved the use of satellite-based technologies on planes, trains and boats, enabling .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/21/ofcom-planes-trains-boats


Bykes - It's here! San Francisco debuts pilot electric bike share program
We're great proponents of e-bikes, and we also believe the best way to get people to e-bike is to give them a test ride - which San Francisco is now doing .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/want-test-drive-electric-bik


Bykes - Why TIME Magazine Got the Bixi Story Wrong
Major media have a habit of blowing bike-share problems out of proportion. Witness the 2009 BBC story that cast theft and vandalism as an existential threat to Velib in Paris. Five years later, Velib is still going strong. The most recent entry in the genre is Christopher Matthews’ misguided story on the Bixi bankruptcy in TIME. Headline: “Why America’s Grand Bike-Sharing Experiment Is Failing.”There’s a reason that Divvy was fed up with Bixi’s s ...
http://dc.streetsblog.org/2014/01/22/why-time-magazine-got-t


CARS - 13 Safest Midsize Cars And SUVs

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ejef45feij/acura-mdx


CARS - Cadillac ELR regen on demand brakes win 2014 Green Car Technology award
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Cadillac, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Washington DC Auto ShowJust like the Oscars, Green Car Journal decided a few years ago to up the number of nominees for its annual award. For the annual "Green Car of the Year" award, given out at the Los Angeles Auto Show each year, there are five finalists. For the "Green Car Technology" award, there are a fantastic ten. At the 2014 Washington Auto Show today, the Cadillac ELR and its ...
Cadillac ELR Green Car Technology Award DC 2014
http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/22/cadillac-elr-regen-on-d


CARS - Cell phones as life savers: Cars pinpoint pedestrians
Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have developed a process that cooperates with driver assistance systems in cars to pinpoint pedestrians and cyclists—even while they are hidden from view. To this end, pedestrian's and cyclist's cell phones could soon serve as transponders. On-board positioning systems would then compute the projected trajectory of the transponders and initiate an emergency braking sequence in case a pedestrian ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-cell-life-savers-cars-pedestria


CARS - ETC: Car vs. building crashes in Buffalo mapped with Google's help
Filed under: Etc.In December 2013, Buffalo, NY news station WVIB posted a gallery of 69 images of cars that had crashed into storefronts and homes entitled "Rash of vehicles crashing into buildings." In November 2012 the town of Amherst, NY - part of the Buffalo metro area - began looking at municipal regulations to place bollards in front of buildings to protect them from runaway cars. The Deputy Supervisor of the city said that at one time the ...
Screenshot of a map showing locations in Buffalo, NY where drivers have crashed into buildings
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/21/car-vs-building-crashes-b


CARS - First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE
Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Volkswagen, First DrivesIn spite of a recent hiccup in sales that's led to the departure of Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning, the brand behind Das Auto says its metrics have improved everywhere else. According to the charts we were shown during a recent drive of the brand's lineup, its US sales have doubled in four years, the dealer network is growing, VW was ranked the highest non-premium passenger-car bran ...
2014 VW Jetta SE
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/22/2014-volkswagen-jetta-se-


CARS - Ford, researchers to work on autonomous cars
Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it was teaming up with researchers at two US universities to work on obstacles, technical and otherwise, to automated driving .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-ford-autonomous-cars.htm


CARS - Get Your Kid a Free 2015 Ford Mustang GT at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show (Video)
As the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit’s Cobo Hall reaches its final few days, hundreds of thousands of automotive enthusiasts have gotten a chance to meet the 2015 Ford Must The 2015 Ford Mustang GT at the debut A low front end shot of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT A low front corner shot of the 2015 For ...
Revell 2015 Ford Mustang GT model
http://www.torquenews.com/106/get-your-kid-free-2015-ford-mu


CARS - Honda Fit rated ‘poor’ by Insurance Institute For Highway Safety
The question has circulated the auto industry for decades .. ...
Honda crash test
http://www.torquenews.com/1574/honda-fit-rated-poor-insuranc


CARS - Hydrogen Vehicles 2: The Technical Downside
Research engineers will often talk about what can be done technically, without considering the economic feasibility. Magazines like Scientific American and Technology Review often gush over advances that turn out to be viable only in the laboratory, not the real world. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would seem to belong to this category .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellynch/2014/01/22/hydrogen


CARS - MIT and Stanford will teach Ford's automated cars how to dodge obstacles
It's not enough for Ford to build automated test cars; it also has to teach those cars how to handle the road. To that end, the automaker is partnering with MIT and Stanford on research projects that will help automated (and eventually, autonomous) .. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/22/mit-and-stanford-teach-fo


CARS - Mercedes UK tries to move out 2014 C-Class with AMG Sport Edition
Mercedes-Benz must need to move out the 2014 C-Class before the new generation 2015 models arrive .. ...
2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG Sport Edition
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/mercedes-uk-tries-move-out-20


CARS - New Audi TT likely headed for Geneva reveal
Filed under: Coupe, Geneva Motor Show, AudiBetween the Consumer Electronics Show and the Detroit Auto Show, Audi is creating plenty of buzz lately for its upcoming third-generation TT. Fortunately, we won't have to wait too much longer to see the next Audi TT, though, as Autocar reports that the coupe will make its big debut at the Geneva Motor Show.In speaking with Audi's technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg, the article states that the 2015 TT wil ...
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/22/new-audi-tt-likely-headed


CARS - Official: Toyota launches new Noah, Voxy minivans in Japan [w/videos]
Filed under: Hybrid, Minivan/Van, Japan, ToyotaWe know the feeling: you've got what seems like your whole bloodline to transport, and maybe not quite two of every living kind, but a household pet or two. So you're going to need something big to fit them all. Something like a Toyota Sienna ought to do the trick. But if you live on an Asian island that, we're sorry to say, has been known to flood in what can only be referred to as an Act of God but ...
2015 Toyota Noah
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/22/toyota-noah-voxy-minivans


CARS - Official: VW holds pricing steady on Beetles with new 1.8T
Filed under: Car Buying, Convertible, Hatchback, VolkswagenLike many automakers, Volkswagen is in the process of replacing larger naturally aspirated engines with smaller turbocharged ones. That includes the Beetle, which is switching from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to a 1.8-liter turbo. Yet VW has kept the price the same despite the engine swap.The 2014 Beetle with the 1.8T and standard six-speed manual starts at $20,295 - the same as the ...
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/22/vw-beetle-18t-pricing-off


CARS - Report: Hyundai Genesis V8 HTRAC may come with performance orientation
Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Hyundai, LuxuryWhen the second-generation Hyundai Genesis arrives in dealers, customers looking for the new all-wheel-drive variant will need to settle for the 3.8-liter V6. This is no bad thing, as the V6 is a sound engine, but what if you want that brawny, 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8? For now, you're stuck spinning the rear wheels.A report from AutoGuide, though, claims that the new HTRAC all-wheel-drive system ...
2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/20/hyundai-genesis-v8-all-wh


CARS - The Best Cars For Commuters 2014

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehlg45ffjk/the-best-cars-for-


CARS - Tiny Cars Get Poor Safety Rating In New Crash Test Study
Most minicars did not do well in a new frontal crash test .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2014/01/22/tiny-cars-h


CARS - Video: Watch the Lotus Esprit evolve from 1976 to 2004
Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Videos, LotusSeeing a model as long-lived as the Lotus Esprit evolve over time generally requires some clever photography or graphical work, kind of like this. This video doesn't require any of that trickery, though, because it features every single model year of Espirt in one glorious row of awesome British cars.Taken at the 2013 Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch in the UK, it features Esprits from 1976 al ...
Lotus Esprit lineup
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/21/watch-lotus-esprit-evolve


EVs - 0 to 100,000 in 3 years: Nissan sells 100,000th LEAF electric car!
Have you seen the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car? If you have, you know that Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's CEO, has pretty much bet his career and the company on electric cars .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/0-100000-3-years-nissan-sells


EVs - 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in is quietly the 4rth best-selling electrified vehicle in the US
One of the most interesting things I saw at the 2010 Boston Auto Show was Toyota's Plug-in Prius. At that time the internet and forums were abuzz with people clamoring for plug-in hybrids .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/2014-toyota-prius-plug-quietl


EVs - 24 More Electric Vehicles (+ Pictures) From EVS27
Aside from the EVS27 pictures and videos I already shared of the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Up!, Volkswagen XL1, EP Tender, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Nissan e-NV200, the smart electric drive, the Renault Twizy, the rest of Renault’s electric lineup, and some electric tuk tuks, as well as several other EVs I’m still going to review or feature, I thought I’d share the rest of the pictures of cool electric vehicles that I won’t be wr .. ...
IMG_1284
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/22/pictures-evs27


EVs - Auto regulator agrees with Musk on Tesla Model S recall name change
Recently, Tesla went through the formal recall process with the Model S over concerns that during charging in a location in which the home’s wiring is not properly done, the charging cord, and the .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/auto-regulator-agrees-musk-te


EVs - Buddhist Priest at this 750 years old temple was one of the first to buy an electric LEAF. Here's why.
Nissan has been in a celebratory mood lately, no doubt because of its recent milestone of 100,000 LEAF electric cars sold .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/buddhist-priest-750-years-old


EVs - Europe EV Policy
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Olivier Onidi, Director of Innovative & Sustainable Mobility in the European Commission, about EU electric vehicle (EV) policy. He had some interesting things to say regarding overall EU policy as well as some country-specific policies. Here is a video of that interview:Estonia is indeed a strong EV leader, especially in its support of a nationwide fast-charging charging network. It’s a little .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/21/europe-ev-policy


EVs - Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe
Tesla is opening new Supercharger locations connecting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. As of today, 81 Supercharger locations are energized worldwide, with 14 locations in Europe.The accelerated energizing of Superchargers in Germany (Wilnsdorf, Bad Rappenau, Aichstetten and Jettingen), Switzerland (Lully), Austria (St. Anton) and the Netherlands (Zevenaar and Oosterhout) represents a new milestone in the expansion of the Eur ... http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140121-tesla.htm


FUELS - Boeing Discovers Promising Biofuel At $3 Per Gallon
Originally published on Reviving Gaia. By Roy L Hales.Boeing has identified a commercially viable “green diesel” that emits 50% less carbon dioxide than conventional fossil fuels.Biofuel research in Boeing laboratory.Image Credit: Boeing.It is made from oils and fats that are chemically similar to today’s aviation biofuel and, with US government incentives, costs about $3 a gallon.  That makes it competitive with petroleum jet fuel.Were it .. ...
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/21/boeing-discovers-promisi


FUELS - Engineers convert yeast cells into 'sweet crude' biofuel
(Phys.org) —Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats, known as lipids, that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-yeast-cells-sweet-crude-biofuel


TRAFFIC - How Would You Drive If Your Child Was Crossing the Street in Front of You?
Network blog Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 is promoting a campaign they call “driven by love.” The idea is that driving carefully — remaining focused and sober, driving an appropriate speed — is a loving way to drive.Photo: Traffic Safety CoalitionIt’s a powerful concept, and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it articulated quite this way:Imagine these scenarios behind the wheel……you are approaching your home as your young child runs out the door to meet ...
http://streetsblog.net/2014/01/21/how-would-you-drive-if-you


TRANSPORT - Ford kicks off new automated driving research projects with MIT and Stanford University
Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle with four LiDAR sensors. Click to enlarge.Building on the capabilities of the automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle unveiled last month (earlier post), Ford is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to research and to develop solutions to some of the technical challenges surrounding automated driving.The MIT research focuses on scenario planning to ...
Hero_autofusionrls
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140122-ford.htm


TRANSPORT - Study shows recent increase in US households without a
A new report byDr. Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan TransportationResearch Institute (UMTRI) shows a recent increase in theproportion of US households without a vehicle. Sivak performed two analyses on data from the American CommunitySurvey. The first analysis examined the changes in this proportionof US households without a vehicle for the entire US from 2005through 2012. The second analysis studied the variations in thisproportion am ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140121-sivak.htm


TRANSPORT - TU München team develops new technique for accurate distance
Basic concept for range detection usingcooperative transponders. Click toenlarge. As part of the “cooperative transponder” research projectKo-TAG (earlierpost), researchers at the Technische Universität München(TUM) developeda new approach to distance measurement to enable advanced driverassistance systems (ADAS) in cars to pinpoint the location ofpedestrians and cyclists even in non-line-of-sightsituations—i.e., when they are hidden from the dr ...
Kofas2
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140121-tum.htm