TRANS PORTATION curated News March 13th

BATTERIES - Toshiba's lithium-ion battery energy storage systems make renewable energy more practical
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has delivered battery energy storage systems integrating the company's SCiB, an innovative lithium-ion secondary battery to Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc., for a demonstration project to expand introduction of renewable energy sources on remote islands. The systems have been installed in substations on Tanegashima Island and Amamioshima Island, in Kagoshima prefecture, and will be used to demonstrate t ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-toshiba-lithium-ion-battery-ene


Bykes - 1 mile of a protected bike lane is 100x cheaper than 1 mile of roadway (Chart)
Think bike lanes cost too much? Let's put it into a little perspective .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/1-mile-protected-bike-lane-1


Bykes - Expanding Horizon: Hybrid all-terrain electric trike adapts for disabled explorers (Video)
Capable of gliding over pavement or rugged terrain, this electric trike is made with those with physical disabilities (and an adventurous spirit) in mind .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/horizon-electric-bike-parapl


Bykes - Vega Edge the latest in wearable safety tech for peds and cyclists
Angella Mackey, a designer living in Sweden, has worked for a few years to integrate lights into cycling clothing. Her latest creation is a snap on, instant light source to wear almost anywhere .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/vega-edge-latest-wearable-sa


CARS - 3D printing, simulation softwares and new designs for Boeing and Ford
Dassault Systemes sees rising demand from clients eager to apply innovative designs and improve efficiency and complianceForm and function have always been a focus for product designers. But a third principle has emerged in recent years and is being woven into the design process for everything from jumbo jets to drugs: sustainability.The focus on sustainability has forced developers of design software to build new capabilities into their products ...
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/3d-printing-
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CARS - A 2016 Chevrolet Camaro That Looks Like the 5th Gen Models Could Hurt Sales
The 5th generation Chevrolet Camaro which was introduced for the 2010 model year was radically different from the previous models and the same is true of the 2014 Corvette relative to the 2013 mod .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/106/2016-chevrolet-camaro-looks-5t


CARS - AM General MV-1 is back in production [w/video]
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Plants/Manufacturing, Videos, SpecialtyAM General, the manufacturer best known as the maker of the US military's Humvee, has restarted production of the MV-1, the versatile van targeted specifically at the underserved market for the disabled.Originally built by the Vehicle Production Group, production of the MV-1 didn't last long, as VPG went out of business just over a year ago. In September, though, AM General worked o ...
AM General MV-1 Relaunch
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/13/am-general-mv-1-productio


CARS - BMW i8 electric supercar details unveiled
The BMW i8 is now in production, and final i8 details have just been unveiled .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/bmw-i8-electric-supercar-deta


CARS - Cadillac could 'flourish' in Australia, says marketing chief
Filed under: Geneva Motor Show, Cadillac, AustraliaCadillac might have its best product mix in recent history, and GM's luxury brand is looking to expand. In fact, it might even be making a trip Down Under, at least according to the company's global marketing chief.Uwe Ellinghaus spoke with Australian site Car Advice at the Geneva Motor Show and said the brand could be quite successful there. "[The] goodwill that the Cadillac brand has is such a ...
2014 Cadillac CTS
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/13/cadillac-could-flourish-a


CARS - Colorado has a gem of an engine
Slideshow Image: Description: Chevy 3. .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/gallery/colorado-has-gem-engin


CARS - Comparing the 2015 Hyundai Sonata to the 2015 Genesis
Automobile Magazine has released spy shots of the interior of the upcoming Sonata that debuts at the end of the month in Korea and then later in April at the New York Auto Show .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/108/2015-hyundai-sonata-mirrors-20


CARS - Datsun previews new budget sedan for Russia [w/video]
Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Videos, Nissan, RussiaNobody does cars on the cheap quite like the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The former part of the equation already has its Dacia brand of cost-effective, no-frills vehicles that have become a favorite of Top Gear co-host James May, and last summer, the latter revived its Datsun nameplate for a budget brand of its own.The reborn Datsun launched in India this past July with its Go hatchback, returned in ...
Datsun budget sedan for Russia
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/13/datsun-russia-budget-seda


CARS - Fiat Evokes Its Heritage (And Memories Of The 'Fix It Again Tony' Era) With The 500 1957 Edition
History is, of course, selectively written, with some of the more unpleasant aspects of a given era glossed over or disregarded altogether with the salve of time .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2014/03/13/fiat-evo


CARS - How To Create an Emergency Car Care Kit
We might be working our way down a busy city street, or we may be cruising down a lonesome stretch of highway. Either way, it pays to be prepared .. ...
Emergency car care kit
http://www.torquenews.com/2284/how-to-make-own-emergency-car


CARS - Insider: The Next Generation Dodge Challenger Will "Blow Your Socks Off"
My discussion with this gentleman really didn’t reveal any new information on the next generation Dodge Challenger, but he reiterated several times that the new Mopar muscle coupe was going to hav .. ...
The Dodge Challenger Classic badge
http://www.torquenews.com/106/insider-next-generation-dodge-


CARS - Japanese dealer petitioning Lexus for luxury van [w/poll]
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Lexus, LuxuryUsed to be that if you wanted a luxury automobile - especially one to be chauffeured around in - your choices were basically limited to a sedan. It could be bigger or smaller, more or less expensive, depending on your needs and budget, but it was always going to have four doors and a trunk. But these days the rich and famous are looking elsewhere for their commodious forms of pampering transportation. There ...
Toyota Alphard
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/13/lexus-luxury-van-poll-rep


CARS - Volvo explores road-integrated magnets for autonomous cars
(Phys.org) —Volvo has been testing the efficacy of magnets to keep self-driving cars moving safely on the road. The idea is for magnets to help the cars identify where they need to be in lanes. The Volvo Car Group tested how well the road magnets in the roadway can actually support accurate positioning. Project leaders described the magnets as serving up an invisible railway for position accuracy. By detecting the magnets a car can constantly adj ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-volvo-explores-road-integrated-


EVs - Building Out The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Greenlots Advocates For Open Standards
North America is at a critical point in making some decisions about its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, and how proprietary its charging networks will ultimately be. The choices made could affect drivers for years to come. These decisions need to be made soon because of the unexpectedly rapid rate of EV adoption .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2014/03/13/buildin


EVs - Kia Soul EV starts production next month amidst modest sales projections
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Kia, AsiaThe hamsters in those Kia Soul commercials? Looks like they'll be riding real quiet and quite clean a little sooner than we thought. Kia is now saying it will start production of the 2015 Soul EV next month, and sales will start later this year in the company's home country of South Korea. Additionally, according to Reuters, Kia is keeping sales expectations low, suggesting it should sell about 5,000 Soul EVs a y ...
Kia Soul EV
http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/13/kia-soul-ev-production-


EVs - Prius Family
Slideshow Image: Description: Prius Model .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/gallery/prius-famil


PUBLIC - This bus shelter will keep you warm, but only if you hold hands with your fellow passengers
During this year's extremely cold winter full of ice storms and the effects of a polar vortex, moments of warmth between strangers are created in a bus shelter .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/bus-shelter-will-keep-you-


TRAFFIC - 'Super circles' to lessen rush-hour traffic congestion
While Mother Nature continues to challenge drivers across the country, a team of traffic engineers is working hard on a new way to make rush-hour commutes safer and faster in any weather. A "super circle" involves adding a stop light to one approach of a roundabout to control the number of vehicles entering during rush hours .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140313122536.ht


TRAFFIC - Colorado launches 'Drive High, Get a DUI' pot campaign
Colorado has launched a "Drive High, Get a DUI" ad campaign to deter motorists from taking the wheel after consuming marijuana in the US state, which legalized recreational pot in January .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-colorado-high-dui-pot-


TRAFFIC - Feds to end roadside breath testing without permission
Filed under: Government/Legal"I'm concerned that motorists who encounter these surveys are not properly informed the survey is voluntary." - Rep. Tom PetriLast year, the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving kicked off in 60 cities across the US. The survey, as the name suggests, attempts to gauge the level of drunk and drugged driving on US roads. This is the fifth time the voluntary survey has been conducted since 1973, but th ...
Fighting DWI
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/13/feds-ending-roadside-brea


TRAFFIC - Patients should wait 6-to-12 weeks before driving after shoulder surgery
More than 53,000 Americans have total shoulder joint replacement (SJR) surgery each year, and yet the effects of this surgery on a patient's ability to safely drive a vehicle, and the appropriate recovery time before patients should return to driving, have yet to be determined. In a new study, "Driving Performance after Total Shoulder Arthroplasty," presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-patients-to-weeks-shou