Transportation

Transportation technology refers to tools and machines used to solve problems or improve conditions in respect to the movement of people and goods. In the following, I will scratch the surface and provide some examples of the technological journey of the transportation industry - touching as well the frontiers of the sector, i.e. handling, monitoring and warehousing.

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Toshiba to accelerate development of pure hydrogen fuel cell module for vessels and railroad vehicles

“Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) announced today that it has signed an agreement with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) on commissioned business for a multi-utility pure hydrogen fuel cell module for large modes of transport …

The 3 biggest things Elon Musk announced at Tesla’s big outdoor event

“Elon Musk and other Tesla executives held an unusual outdoor version of the company’s annual shareholder meeting and a “Battery Day” presentation on Tuesday afternoon in Fremont, California. Among the touted advancements in power technology and manufacturing, Musk announced …

Swedish consortium unveils mammoth wind-powered car carrier

“A Swedish consortium including ship design firm Wallenius Marine has unveiled a modern-day sailing ship which will be capable of carrying 6-7,000 vehicles and be able to reduce emissions for the trans-Atlantic crossing by 90%. The wPCC – wind Powered …

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Fleet Hits Milestone With FAA Clearance

“Retail behemoth Amazon.com Inc. took a big leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a handful of companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline. The Federal Aviation Administration …

SkyDrive’s piloted eVTOL makes its first public flight

“SkyDrive conducted a public flight demonstration of its piloted SD-03 eVTOL on Aug. 25 — the first such demo of a “flying car” in Japan, the company said. The flight took place at the Toyota Test Field in Toyota City …

Safe Travels: Voyage Intros Ambulance-Grade, Self-Cleaning Driverless Vehicle Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE

“Self-driving cars continue to amaze passengers as a truly transformative technology. However, in the time of COVID-19, a self-cleaning car may be even more appealing. Robotaxi startup Voyage introduced its third-generation vehicle, the G3, this week. The autonomous vehicle …

China’s CATL is developing new EV battery with no nickel, cobalt, exec says

“China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), a Tesla supplier, is developing a new type of electric vehicle (EV) battery that contains no nickel or cobalt, a company executive said on Saturday. Nickel and cobalt are key ingredients in …

Virgin Galactic Unveils Mach 3 Aircraft Design for High Speed Travel, and Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Rolls-Royce

“Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc, a vertically integrated aerospace and space travel company, which includes its manufacturer of advanced air and space vehicles, The Spaceship Company (“TSC”), announced today the first stage design scope for the build of its high speed …

Mobileye Starts Testing Self-Driving Vehicles in Germany

“Mobileye, an Intel company, received an automated vehicle (AV) testing permit recommendation from the independent technical service provider TÜV SÜD. As one of the leading experts in the field of safe and secure automated driving, TÜV SÜD enabled Mobileye to …

Modified Cessna is the ‘largest’ electric aircraft to take flight

“There were some compromises involved in taking to the skies. Electric aircraft are ever so slightly closer to becoming a practical reality for travel. Magnix and AeroTEC have flown what they say is the world’s largest all-electric aircraft. Their …