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BMW’s Vision 100 series new motorcycle has a Batman look


BMW has released their next concept vehicle in the Vision 100 series, and it’s a motorcycle. The Motorrad is sleek, self-balances and comes with augmented reality goggles.

BMW today released the fourth and final concept of its Vision Next 100 series which represents a progressive solution for the world of motorcycling.

The new BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 was revealed at an exhibition in Los Angeles, joining the previous concepts from BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce. The new concept envisions a future of biking in a connected world, where motorcycling is more about escaping the everyday routine and less of a mean of transportation.


One of the highlights of BMW’s futuristic bike is that the rider no longer needs to wear a helmet and a padded suit in order to ride it, thanks to the motorcycle’s so-called Self-Balancing mechanism. This tech keep the bike balanced both while in motion and while stationary, preventing it from tipping over. Thanks to
this assistance, all riders of any level of skill can keep pushing over their personal limits for an even more exciting ride.


Another highlight is the black frame triangle, a clear nod to BMW’s first ever motorcycle, the 1923 R32. On the Vision 100 concept, it has been reinterpreted in order to form a functional sculpture, linking the two wheels together and making the frame appear as a single piece.

Despite adopting the dynamic appearance of a naked bike, the Motorrad Vision 100 features some clever arrangement of surfaces in order to protect the rider from wind and weather as effectively as a full fairing. In addition, the steering system is frame-assisted which means that when the rider turns the steering wheel, it adjusts the entire frame in order to change direction. The so-called Flexframe is also adjustable, allowing a light steering at standstill and a more rigid one at higher speeds. The powertrain was designed to mimic the style of the traditional BMW boxer engine but it’s actually just a case for the zero-emissions drive unit. It also changes its shape, extending outwards when the bike sets off to enhance aerodynamics and protect the rider ‘from the elements’.

The bike and rider are always connected via a special visor, essentially a pair of special glasses showing relevant data, like ideal riding lines and banking angles among others. And instead of the usual protective clothing which is rendered useless by the bike’s safety systems, BMW created a unique airy suit for the rider, which warms or cools him or her and inflates the neck section for extra support and comfort.

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Cars may be gaining advanced safety features, from collision prevention to lane keeping assist, but motorcycles have been left behind. Sometime in the next 30 years, BMW expects to change that, showing its first idea for an unspillable bike with the Motorrad Vision Next 100.


Meet Blade – The First 3D-Printed Supercar


Meet Blade – a super-light sports car with a 3D printed chassis, designed as an alternative to traditional car manufacturing. Through 3D printing, entrepreneur Kevin Czinger has developed a radical new way to build cars with a much lighter footprint.
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Tesla’s Gigafactory Is Live and it is Amazing


Published on Jul 31, 2016

I’m a big fan of Tesla and everything Elon Musk does and I want to share this amazing fresh speech that he and JB Straubel gave about the new Gigafactory in front of media and many Tesla fans.

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Free supercharging fundamentally has a cost. The obvious thing to do is to separate that from the cost of the Model 3. It’ll still be far cheaper than gasoline, but it will not be free for life unless you purchase a special package.

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Excerpt from https://www.tesla.com/gigafactory
Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. To achieve that goal, we must produce electric vehicles in sufficient volume to force change in the automobile industry. With a planned production rate of 500,000 cars per year in the latter half of this decade, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory was born of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support our projected vehicle demand.

Rinspeed Etos BMW i8 Can Drive Itself and Has a Drone Landing Pad


The Rinspeed Etos is packed full with cool features.

Thanks to its 9 high-definition exterior cameras for tracking surrounding objects, the Rinspeed Etos can operate autonomously. While on the road, it automatically links to the city infrastructure for traffic information and even cell phone reception.

Switch to a manual driving mode and the steering wheel will extend out of the dashboard, and the vehicle’s gaze-tracking system monitors their eyes to ensure constant alertness.

A neat little extra – a drone and a landing platform for it, consisting of 12,000 individually controlled LEDs, are included.

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Inside, the Etos is equipped with two curved 21.5-inch Ultra HD widescreen monitors that serve as the gateway between the occupants and the Harman Connected Car infotainment suite. The technology acts like a courteous personal assistant, anticipating the needs and wants of the people inside while also providing ‘perfect entertainment.’ Even better, the system learns as it goes, predicting appointments, adapting to personal preferences, and reducing the amount of manual entries the driver must input. If you must be bothered with entering in an address or changing a preference, you can do so with touch, voice, or gesture controls.


Few of these features strike us as strictly necessary, and the most outlandish of them (we’re looking at you, drone) will likely never be implemented on a production automobile. And what features do will likely find their home in more accommodating vehicles than a two-seat sports car. But show cars like these are made to capture our imaginations, and the Rinspeed Etos has clearly done exactly that. We’ll look forward to seeing it at CES and at the Geneva Motor Show to follow.

Published on Dec 17, 2015

Most prototype self-driving cars are designed for comfort, not performance. After all, wouldn’t you want to take the wheel if you really wanted a thrill? Rinspeed thinks there’s a case to be made, though: it just teased the Σtos, an autonomous sports car concept. The vehicle still has a steering wheel for those hands-on moments, but the controller automatically retracts into the dashboard when you’re content to let the car do all the hard work. Two curved widescreen displays also move closer into view in this mode, and there’s even a drone (complete with a landing pad) that could deliver goods or record your adventures on camera.

Like with many Rinspeed concepts, this is all a bit pie-in-the-sky — the odds are that you won’t see an Ʃtos in your garage any time soon, if ever. There will be a real-world example of it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, however. And even if it’s just a theoretical exercise, it’s a reminder that self-driving cars don’t have to be exclusively about getting from point A to point B. You could eventually see sports cars that give you full control when you’re on a race track, but take the reins when you’re wading through traffic on the way home.


Defog your windows TWICE as fast using SCIENCE- 4 easy steps


Published on Jan 5, 2016

Here are 4 steps to defog your windshield twice as fast in the morning and the science behind why it works. Thanks for watching from the bottom of my nerdy heart.

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BMW i8 Key May Change Car Keys Forever…♥♥♥…

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The BMW i8 is one of the most talked about sports cars due to its very fast 0-60 time and the amazing 94 MPG figure. But not only is the car futuristic looking, so is its key.

The new key that comes with the BMW i8 may just be a game changer. LCDs are basically everywhere but they’re yet to be implemented into a car key. But it’s understandable why – it kills battery. However the tech is now available due to things like Bluetooth Low Energy.

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The high resolution LCD can show how much charge is left in the car, what the current capable range is, when it was fully charged and if it is locked or not.

Thankfully the whole thing isn’t made up of a display, it still has some tactile buttons. The most useful buttons of course being the lock/unlock and boot.

It will be amazing to see how car manufacturers adopt this sort of tech into their own keys in the future.

Published on Jan 13, 2015

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The technology in the new BMW 7 Series is insane


Published on Jun 10, 2015

Be one of the first to have a closer look at the all-new BMW 7 Series. Explore some never-seen-before features. More: http://www.bmw.com/7series
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The all-new BMW 7 Series. Driving Luxury.

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Laser Powered By Laser Beams 240mph – Vision Gran Turismo


Published on Nov 20, 2014

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Tursimo (VGT) concept – an imaginative interpretation of the ultimate race car, developed exclusively for fans of the PlayStation® 3 racing game, Gran Turismo® 6.


Developed as part of the Vision Gran Turismo project, which celebrates the future of automotive design and innovation, the Chaparral 2X VGT concept is inspired by the innovative race cars Chaparral Racing and Chevrolet partnered on more than 45 years ago.

Gamers can race the Chaparral 2X VGT this holiday season by downloading an online update for Gran Turismo 6, the latest iteration of the best-selling PlayStation franchise that has sold more than 72 million copies worldwide since its 1998 debut.

Audi Has Made Diesel From Water And Carbon Dioxide

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It’s the holy grail in energy production: produce a fuel that is both carbon neutral and can be poured directly into our current cars without the need to retrofit. There are scores of companies out there trying to do just that using vegetable oil, algae, and even the microbes found in panda poop to turn bamboo into fuel.


This week, German car manufacturer Audi has declared that they have been able to create an “e-diesel,” or diesel containing ethanol, by using renewable energy to produce a liquid fuel from nothing more than water and carbon dioxide. After a commissioning phase of just four months, the plant in Dresden operated by clean tech company Sunfire has managed to produce its first batch of what they’re calling “blue crude.” The product liquid is composed of long-chain hydrocarbon compounds, similar to fossil fuels, but free from sulfur and aromatics and therefore burns soot-free.

The first step in the process involves harnessing renewable energy through solar, wind or hydropower. This energy is then used to heat water to temperatures in excess of 800oC (1472oF). The steam is then broken down into oxygen and hydrogen through high temperature electrolysis, a process where an electric current is passed through a solution.

The hydrogen is then removed and mixed with carbon monoxide under high heat and pressure, creating a hydrocarbon product they’re calling “blue crude.” Sunfire claim that the synthetic fuel is not only more environmentally friendly than fossil fuel, but that the efficiency of the overall process—from renewable power to liquid hydrocarbon—is very high at around 70%. The e-diesel can then be either mixed with regular diesel, or used as a fuel in its own right.

But all may not be as it seems. The process used by Audi is actually called the Fischer-Tropsch process and has been known by scientists since the 1920s. It was even used by the Germans to turn coal into diesel during the Second World War when fuel supplies ran short. The process is currently used by many different companies all around the world, especially in countries where reserves of oil are low but reserves of other fossils fuels, such as gas and coal, are high.

And it would seem that Audi aren’t the first to think about using biogas facilities to produce carbon neutral biofuels either. Another German company called Choren has already made an attempt at producing biofuel using biogas and the Fischer-Tropsch process. Backed byShell and Volkswagen, the company had all the support and funding it needed, but in 2011 it filed for bankruptcy due to impracticalities in the process.

Audi readily admits that none of the processes they use are new, but claim it’s how they’re going about it that is. They say that increasing the temperature at which the water is split increases the efficiency of the process and that the waste heat can then be recovered. Whilst their announcement might not be heralding a new fossil fuel-free era, the tech of turning green power into synthetic fuel could have applications as a battery to store excess energy produced by renewables.


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Published on Apr 27, 2015

The company’s pilot plant, which is operated by German startup Sunfire in Dresden, produced its first batches of the “e-diesel” this month. German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka put a few liters of the fuel in her work car, an Audi A8, to commemorate the accomplishment.

The base fuel is referred to as “blue crude,” and begins by taking electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar or hydropower and using it to produce hydrogen from water via reversible electrolysis. The hydrogen is then mixed with CO2 that has been converted into CO in two chemical processes and the resulting reactions produce a liquid made from long-chain hydrocarbons – this is blue crude, which is then refined to create the end product, the synthetic e-diesel….

Jaguar Land Rover introduces the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen .. Cool..…♥♥♥…

jaguar 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen

Jaguar Land Rover says they are developing a 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen that “will allow drivers to get a complete, unhindered view of the road.” I can’t wait for this to be real and standard in every car, although it’s probably still a long time away. The best feature: Follow Me Ghost Car navigation.

The Musical Tune in the vdo  was Grt though 🙂

~ Galactic human ~

Published on Dec 14, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover is developing the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen which allows drivers to get a complete, unhindered view of the road. Watch the video to see the transparent pillars, Heads-Up display and ‘Follow Me’ Ghost Car Navigation.

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