The YARA Birkeland will be the world’s first autonomous and zero-emission container ship. It will be manned when it launches in 2018, but is expected to launch, sail and dock on its own by 2020. It will reduce YARA’s diesel truck haulage by up to 40,000 trips a year.
It’s common knowledge that you can generate a small amount of electricity from a potato paired with copper and zinc electrodes. Engineer Marek Baczynski decided to take this idea to the next logical step, harnessing this potato power and using it to drive a robotic brain and wheels.
Roborace is knee-deep in the development of cars for its fully-autonomous racing series, and they just dropped some amazing footage that shows one of their test cars running a lap of Berlin’s Formula E track. Top speed for the test lap was 124 mph, but their goal is 190 mph.
Automotive innovators Local Motors latest creation is an autonomous 12-passenger electric bus that’s designed to offer door-to-door rides, smartphone-based ride hailing and payment, and remote monitoring from a control center. Initial prototypes start road tests in DC soon.