Mar 212011

from engadget

Porsche has now opened its doors for those who want to buy the 918 Spyder, one of the hottest hybrids out there. The car features a mid-mounted V8 paired with two electric motors, one front and one rear, which provide an additional 218 horsepower and AWD handling to boot. These motors are powered by a li-Ion battery pack that offer 16 miles of purely electric range when charged for about seven hours on a standard 110 outlet. Continue reading »

Mar 042011

From the official Google blog: Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology. And one of the big problems we’re working on today is car safety and efficiency. Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.

So they have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves.

Their automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain.

Check out the video below to see the Google driven car in action around a track. This happened at the TED conference that’s happening this week in Long Beach, California.

Video from inside the car

Read More: New York Times October 2010 article