The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

But this week, when the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 40 documents related to the 2018 crash in which a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian, it quickly became apparent that the term “mistake” might be generous.

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo's New Switch, and More News. Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable.

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

The founder and CEO of Colorado-based Molon Labe, Scott is the designer of the S1 seat, which puts the middle seat two inches lower than the spots on either side, and pushes it back three inches.

Calculate the G’s of Using an Ejection Seat to Blast Out of a Jet

Calculate the G’s of Using an Ejection Seat to Blast Out of a Jet

Even though the seat is actually accelerating downward (because of the gravitational force), it's good enough to get a linear fit and find an approximate post-rocket acceleration with the slope of this line at a velocity of 19.4 meters per second (43.4 mph).

A New Wave of Brainy Bikes Do Everything but Ride Themselves

A New Wave of Brainy Bikes Do Everything but Ride Themselves

That follows on the release, last summer, of Fox Racing Shox’s Live Valve, an electronically controlled suspension system that reacts almost instantly to terrain, and the year before, an automatic gear-shifting mode for Shimano’s STEPS e-bike drivetrain.

A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

Collins Aerospace's M-Flex Duet is a self-service snack bar that can fold out of the way for landing and takeoff. Rockwell Collins Industry supplier Collins Aerospace wants to reclaim the eight feet or more of open space in front of the emergency exit doors on widebody, twin-aisle jets.

The Bold Robocar Roaming Las Vegas Without a Human Backup

The Bold Robocar Roaming Las Vegas Without a Human Backup

The Bold Robocar Roaming Las Vegas Without a Human Backup Yandex's team got to Vegas two weeks before CES to map the roads and hand-annotate the results to mark lanes, traffic lights, and other stationary objects.

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom Looms

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom Looms

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom LoomsUPS's electric tricycle is good for up to 18 miles of range, and is now delivering packages in parts of Seattle where driving no longer makes sense.United Parcel ServicePushing the cargo bike across a rain-soaked parking lot at a UPS distribution center in Seattle, where the shipper showed off its newest delivery vehicle, I had a realization once the pedal assist kicked in.

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way Safer

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way Safer

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way SaferWhen ZF first studied the idea of an "external side airbag," it found that reducing the intrusion of one car into the other by a bit more than an inch could seriously improve the chances of passengers avoiding serious injury or death.Robert Hoetink/AlamyCrash a new car today, and you might be surprised by how many airbags spring to your defense.

BMW’s Vision iNEXT SUV Concept Sets a New, Electric Course

BMW’s Vision iNEXT SUV Concept Sets a New, Electric Course

And near the front sits the centerpiece of this flying showroom, which has already passed through Munich and New York and will soon set off for Beijing: the Vision iNEXT, a concept car BMW created to lay out its bet on the future.“This is not just a show car,” says Klaus Fröhlich, a member of BMW’s board and the company’s soothsaying spokesperson, with the SUV, an early view at BMW’s next generation of forward-looking vehicles, behind him.

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Someday, it could even be more soothing than sleeping in, say, a house.“We can isolate a passenger’s body, and input frequencies that help people relax and fall asleep” in the same way that a hammock or rocking chair can help people chill out, Currier says.Cabin used off-the-shelf components, like a cheap Raspberry Pi computer and the electric motor from a hoverboard scooter, to move the bed up and down quickly enough to cancel out the lumps and thumps in the road.