V-Space: Revolutionizing Urban Air Transportation with Innovative eVTOL Designs

V-Space, a pioneering startup, has successfully crafted Korea’s inaugural Urban Air Transportation (UAM) solution, the V-Space eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) vehicle. This all-electric quad-copter design, capable of transporting individuals or payloads up to 120 Kg, combines innovation and practicality for urban mobility.

The standard eVTOL model, aptly named V-Space, embodies its vertical takeoff and landing capability, resembling a drone-like small helicopter with a seat designed for one person. Operating over a 40-mile distance at a maximum speed of 60 Mph, the eVTOL offers a swift alternative, especially during emergencies where traffic congestion is a critical concern.

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Hyundai and Kia Unveil Innovative Uni Wheel System to Revolutionize Electric Vehicles

In a bid to revolutionize electric vehicles (EVs), Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have introduced their groundbreaking Universal Wheel Drive System, aptly named ‘Uni Wheel.’ This innovative design reimagines the internal architecture of EVs by cleverly relocating key drive system elements into the previously unused space within the wheel hub.

The Uni Wheel system not only significantly enhances the overall efficiency of the vehicle but also liberates a considerable amount of internal space, presenting a departure from conventional drive system structures. This approach holds promise for the development of future mobility products, including Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs), optimized for various applications.

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Fraunhofer’s ALBACOPTER: The Future of Sustainable Urban Air Mobility

Urban air mobility (UAM) offers more than just novel ways to transport goods; it presents entirely new avenues for sustainable mobility solutions. In the Fraunhofer ALBACOPTER Lighthouse Project, six Fraunhofer institutes have united to address the technical and societal challenges linked with UAM. Spearheaded by the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, researchers have developed an aircraft inspired by the albatross, designed for remarkably efficient gliding. This innovation and other highlights will be showcased at the joint Fraunhofer booth (D11, Hall B1) during the IAA MOBILITY trade show in Munich from September 5 to 8, 2023.

UAM entails stringent requirements for aircraft and system technology, particularly the need for safe, quiet VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) systems that deliver powerful propulsion performance during hovering.

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Hydrogen-Powered Train Unveiled in North America, Paving the Way for Green Transportation

A remarkable milestone in green transportation has been achieved with the introduction of North America’s first hydrogen-powered train. The groundbreaking project, which commenced earlier this month, aims to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as a clean alternative to diesel fuel on railways where traditional electrification methods are challenging.

The train, named M4 (Multi-Modal Mobility Morphobot), has been developed by French company Alstom and is currently operating on a captivating two-and-a-half-hour journey through central Quebec. The demonstration showcases how electricity stored as hydrogen can effectively replace diesel, offering a greener solution for rail travel. With up to 120 passengers on board, the tourist train runs from Quebec City’s Montmorency Falls to Baie-Saint-Paul along the Train de Charlevoix route on Wednesdays through Sundays until September 30.

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Hurtigruten Norway Unveils Zero-Emission Cruise Ship Design to Tackle Environmental Challenges

Cruise ships have long been criticized for their detrimental environmental impact, with a single vessel emitting emissions equivalent to thousands of cars. Recognizing the urgent need for change, Norwegian cruise liner company Hurtigruten is taking a proactive approach to address the ecological emergencies facing the planet. Today, the company revealed the initial designs for a zero-emission cruise ship set to launch by the end of the decade, marking a significant step forward in sustainable maritime travel.

First introduced as “Sea Zero” in March 2022, the concept ship presented by Hurtigruten Norway showcases a revolutionary design. The vessel features three autonomous, retractable sail wing rigs reaching a height of 50 meters, housing approximately 1,500 square meters of solar panels. In addition to the sail wings, the ship will be powered by multiple 60-megawatt batteries, which recharge while in port, along with wind technology. The vessel’s advanced features include AI maneuvering capabilities, retractable thrusters, contra-rotating propellers, advanced hull coatings, and proactive hull cleaning technology.

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Ex-SpaceX Engineers Create Self-Driving Trains To Aid Trucker Shortage

The Parallel Systems self-driving train prototype looks like its waiting to go for a walk.

By Owen Bellwood

It’s a tough time to be a trucker. If you aren’t caught for days alone on the road, then you’re left with few benefits and low wages. It’s no wonder, then, that the U.S. is currently facing a shortage of long-haul truckers. But now, one firm thinks its self-driving freight trains could be here to save the day. Whether or not it actually works, though, will remain to be seen.

In order to try to combat the shortage of truckers around the world, a group of ex-SpaceX engineers has founded Parallel Systems. The firm is currently developing fleets of small, autonomous trains that could transport freight across the US.

The company has raised $US49.55 ($69) million in funding to develop its swarm of miniature trains. The autonomous crafts travel in pairs to carry shipping containers across the country.

The company says it hopes the autonomous trains will be able to alleviate the strains places on long-haul truckers as its devices can transport large loads between cities or other transit hubs. Once at their final destinations, the loads can be transferred to trucks, where freight drivers will complete the last mile of the journey.

This way, the firm says truck drivers will be able to retain their jobs while working closer to home.

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Airbus’ Maritime Partner Launches Revolutionary Kite Tech Controlled by a Digital Twin

Airseas, the maritime project of Airbus, used its aeronautical expertise to develop a state-of-the-art sailing system for commercial ships, which combines the traditional principles of sailing with the most advanced autonomous technology. 

by Otilia Drăgan

Today’s shipping industry has the immense opportunity to leverage both the benefits of wind power as a source of clean energy and the benefits of the latest technology. In 2013, Vincent Bernatets from Airbus decided to implement the company’s expertise in the maritime sector. This is how Airseas was born, the company that created Seawing, a revolutionary system that combines automated flight control features from the aerospace industry with kite technology.

Airseas has big plans for Seawing, set to become the most competitive shipping propulsion system based on renewable energy. The startup hopes to implement it on 10% of the global fleet over the next decade.

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Chinese scientists want to add wings to bullet trains to make them even faster

Bullet trains in China can run as fast as 350 kilometres per hour and Chinese researchers want them to take the top speed of 450km/h.

HONG KONG: China wants even faster bullet trains, and a team of scientists in the southwest of the country have suggested a way to do it: add wings.

Their study found that adding five pairs of small wings on each train carriage would generate additional lift and reduce the weight of the train by nearly a third, taking the top speed to 450 kilometres per hour.

The research is part of a project launched by Beijing earlier this year named CR450, which aims to develop a new generation of high-speed trains that can travel at that speed.

China’s high-speed rail network is currently the fastest in the world – its existing bullet trains can run at 350km/h. The CR450 project aims to have trains that run nearly 30% faster, meaning it would take only about three hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai, or just five hours from Beijing to Guangzhou.

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Tech It Out: What is the future of high-speed maglev?

By Dong Yi, Yang Xiao, Yang Zhao

China already possesses the world’s largest high-speed railway network, and it will only expand more ambitiously, according to the country’s new Five-Year Plan. But it’s not just the railroads that are extending. China may also get a major boost in the speed of its bullet trains. A prototype maglev train recently unveiled at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province aims to set a new speed record for trains – the current record of 603 kilometers per hour is held by Japan’s SCMaglev. China’s answer to it is 620.

This maglev train deploys what’s known as “high-temperature superconductive” technology, or HTS. It takes advantage of two unique properties of high-temperature superconductors: the “Meissner effect” which allows a superconductor to completely repel the magnetic fields around it to achieve levitation, and “flux pinning,” which keeps the superconductor steady above its magnetic tracks, so it never falls off.

Unlike China’s existing high-speed railway technology and the country’s most iconic maglev line in Shanghai – both technologies which are largely imported, China’s new HTS maglev is 100 percent developed by its own top scientists. It took over 20 years for this technology to emerge from a university lab to become a real prototype.

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Deutsche Bahn is launching a hydrogen train

‘This is the only way for DB to be climate neutral in 2050,’ says board member

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced it will launch a hydrogen train and accompanying gas station by 2024, in a system set to save 330 tons of carbon emissions in one year.

The German rail company has said it will run a comprehensive year-long trial of the new system, which will replace a diesel engine running between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim in the southwest state of Baden-Württemberg.

DB is converting one of its maintenance workshops so that the hydrogen train can be serviced there, alongside developing a new type of filling station that means it will be just as quick to refuel as a diesel train, taking just 15 minutes.

Siemens Mobility is responsible for building the new train, while the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is providing the funding.

The hydrogen train should initially be able to run for 600km before needing to be refuelled, roughly equivalent to the distance between London and Edinburgh. Its top speed will be 160km/h.


China built the first electric car designed exclusively for ride-hailing


The D1 is a partnership between Didi Chuxing and BYD

Two of China’s top companies have joined forces to design, develop, and build an electric car for the express purpose of ride-hailing.

The vehicle is an adorable green hatchback called the D1, and it was developed by Didi Chuxing, the top ride-hailing company in China that notoriously defeated Uber in 2016, and BYD, one of the leading electric vehicle manufacturers. The D1 will have a range of 418 km (260 miles) as judged by NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). They also explained some of the more interesting design touches that make this vehicle particularly well-suited for app-based ride-hailing.

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