For decades driverless cars have remained elusive. Things may be about to change thanks to the recent successes of a few high profile driverless prototype vehicles.
In 2005 for the first time ever, a team of Stanford engineers with the backing of Google successfully completed the DARPA Grand Challenge winning the $2 million in prize money and bringing driverless cars a giant step closer to reality. Today nearly every major car manufacturer has at least one driverless car project in the works.
Most industry experts don’t expect to see automated cars enter the market until 2020, but that may be a good (more…)
Some jurisdictions authorize customers to sell excess solar electricity generated by their equipment to the utility company. There are two primary ways to facilitate the transaction. The first method is known as â€œnet metering.â€ This option is available if your electric meter has the ability to run backwards. A meter runs forward as you draw power from the grid, and it operates in reverse as you transfer power to the utility company. The meter reading determines your monthly payment. You will receive a check from the utility company if you generate (more…)
Corporations have been using three-dimensional printing for over 30 years now. The technology continues to make great advancements even today though. Also, prices on the necessary equipment have dropped to levels where consumers can purchase these printers. They rely upon an additive process and a digital model to print almost any shape. Undoubtedly, the rise of 3-D printers will affect entrepreneurship in many ways.
Currently, the average person can afford a 3-D printer without straining their wallet too (more…)
The high-tech devices that make 21st-century life so convenient require rare earth metals to operate. As the market for cell phones, tablets, laptops, electric cars, televisions and even wind turbines continues to skyrocket, some device manufacturers question the ability rare earth metal suppliers such as China to keep up with the demand.
Currently, China supplies around 97 percent of the worldâ€™s rare earth metals, but demand is expected to increase from 136,000 tons to 185,000 tons by 2015. (more…)
The smart technologies that people have long wanted for their homes is finally becoming affordable. While it used to only be the rich who could afford something like solar panels for their home, that is no longer the case. Not to mention plenty of other smart home technologies that they can use to save money on their energy usage and make their home just better.
There are plenty of other types of technology that one (more…)
Social media has had an impact on the environmental debate in numerous ways. The main thing that social media has done to the debate is added a lot of voices to it. It has made the debate much more elementary then it probably needs to be. This is largely because it has made the debate into something that is far more available to people who may or may not have the facts that they need for this kind of thing.
There are very few people (more…)