Showing posts from June, 2016

Rolls Royce New Concept Car Vision Next 100

‘A vision of the future of luxury mobility’ is how Rolls-Royce defines project 103EX, otherwise known as the Vision Next 100.

If that’s the case the future might take some getting used to, at least aesthetically, but it’s the technology presented within that represents the British luxury brand’s true look at the future, with a fully autonomous, zero-emissions luxury vehicle.

One could argue Rolls-Royce has already previewed both in the past – electric mobility with the Phantom-based 102EX and autonomy because… well, how many owners also drive their own Rolls-Royce?

But as one of the BMW Group’s Next 100 Years projects, the 103EX pushes boundaries further than Rolls-Royce has ever attempted before. The key, says Rolls-Royce, is in epitomising four key tenets of the future of luxury mobility: ‘The Personal Vision’, ‘The Effortless Journey’, ‘The Grand Sanctuary’ and ‘The Grand Arrival’.  There’s more than a hint of the concept of early luxury rail or air travel in there.The disposal of…

Do you Know about RFID ?

What can RFID solutions do ?
Radio Frequency Identification Permit parking made easier to manage and enforce.Smart Parking’s RFID solutions enable you to manage permit parking easily. Permit holders are happier as more space becomes available through improved enforcement and fact-based planning. A flexible system for changing needs.


Park and walk – payments debited automatically.Stops abuse of disabled driver parking bays.Ideal for resident permits.RFID tag is the permit; instant identification of misuse of space.RFID tag pairs a specific class of driver to specific locations.Local businesses get improved footfall as parking capacity is maximised.Drivers less stressed and have more time to do things other than parking.Best possible use of available space. Off-street
Ideal for staff car parks and leisure facilities.Perfect for customer and member permits at businesses and services.Promotes customer satisfaction and loyalty.Stops abuse of disabled driver or parent & child pa…

Volvo Trucks’ new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%

With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo Trucks hasdevelopeda new concept vehicle, the Volvo Concept Truck. The result of a five-year long research project aimed at creating more energy-efficient vehicles, the new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%.  Aim of the project =to  improve the efficiency for long-haul truck transportation by 50%. One of the key factors behind the low fuel consumption is the massive 40% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency that has benefited both the tractor and trailer. Aerodynamically optimized chassis side-skirts cover the rear wheels on the tractor and all the trailer wheels; aerodynamic spoilers extend the trailer and cut air resistance. We’ve modified the entire rig and optimized it for improved aerodynamics as much as possible. For instance, we use cameras instead of rear-view mirrors. This cuts air resistance, so less energy is needed to propel the truck In addition to the aerodynamic improvements, the concept vehicle is fitted…

New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

Researchers in Sweden and Spain have devised a three-step process for the conversion of precipitated kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel. The kraft process converts wood into wood pulp for paper production. The process produces a toxic byproduct referred to as black liquor—a primarily liquid mixture of pulping residues (such as lignin and hemicellulose) and inorganic chemicals from the Kraft process (sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide, for example). For every ton of pulp produced, the kraft pulping process produces about 10 tons of weak black liquor or about 1.5 tons of black liquor dry solids. The magnitude of the recovery process is often not fully appreciated. Globally over 1.3 billion tons per year of weak black liquor are processed; about 200 million tons per year of black liquor dry solids are burned in recovery boilers to recover 50 million tons of cooking chemicals as Na2O, and to produce 700 million tons of high pressure steam. This makes black liquor the fifth m…

2016 Interiors: Best and Worst Cupholders

1.Hyundai Tucson Hyundai improves Tucson cupholders with two retractable nubs, tread-like texture in bottom.
2.Chevy Volt With second generation, Volt cupholders lose rubber bladders and become black holes.
3.Chevy Malibu Chevy's Malibu also has black-hole cupholders 
4.Ford Focus Focus Titanium has great cupholders for a compact. Editor Tom Murphy shows removable floor, which taken out accommodates taller cups.
5.Volkswagen Passat Passat has best cupholders of any D-segment model we tested this year. Note textured, removable floor liners and retractable nubs.
6.Audi S7 Bizarre mismatched cupholders in Audi S7. Driver-side holder a black hole, while passenger cupholder gets works.
7.Nissan Titan

GM's learning curve on lightweighting

General Motorsis just weeks away from beginning production validation of a new process for joining aluminum and steel parts that will help cut vehicle weight while simplifying manufacturing and lowering tooling costs in its factories, executives say. The automaker developed the process in-house and says it solves the problem of joining the two disparate metals through spot welding, a hurdle due in large part to the widely different melting points of aluminum and steel. GM announced earlier it would begin using the process this year in production of the Cadillac CT6 sedan, and officials at a backgrounder here on the company’s extensive efforts to take weight out of its cars and trucks say they are finally close to startup at the Hamtramck, MI, assembly plant, where the technology will be employed first for seatback construction, followed closely by hoods.
The aluminum-to-steel spot-welding system makes use of a uniquely designed welding tip patented by GM. However, the tip fits with conve…