General Motors' auto engineers have been heavyweights in vehicle lightweighting for years. Just since 2016, GM has launched 14 new vehicle models with a total mass reduction of over 5000 pounds or more than 350 pounds per vehicle. The lighter the car, the less fuel it uses, the less carbon it emits and the more money the driver saves. Now to push the boundaries on its next generation of lightweighting, the automaker is teaming up with Autodesk to use a combination of generative design and additive manufacturing as key technologies to develop future cars and trucks, including its alternative propulsion and zero emission vehicles. As GM announced recently, it is becoming "the first major automaker in North America to adopt Autodesk generative design software to go beyond the weight reduction possible through traditional design optimization techniques".
An electric car that can drive from London to Edinburgh without needing to recharge has been developed by students from the University of Cambridge. The'Helia' has a top speed of 75 mph (120 kph) and can cruise at 50 mph (80 kph) with four passengers using the equivalent of the power needed to boil a kettle. This is a tenth of the energy consumption rate of commercially-sold electric cars. Furthermore, despite being a quarter of the size, the Helia has twice the range of a Tesla -- even without using its rooftop solar panels. It can be charged using a standard electric vehicle charger.
New rules are making for faster racing by F1 cars, such as the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team. Spring training is in full bloom -- and not just for the sport often associated with it. While major league baseball players assemble in the warm climes of Arizona and Florida to whip their arms and bats into shape for the rigors of a 162-game season, a gaggle of engineers, mechanics and three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton are putting his Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport race car through the paces, and laps, at Circuit de Barcelona track. It's winter test season before the 20-race F1 campaign that starts March 26 in Melbourne. Dramatic rule changes to boost speeds for the first time in more than 50 years have revolutionized design of the cars, their internal technology and the strategy of the drivers behind their computerized steering wheels.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has a perception problem, as many people think of the technology primarily as a job killer. However, collaboration between humans and AI opens the opportunity of putting the design and manufacturing of goods of all kinds on a new, better foundation by curating intelligence. That's why we should rethink our expectations for machine intelligence and how it will affect our future. The role of a human as the most intelligent creature on earth may not last much longer. Technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are taking on operations that could previously only be conducted with human intelligence – and in some cases they're doing even better than we do.
Roborace, the driverless car championship that has been under development for more than a year, unveiled its vision for the future on stage Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. For the startup, that future is an electric race car that can reach a top speed of 199 miles per hour that's driven by software, not humans. The car was revealed by Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov and the company's chief design officer Daniel Simon during a keynote address on the evolution of autonomous vehicles. Simon, who designed the car, is an automotive futurist responsible for creating vehicles for movies, including the cycles in Tron: Legacy. "Roborace opens a new dimension where motorsport as we know it meets the unstoppable rise of artificial intelligence," Simon said Monday.