Cars, though they are constantly developing, and many of us classify them into the category of "mature" technologies, there are those who believe that it can be better.
Let's give a brief overview of the ideas that change the automotive industry we know. From the lightest vehicles, through the fastest car, a 1-meter distance between two trucks, evolution of internal combustion, more horsepower, and flying cars.
The initial idea of Divergent 3D was to help to make innovations at a really fast rate. The Divergent manufacturing platform begins with a computer-generated structure that includes basic parameters like the body style, drivetrain, and preexisting components. The next step is using proprietary algorithms that consider the weight, strength, and cost of various materials, including aluminum and composites. After that, the software applies complex physics data and selects the optimal material and shapes to make the modular structure work. The final stage is creating the “connective tissue” (called nodes, that are made using direct sintering) to join the sections together with 3D metal printers. The result of this new manufacturing process is the leanest, smartest, safest version of any modular vehicle structure.
It is no exaggeration if we say that the Rimac Concept_One is improbable since it out-accelerated a Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.
Concept_One has a combined output of 1207 hp from four electric motors, one for each wheel. An interesting fact is that only 8 are being built and all have been sold immediately.
Mate Rimac, CEO, and founder of Rimac Automobili claims that the electric motors he and his team developed are the most power-dense in the world and boast more than 90 percent efficiency. A 90-kWh liquid-cooled battery pack has the potential to deliver one megawatt (1000 kW) of power during acceleration and absorbs up to 400 kilowatts during braking.
Meanwhile, Rimac is working on his next car which promises, even
The system developed by a company Peloton Technology allows two trucks to travel a mere 1 - 1,5 meter apart, which translates into fuel savings of 4.5 percent for the leading vehicle and 10 percent for the one behind. This is known as platooning and is based on technology that incorporates adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and a cloud-based control network.
“So about 30 milliseconds after the front truck applies its brakes, we’re applying the brakes in the rear truck. That means we’re applying the brakes in the rear truck before the front truck has physically slowed down. That’s not something you could possibly do with a radar sensor because there’s nothing to detect yet.” says Switkes.
Its potential benefits are:
• by optimizing the air-fuel mixture for each cylinder, the technology can increase both power and efficiency
• the ability to spool a turbo more efficiently and heat a catalytic converter quicker, which results in drastically reduces cold-start emissions
Expressed in numbers: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with a FreeValve cylinder head, makes 45 percent more horsepower and 35 percent fewer emissions.
Carl Dietrich, co-founder of Terrafugia, had the idea to create, with his 4 other classmates, a “
Since the new solutions had to be done, Terrafugia presented the next-generation concept, the TR-X, explained in Dietrich words like “‘flying cars’—short-range vertical takeoff and landing aircraft”.