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Detroit’s Newest Road Can Now Charge Electric Cars as They Drive on it

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Detroit, Michigan celebrated a major milestone in the future of vehicle electrification, as crews finished installing the nation’s first wireless-charging public roadway last month.

Using technology from Electreon, 14th Street is now equipped with inductive-charging coils that will charge electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with receivers as they drive on the road.

The road will be used to test and perfect the Israeli company’s wireless-charging technology in a real-world environment to perfect it ahead of making it available to the public in the next few years.

“We’re excited to spearhead the development and deployment of America’s first wireless charging road,” said Dr. Stefan Tongur, Electreon vice president of business development. “This milestone stands as a testament to our collaborative efforts with the State of Michigan and the Department of Transportation (MDOT).”

The charging road, which runs between Marantette and Dalzelle streets, paves the way for addressing range limitations of EVs,

The move toward electrification was touted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who announced the pilot initiative in September 2021 to develop the nation’s first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road, after MDOT and Electreon entered a five-year commitment to develop the electric road system (ERS).

Electreon’s wireless charging technology is based on inductive coupling between copper coils installed below the road surface and receivers installed on the underside of electric vehicles. The road only transfers its electricity using a magnetic field when a vehicle with a receiver nears the in-road charging segments.

These charging segments can transfer wireless electricity directly to the car battery when the vehicle is parked (static charging) or is driving (dynamic charging). The electric road is safe for drivers, pedestrians and wildlife. Each coil in the road is activated only when a vehicle with an approved receiver passes over the coil. This ensures that energy transfer is controlled and provided only to vehicles that require it.

MDOT and Electreon agreed to install a combined mile of inductive-charging roadway in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. The charging road runs alongside the Newlab at Michigan Central Building, home to more than 60 tech and mobility startups, allowing for the further testing and advancement of this next-generation technology.

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24 Million Miles Ahead of Tesla, Autonomous Semi Truck Logs Major Accident-Free Milestone on Delivery Routes

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China’s leading developer of autonomous driving technologies for heavy-duty trucks, today announced it has powered more than 24.8 million miles (40 million km) of accident-free trucking on China’s highways.

Tesla has been promising shareholders full autonomous driving for its cars for years, but setbacks have been frequent. Founded by a Chinese engineer who studied in Australia, to say that the Inceptio Autonomous Driving System is miles ahead of America’s tech billionaire is a bit of an understatement.

This latest milestone underlines the safety and reliability of Inceptio’s full-stack autonomous driving solution, as well as its accelerating commercial uptake. Inceptio’s L3 autonomous trucks have been in commercial operation since late 2021.

Working closely with two of China’s top long-haul companies Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and Sinotruk, Inceptio has shipped hundreds of mass-produced heavy-duty trucks designed from the ground up for full integration with the Inceptio Autonomous Driving System. Major customers, including Budweiser, Nestlé, JD Logistics, and Deppon Express have deployed Inceptio trucks across a nationwide line-haul logistics network in China.

“We are incredibly proud of the stellar performance record that Inceptio trucks have amassed over the past two years,” said Julian Ma, founder and CEO of Inceptio Technology. “Across 40 million kilometers of commercial operations, our Inceptio Autonomous Driving System has achieved a highly satisfactory on-time arrival rate for our customers with a perfect safety record.”

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First Flight of Regional Jet Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells–40-Seater is Largest Ever to Fly

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A fledgling energy company looking to develop true zero-emissions aircraft just took a massive leap forward with the first-ever regional passenger flight powered principally on hydrogen.

A 40-seat aircraft took off at 8:41 am from Grant County International Airport and flew for 15 minutes, reaching an altitude of 3,500 MSL.

The flight, conducted under an FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate, was the first in a two-year flight test campaign expected to culminate in 2025 with entry into passenger service of ATR 72 regional aircraft converted to run on hydrogen.

Representatives from an equally-fledgling airline looking to develop a smarter travel experience were there to oversee their own aircraft.

The airline in question, Connect Airlines, just recently signed a purchase agreement with Universal Hydrogen co. for 75 hydrogen powertrains for their passenger jets.

“Today will go down in the history books as the true start to the decarbonization of the global airline industry and we at Connect Airlines are extremely proud of the role that we, as the first US operator, will play in leading the way with Universal Hydrogen,” said John Thomas, CEO of Connect Airlines.

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Bus routes take shape as Jefferson County works towards a rural transit network

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A new proposal for bus routes in Jefferson County has been made public as the Volunteer Transportation Center’s mobility management team works to build a countywide bus system.

Before the Jefferson County Legislature’s General Services Committee on Tuesday, John H. Exford with the VTC presented a second draft of a county route map, more decisions made and an updated schedule.

Mr. Exford, the Jefferson County mobility manager for the VTC, presented four lines with mapped stops, touching the population centers of the county and connecting with the Watertown city buses and the public transportation networks of St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.

In the latest drafts, an Alexandria Bay and Clayton bus route would start the day at 7 a.m. at the Credo Community Center on West Main Street in Watertown, which also has a city bus stop. It would immediately head to Alexandria Bay, stopping at Gordon Court apartments, River Hospital, and the Big M and Price Chopper supermarkets, before continuing to Clayton.

In Clayton, the bus would stop at Riverview Apartments on Strawberry Lane and the Clayton Harbor Hotel.

Mr. Exford said the Harbor Hotel’s management expressed interest in hosting a bus stop to widen their area for staff recruitment.

“They really need a bigger place to be able to recruit employees from, so they’re excited about having he chance to recruit people from the city to get out to their place for work,” Mr. Exford said.

The bus would then hit Pennet Square apartments in LaFargeville and come into Watertown, stopping at BOCES, Walmart, the Salmon Run Mall and Jefferson Community College. The loop takes approximately an hour and 23 minutes, with multiple stops connecting to Watertown city buses. The last route of the day is shorter and does not stop at businesses like the mall or Walmart. Mr. Exford said all transfer stops were planned with the intention of arriving a few minutes ahead of the connecting line.

Mr. Exford also said he expects the county bus system will operate on the same communication network that the connecting lines do, which will allow for coordination in the event of delays and inclement weather.

The planned southern Jefferson County route would also start adjacent to Credo’s West Main Street location, then head directly to Adams, stopping at the Sheffield and Countryview Apartments, the Adams Tops, and a to-be-determined stop in Adams Center.

The route would continue to Sackets Harbor, stopping at the Shipyard Apartments, Sackets Harbor Heights and Market Square Park.

This line would then stop at the Watertown International Airport, making five stops throughout the day approximately an hour and a half after the last Watertown stop. The route then continues into the city, stopping at the Aviagen Hatchery in the industrial park near the Coffeen Street interstate exits.

The bus would then continue on to stop at JCC, BOCES and Walmart.

A Carthage route would start near Credo, and head straight into Carthage to stop at the Champion Apartments, the William Dalton Estates, the Long Falls Apartments, Brady Acres and the Emjay Way Apartments. It would then stop at Carthage Area Hospital, make a downtown stop on Bridge Street, then continue to the Carthage Aldi, Price Chopper and Kinney Drugs for two midday stops and one afternoon stop per business. The Kinney Drugs stop would serve as a connection to the Lewis County bus system.

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Man Sprints Along 4-Lane Snowy Highway to Stop Woman’s Runaway Car

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When a Massachusetts woman lost consciousness at the wheel of her car on the highway, she can thank her lucky stars she did it in view of Adolfo Molina.

The tall and powerful Dominican sprinted across a 4-lane highway in the snow to try and stop her car as it brushed against the guardrails while continuing to accelerate on the shoulder of the road.

A nearby driver recorded the rescue attempt and put it up on TikTok where the images of Molina trying to slow the car by grabbing the door handles went viral.

“I was surprised [at first] but at the end of the day I wasn’t, because he’s a helpful person,” his wife Maytee Pena remarked to CBS Boston. “Something in his mind just said ‘go help’ so he got out of the car and did what he needed to do, it was like a sign of God. God sent him to do that mission.”

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5 U.S. States Are Repaving Roads With Unrecyclable Plastic Waste–And Results Are Impressive

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Headache-inducing plastic waste such as printer cartridges and plastic bags are being turned into aggregate material for asphalt road mixtures around the country.

Plastic roads have built up a head of scientific steam recently, with scientists and regulators seeing roads as a decent place to reutilize plastic that is difficult to recycle in a cost-effective manner.

Pilot programs are ongoing in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, and Hawai’i, with transportation regulators monitoring performance and durability of the roads, and environmental regulators on the lookout for potential microplastic contamination.

All in all plastic roads could be a big part of future societies, as the programs all show good results, and for the moment at least, no microplastic pollutant runoffs in several states.

Last year GNN reported that a stretch of Australian highway was completed with millions of used facemasks, while another in America has taken to adding shredded tires.

stretch of road in Hawai’i between Kilaha Street and the beginning of Fort Weaver Road near Cormorant Avenue is testing a recycled polymer mixture in its asphalt that contains the equivalent of 150,000 water bottles.

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Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time in Public Display From XPeng Motors – VIDEO

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150 people, smartphones out, watched an electric flying car perform a successful test down at Dubai’s skydiving range. There they caught a glimpse of what the not too distant future will bring.

A gaggle of flying taxi companies around the world all seem to be on the verge of populating the skies with different versions of “eVTOL” vehicles, or “electric vertical take-off and landing.”

XPeng Motors’ X2 flying taxi is a teardrop-shaped two-seater EVTOL that can cruise at around 1,000 meters in elevation at 81 miles per hour. The battery currently can store electricity for a 35 minute flight, enough for a CEO’s quick carbon-free jaunt across a skyline.

The test was unmanned, and done by automated control.

“XPeng’s X2’s public display in Dubai represents a significant milestone for XPeng AeroHT and the international achievement of flying cars,” said Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President of XPeng.

“Dubai is a world-renowned ‘City of Innovation,’ which is the reason we decided to hold the X2 first public flight event here. Today’s flight is a major step in XPeng exploration of future mobility.”

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Incredible World First Electric Seaglider Vehicle Ready For Production After Successful Test

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An incredible hybrid high-speed yacht-seaplane vehicle has completed successful flight tests and is ready now for production.

Designed for sustainable maritime travel, the fully-electric seaglider operates a few meters off the water’s surface on hydrofoils until it needs to fly.

Rhode Island-based company REGENT say it couples the high speed of an airplane with the low operating costs of a boat.

“With orders totaling over $7 billion, REGENT will commercialize seagliders for sustainable high-speed, regional mobility with first passengers boarding in 2025,” the company stated along with the announcement that they achieved an initial series of test flights of the craft.

Their test was of a 1/4 scale model, and will now focus on developing the full-scale prototype with a 65-feet wingspan to start testing flights with passengers in 2024.

“People have been attempting to make [these] vehicles viable for 60 years, and in 15 months we have gone from a drawing on a napkin to the first successful flight,” said Mike Klinker, REGENT CTO and co-founder.

With a range of 180 miles (290 km) and able to fly at 180 mph (290 kph), REGENT have plans to service coastal communities such as New York City and Tokyo.

By last year, REGENT’s founders had raised almost $10 million from investors, which have included Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel.

“Seagliders will bring welcome relief for travelers seeking an alternative to traditional air travel servicing coastal communities such as New York City, the Hawaiian Islands, Barcelona, Tokyo, and many more worldwide,” said Billy Thalheimer, CEO and co-founder of REGENT.

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World’s First 100% Hydrogen-Powered Trains Now Running Regional Service in Germany to Replace Diesel

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A regional train operator in Germany is becoming the first company to utilize 100% hydrogen fuel cell trains on their lines.

But if almost all train travel is electric now, and even those few diesel trains that still operate produce a mere third of the CO2 per passenger as a car, what’s the need for big investment into hydrogen in rail travel?

In Germany and the U.S., some regional lines still use diesel-powered locomotives, which expose passengers inside the cars and at the stations to more harmful air pollutants like nitrogen oxide, than standing near a busy intersection in a city.

Along with eliminating this health hazard, the higher emissions cost of a diesel locomotive moving at slower speeds on regional lines are averaged down in national emissions figures by electric powered ones, making the whole endeavor appear less than it actually is.

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Munich’s First Solar Bus Technology Will Hit the Road to Reduce Emissions and Pollution

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Saving fuel, slashing emissions, and cutting pollution are just some of the benefits of installing solar panels on public transportation buses—and the city of Munich is buying a ticket to the future by doing just that.

Founded by a trio of German friends in 2016, Sono Motors went public in 2021, selling their Sion solar-paneled car, which is also a home energy storage system.

Now, in partnership with the Munich Transport Company (MVG), a novel solar bus trailer will soon hit the roads, carrying passengers in daily operation.

The Sono Solar Technology is offering possible savings—per bus—of up to 2,500 liters of diesel each year and a reduction of 6.5 metric tons local CO2.

The bus trailer will be pulled by a conventional bus, to provide extra capacity on busy routes. Normally, these huge trailers are powered by diesel fuel.

“In summer, when the air conditioning is in full use, the trailer consumes more electricity than the towing vehicle can supply,” a Sono spokesperson told GNN.

The 20 photovoltaic modules on the roof provide over 2,000 watts to power the vehicle’s battery and electrical loads such as heating and air conditioning, as well as the trailer’s steering system.

“In addition to saving diesel, the additional electricity ensures the stabilization of the battery’s energy supply, thus extending its service life and reducing maintenance costs.”

“Apart from this specific case, Sono Motors Solar Technology can also be integrated into the Bus itself—for supporting the high voltage battery of an electric bus.”

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