Local Motors Succeeds in Test Driving First 3D Printed Car
Last week, Local Motors announced that it was attempting to 3D print a car and then test drive it at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in less than a week. Saturday, Local Motors took the Strati, the first 3D printed car, out on its maiden journey around McCormick Place after 44 hours of print. 
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The final design of the Strati was selected from over 300 proposals and is composed of only 40 components made of tiny pellets of plastic infused with carbon fiber. This is compared to the 10,000+ parts a usual car is made with.
Not all the parts were 3D printed. The electric powertrain, battery, wiring and suspension are all from third-party suppliers. The vehicle weighs nearly 1,500 pounds and can clock 100-120 miles at a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour. 
Local Motors is working on reducing the time to print and intends to sell the car by the end of the year. 
You can check out the car in action via the Vine Local Motors posted on Saturday.
Source: TechTimes
Header Image source: Local Motors Twitter

On the sixth day, we #drive. The @localmotors #3dprintedcar drives off the show floor today @imts_2014 https://t.co/jHKMR2iGD9
— Local Motors (@localmotors)
September 13, 2014

Local Motors Succeeds in Test Driving First 3D Printed Car

Last week, Local Motors announced that it was attempting to 3D print a car and then test drive it at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in less than a week. Saturday, Local Motors took the Strati, the first 3D printed car, out on its maiden journey around McCormick Place after 44 hours of print. 

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Wearable Tech - Its Anyone’s Game: Nissan To Enter Smartwatch Space

The connected car meets the connected you with Nissan’s new smartwatch the Nissan Nismo. 

According to the press release:

· First smartwatch concept to connect driver and car
· Nismo Watch showcases Nissan’s intent to deliver biometric data that enhances driver performance and efficiency
· Nissan is investigating heart and brain monitoring technologies for future wearable tech

The watch, unveiled today ahead of its display at the Frankfurt Motor Show (10th – 22nd September 2013), is Nissan’s first step into wearable technology and epitomises its ‘fan first’ approach to performance.

The Nissan Nismo Watch will allow drivers to:

− monitor the efficiency of their vehicle with average speed and fuel consumption readings;

− access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track;

− capture biometric data via a heart rate monitor;

− connect to the car using a smartphone app via Bluetooth Low Energy;

− receive tailored car messages from Nissan;

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade
The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.
A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.
(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)
via: joshbyard

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade

The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.

A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.

(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)

via: joshbyard

Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside
There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?
Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.
via: smartercities

Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside

There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?

Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.

via: smartercities