Engineering Newswire 69: Autonomous Car Concept is Fully Bi-Directional

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:32am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re redefining the autonomous car, sending Valkyrie to Mars, and finding the coldest place on Earth. This episode features:

Mobility in the City: Start-up Zoox is planning to replace the car with autonomous technology and creating a new class of mobility known as ‘Level 4’, defined by the NHTSA as Full Self-Driving Automation. The Boz is not a car, but a concept design.  

Folding Telescope: DARPA plans to break the glass-ceiling designs of traditional telescopes with its Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation, or MOIRE, program.

The Coldest Place on Earth: Using the new Landsat 8, NASA pinpointed a hot new tourist destination. I mean, who wouldn't want to visit the coldest place on earth? Bucket list.

NASA Takes DARPA’s Challenge: The DARPA Robotics Challenge is kind of a big deal. So big, that even NASA’s Johnson Space Center has jumped on board, only, unlike their peers who have been flaunting their robotic prowess, NASA has kept things under wraps. After a vague bit of concept art at the outset of the challenge JPC has only recently revealed their robot, Valkyrie. And it’s a doozy.

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