NASA launched its latest Mars rover, Perseverance, Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rover launch follows the launch of similar missions last week by UAE and China, and Perseverance's mission is to drill geological specimens from the surface.
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Fifteen states and the District of Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding that sets forth goals for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and other commercial vehicles. The agreement aims for an interim goal of 30% zero-emission electric vehicles by 2030, as well as a final goal of eliminating 100% of diesel emissions by 2050.
Josh Israel of Horiba Automotive Test Systems examines the benefits of Portable Emissions Measurement Systems, which were developed to comply with regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. "Accurate testing at various altitudes and temperatures, paired with other real-driving conditions, is essential to ensure internal combustion engines meet emissions and performance standards," he writes.
A Department of Energy report outlines a proposed national quantum internet, which would use the power of quantum entanglement to deliver data rapidly and far more securely than is now possible. The technology could lead to development of highly precise sensors for traffic management and optimized transportation routing.
Infrastructure for autonomous vehicles is the next hurdle to overcome for AV companies, according to investors at the Automated Vehicles Symposium. "We need a very complicated regulatory and infrastructure investment before we get to the next stage and that is going to be a far more complicated journey than any of us expected," said Orin Hoffman from the Engine, a venture capital firm.
Electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors has released a video showing the assembly by hand of what it says is "the world's first and only class 3 electric platform." The chassis can accommodate a 180-kilowatt-hour battery, and the company sees it being the basis for "delivery vans, ambulances, rescue trucks, shuttle vehicles, and other clean, yet highly versatile vehicles," writes Mate Petrany.
Chariho Tech in Rhode Island is seeing increased interest and enrollment in its career and technical education programs, and enrollment in some courses, including culinary, electrical, marine and hospitality, is full. Officials attribute the spike, in part, to greater outreach to out-of-district students, including through social media.
FedEx and UPS have been implementing sizable rate increases and volume limits for some larger shippers to offset the increased workload and costs associated with the surge in consumer e-commerce orders. Shippers are facing increased costs and lack of contract flexibility.