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T-Log Autonomous Truck

There's the much-hyped Tesla Semi, and then "T-Log," an all-electric, autonomous logging truck that the company believes could be a major player in an "enormous market for battery-powered AVs." Since it's fully autonomous, there's no need for a cabin for a human driver or passenger. The vehicle uses NVIDIA's Drive self-driving platform to achieve level 4 self-driving capabilities, but it can still be remote-controlled by a human operator located hundreds of miles away. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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CeramicSpeed Chainless Bike Drivetrain

Say goodbye to bike chains, and hello to CeramicSpeed's new chainless drivetrain concept that utilizes an advanced carbon driveshaft without any chains and derailleurs that turns two sets of bearing pinions to shift torque effortlessly from the front ring onto the flat 13-speed cassette. This improves drivetrain efficiency to an incredible 99%, while offering limitless gear ratio options. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Opener BlackFly Electric Aircraft


OPENER's BlackFly is essentially an all-electric flying car that will not require a pilot's licence to, and it can travel for up to 25 miles at a speed of 62mph. The production model will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car, while early models will be slightly more expensive. "You have total command of three-dimensional space. When you press the thumb-stick to climb, you have absolute full control. When you stop in the middle of the air and go off the joystick, the aircraft freezes. And when I say freezes...it literally freezes in the air," said OPENER's chief executive Marcus Leng. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a case worthy of a $100,000 PC.

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Q30 Electric Motorboat

There's the all-electric Tesla Model S, and then the sleek Q30 electric motorboat by Q Yachts. It's powered by an electric propulsion system known as Ocean Volt, which consists of a 20kW motor and 30kWh battery for an ultra smooth ride. The hull is hydro-dynamically optimized to ensure passengers do not experience motion sickness, while still maintaining zero emissions, thanks to a noise-free propulsion system. Climb beneath the deck, and you'll find plenty of seating for a quick snooze or just some relaxation time. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how sound effects for horror movies are made.

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Segway W1 E-Skates

There's hoverboards, electric skateboards, and soon, Segway's Drift W1 E-Skates. Since it hasn't been officially revealed yet, not much technical information is known about them, but apparently, riders simply step on the Drift W1 with each foot, and self-balancing technology takes care of the rest - no straps necessary. Continue reading for a video of them in-action.

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Marines Autonomous Flight

Office of Naval Research (ONR) engineers have successfully demonstrated Aurora's Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS), which enables any rotary-wing aircraft to fly autonomously. This enables a Marine in the field to quickly request supplies, even in dangerous environments, using a handheld tablet, without prior training required. "AACUS gives revolutionary capability to our fleet and force. It can be used as a pilot aid in degraded visual environments, or allow fully autonomous flights in contested environments, keeping our pilots out of harm's way," said Dennis Baker, AACUS program officer. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one that shows what it's like to build LEGO models for a living.

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Audi Airbus Air Taxi

Audi, Airbus, Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer, Minister of State for Digital Affairs Dorothee Bar, Dr. Christian Losel (Mayor of Ingolstadt), and other political as well as business representatives, signed a letter of intent to start testing air-taxis in Germany's Ingolstadt region. It will be based on the Pop.Up Next concept, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, which boasts two modules. The car is attached to a drone copter with four pods housing eight helicopter blades, with each powered by a 26 hp (20 kW) electric motor that draws energy from a 70 kWh battery pack. This setup gives the flight module a combined output of 214 hp, enabling it to hit a top speed of 74 mph and travel up to 31 miles before requiring a 15 minute recharge. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Ferrari Pod

In a busy city like Paris, finding parking spots for your vehicle can be tough to say the least, but what if there were transportation pods that can be summoned with an app? Meet the 2046 Parsonal Commuter. These self-driving devices can comfortably seat two adults, and just in case things go wrong, there's a manual control button. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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ACV Amphibious Combat Vehicles

The U.S. Marine Corps partnered with BAE Systems to build the ACV 1.1, a high-tech amphibious combat vehicle. This 8x8 amphibious platform can carry 13 embarked Marines, plus a crew of three, and boasts a special 'H-Drive' System to provide full time all-wheel traction both on land and in the surf zone. It's powered by a 690HP engine, good over a range of more than 325 miles on land before needing to refuel, and it can travel at speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of clear ice being pit against molten brass.

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Cyclo Knitter Scarf

Let's face it, sometimes trains get delayed (or you're very punctual), and what better way to spend an extra 5-minutes or more than by getting some exercise as well as a free scarf while doing so? Meet the Cyclo Knitter by design student George Barratt-Jones. "Imagine Its the midst of winter. You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give to someone who needs it more," said Jones. Continue reading for a video of it in-action, more pictures and information.

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