C 1 ‘rolling smartphone’ electric vehicle

This is a concept that got my attention. If only my driving habits could warrant this purchase!

Article Source: http://www.designboom.com/technology/c-1-rolling-smartphone-electric-vehicle/

C 1 'rolling smartphone' electric vehicle

The ‘C-1’ (‘rolling smartphone’) combines the design concepts of a motorcycle and car with a prototype exhibited at the maker faire bay area 2012, the ‘C-1‘ by lit motors is a gyroscopically stabilized electric urban vehicle combining the efficiency and small size of a motorcycle with the safety and durability of a car.
The craft is nicknamed ‘the rolling smartphone’ for its extensive connectivity to mobile devices, integrated to account for traffic, weather conditions, and construction sites when selecting driving routes.

The ‘C-1′ uses electronically controlled gyroscopes to keep balanced at a stop, remaining upright even in the event of collision. charging completely in four to six hours, the vehicle has a top speed of over 120mph (193km/hr), with battery packs that provide a range of 150 to 220 miles (241-354 km) per charge.

Accessible via a swinging door on either side, the vehicle provides room for two in motorcycle-riding-like configuration, and/or small amounts of cargo. a production model is expected in lit showrooms in late 2014, with the target price of 12,000 to 16,000 USD.

Source: http://www.designboom.com/technology/c-1-rolling-smartphone-electric-vehicle/

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Battery Powered Dune Buggy of Sorts

Bowler RaptorThe Bowler Raptor concept is the work of Ryan Skelley, a 2009 graduate of Coventry University’s Automotive Design course. Previous work from Skelley featured on diseno-art.com includes theSunbeam Tiger sports car concept.

The Bowler Raptor was designed to compete in the grueling Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off road race held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Essentially it is an extreme dune buggy developed to cope with the demanding and harsh terrain of the desert race.

The angular bodywork of the Bowler Raptor takes inspiration from both modern architecture and superbikes. The result is an aggressively styled machine which also features a highly functional body panel system. The body panels, which are held on by easily accessible hex-head bolts, are all independent of each other and can be replaced quickly when damaged.

Bowler RaptorThe Raptor utilizes a number of clever and unique features including an exposed carbon fibre chassis which was designed to bring the occupants closer to the action and heighten the sense of speed. The lack of A-pillars and a dramatic cantilever roof provide an almost completely unhindered view from the driver’s seat. The alloy wheels of the Bowler Raptor were designed to match the aesthetics of the bodywork. While the tires were designed to create a contrast by using a combination of both dune buggy paddle tires and digital technology as inspiration. The tire and wheel rim are designed to interlock conveying a sense of strength and solidarity. The design also incorporates eco-conscious materials to create a truly exceptional off-road buggy.

The electric drivetrain of the Bowler Raptor consists of two Lithium-Titanate battery packs which are rechargeable through both a standard wall socket or a dedicated high voltage outlet. The batteries can also be quickly and easily replaced using the Raptor’s unique “hot-swap” battery system, allowing for the old pack to be replaced with a fresh, fully charged battery in just 1 minute. The batteries send their power to a next-generation Siemens electric motor coupled to a single speed transaxle.
Bowler Raptor
The interior of the Bowler Raptor concept features a pair of deeply recessed bucket seats which have significant levels of lateral protection in both the body and head areas, essential for a dedicated off-road racer. Mounted in the centre of the dash is a large navigation screen, and located just above this is a mounting point for an iPhone which provides a constant internet connection as well as acting as a secondary screen. The phone allows the occupants to receive course and weather updates, race statistics, GPS data, and a provides a communications link to the rest of the team.

Source: http://www.ecofriend.com/eco-cars-all-electric-bowler-raptor-is-a-green-way-to-find-new-roads.html

“Beta” Cars?

Beta cars - 001In the introduction to a January 2009 BusinessWeek excerpt from his book “What Would Google Do?,” author Jeff Jarvis extolled the idea that the Detroit automakers should start releasing cars in “beta” form, much the way the Silicon Valley tech giant had been doing with its software products. Despite the obvious dangers of open public beta testing in the car business, it seems that a number of automakers, including Tesla, Fisker, BMW, Ford, General Motors, have been doing exactly that to varying degrees over the past several years.

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The history of beta testing

The concept of structured alpha and beta testing of software has its origins with IBM. Back in the 1950s, the computing pioneer defined alpha testing as the internal product verification before a public announcement. Beta testing was the verification of the product by users before it got released to production.

Until Google went all-in on publicly releasing software that was labeled as beta in the past decade, beta releases were mostly restricted to select groups of testers who committed to providing regular feedback about problems in the product. Google’s GMail was the stereotypical example of an open beta, retaining that status for more than five years from its initial release in April 2004 until July 2009.

In the automotive realm, with a few notable exceptions, manufacturers have generally kept their equivalent of beta testing strictly in-house, using engineers and test drivers to evaluate new vehicles and systems. Even the final stage of evaluation before vehicles go on sale to the general public has been restricted to employees. For example, at General Motors, anywhere from several dozen to several hundred production-representative examples are distributed to managers and other employees in the final months before the on-sale date in what is known as the captured test fleet.

Beta cars - 003Public beta testing in the auto industry

Perhaps the best-known early example of a public beta test in the car industry was the Chrysler Turbine car program. Between 1963 and 1965, Chrysler built 55 turbine-powered coupes and loaned them to more than 200 drivers around the United States for three months at a time to gather real-world data and driving impressions.

When automakers make it clear that they are running a test program like Project Driveway or BMW’s EV evaluations, customers can go in with their eyes open and know that they might experience some problems. Even if customers pay for the privilege of participating, they probably won’t mind, and the engineers can learn a lot.

On the other hand, when paying tens of thousands of dollars for a regular production vehicle, mass-market customers expect it to work from the start, whether they are buying from startups like Tesla and Fisker or century-old stalwarts like Ford, GM, or BMW. Every one of these companies regularly market their new technologies as features that will make customers’ lives better, but sometimes they don’t.

Perhaps the solution is for auto manufacturers to develop ways to do more real-world beta testing of new technologies so they can find out what doesn’t work before they commit to production, making sure everyone involved knows exactly what to expect.

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The source for this blog is from an article in Motor Trend.  If you wish to read the full article go to this link:

http://blogs.motortrend.com/should-automakers-be-selling-beta-cars-28191.html#axzz2MrwudjZg

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Turbo Camaro Coupe Concept Car

Camaro Concept Car - 001A big surprise awaits visitors to the Chevrolet exhibit during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. It’s the Turbo Camaro Coupe concept car based on a character in the new high-velocity 3D comedy from DreamWorks, ‘Turbo’.

In the movie, the storyline is about a snail obsessed with speed, and the Camaro is instrumental in transforming him into a racer.

Camaro Concept Car - 002Camaro Concept Car - 003The Chevrolet Camaro on display in Chicago is fully customized and is equipped with a supercharged 700+ horsepower V-8 topped off by an outrageous intake assembly for supercharger housing. Body modifications include rockers and fender flares in a wide body design configuration, a front splitter, rear diffuser and a GT concept rear wing spoiler. Lighting the way are custom front and rear LED lighting with multicolor halo effect for the front headlamps. The body is painted black with a vinyl chrome wrap, dark tinted to look like black chrome. Tire and rim sizes are 24 inches by 10 in. front and 24 in. by 15 in. rears.

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Camaro Concept Car - 005Check-out the five-inch diameter rear exhaust outlets, two per side. Underneath, are special adjustable coil over strut assemblies and adjustable rear springs and shock assemblies.

Camaro Concept Car - 006The motion picture ‘Turbo’ will hit theaters July 19, 2013

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