Light Rider: World’s First 3D Printed Motorcycle

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Via APworks.de:

What happens, when aerospace-specialist develop a motorcycle instead of calculating spaceship-engines? When a frame is not made by joining tubes, but instead is 3D printed using state of the art processes? When bionic algorithms optimize the entire structure?

“With the Light Rider we at APWorks demonstrate our vision of future urban mobility”, says engineer Stefanus Stahl. “We have used our know how of optimization and manufacturing, to create means of transportation, that match our expectations”, explains APWorks’s Niels Grafen: Exceptionally strong, impressivly lightweight and of the highest quality.

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Light Rider: World’s First 3D Printed Motorcycle

The Luxurious Lincoln Land Yacht

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Via The Verge:

Lincoln is focusing on “elegance and beauty” for the exterior, and “serenity and harmony” of the interior.

The look is about being imposing, protecting the family, and giving them a place to be safe. It’s also about giving everyone something to keep them occupied, or in communication with each other, while riding along.

Lincoln has built large screens for everyone (except the driver) to allow passengers to play games against each other in the car. The company said it could envision everyone’s screens connecting to different smartphones or tablets, or for one tablet to play a movie to everyone, for example. Or for each screen to have its own implementation of CarPlay.

There’s a clever intercom system to make it easier for folks in the third row to converse normally with people in the front. There’s even a video chat system that allows riders in the back to see the driver when they’re talking, which might be useful for nervous children who want to see Mom.

Who knows how much of this will make it to the final car, but Lincoln is certainly thinking of the future.

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The Luxurious Lincoln Land Yacht

Jaguar XKSS

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Via USAToday.com:

The British luxury car brand revealed Tuesday that it will build from scratch the nine units of the Jaguar XKSS that were destroyed in a 1957 factory fire, fulfilling a six-decade pledge to sell 25 converted versions of the D-Type racecar to the public.

The XKSS will be sold for more than 1 million British pounds apiece, or about $1.4 million, said Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover’s classic division.

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Jaguar XKSS

ALFA 40-60 HP Castagna Aerodinamica, 1914

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Via Wikipedia:

The ALFA 40/60 HP is a road car and race car made by Italian car manufacturer ALFA (later to become Alfa Romeo). This model was made between 1913 and 1922 and was designed by Giuseppe Merosi, as were all other Alfas at that time. The 40/60 HP has a 6082 cc straight-4 engine with overhead valves, which produced 70 bhp (52 kW) and its top speed was 125 km/h (78 mph). The race model 40-60 HP Corsa had 73 bhp (54 kW) and a top speed of 137 km/h (85 mph), and it also won its own category in the Parma-Berceto race.

In 1914 the milanese count Marco Ricotti commissioned to Carrozzeria Castagna the ALFA 40/60 HP Aerodinamica (also known as Siluro Ricotti), a prototype model which could reach 139 km/h (86 mph) top speed. A replica of that car was created in the 70s, and now it is shown in the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum.

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ALFA 40-60 HP Castagna Aerodinamica, 1914

Self-driving electric shuttle to hit public roads in Netherlands

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Via The Guardian:

An electric, driverless shuttle bus has taken to Dutch public roads on Thursday, rolling six passengers along a 200m stretch of road in the first trial of its kind worldwide.

The WePod, one of a fleet to be rolled out in coming years, took a few people on a short journey back and forth along the side of a lake in the central Dutch agricultural town of Wageningen.

At 5 miles per hour (8kmph), it did not set a speed record, “but an unmanned vehicle has never been used on public roads”, the project’s technical director, Jan Willem van der Wiel, said. “This is a milestone.”

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Self-driving electric shuttle to hit public roads in Netherlands