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Unbound: No 38 – Transportation Edition 

 January 31, 2021

By  Barbara

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Uber is testing their self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, seen here driving not far the robotics experts at Carnegie-Mellon University. (Rex | Flickr via Creative Commons)

(The Center Square) – The California Department of Motor Vehicles has officially issued a permit to Baidu USA to begin testing driverless vehicles on public roads in Sunnyvale, California.

According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), as of January 27, 2021, the agency has issued Autonomous Vehicle Driverless Testing Permits to six companies: Autox Technologies, Baidu, Cruise, Nuro, Waymo and Zoox.

It announced in a news release that "while Baidu has had state authority to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers since 2016, the new permit allows the company to test three autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel on specified streets within Sunnyvale, located in Santa Clara County."

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Courtesy of GM

Hydrogen. In theory, it’s the perfect fuel. Run it through a fuel cell and you get electricity, water vapor, and heat. Doesn’t get any more Earth friendly than that, does it? There is theory and then there is reality, starting with where one gets the hydrogen in the first place. It is one of the most abundant elements on Earth — every molecule of water has two hydrogen atoms and there is a lot of water in the world.


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MOBI Collaborates with BMW, Ford, and Others on Second Installment of a Vehicle Identity Standard for multi-stakeholder, interoperable mobility ecosystems of the future

We’ve all heard about rolled-back odometers and flood-damaged vehicles touted in better condition. BMWFord, and other transportation and blockchain leaders want to slow these practices by joining forces with an ambitious nonprofit startup developing technology to better track and protect vehicles’ true identities.

The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)’s member-led Vehicle Identity (VID) II Working Group released the second installment of the industry’s vehicle identity on blockchain.

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⭐️ NASA - Best Photo from Last Week

Finding a New Earth
Last Updated: Jan. 26, 2021, Editor:  Yvette Smith

Kepler-22b is the first planet discovered inside the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. This artist's conception from 2011, shows the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could exist. This exoplanet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our Sun.

At the time scientists did not know if the planet has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition. It's possible that the world would have clouds in its atmosphere, as depicted here in the artist's interpretation.

Image Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech


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Barbara

An award-winning CTO and VC Fund Manager helping entrepreneurs and investors understand emerging technology.

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