We have petroleum-based high performing cars. We also have some impressive electric-powered cars. But, what about solar-powered cars? Is there any manufacturer interested to dive deeper on it?
While Tesla is busy working on new long-lasting batteries for cheaper costs and breaking track records, Toyota is trying to figure out a way to make solar-powered cars run for an exceptionally long time period (like, forever).
TOKYO — Inspired by new ultra-thin solar panels developed for satellites, a project led by Toyota is experimenting with a sun-powered Prius that it hopes will one day require no plugging in. In the Japanese government-funded demonstration project, Toyota engineers fitted solar panels designed by Sharp Corp to the hood, roof, rear window and spoiler to see how much juice the sun can generate. The electricity from the panels goes directly to the drive battery, so the Prius can charge while moving or when parked. On a good day, the charge can be sufficient for up to 35 miles of travel, more than the 29 miles driven a day by the average American, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. But the performance drops off quickly if it is cloudy or even when it's too hot out. If used in real-world driving in those conditions, the Prius would have to be plugged in to recharge. Toyota has experimented with solar panels on the Prius for years, but these new solar cells are super-slim — just 0.03 millimeters — making them malleable enough to form-fit to the body of a car. The engineers needed to create a buffer between the car and the cells to protect them, so the actual solar panel modules are closer to a centimeter thick. The trunk of the car is filled with batteries for the solar panels, adding extra weight of around 180 pounds. Making the entire package lighter and bringing down the extremely high costs are among the biggest challenges for the technology, said Satoshi Shizuka, Toyota's lead engineer on the project, adding that commercialization likely remained "years away".
The Nissan Silvia (sold as the 240SX in the U.S.) is one of the Japanese car manufacturer’s most recognizable vehicles, and in S14-guise, is particularly popular throughout the tuning industry. While you could say the following example has been ‘tuned’, the truth is that it has been so heavily modified that it can barely be considered a Silvia anymore.
It's a mystery that has perplexed Sony Xperia fans for many years – why does Sony, who has so much imaging prowess though their camera division, produce Xperia smartphones where the camera performance is sub-par versus the competition. Well, according to a TrustedReviews interview with Adam Marsh, Senior Manager of Global Marketing, the answer is likely one that we should have expected all along.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki says he will take countermeasures against the landfill work the government started on Friday to build a new US military base along the coast of Henoko.
The government is moving ahead with its controversial plan to relocate a US military base within the prefecture, despite the opposition voters showed in September's gubernatorial election.
With cybersecurity challenges mounting and attacks getting more sophisticated, you would expect that the people governments put in positions responsible for cyber defence would have at least some knowledge of the subject matter. That’s wasn’t a requirement, apparently, for the Japanese government because the man it has appointed as its new cybersecurity minister has never used a computer in his life.
Independent lawmaker Masato Imai inquired about cybersecurity minister Yoshitaka Sakurada’s qualifications during a lower house session yesterday. “Since I was 25 years old and independent I have instructed my staff and secretaries. I have never used a computer in my life,” Sakurada reportedly responded, according to Kyodo News.
With companies such as Nikon and Canon getting into the full-frame mirrorless camera game, you would not be wrong in your assumption that other camera companies might want to get in on it as well, such as Fujifilm. The company has stated in the past that they do not have plans to go full-frame, but it was only recently that they have claimed that they will “never” go full-frame.
Japan's Nobel Prize winner Tasuku Honjo says that he has not once considered quitting his research.
The scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for his work relating to immune systems and cancer. He received the prize jointly with University of Texas Professor James Allison.