Tag: Transportation

Electric Cars Could Soon Be Charged In Seconds With New ‘Flow Battery’

A revolutionary new battery technology could allow electric cars to be fully charged in seconds, instead of the hours it currently takes.

Developed by chemists at the University of Glasgow, the ‘flow battery’ contains a liquid filled with nano molecules that can release energy as either electrical power or hydrogen.

As opposed to its solid form, the liquid nano molecules have two clear benefits for electric cars. The first is that it can store up to ’10 times’ the energy as its solid counterpart. The second is that it could in theory allow electric cars to be charged in seconds.

For example when a car needs to be charged the liquid can simply be pumped out of the vehicle and exchanged for charged liquid in much the same way that you would fill up a car with fuel.

The old battery fluid would then be charged and made ready to be used in another car.

Professor Leroy (Lee) Cronin, the University of Glasgow’s Regius Chair of Chemistry lead the team who made the discovery.

“Our approach will provide a new route to do this electrochemically and could even have application in electric cars where batteries can still take hours to recharge and have limited capacity,” explained Professor Cronin.

While it is becoming quicker and easier to charge an electric car the simple truth is that it can still take several hours to fully recharge a vehicle with a range of only a few hundred miles.

The introduction of new ultra-fast charging stations around the country in the future will help to alleviate this but the team at Glasgow believe that their liquid battery solution could solve the problem permanently.

In addition, because it’s a hybrid system the liquid can be used for both electric cars and hydrogen cars which turn the substance back into electricity.

Westminster Terror Incident: Video Shows Moment Car Crashes Into Barriers

Video from a rooftop camera shows the moment a car involved in an alleged terror incident crashed into barriers next to the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning.

Two vehicles, which appear to be police vans, can be seen behind the car shortly before the crash.

The silver Ford Fiesta is seen coming along the road next to Parliament Square before moving to turn right towards Westminster Abbey, the footage from BBC News shows.

Rooftop camera shows moment car crashes into barriers outside Parliamenthttps://t.co/CprbiGZgrg#Westminsterpic.twitter.com/0noYclQNaR

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 14, 2018

As an ambulance passes the car on its right-hand side, the vehicle swerves left, crossing oncoming traffic and a pavement before entering a small road and crashing into a security barrier.

A police officer can be seen jumping another barrier that runs along the side of the road to get away.

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism head Neil Basu said the vehicles behind the suspect’s car were not following it and the ambulance seen in the clip was on its way to an unrelated incident.

A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

No other suspects have been identified and there is “no intelligence at this time of further danger” to Londoners, Scotland Yard counter-terrorism head Neil Basu said.

He added the suspect was not known to intelligence services and was “not cooperating” with police.

Police on Westminster Bridge.

The incident began just after 7.37am (BST). The London Ambulance Service confirmed they had treated three people at the scene for and two people had been taken to hospital. 

One woman has “serious but not life-threatening” injuries and the other has since been discharged.

Scotland Yard said: “The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.

“He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

“There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.” 

Woman, 22, Killed In Stockwell Hit-And-Run

A 22-year-old woman has died after a hit-and-run in Stockwell in the early hours of Sunday morning.The woman, who has not yet been formally identified, died shortly after being struck by the vehicle in Clapham Road, at 4am. The driver of the car involv…

Police Car Overturns During Moped Chase Near Buckingham Palace

A police car overturned near Buckingham Palace on Saturday and a teenager was taken to hospital after officers chased a moped through central London.Scotland Yard said a 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences after he wa…

Road Signs Could Be Ditched And Beamed Straight To Your Car

Highways England are reportedly trialling an innovative new system where instead of using physical road signs, all the traffic information is beamed straight to your car.

The technology works using the next generation of phone signals known as 5G and would allow cars to be given the latest speed limits, accident warnings and the latest traffic information.

Physical road signs might be vital, but according to Auto Express, Highways England believes that this new system could make the roads safer to use,

Many modern cars now have digital dashboards and touchscreens and can be updated with live information at a moments notice.

Many modern cars already use primitive versions of this technology to pull through the latest speed limits whether it’s beamed to the car or recognised by the car’s sign-recognition cameras.

The trial will take place from 2018 all the way through to December 2025 on the A2 and M2 on the way to Dover.

Sadly the public won’t be able to take advantage of the technology, instead specially equipped vehicles will be travelling up and down the motorway testing it for accuracy, reliability and more.

In much the same way that fibre optic broadband is considered the next generation of internet speeds, 5G will soon replace 4G as the future of mobile networks.

With companies like EE working on the infrastructure and handset manufacturers like LG and Samsung working on 5G smartphones the technology might not be as far off as 2025.

Cars however have a habit of moving at a much slower pace than smartphones, so while Highways England might be testing a 5G connected car now it’s unlikely we’ll see them tearing down road signs any time soon.

That being said, if the trial is a success and the advent of self-driving cars it’s not a future that can be completely ruled out.

Road Signs Could Be Ditched And Beamed Straight To Your Car

Highways England are reportedly trialling an innovative new system where instead of using physical road signs, all the traffic information is beamed straight to your car.

The technology works using the next generation of phone signals known as 5G and would allow cars to be given the latest speed limits, accident warnings and the latest traffic information.

Physical road signs might be vital, but according to Auto Express, Highways England believes that this new system could make the roads safer to use,

Many modern cars now have digital dashboards and touchscreens and can be updated with live information at a moments notice.

Many modern cars already use primitive versions of this technology to pull through the latest speed limits whether it’s beamed to the car or recognised by the car’s sign-recognition cameras.

The trial will take place from 2018 all the way through to December 2025 on the A2 and M2 on the way to Dover.

Sadly the public won’t be able to take advantage of the technology, instead specially equipped vehicles will be travelling up and down the motorway testing it for accuracy, reliability and more.

In much the same way that fibre optic broadband is considered the next generation of internet speeds, 5G will soon replace 4G as the future of mobile networks.

With companies like EE working on the infrastructure and handset manufacturers like LG and Samsung working on 5G smartphones the technology might not be as far off as 2025.

Cars however have a habit of moving at a much slower pace than smartphones, so while Highways England might be testing a 5G connected car now it’s unlikely we’ll see them tearing down road signs any time soon.

That being said, if the trial is a success and the advent of self-driving cars it’s not a future that can be completely ruled out.