eighth Annual Crunchies Awards
The most effective tech for 2014 is getting its simply desserts on the eighth Annual Crunchies proper now, and Greatest Know-how Achievement is among the classes that displays true excellence in a subject the place it’s straightforward to determine standouts. This yr’s winner is Stella, whose 4-seat, photo voltaic-powered automotive gained the World Photo voltaic Problem and is designed to be a useful household car as an alternative of a tech demo or excessive-velocity racer.
Stella’s automotive makes use of a roof-mounted photo voltaic panel that may present sufficient energy to maneuver the automotive 500 miles on a full cost of the battery, which is significantly greater than the max mileage of a Tesla Mannequin S. Stella is the product of a workforce-up between the Eindhoven College of Know-how and NXP Semiconductors, and it truly manages to supply twice the power it consumes by means of its photovoltaic power system.
Not solely was Stella a showcase for clear power, it was additionally a way to show new car-to-car communications methods that would ultimately permit automobiles to work collectively to find out one of the best speeds to drive with a view to maintain visitors shifting effectively.
Stella’s crowning achievement in 2014 was making the trek up Freeway 1 between L.A. and San Francisco, producing zero emissions alongside the best way.
Runner-up this yr was Apple Pay, a really totally different technological achievement however one which’s no much less more likely to turn out to be really disruptive. Apple’s cellular funds play debuted this yr with a software program replace launched in October for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It shortly turned some of the-used digital cost strategies available on the market, with new monetary establishments and retail companions approaching board on a regular basis.