eighth Annual Crunchies Awards

8th 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.

Stella Photo voltaic Powered Automotive

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.