Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: 'Deathproof' automobiles and extra!

Inhabitat's Week in Green: 'Deathproof' vehicles and more!

Many automakers are engaged on self-driving automobiles, however Volvo is the primary to announce plans for utterly “deathproof” automobiles by the yr 2020. In the meantime, Common Motors invested $500 million in Lyft to create a community of autonomous automobiles. Snowstorms snarl visitors, however engineers have an answer: electrical roads that de-ice themselves with out the necessity for street salt. We additionally noticed a distinctive round bridge in Uruguay that encourages drivers to decelerate and benefit from the view. And Ford teamed up with trend designers to debut a set of couture made out of recycled upholstery.

Actual property comes at a premium in Japan, however that is not stopping the nation from constructing an enormous photo voltaic farm. Kyocera simply started development on the world’s largest floating photo voltaic plant, and when it is full it’ll present sufficient electrical energy for five,000 houses. In the meantime, Australia is capitalizing on its abundance of sunshine with its first main photovoltaic crops, which some hope will “usher within the delivery of huge-scale photo voltaic” within the nation. Scientists harnessed power from an sudden supply by making eco-pleasant batteries from fallen leaves. And a gaggle of resourceful researchers put MacGyver to disgrace by producing electrical energy with nothing greater than cardboard, tape and a pencil.

Most houses take months (and even years) to construct, however this Gomos home could be assembled in three days flat. The key? A set of modular, manufacturing unit-constructed elements that snap collectively like LEGO bricks. In different design information, architects simply unveiled the world’s largest 3D-printed polymer home, and a Portuguese firm has developed a rotating photo voltaic residence that generates 5 occasions extra power than it makes use of. We have heard of maglev trains, however what about maglev crops? Japanese firm Hoshinchu’s Air Bonsai seem to magically float above their pedestals. And in one other astounding improvement, Fontus has developed a water bottle that really fills itself by absorbing moisture from the air.