Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: Toyota's picket roadster and extra!

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Toyota's wooden roadster and more!

Auto tech is advancing by leaps and bounds, however Toyota‘s newest automotive is a blast from the previous. Meet the Setsuna – a stunning roadster that is hand-carved from 86 picket panels. In different transportation information, Dutch politicians are hatching plans to ban all polluting automobiles by the yr 2025. If the considered sharing the street with self-driving huge rigs makes you uneasy, this will likely put your fears to relaxation: six vans with driverless know-how simply accomplished a 1,300-mile journey throughout Europe. We additionally took a firsthand take a look at VanMoof’s new Electrified S sensible bike, and a startup launched the world’s first cargo scooter, which may simply tote as much as 50 kilos.

Wave power has but to catch as much as photo voltaic and wind, however a brand new design might change that: CorPower’s small floating buoy can produce sufficient electrical energy to energy 200 houses. In the meantime, London unveiled the UK’s first photo voltaic bus shelter, and a new research exhibits that the US might produce forty% of its electrical energy from rooftop photovoltaics. Researchers developed a brand new “reverse photosynthesis” course of that would revolutionize biofuels, and design studio Salt & Water unveiled plans for a floating farm that may produce clear power and natural meals.

Excited for the upcoming Rogue One Star Wars film? Then take a look at Eyal Rosenthal’s minimalist lamps, that are impressed by droids lightsabers and stormtrooper helmets. In different design information, Sony simply debuted a multitasking mild bulb that doubles as a wi-fi speaker and San Franciscans have been stunned to seek out gigantic glowing bunnies pop up all through the town. IKEA is taking inside design to an entire new degree with an app that allows you to check out furnishings in digital actuality. And MIT is establishing a brand new manufacturing hub to spearhead improvements in textile know-how.