Saturday, December 11, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Clean diesel may have lost some momentum to electric veichles, but many manufacturers are still pursuing it. According to this patent application, Maza has developed a new high efficiency direct injection diesel engine. An image from the patent application is below.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Robots are the future, and Honda loves robots. According to this patent application, Honda has developed a system where a task can be broadcast to a team (or army - if you will) of robots and then assigned to the robot most capable of executing the task with the lowest "cost" to efficiency. This way, a server can command this army of robots and have them efficiently execute tasks by priority. An image from the patent application is below.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The engineers at Ford are working on a new take on plug-in vehicles. According to this patent application, Ford is developing a plug-in type vehicle that uses battery energy to power all of the electrical systems on the vehicle, but not to supply any "motive" power to the vehicle itself. This eliminates the cost of adding an electric motor in parallel to the gas motor, yet still generates substantial fuel economy improvements. An image from the application is below.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
According to this patent application, Yamaha is hard at work to bring a multi-clutch transmission to the R1. Such an advance will be able to speed shift and get more power to the rear wheel faster. An image from the application is below.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
It has long been rumored that VW is interested in entering the motorcycle segment. VW's recent deal with Suzuki gave many further proof for arguing that VW's intentions are more than just a rumor. Now comes this patent application for an anti-lock system for a two wheeled vehicle. The patent application describes the vehicle as being a bicycle, but it could also apply to a motorcycle. An image from the application is below.