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2 entries from October 2017

Which Car is Greenest of Them All? Use MIT's CarbonCounter App to Find Out

Green cars

In the market for a new car and trying to choose the most environmentally friendly option? Take a look at the CarbonCounter app as part of your pre-buying research.

Developed at MIT, the CarbonCounter app is an easy-to-use tool that takes the 125 most popular vehicles in the US and plots them on a chart that measures both carbon emissions and cost of ownership.

The app takes into consideration not only the fuel efficiency of the vehicle in question, but also the carbon cost of creating the vehicle. If the vehicle is hybrid or electric, the app also factors in the carbon cost of the electricity in various regions.

The results are pretty interesting; most electric vehicles have much lower emissions but vary widely in cost of ownership and some gasoline and diesel powered vehicles rate better on overall emissions than some hybrids.

Check out this video about the project to see how the app works:

Does your car appear on the CarbonCounter app? How does it measure up? Let us know in the comments!

- Rose R.


Is the Flying Car Finally Upon Us?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve wanted a flying car ever since I saw the movie Blade Runner. So when I saw this Globe and Mail feature on a prototype called the Dekatone, a flying car designed for the average person, I thought “Sign me up!”

“Dekatone

The genius of the Dekatone is that its four propeller design and smart control mechanism would enable it to basically fly flat instead of pitching and rolling like a traditional aircraft. Piloting the Dekatone would theoretically be easy for the novice pilot, because it wouldn’t be that different than driving on the road. Except that it would be MUCH cooler.

“Dekatone

For the technically minded among you, here’s how it works:

“Aircraft have traditionally, with a few exceptions, relied upon a single centre of gravity for guidance. This demands great skill and extensive training for any new pilot. With a harmonized, rapidly actuating, gimbaled variable thrust set to the four corners of an aircraft, unprecedented control can be achieved and a new type of flight experience can be developed for small vehicles like the Dekatone. By isolating the pitch and roll moments required to manoeuver at the gimbals, the aircraft and its occupants would no longer be subjected to these effects, thereby reducing the act of piloting to simply driving.”

“Dekatone

The Dekatone is still just a concept, but who knows? Maybe we’ll all be piloting our own personal aircraft to the grocery store in the next decade. One can only hope.

What do you think? Would you be first in line for a flying car once they’re on the market? Let us know in the comments!

- Rose R.