6 Cities On the Road to a Driverless Future

6 Cities On the Road to a Driverless Future

Fully automated cars have yet to hit the streets in significant numbers. However, improvements are being made every day, and there are cities globally that have already embraced the technology. Experts agree that autonomous transportation will prove especially useful when combined with ride-hailing services, and if the two develop concurrently, it could lead to a decrease in car ownership as well as a solution to the problems of urban mobility faced by major cities today. SEE ALSO: Ask an Expert: Electric Vehicles and the Future of the Automotive Market However, implementing autonomous transportation systems is no easy task, from perfecting the technology to sorting out legal matters. Take a look at these 6 early-adapting cities around the world that have...

Top 5 Steel Consuming Regions in 2018 and Beyond

Top 5 Steel Consuming Regions in 2018 and Beyond

As cities begin to revive their infrastructure in favor of high-tech options, steel is quickly becoming a high-demand resource. In 2016, the top steel consuming countries were China, Japan, India, the United States, Russia and South Korea. These countries used the most steel and are expected to continue holding their ranks. But the steel industry is projected to slow down slightly in 2018. This is because the rapid growth in countries like China has reached a point of stabilization. The demand for steel will continue to increase 1.6 percent according to the World Steel Association. Compared to the growth rate of 2.8 percent in 2017, it is a significant decrease, but there are still areas in the world where steel...

The Fuel of Tomorrow Mining Lithium for Tomorrow’s Cars

The Fuel of Tomorrow: Mining Lithium for Tomorrow’s Cars

The fate of widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption lies in the car battery. So far, automakers have achieved a range of 100 to 300 miles on a single charge, but it’s still not enough to calm drivers’ range anxiety or compete with traditional fuel options. Ultimately, drivers want an affordable long-range EV with super fast charge, factors that are often at odds with each other. Even though EVs make up about 1 percent of total new car sales in the U.S., EVs are on a steady, steep path upwards. According to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, EVs will make up 54 percent of new car sales by 2040, and by 2029, EVs will be cheaper to buy than...

The Forgotten Fleet Looking Back on Early Electric Vehicles for a Better Future (2)

The Forgotten Fleet: Looking Back on Early Electric Vehicles for a Better Future

People have a hard time imagining a world where the majority of people drive electric vehicles (EVs). However, in 1912, there were more than 30,000 EVs on US roads, and by 1917, EVs could go 100 miles on a single charge. Shortly after, EVs couldn’t compete with gasoline cars and seemed to disappear altogether. So, what happened to the EVs of the past, and how can the world prevent them from going the way of the dodo bird for yet a second time in history? The Golden Age of Electric Vehicles The first EV hybrid car was made in 1901 by Ferdinand Porsche, and by 1917, 38 percent of the cars on US roads were EVs, 40 percent were steam-powered...

Ask an Expert: Fashion Forward with Steel

Ask an Expert: Fashion Forward with Steel

Naim Josefi took this year’s Stockholm Fashion Week by storm with his 2017 F/W GANGS collection. The pieces were not only beautiful with shiny sequins and edgy denim pieces, they embodied the perfect collaboration between science and design. That’s what Josefi is known for. The Swedish designer is more like a scientist, always searching for new technology to not only express his creativity but also his beliefs about equality, empowerment and sustainability. How does he come up with his designs? “All my collections are built on scientific research. Technology helps me realize complex ideas and thoughts,” said Josefi. For the GANGS collection, his complex ideas were expressed through the use of steel, laser printing and 3D printing technology. “During the...

The Road to Sustainability Using Steel Slag for Asphalt Roads

The Road to Sustainability: Using Steel Slag for Asphalt Roads

Asphalt, blacktop, pavement. It is everywhere. In the U.S. alone, there are over 2.7 million miles of paved roads, 94 percent of which is surfaced with asphalt. One of the ingredients of asphalt is steel slag, a by-product of the steel and iron production processes. Steelmakers like POSCO are putting the sustainable, recycled material to use to make roads stronger and safer. What are Asphalt Roads Made of? Asphalt roads are made of a mixture of aggregates, binders and fillers. The aggregates are typically iron and/or steel slag, sand, gravel or crushed rock, and they are bound together with asphalt itself, which is a bitumen. Asphalt comes from natural deposits, or more commonly, as a by-product of the petroleum industry....

What it Takes to Build a Natural-Disaster-Proof House

What it Takes to Build a Natural-Disaster-Proof House

It has been an incredibly tumultuous year in terms of weather and natural disasters, with many deadly storms around the world. In honor of the upcoming World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5, here are some homes around the world that were built to withstand the effects of extreme weather with the help of steel. Weather Events of 2017 2017 saw some of the worst natural disasters across the globe. The Atlantic hurricane season hit hard, and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were especially devastating. Hurricane Harvey caused 82 direct deaths, and an estimated USD 180 billion worth of damage. Hurricane Irma swept across 9 U.S. states leaving 75 people dead and damage costs of USD 50 to 100 billion....

What the Chinese Cruise Market Can Mean for the Shipbuilding Industry

What the Chinese Cruise Market Can Mean for the Shipbuilding Industry

While international shipbuilding, offshore equipment, and related markets are waning, the cruise sector is leading the way for recovery. According to sources, cruise shipbuilding accounted for 43 percent of global new shipbuilding orders. Nowhere is growth stronger than in China Unlike in most developed countries, many of China’s younger citizens (25- to 45-year-olds) are able to afford a cruise. According to Cruise Lines International Association’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Lorri Christou, the Asian cruise industry is seeing more travelers than ever. Executive Vice President of the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association, Zheng Weihand, expects 2.5 million travelers by 2020, 4.5 million by 2025, and seven million by 2030. The growing demand is having a positive...

The Role of Iron in Big History

How the Death of a Star Led to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

From September 26 to November 26, the National Museum of Korea is holding a special exhibition called “Metal, Iron and Steel: The Cultural History of Iron” to shed light on the role and value of iron in human history. It’s a common theme, and the images that pop into mind may be of early humans during the Iron Age. But according to Professor Seohyung Kim of Inha University, the history of iron precedes the history of life, and so historians need to look back to the beginning of the universe to fully understand the way iron has shaped humankind and its environment. She gave a special lecture called “History of Iron: Universe, Life and Human,” as part of the exhibition...

Ask an Expert The Role of Steel in a Changing Oil Industry

Ask an Expert: The Role of Steel in a Changing Oil Industry

The transitions sweeping the energy industry in the US are profound and would have been unimaginable fifteen years ago. To a large extent, they have been determined by markets and technology more than government policy or environmental activism. Consider some of the bigger shifts in the US energy industry: The Shale Revolution The “shale revolution” has impacted the entire energy system in the US and worldwide. Although the elements of horizontal drilling and fracking had been known for decades, it was the entrepreneurial genius of men like George Mitchell of Houston who found the way to link these technologies and apply them commercially. It resulted in the US going from a natural gas importer to an exporter of pipeline gas...

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