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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Fiber Body to Be Its Battery

The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is a futuristic electric super sports car that is being researched in collaboration with MIT says Automobili Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani. He said that one of the key technologies that they are collaborating on is a carbon fiber body panel and chassis that will incorporate battery storage and include a high-tech ultra efficient supercapacitor storing more energy with less weight and size.

Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer for Automobili Lamborghini, spoke about the future of cars at Bloomberg Pursuits’ The Year Ahead: Luxury summit in New York:

New Electric Super Car With All-New Technology

We were in a Board meeting with our President Stefano Domenicali and we had a discussion about the future of Lamborghini. You can imagine that the super sports car tradition is part of our heritage. But it’s clear we need to look forward as well. If we look forward there is a short-term strategy that is already defined and part of our normal development. However, sometimes you must be much more visionary, to look really forward. Together we started a discussion and we decided to launch a project that we called the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio.

We tried to determine if a futuristic car can be a Lamborghini with the technology of today. The answer was no. For this reason, we started to scout what technology needs are important for the future and we recognized that nowhere was this technology available. Looking inside the most important center of research where something similar was in the pipeline of investigation we discovered at MIT several laboratories that were working on something exactly like this.

Lamborghini Chassis and Body to Double as the Battery

Two years ago there was an official signage between Lamborghini and MIT with this level of collaboration we opened two laboratories that work on futuristic research of structural carbon fiber elements. This research focused on a carbon fiber chassis and body panel that can be made to function as the battery, to store energy inside the panel of the car. The other laboratory is researching a supercapacitor that will allow it to have much more energy storage with less weight and less packaging.

After just one year of signing this agreement with MIT, we have already had a big result in terms of research. It’s clear that it is something that is a strategic project because as you can imagine normally a project like this has three or four years of timing where professors, students, and our engineering team works together. Not everything will work perfectly because it is still being researched and research doesn’t every time provide a solution. We will need to see what can be appliable and can also be sustainable from an economic point of view.

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Google Cuts Fiber and Division Head Resigns

Google is cutting its losses with its high speed internet service to restrategize and reduce expenses. It will continue serving its current fiber cities and will complete the buildout of its fiber service where construction has already begun, but it will close offices and end all future fiber plans.

With this announcement, the head of Google’s fiber division, Craig Barratt, announced his resignation. “As for me personally, it’s been quite a journey over the past few years, taking a broad-based set of projects and initiatives and growing a focused business that is on a strong trajectory. And I’ve decided this is the right juncture to step aside from my CEO role. Larry has asked me to continue as an advisor, so I’ll still be around.”

Google currently has fiber in 9 locations; Kansas City MO, Kansas City, KS, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Nashville, Provo, Salt Lake City and The Triangle area of North Carolina. They list 4 cities as upcoming; Huntsville, AL, Irvine, CA, Louisville, and San Antonio. It’s likely that none of these cities will see their Google fiber dreams fulfilled.

Another big disappointment is in store for cities that were listed as potential fiber cities by Google including Tampa, Jacksonville, Chicago, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose and probably Louisville. Google plans to close offices in all of these cities and layoff personnel.

“In terms of our existing footprint, in the cities where we’ve launched or are under construction, our work will continue,” said Barratt. “For most of our potential Fiber cities — those where we’ve been in exploratory discussions — we’re going to pause our operations and offices while we refine our approaches. We’re ever grateful to these cities for their ongoing partnership and patience, and we’re confident we’ll have an opportunity to resume our partnership discussions once we’ve advanced our technologies and solutions.”

Barratt added that they will be reducing their employee base in cities that are in an “exploratory stage.”

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Google Fiber Phone Announced For Home Phone Service

Google just announced Fiber Phone, a new service for home phones using Google Fiber. It costs ten dollars a month for unlimited local and nationwide calling, and uses the same rates as Google Voice for international calls.

Customers can keep their old phone numbers or get new ones. The service includes call waiting, caller ID, and 911. It also offers voice message transcribing for texts and email. There are also privacy controls like spam filtering, call screening, and do-not-disturb.

“Whether it’s calling mom or ordering take-out, we rely on our phones to help reach the people and things that matter,” says Google Fiber product manager John Shriver-Blake. “And while mobile phones have pushed us toward the future, home phone service is still important to many families. Landlines can be familiar, reliable and provide high-quality service, but the technology hasn’t always kept up. That’s why today, we’re introducing Fiber Phone as a new option to help you stay connected wherever you are.”

“Fiber Phone can help you make the most of your home phone—even when you’re not at home,” he says. “Adding Fiber Phone means getting access on the road, in the office, or wherever you are. Your Fiber Phone number lives in the cloud, which means that you can use it on almost any phone, tablet or laptop. It can ring your landline when you’re home, or your mobile device when you’re on-the-go.”

Eventually, Fiber Phone will be available to customers in all Fiber cities, but for now, it will only be in a few areas. There’s a sign-up form here for when it makes it to your area.

It’s unclear at this point what the first areas with access will be. Current Fiber cities include Provo, Austin, Kansas City, and Atlanta with service upcoming for San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Nashville, Huntsville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham. The following are listed as potential Fiber cities: Portland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Louisville, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

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Google Fiber To Keep Internet Moving in Kansas City

Back in March of 2011, Google announced that it was going to provide fiber Internet connectivity to Kansas City, KS after it had been chosen from over 1,100 areas who vied for the chance to let Google connect its town to the Internet speeds of tomorrow. Soon after the ambitious project was expanded to include the more well-known Kansas City (the one across the border in Missouri) as well.

Fast forward to January of this year and the project was experiencing technical difficulties. Well, Google announced yesterday that the project is set to truly move forward as Google Fiber is now ready to reach those who want it in the Kansas Citys.

Here is fun little video that Google put together showing where Google Fiber fits on the evolutionary scale of Internet connectivity. Oh and their use of a rock classic is pretty clever as well.

So what are the specs of this new service?

From the Official Google blog.

Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today’s average broadband. No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web. Imagine: instantaneous sharing; truly global education; medical appointments with 3D imaging; even new industries that we haven’t even dreamed of, powered by a gig.

The Verge outlines the costs and services. No business pricing has been offered yet. While there is a free offering one wonders if the “construction cost” may make this a prohibitive offering for many.

The costs starts with a $ 300 construction fee to get the fiber installed at your house. After that, there will be two kinds of packages for Google Fiber.

For $ 120 per month, the first package is the “Gigabit + TV” package with 1TB of storage, internet, and a single lump of all channels in a single bundle. It will include major broadcast networks, “hundreds” of “fiber channels,” and on-demand movies and shows. Premium movie channels will still be an additional monthly fee. Google will waive the construction fee for new customers for a limited time.

A $ 70 per month Gigabit-only package will provide internet and the 1TB of cloud storage on Google Drive. For a limited time, Google is also offering a third package with “average” broadband speeds for *free*. It will be 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up, assuming they are willing to chip in on the construction fee for the fiber line.

Honestly, I was a little surprised by the pricing. I know Google can’t provide free service to the masses (although there is the free option once the fiber is brought to your home) but the way this was all pitched it felt like it would be a bit more ubiquitous.

Now, in order to get the service Google has created a competition of sorts amongst what they call ‘fiberhoods’. Simply put, the fiberhoods with the most $ 10 pre-registrations by September 9th get the fiber first. Gee, I wonder which neighborhoods will do that more easily.

Here is another video explaining that process.

So, as with most things Internet related, it’s never as easy as it seems is it?



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