Nobel winner for blue LEDs raises efficiency in electric vehicles



Nobel laureate Hiroshi Amano holds an inverter made of gallium nitride for use in electric cars. (Masaki Yamamoto)

An electric car with enhanced energy efficiency developed by a Nagoya University team led by a Nobel laureate will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show starting Oct. 24.

Tokyo Motor Show embraces drone races and flying cars
The Tokyo Motor Show kicks off on Thursday with a new format meant to make the traditional vehicle showcase into an expo that holds drone races, shows off a flying car and presents a future in which commuters move seamlessly between the road and sky.
Blockchain turns cars into payment vehicle for drivers
Five major automakers including Honda Motor begin field tests next month in the U.S. for a blockchain-based vehicle identification system that would let drivers automatically pay parking fees or highway tolls without using cash or cards.