Lucas Mearian

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Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.

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Study reveals only 1 in 6 drivers want fully-autonomous vehicles

Study reveals only 1 in 6 drivers want fully-autonomous vehicles

Only about 1 in 6 respondents to a new survey from the University of Michigan said they'd be interested in owning a fully-self driving vehicle, and women were even more likely to avoid autonomous cars.

Cause of blaze at solar power plant under investigation

Cause of blaze at solar power plant under investigation

The cause of a fire that shut down part of the world’s largest solar power plant on Friday is still under investigation, as plant operator NRG Energy looks for the reason its mirrors became misaligned and set pipes on fire.

The coolest 3D-printed things at the RAPID conference

The coolest 3D-printed things at the RAPID conference

In each of its 26 years, the RAPID Printing & Additive Manufacturing Conference has raised the bar for the level of sophistication of things that can be created using 3D printing techniques. This year's conference in Orlando showcased...

Mirrors start fire at world's largest solar plant

Mirrors start fire at world's largest solar plant

Firefighters were forced to climb 300 feet up a tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California to reach a water boiler damaged after mirrors focusing the sun’s rays on it set it on fire.

UPS, SAP to launch on-demand 3D printing service

UPS, SAP to launch on-demand 3D printing service

UPS and SAP plan to collaborate to create a supply chain network based on 3D printing for on-demand manufacturing.

How 4D printing is now saving lives

How 4D printing is now saving lives

Physicians and 3D printing manufacturers are successfully using biomaterials to print splints, tissue scaffolds and other devices that grow and bend with a patient, and in some cases are even saving lives.

Digital manufacturing could eliminate warehouses, create on-demand production

Digital manufacturing could eliminate warehouses, create on-demand production

As manufacturers move to turn more products into digital files that can be transmitted to 3D printers awaiting orders, warehouses and excess inventory could be eliminated.

HP begins selling its Jet Fusion 3D printer; says it's 50% cheaper, 10X faster than others

HP begins selling its Jet Fusion 3D printer; says it's 50% cheaper, 10X faster than others

HP today began taking orders for its new Jet Fusion 3D printer, which it said will revolutionize manufacturing by increasing the speed of parts manufacturing 10-fold while halving costs compared to other 3D printing technologies.

Sunrun begins installing Tesla home batteries

Sunrun begins installing Tesla home batteries

Sunrun, one of the largest U.S. residential solar installers, has become the second company to begin selling Tesla's Powerwall batteries to customers.

Renewables fastest-growing energy source, feds say

Renewables fastest-growing energy source, feds say

Renewables are now the world's fastest-growing energy source and will increase 2.6% per year through 2040, but fossil fuels still supply more than three-quarters of world energy use.

Nissan charges after Tesla with home battery system

Nissan charges after Tesla with home battery system

Nissan and power management company Eaton Electrical have joined forces to create new residential energy storage unit designed to rival Tesla's Powerwall home battery as the most affordable on the market.

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