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Autonomous vehicles could be the silver lining for better road maintenance

Autonomous vehicles could be the silver lining for better road maintenance The introduction of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could result in a better maintained local road network believes the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA). Current live trials are pushing the momentum for the future introduction of driverless cars. In South London, driverless taxis car are currently …

Kar-go first road-worthy autonomous delivery-bot in Europe introduced at CAV Scotland

Kar-go first road-worthy autonomous delivery-bot in Europe introduced at CAV Scotland Coming soon to your front door! Meet the Kar-go, an electric, driverless, delivery vehicle that is being demonstrated at CAV Scotland today and tomorrow (13 & 14 November). Kar-go uses AI based on advanced neural networks to remove up to 90% of the cost …

StreetLight Data and Siemens partner to prepare for EV Infrastructure deployment

StreetLight Data and Siemens partner to prepare for EV Infrastructure deployment StreetLight Data, the leader in Big Data analytics for mobility, along with Siemens ITS Digital Lab, a digital application center for Intelligent Traffic Systems, and Siemens Energy Business Advisory, the leader in strategic planning for energy transitions, are pooling their data and industry knowledge …

IRENA supports Luxembourg meeting to take Electromobility to the next level

IRENA supports Luxembourg meeting to take Electromobility to the next level The challenges and the opportunities of electrified transport systems were discussed at a Ministerial Conference on Electromobility recently held in Luxembourg. Supported by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) who organised the conference ‘Closing the loop between Energy and Transport,’ which gathered key stakeholders …

South China Connected Auto and Smart Transport Expo – Castex 2020 announced

South China Connected Auto and Smart Transport Expo – Castex 2020 announced Today, at the Organizers Strategic Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony in Guangzhou, China, after months of intense preparations, the organization of CASTex 2020 (South China Connected Auto and Smart Transport Expo) was officially launched. Aiming to promote the development of connected automobile and intelligent …

Peterbilt Motors showcases a full line-up of Electric Trucks at the NACV Show

Peterbilt Motors showcases a full line-up of Electric Trucks at the NACV Show PACCAR is showcasing zero-emissions vehicles at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACVS) that runs Oct. 28-31 in Atlanta. Peterbilt Motors Company will showcase its three electric vehicle configurations for refuse, regional haul and city delivery applications. Kenworth will display a fuel …

CABEI signs agreement with Korea Eximbank to promote electric mobility in Costa Rica

CABEI signs agreement with Korea Eximbank to promote electric mobility in Costa Rica The commitment between CABEI and Korea Eximbank involves joint work for the promotion of the Fast Passenger Train of the Greater Metropolitan Area of San José in Costa Rica and electrical sustainability in the region. The Central American Bank for Economic Integration …

Could concrete roads enable fast charging of electric vehicles

Could concrete roads enable fast charging of electric vehicles ‘Range anxiety’ is a major barrier to the widespread adoption of electric cars. Britpave, the infrastructure group, believes that concrete roads that charge electric vehicles as they pass over the road’s surface could be the answer. Increasingly electric vehicles (EVs) are being promoted as the future …

Bollinger Motors reveals 4 Door B1 and B2 Electric Trucks

Bollinger Motors reveals 4 Door B1 and B2 Electric Trucks Bollinger Motors revealed the four-door B1 all-electric Sport Utility Truck and the B2 electric Pickup Truck. These beta prototypes mark a major milestone in the company’s next steps toward production. The Bollinger B1 and Bollinger B2 are the world’s first all-electric off-road and on-road trucks. …

Autonomous vehicles identified as the most relevant strategic advance for airport

Autonomous vehicles identified as the most relevant strategic advance for airport Aebi Schmidt invited over 200 airport professionals from 38 countries to an experience day on Tuesday, 8 October. The focus was on presentations and discussions on the topics of autonomous vehicles and how operation processes can be made more efficient with the help of …

SE England transport strategy to transform economy and hit net-zero carbon by 2050

SE England transport strategy to transform economy and hit net-zero carbon by 2050 An ambitious transport strategy plan to more than double the South East’s economy by 2050, create half a million new jobs, reduce congestion, cut carbon emissions and boost air quality has been published today – and people across the South East can …

Scania develop the AXL fully autonomous concept truck

Scania develop the AXL fully autonomous concept truck In what is another milestone in the development of heavy self-driving vehicles, a group of Scania experts in different fields have teamed up and developed the Scania AXL, a concept truck, which even without the cab, has the company’s modular system at the heart of the design. …

Renewable synthetic fuels for less CO₂ will power legacy vehicles and charge electric cars

Renewable synthetic fuels for less CO₂ will power legacy vehicles and charge electric cars The fossil CO₂ emitted by road vehicles will have to be reduced to nearly zero over the next three decades to meet the Paris Climate Agreement – the big question is how. One path to achieving this is with renewable synthetic …

AI:TRAIL Quattro from Audi is the off-roader of the future

AI:TRAIL Quattro from Audi is the off-roader of the future Audi is completing its quartet of visionary vehicles by showcasing a forward-looking electric off-roader at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Audi AI:TRAIL quattro, a comprehensive concept for sustainable mobility off the beaten track, is one of four use case vehicles projecting Vorsprung durch Technik …

TerraVision GPR could be the new hero of Autonomous Vehicles

TerraVision GPR could be the new hero of Autonomous Vehicles GSSI, the world’s leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, announces TerraVision, the first-to-market localizing ground penetrating radar (LGPR) technology that improves navigation for autonomous vehicles (AVs). The LGPR technology was originally developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for military applications and is designed to …

Bosch wins €13 Billion in electromobility orders for electrical vehicle powertrains

Bosch wins €13 Billion in electromobility orders for electrical vehicle powertrains When it comes to electromobility, Bosch is driving in the fast lane. No other company has as much expertise in this domain. And this is paying off: since the beginning of 2018, Bosch has won electromobility orders worth roughly 13 billion euros, including production …

Siemens Mobility to showcase low carbon and connected vehicle solutions at Cenex-LCV

Siemens Mobility to showcase low carbon and connected vehicle solutions at Cenex-LCV As a world leader in traffic management technology, Siemens Mobility will be showcasing a range of systems at this year’s Cenex-LCV exhibition, the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event. With cars, vans and lorries responsible for a major portion of air pollution – …

MIT autonomous roboats can now shapeshift to form pop-up bridges and other structures

MIT autonomous roboats can now shapeshift to form pop-up bridges and other structures MIT’s fleet of robotic boats has been updated with new capabilities to “shapeshift,” by autonomously disconnecting and reassembling into a variety of configurations, to form floating structures in Amsterdam’s many canals. The autonomous boats — rectangular hulls equipped with sensors, thrusters, microcontrollers, …

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street praises JCB for their spark of Imagination

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street praises JCB for their spark of Imagination The Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has hailed JCB as an innovative ‘world leader’ in engineering as it goes into full production with its first electric digger. As the industry’s first fully electric mini excavator, the JCB 19C-1E, has gone into …

Electric Assisted Vehicles launch the EAVan at the Oxford EV Summit

Electric Assisted Vehicles launch the EAVan at the Oxford EV Summit Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) recently launched their EAVan at the Oxford EV Summit which took place at the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford. The EAVan is a solution to urban congestion and pollution. Combined with indisputable evidence of climate change, …

Bosch technology extending the service life of electric-vehicle batteries

Bosch technology extending the service life of electric-vehicle batteries Stress makes cells age faster – something that geneticists have long since demonstrated for the human body is also true for electric-vehicle battery cells. The older the batteries get, the lower their performance, service life, capacity, and the shorter the range of the vehicle. To help …

Bosch and Daimler obtain approval for driverless parking without human supervision

Bosch and Daimler obtain approval for driverless parking without human supervision Bosch and Daimler have reached a milestone on the way to automated driving: the two companies have now obtained approval from the relevant authorities in Baden-Württemberg for their automated driverless parking system in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart. The automated valet parking …

Volvo and Samsung SDI developing a strategic electromobility alliance for electric trucks

Volvo and Samsung SDI developing a strategic electromobility alliance for electric trucks Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered into a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo Group’s electric trucks. Working together with Samsung SDI, Volvo Group aims to accelerate the speed of development and strengthen the long-term capabilities and assets within electromobility, …

How autonomous are Autonomous Vehicles?

How autonomous are Autonomous Vehicles? Car autonomy and Autonomous Vehicles are one of the hottest – if not the hottest – automotive trends of late. Many people doubted the feasibility of such a technology, but it is no longer a figment of anyone’s imagination. Self-driving vehicles are real, and they are currently being tested on …

Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu and Mazda join Monet, the Autonomous Vehicle alliance

Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu and Mazda join Monet, the Autonomous Vehicle alliance Isuzu Motors, Suzuki Motors, SUBARU, Daihatsu Industrial and Mazda have formed a strategic business alliance to promote Autonomous vehicle technology. The new venture is called Monet Technologies Co. Ltd. At the same time, Hino Motors and Honda Motors will make an additional investment …

Highways England unveils electric roadworks vehicles trial

Highways England unveils electric roadworks vehicles trial Two fully electric powered roadworks vehicles are being trialled by Highways England for the first time, the company announced today. One of the vehicles is being used across the East Midlands and the other on a major scheme which is improving the A14 in the East of England. …

New MIT technique finds hidden objects in magic eye images for safer driverless cars

New MIT technique finds hidden objects in magic eye images for safer driverless cars A new MIT-developed technique enables robots to quickly identify objects hidden in a three-dimensional cloud of data, reminiscent of how some people can make sense of densely patterned Magic Eye images if they observe it in just the right way. Robots …

CAV trials in London a significant milestone for the UK CAV sector

CAV trials in London a significant milestone for the UK CAV sector Following the recent announcement by FiveAI, confirming supervised trials of the firm’s automated vehicles will commence this month on public roads in London, TRL explains the carefully selected routes represent one of the most complex urban environments ever used for CAV testing. Working …

Honda e platform chassis and battery details unveiled

Honda e platform chassis and battery details unveiled Honda has announced the details of the chassis, battery and charging details for the highly anticipated Honda e compact electric car. Designed from the ground up, the Honda e is the first Honda to be built on a dedicated EV platform. The car will feature a water-cooled …

A bump in the road for driverless cars?

A bump in the road for driverless cars? Patrick Mallejacq, Secretary General, PIARC World Road Association looks ahead to the 26th World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi this October and examines one of the key topics up for discussion – whether transport authorities around the world are ready for the advent of driverless cars. Driverless …

Volvo’s autonomous Vera delivers her first container to Swedish port

Volvo’s autonomous Vera delivers her first container to Swedish port Volvo Trucks’ electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will form part of an integrated solution to transport goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. The assignment is a result of a new collaboration between Volvo Trucks and the ferry and …

Scania NXT modular concept vehicle is taking urban transport to the level

Scania NXT modular concept vehicle is taking urban transport to the level Welcome to the Scania NXT future! Scania’s new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle is designed with the flexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night. In …

MIT algorithm predicts where nearby people are headed

MIT algorithm predicts where nearby people are headed In 2018, researchers at MIT and the auto manufacturer BMW were developing an algorithm to test ways in which humans and robots might work in close proximity to assemble car parts. In a replica of a factory floor setting, the team rigged up a robot on rails, …

Sahara rolls out the largest range of Electric Vehicles in India

Sahara rolls out the largest range of Electric Vehicles in India Sahara India Pariwar, one of the biggest Indian business conglomerates, announces its foray into the automobile sector, under the brand name, ‘Sahara Evols’. The business venture will cater India’s largest range of Electric Vehicles (EVs) along with advanced allied services. The product portfolio of …

Indonesia’s massive public transport system begins transitioning to electric buses

Indonesia’s massive public transport system begins transitioning to electric buses Bus passengers in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, will soon be going green. Governor Anies Baswedan’s vision is to make Jakarta one of the greenest cities in the world and the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit System is now rolling out a trial programme of electric buses on …

Highways England to introduce autonomous plant on maintenance projects

Highways England to introduce autonomous plant on maintenance projects Highways England plans to revolutionise construction and maintenance schemes on the strategic road network by introducing the use of connected and autonomous plant (CAP), using analysis and practical trials led by TRL. Highways England has a vision to successfully harness the benefits of deploying highly automated …

MIT autonomous control system learns to use maps and image data to navigate

MIT autonomous control system learns to use maps and image data to navigate With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to driverless vehicles, MIT researchers have created an autonomous control system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new, complex environments. Human drivers are exceptionally good …

Dassault Systèmes enables Renault to experiment with Electric Delivery Van

Dassault Systèmes enables Renault to experiment with Electric Delivery Van Dassault Systèmes announced that the in-house LCI (Cooperative Innovation Laboratory) of Groupe Renault used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to transform its innovation processes to the cloud and introduce Renault EZ-FLEX, an electric experimental vehicle aimed to understand the last-mile delivery of goods in future smart cities. …

Volvo taking on our electric future, both on and off-road

Volvo taking on our electric future, both on and off-road The path to full electromobility begins in our cities. Here Anna Thordén, Product Manager, Electromobility, for Volvo Trucks explains how buses, trucks – and now construction machines – are steering us towards an electric future. When Volvo first started to explore electromobility back in 2005, …

Mack unveils fully electric refuse truck demonstration model

Mack unveils fully electric refuse truck demonstration model Mack Trucks unveiled its highly anticipated Mack® LR battery electric vehicle (BEV) at WasteExpo 2019. Combining the refuse industry-leading design of the Mack LR model with a fully electric Mack drivetrain, the demonstration model will begin real-world testing in 2020 in the demanding operations of the New …

Rivian announces $500m Ford partnership for electric vehicles

Rivian announces $500m Ford partnership for electric vehicles Rivian today announced an equity investment of $500 million from Ford Motor Company. In addition to the investment, the companies have agreed to work together to develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford’s growing EV portfolio using Rivian’s skateboard platform. “This strategic partnership marks another …

Peterbilt features Electric Trucks at ACT Expo in California

Peterbilt features Electric Trucks at ACT Expo in California Peterbilt Motors Company will display its electric vehicle lineup this week at ACT Expo in Long Beach, California. The Peterbilt booth #1934 will feature a Model 220EV, a Model 520EV and a Model 579EV. The 220EV is spec’d with the Meritor Blue Horizon eAxle first shown …

TE Connectivity to showcase latest products and technology at Battery Show Europe

TE Connectivity to showcase latest products and technology at Battery Show Europe TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity and sensors, will showcase the latest innovations from its end-to-end power distribution, battery control and connectivity portfolio at the Battery Show Europe 2019. Visitors to Booth #940 at the May 7 – 9 trade show, in …

ERF welcomes recommendations to define the technical performance of road markings

ERF welcomes recommendations to define the technical performance of road markings The future Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management showcases the importance of readability and detectability of road markings and signs both by human drivers and automated driver assistance systems. The European Union Road Federation (ERF) welcomes this development as signs and markings represent a …

MIT develops keener Electric Eyesight for autonomous vehicles

MIT develops keener Electric Eyesight for autonomous vehicles On-chip system that detects signals at sub-terahertz wavelengths could help steer driverless cars through fog and dust. Autonomous vehicles relying on light-based image sensors often struggle to see through blinding conditions, such as fog. But MIT researchers have developed a sub-terahertz-radiation receiving system that could help steer …

Two design prizes for HAMM Autonomous Roller F1 study

Two design prizes for HAMM Autonomous Roller F1 study In the past six months, HAMM AG has been accoladed with two design prizes for their “Autonomous Roller F1”, a study on autonomously operating rollers: The international Automotive Brand Contest 2018 jury awarded HAMM the label “Best of Best”. A short time later, the compaction specialists …

MIT model identifies artificial intelligence blind spots

MIT model identifies artificial intelligence blind spots A novel model developed by MIT and Microsoft researchers identifies instances in which autonomous systems have “learned” from training examples that don’t match what’s actually happening in the real world. Engineers could use this model to improve the safety of artificial intelligence systems, such as driverless vehicles and …

VolvoCE brings electromobility to their smaller loaders and excavators

VolvoCE brings electromobility to their smaller loaders and excavators In an industry-first move, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that in 2020 it will bring electromobility to the market with the launch of an electric range of Volvo branded compact wheel loaders and compact excavators. In a pioneering commitment to future technology, Volvo CE …

Volvo invests in Momentum Dynamics wireless electric car charging

Volvo invests in Momentum Dynamics wireless electric car charging Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, today announced an investment in Momentum Dynamics Inc – a leading company in high power wireless charging of electric vehicles. Momentum Dynamics is a Philadelphia-based company developing and commercializing high power inductive charging for the …

Kia looks at AI emotion technology for post-autonomous driving

Kia looks at AI emotion technology for post-autonomous driving Kia Motors previewed a range of new technologies including emotion technology, developed for the post-autonomous driving era at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Kia’s interactive ‘Space of Emotive Driving’ exhibit looks to a future when autonomous driving is the norm and priority is given to …

Continental’s vision combines autonomous shuttles and delivery robots

Continental’s vision combines autonomous shuttles and delivery robots The technology company Continental steadily pushes the boundaries of autonomous vehicle technology, exploring new use cases and advancements every day. At CES 2019, Continental will exhibit how a autonomous shuttles could be used to stage and deploy delivery robots, taking packages all the way to the consumer …

Hyundai Transformers may be the way forward for Emergency and First Responders

Hyundai Transformers may be the way forward for Emergency and First Responders Any first responder will tell you that the first 72 hours following a natural disaster are the most crucial to saving lives. However, often times due to the nature of the disaster (forest fire, earthquake, hurricane, or flood), it can be difficult for …

Honda testing off-road autonomous ATV work vehicle

Honda testing off-road autonomous ATV work vehicle Honda will be seeking potential business and technology partners for its prototype off-road vehicle, the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, at CES 2019. Combining Honda’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology, the Autonomous Work Vehicle was designed by Honda R&D Americas to enhance efficiency and safety for …

Industry leaders give mandate for autonomous vehicles to deliver benefits beyond safety

Industry leaders give mandate for autonomous vehicles to deliver benefits beyond safety New research from the Smart Mobility Living Lab: London (SMLL) has found that almost two-thirds (65%) of senior industry leaders are confident that connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will be made available for use on UK roads in the next five years. The study …

HERE and INRIX partner to Move Mobility Forward

HERE and INRIX partner to Move Mobility Forward INRIX, the world leader in connected car services and mobility analytics, and HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location services, today announced a partnership to deliver industry-leading services and products. INRIX will leverage map content from HERE in more than 50 countries, with the specific …

ITS professionals in the UK split over driverless car investment

ITS professionals in the UK split over driverless car investment The UK’s Intelligent Transport Industry seems to be split over whether taxpayers’ money should be spent on the development of driverless cars. At the ITS (UK) Summit in Bristol, a panel of experts debated the motion “This House believes that driverless vehicles are the biggest …

The promise of integrating Road Weather Conditions in Vehicle Telematics

The promise of integrating Road Weather Conditions in Vehicle Telematics Delivery of better weather guidance to drivers is essential, especially real-time updates on the elements drivers face on the roads. This data combined with Vehicle Telematics enables pre-planning of employee schedules, supply chains, and assets that could be in jeopardy when there are dangerous road …

Is the UK public ready for driverless cars?

Is the UK public ready for driverless cars? While more than half of the UK public (53%) feel positive about the way technology is driving change in the country, there is some discomfort around one of the most discussed and potentially impactful innovations: driverless cars. According to Fujitsu’s Tech in a Transforming Britain report, distinct …

Volvo Trucks delivers autonomous transport solution to limestone quarry in Norway

Volvo Trucks delivers autonomous transport solution to limestone quarry in Norway Volvo Trucks has just signed a landmark agreement with Brønnøy Kalk AS in Norway to provide its first commercial autonomous solution transporting limestone from an open pit mine to a nearby port. The solution for Brønnøy Kalk AS consists of limestone being transported by …

The path to driverless cars is full of potholes

The path to driverless cars is full of potholes Christian Wolmar argues there is still a long way to go before we throw our driving licenses into the sea. What might this mean for personal mobility and what are the repercussions for the commercial road transport sector that we represent? Join in the debate at …

MUJI and Sensible 4 create first Autonomous Shuttle Bus for all-weather conditions

MUJI and Sensible 4 create first Autonomous Shuttle Bus for all-weather conditions MUJI and Finnish autonomous driving company Sensible 4 have combined their expertise to create an elegant robotbus, first in the world to function in all weather conditions. The vehicle will be displayed to public in its premiere March 2019 in Helsinki. For this …

Kia and Hyundai reveal solar charging system for electric vehicles

Kia and Hyundai reveal solar charging system for electric vehicles Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor have today announced plans to introduce ‘solar roof’ charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles …

A connected world is in sight

A connected world is in sight A simple Google search for ‘connected autonomous vehicles UK’ brings up over nine million hits, with most notably the UK Governments website providing a useful central point for their efforts (spoiler alert: there is a lot about funding opportunities and pictures of pods) in bringing together what is undoubtedly …

Autonomous Pods come to Edinburgh

Autonomous Pods come to Edinburgh Delegates at CAV Scotland 2018 will be able to enjoy an autonomous driving experience in a colourful and distinctive AurriGo PodZero, designed to carry four people for journeys from transport hubs to and from a wide range of destinations. The electrically-powered pods operate using short- and long- range LIDAR and …

Costain enables major milestone for connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK

Costain enables major milestone for connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK Costain, the smart infrastructure solutions company, provided the technology to power pioneering work led by Highways England to transform journeys with innovative technology allowing vehicles and the roads to ‘talk’ to each other which was showcased to an international audience last week. A …

Volvo Trucks to introduce all-electric trucks in North America

Volvo Trucks to introduce all-electric trucks in North America As part of an innovative partnership between the Volvo Group, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and industry leaders in transportation and electrical charging infrastructure, Volvo Trucks will introduce all-electric truck demonstrators in California next year, and commercialize them in North America in 2020. …

Driverless vehicles – Snake Oil or Salvation?

Driverless vehicles – Snake Oil or Salvation? Hailed as the solution to traffic congestion and pollution and offering freedom for those with restricted mobility, autonomous vehicles have the potential to make our towns and cities models of clean air and seamless movement. But are the millions of pounds, dollars and euros being poured into driverless …

Ringway takes part in innovative autonomous and connected vehicle trials in Milton Keynes

Ringway takes part in innovative autonomous and connected vehicle trials in Milton Keynes Ringway has helped to pioneer new technology on the UK’s roads by taking part in an innovative three-year trial of autonomous and connected vehicles which will shape the future of mobility. Connected and autonomous vehicles were demonstrated and operated in live conditions across …

Volvo presents future transport solution with autonomous electric trucks

Volvo presents future transport solution with autonomous electric trucks Volvo Trucks is now presenting a new transport solution consisting of autonomous electric commercial vehicles that can contribute to more efficient, safer and cleaner transportation. The long-term goal is to offer companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs a complement to today’s offerings. Growing …

DAV Foundation raises US$24m for open-source network for autonomous vehicles

DAV Foundation raises US$24m for open-source network for autonomous vehicles The DAV Foundation, a non-profit start-up building a decentralised global network for autonomous vehicles has completed a US$24 million fundraising to develop an open source platform for self-driving vehicles, on the ground, in the air and on the water. The DAV platform allows vehicles to …

INRIX reveals the UK roads best suited for autonomous trucks

INRIX reveals the UK roads best suited for autonomous trucks INRIX, the global leader in connected vehicle services and transportation analytics, has identified corridors in the UK best suited for autonomous truck trials and deployment. The INRIX Automated Freight Corridor Assessment report, which also analyses Germany and the United States, concludes that a commercially viable …

Ground-breaking innovations for autonomous and electric transport solutions

Ground-breaking innovations for autonomous and electric transport solutions The Volvo Group continues its far-reaching drive to develop next-generation transport solutions. The latest examples include a system in which autonomous electric vehicles are coordinated to ensure as efficient, and safe goods transport as possible, as well as a new electric compact wheel loader concept. On September …

Driverless vehicles could allow London to reclaim over 6,300 hectares of land

Driverless vehicles could allow London to reclaim over 6,300 hectares of land The push towards introducing driverless vehicles in the UK will have a significant impact on the shape of our cities, potentially freeing up over 6,300 hectares of land in London alone – enough space to build the equivalent of 180,000 much-needed new homes …

How people are transforming the connected car

How people are transforming the connected car The past decade has seen a radical transformation sweep the motor industry as global electric vehicle sales continue to gather pace. The British plug-in fleet is now the third largest in Europe and the pace of change shows no sign of slowing. New UK government initiatives, such as …

MIT Machine learning system observes objects change in only a few key frames

MIT Machine learning system observes objects change in only a few key frames Given only a few frames of a video, humans can usually surmise what is happening and will happen on screen. If we see an early frame of stacked cans, a middle frame with a finger at the stack’s base, and a late frame …

Jaguar Land Rover’s Virtual Eyes and Intelligent Pods study trust in self-driving vehicles

Jaguar Land Rover’s Virtual Eyes and Intelligent Pods study trust in self-driving vehicles Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the …

Siemens Mobility supports UK CITE live testing for connected cars

Siemens Mobility supports UK CITE live testing for connected cars Following an extensive programme of laboratory and test-track testing, UK CITE, the project to create an advanced environment for connected and autonomous driving has now entered its second phase of trials which sees connected cars being tested on public roads. The trials are being undertaken …

CAV Scotland 2018 champions connected and autonomous vehicles

CAV Scotland 2018 champions connected and autonomous vehicles A new event. CAV Scotland, brings together global experts in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) with live demonstrations has been set up to assess the latest developments and debate and discuss the way forward with future trials and research across the world, including in Scotland. CAV Scotland 2018, …

McCann reduces their carbon footprint with fleet of hybrid electric vehicles

McCann reduces their carbon footprint with fleet of hybrid electric vehicles Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has made a substantial commitment to protecting the environment with the introduction of a fleet of hybrid electric vehicles – reducing the company’s carbon footprint. McCann works on major infrastructure projects nationwide and within its fleet, it …

NIC calls Ofgem proposals a good step to preparing UK for Electric Vehicles

NIC calls Ofgem proposals a good step to preparing UK for Electric Vehicles Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), today welcomed moves by energy regulator Ofgem to prepare the UK’s electricity network for the onset of electric vehicles. The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said the proposed initiatives would help …

New autonomous vehicle system connects Road Authorities with vehicle operators

New autonomous vehicle system connects Road Authorities with vehicle operators Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) are currently testing on public roads in fewer than 50 cities around the world, but more markets are interested in bringing this new technology to their streets. INRIX, the leader in connected car services and transport analytics has announced a new …

Aston Martin introduces flying car concept at Farnborough

Aston Martin introduces flying car concept at Farnborough British luxury brand Aston Martin is today presenting the Volante Vision Concept, a luxury concept aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. Produced in partnership with Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce, the concept aircraft aims to bring luxury personal transportation to the sky. The …

Marking a future for autonomous self driving cars

Marking a future for autonomous self driving cars Good signing and road markings could cut run-off crashes by up to 80% over the next 30-40 years with the car of the future. These may be the easiest crashes to prevent in cars that can “read” road signs and white lines. But worn out road markings …

Thatcham Research and Association of British Insurers warn Autonomous Cars a danger

Thatcham Research and Association of British Insurers warn Autonomous Cars a danger Thatcham Research and the ABI (Association of British Insurers) are today issuing an urgent call to carmakers and legislators for greater clarity around the capability of vehicles sold with technology that does more and more driving on behalf of motorists. The call comes …

Technology will evolve the Parking Industry

Technology will evolve the Parking Industry With the pace of change in technology and the hype surrounding the arrival of autonomous cars, the parking industry needs to look at the likely developments in the parking sector and need to be thinking of how to maintain a positive parking experience for all. The first step is …

Heathrow signs landmark deal to host the UK’s largest Electric Vehicle Fleets

Heathrow signs landmark deal to host the UK’s largest Electric Vehicle Fleets Heathrow, Jaguar and travel services company WeKnowGroup have signed a landmark deal that will see a fleet of up to 200 fully-electric Jaguar I-PACE vehicles available to passengers for travel to and from Heathrow. The service, to roll-out in summer 2018, will create …

FLIR Launches Thermal Traffic Sensor for Vehicle-to-Everything Communication

FLIR Launches Thermal Traffic Sensor for Vehicle-to-Everything Communication FLIR ThermiCam V2X Thermal Sensor to be Critical Component in Smart City and Connected Vehicle Applications FLIR Systems has announced the launch of the FLIR ThermiCam™ V2X, a thermal traffic sensor for the emerging vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology market. The FLIR V2X-enabled traffic sensor for urban traffic will …

Milton Keynes takes part in autonomous vehicle trial on public roads

Milton Keynes takes part in autonomous vehicle trial on public roads A team from Ringway East Midlands Milton Keynes contract has taken part in the groundbreaking trial of autonomous vehicles on public UK roads. Two Ringway trucks provided a rolling roadblock behind an autonomous Jaguar Land Rover vehicle being trialled on the city’s roads for …

MIT develops depth-sensing imaging system that can peer through fog

MIT develops depth-sensing imaging system that can peer through fog MIT researchers have developed a system that can produce images of objects shrouded by fog so thick that human vision can’t penetrate it. It can also gauge the objects’ distance. An inability to handle misty driving conditions has been one of the chief obstacles to …

Volvo Buses has sold 4,000 electrified buses

Volvo Buses has sold 4,000 electrified buses Volvo Buses has now sold more than 4000 electrified Volvo buses to customers the world over. The latest order is for 90 hybrid buses from Brussels. Volvo Buses is one of the world´s leading developers of electric and hybrid buses. The advanced technology used in Volvo´s electric buses is …

Continental and CITC JV to manufacture 48-Volt Battery Systems for electric vehicles

Continental and CITC JV to manufacture 48-Volt Battery Systems for electric vehicles Technology company Continental, and Chinese automotive supplier and battery manufacturer CITC (Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology Co., Ltd.) will, through their respective subsidiaries, establish a joint venture for the development and production of 48-volt battery systems for the automotive industry. The partners signed the …

Are we doing enough to future proof our roads?

Are we doing enough to future proof our roads? In recent times, more and more discussion has been brought forward for the discussion of roads, with the need of automated vehicles and reducing accidents to get families home safe. Are we doing enough in preparation? The idea of “smart roads” isn’t especially new, and in …

Automated vehicles get the green light in Victoria, Australia

Automated vehicles get the green light in Victoria, Australia The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way on automated vehicle technology with historic legislation passing Victorian Parliament this week that allows driverless vehicles to be trialled across the state. Under the changes to the Road Safety Act, VicRoads will be able to grant permits to …

NXP GreenBox Dev Platform accelerates transition to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

NXP GreenBox Dev Platform accelerates transition to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles NXP Semiconductors has announced the availability of its GreenBox vehicle electrification development platform. GreenBox allows automakers and suppliers to begin early development of next-generation hybrid and electric vehicle applications on NXP’s S32 automotive processing multicore platform based on Arm Cortex technology. With increasing regulatory …

MIT chip reduces neural network power consumption by 95% for better performance

MIT chip reduces neural network power consumption by 95% for better performance Most recent advances in artificial-intelligence systems such as speech- or face-recognition programs have come courtesy of neural networks, densely interconnected meshes of simple information processors that learn to perform tasks by analyzing huge sets of training data. But neural nets are large, and …

Volkswagen looks at safe spaces for robots

Volkswagen looks at safe spaces for robots An industrial robot is moving, we see a pattern of lights with green, yellow and red areas. Group employee Karl-Heinz Häfner moves confidently towards the robot, he is still in the green zone. As soon as he enters the first yellow area with his foot, the robot slows …

MIT develops energy-efficient encryption chip that keeps Autonomous Systems secure

MIT develops energy-efficient encryption chip that keeps Autonomous Systems secure The most sensitive web transactions are protected by public-key cryptography, a type of encryption that lets computers share information securely without first agreeing on a secret encryption key. Public-key encryption protocols are complicated, and in computer networks, they’re executed by software. But that won’t work …

New Holland pilots autonomous tractor at E and J Gallo Winery

New Holland pilots autonomous tractor at E and J Gallo Winery New Holland Agriculture has partnering with E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the world, and loyal customer of New Holland specialty tractors, in a pilot project testing its NHDrive autonomous technology applied to T4.110F vineyard tractors. This collaborative pilot program …

Airbus flying car completes successful test flight

Airbus flying car completes successful test flight Vahana, the all-electric, self-piloted, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft built by Airbus’ innovation outpost in Silicon Valley – A³ (“A-cubed”), successfully completed its first full-scale flight test, reaching a height of 5 meters before descending safely. The test was completed January 31, 2018 at the Pendleton UAS Range …

Self driving delivery vehicles set to transform local commerce

Self driving delivery vehicles set to transform local commerce Leading autonomous car developers have formed their own company, called Nuro, and have debuted a self-driving vehicle designed to transform local commerce. Nuro’s fully autonomous vehicle reshapes the cost structure of goods transportation, creating a powerful platform for a variety of everyday goods and services. Nuro …

Help prepare Britain’s Roads for the Future and driverless cars

Help prepare Britain’s Roads for the Future and driverless cars Britain’s leading lights from across industry have the chance to help ensure the country has roads fit for the future and ready for driverless cars, through a new competition. Deputy chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said the Roads for the Future …

Infrastructure and analytics are key to Autonomous Vehicles

Infrastructure and analytics are key to Autonomous Vehicles Laura Schewel, CEO and co-founder of transport analytics company StreetLight Data answers some practical questions on the future of autonomous vehicles. Practicality There is a lot of talk of autonomous vehicles, but at the moment the sensors they rely on require ideal conditions to operate, would this …

MIT develops depth sensors sensitive enough for self-driving cars

MIT develops depth sensors sensitive enough for self-driving cars For the past 10 years, the Camera Culture group at MIT’s Media Lab has been developing innovative imaging systems — from a camera that can see around corners to one that can read text in closed books — by using “time of flight,” an approach that …

Volvo experiments with automated Quarrying

Volvo experiments with automated Quarrying Volvo Construction is a company with a keen eye on the future and is investing heavily in delivering that future with their Volvo Concept Labs. The research division is where, amongst the many innovations they are working on, they have been developing autonomous, electric equipment for the quarry and mining …

Allego signs up Siemens to support Electric Vehicle fast charging in the UK

Allego signs up Siemens to support Electric Vehicle fast charging in the UK Allego, a leading provider of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions and cloud services, has appointed traffic technology supplier Siemens to support the deployment and operation of EV fast-chargers in the UK beginning with its first project in London. As hardware supplier and …

Roads sector expresses amusement at Chancellor’s future car vision for Britain

Roads sector expresses amusement at Chancellor’s future car vision for Britain The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has greeted the Chancellor’s, Philip Hammond, announcement that driverless cars will be on Britain’s roads by 2021 with some amusement. Hammond has made the announcement as part of a £900m investment in future technologies but “it begs the …

Volvo Trucks unveils new innovative transport solution to drive safety and productivity

Volvo Trucks unveils new innovative transport solution to drive safety and productivity The self-driving truck, driving autonomously from one hub to another, is part of a development project exploring how automation can contribute to increased productivity, enhanced safety and lower environmental impact. Volvo Trucks has for the first time been demonstrated to a broader audience …

Victoria announces first driverless bus now running in Australia

Victoria announces first driverless bus now running in Australia Victoria’s first driverless Autonobus, will transport students around La Trobe University in Bundoora. The Autonobus has brought together world-leading experts in automated vehicle technology in a trial which will help shape Victoria’s transport future. The trial will run until July 2018, examining all aspects of safety, …

GM outlines possibilities for flexible, autonomous Fuel Cell Electric Platform

GM outlines possibilities for flexible, autonomous Fuel Cell Electric Platform General Motors aims to solve some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The company will display its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities, at the fall meeting …

WSP to support UK roll-out of connected and autonomous vehicles

WSP to support UK roll-out of connected and autonomous vehicles WSP has been commissioned by Highways England to drive forward its connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) programme over the next four years in a contract worth £1.5 million. The programme is part of the DfT’s connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) strategy and Highways England’s Innovation …

Alternative fuels investment anxiety revealed in new UK report

Alternative fuels investment anxiety revealed in new UK report A report jointly commissioned by the AA and BT’s Fleet Solutions reveals business and SME anxiety about the investment required into the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure to support the alternatively fuelled fleets of the future. In five years, 63% of SMEs and businesses expect to be …

Colas and partners launch first autonomous road safety vehicle

Colas and partners launch first autonomous road safety vehicle Colas in partnership with US companies Royal Truck and Equipment (RT&E) and Micro Systems Inc. (MSI) have developed the world’s first Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV) for use on the World’s highways to protect the lives of road workers.  Today’s launch sees the AIPV being used live …

Siemens builds eHighway for hybrid trucks in Germany

Siemens builds eHighway for hybrid trucks in Germany Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a ten-kilometer stretch of autobahn. The line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck. Siemens originally presented its innovative “eHighway” concept in 2012. …

Australia is going Electric with The Queensland Electric Super Highway

Australia is going Electric with The Queensland Electric Super Highway The future of motoring in Queensland has been launched at Parliament House in Brisbane – and it is electric. Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles officially kick-started the EV revolution in the State with the launch of the Queensland Electric Super Highway …

INRIX powers the first on-street parking service in a connected car

INRIX powers the first on-street parking service in a connected car INRIX, the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics has announced the availability of its On-Street Parking service for the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. INRIX delivers the industry’s first real-time on-street parking service in a connected car, which uses historical and …

Can Biology give us the answers for a better transport system?

Can Biology give us the answers for a better transport system? Wanis Kabbaj works at the intersection of biology and transport. As the director of global strategy for healthcare logistics at UPS, his mission is to find ways for business to transport their temperature sensitive medicines and biotechnologies around the world. For over sixteen years, …

Will moving traffic underground make our lives cleaner, healthier and safer?

Will moving traffic underground make our lives cleaner, healthier and safer? On the second of December PLP Architecture held a conference at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to unveil their CARTUBE concept. CARTUBE takes the idea of blending our current transport preference, the car, with an underground mass transport system to make a single, seamless …

Self-Driving Cars and the Highways Industry

Self-Driving Cars and the Highways Industry Autonomous cars are coming to a road near you Self-driving cars and trucks are now a reality, moving from the test-track on to our roads. Volvo, Mercedes, BMW, Tesla and other car manufacturers are investing heavily in the new technology and are integrating self-driving features that give vehicles the …