OXIS, Rare-earth metals, MOSI, BMW.

OXIS-projectStationary Li-S battery: The OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research (OSCAR) in the UK has begun a demonstration project in which lithium-sulfur batteries store energy from solar power. Furthermore, these batteries are used to propel an autonomous electric shuttle. OXIS hopes to have the system ready for commercialisation by 2016.
renewableenergyfocus.com, nicnewmanoxford.com

Rare earth prices normalise: Prices for rare-earth metals plunge since China dropped the export tax. It had been raised due to tensions with neighbouring Japan in 2010 but China has lost a case in the World Trade Organisation and had to scrap its quotas. Price are now at levels seen around 2010.

Science made feasible: The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida lets visitors experience new technology first hand as it introduces the Meridian shuttle. It runs electrically and also drives autonomously. Another parts of the experience at MOSI are drones and robots.

Parking prediction is a new system BMW is working on with INRIX. Based on the ConnectedDrive system, the new feature is demonstrated in an i3 and helps to find a parking lot. The Dynamic Parking Prediction uses on-road vehicle movement data to check for parking space availability.
greencarcongress.com, blogs.wsj.com


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