Google, AutoDrive Challenge, TU Munich UQM Technologies.
No Google car: Apparently, Google will not pursue the development of a self-driving car any further at this point. Instead, the IT giant wants to focus more on forging alliances with traditional carmakers and hopes to therefore offer an autonomous ridesharing fleet by the end of next year. Google is already partnering with Fiat-Chrysler.
theinformation.com (original source; paid content) via theverge.com
Autonomous Bolt: General Motors and SAE International kicked off a new student competition called “AutoDrive Challenge.” Teams have three years to design an EV that is based on the Chevy Bolt and has level 4 autonomous driving capabilities. Meanwhile, GM announced that the electric Chevy will be the first self-driving EV to join the fleet of ride-hailing company Lyft.
greencarcongress.com (competition), businessinsider.de (Lyft)
New battery test cell: Michael Metzger, researcher at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has developed a new battery test cell. The cell is fitted with a thin capillary, which allows for the gasses that are released during charging and discharging to be sampled and investigated using a mass spectrometer.
Electric drivetrains for utility vehicles: UQM Technologies has received a substantial order from China. It will deliver 300 PowerPhasePro 135 for commercial vehicles to company Kunde ITL Efficient Energy Tech.