Feb 23, 2023 - 02:41 pm
Deutsche Bahn brings autonomous vehicles into public transport
In the German state of Hesse, Germany’s national rail services Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a major project with automated shuttles using electric vehicles from the Chinese manufacturer Nio. More than 100 on-demand vehicles will be in operation by the end of the year.
Feb 8, 2023 - 04:24 pm
WiTricity helps Yutong wirelessly charge driverless buses
WiTricity, the US provider of wireless charging systems, has announced cooperating with the Chinese manufacturer Yutong Bus to enable inductive charging of automated electric minibuses. They have already launched a first deployment in full commercial operation.
Jan 5, 2023 - 03:25 pm
ZF shows its next self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas
The technology group ZF presents a Level 4 autonomous shuttle at the CES. The new model, for which ZF has already found a partner, will be launched alongside the company’s established shuttle, only each vehicle serves a different purpose.
Jan 5, 2023 - 01:01 pm
CES: Holon by Benteler reveals e-shuttle Holon Mover
Holon, Benteler’s brand of autonomous shuttles announced in November 2022, has come to Las Vegas to show its first vehicle at the CES. The electric Holon Mover, designed by Pininfarina, can carry up to 15 passengers and does not need a driver, at least not all the time.
Nov 4, 2022 - 02:34 pm
Benteler sets up ‘Holon’ subsidiary for autonomous shuttles
The German supplier Benteler has announced that it will rename its business unit ‘Benteler EV Systems’ in ‘Holon’. The unit had only been spun off at the end of 2021 to bundle and push the business with autonomous electric shuttles – the first vehicle is to celebrate its premiere at CES 2023.
Oct 15, 2022 - 01:52 pm
Honda & Sony establish SHM joint venture
Sony and Honda have established their announced joint venture for electric cars and mobility services. With the founding of Sony Honda Mobility (SHM), the new company has revealed its production location and timeline, starting with pre-orders in 2025.
May 17, 2022 - 06:02 pm
Solo AVT reveals autonomous truck design
California-based Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies has revealed the design and specifications of a new electric Class 8 truck designed specifically for autonomous driving. The company has also announced $7 million in seed funding.
Feb 24, 2022 - 05:42 pm
Torqeedo to power autonomous ship in Kiel
The marine electric drive supplier Torqeedo has won an order to supply a complete electric propulsion system for an autonomous boat in the German city of Kiel. The electric vessel named Wavelab will be built by Gebrüder Friedrich Schiffswerft in Kiel, and is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2022.
Jan 14, 2022 - 06:39 pm
Local Motors closes before e-shuttle Olli takes off
Local Motors, the maker of the autonomous electric shuttle Olli, will cease operations on Friday, according to several posts on LinkedIn by various employees. The company has not yet made an official announcement. The reason for the presumed shutdown of Local Motors is said to be a lack of capital.
Nov 8, 2021 - 05:08 pm
Nuro gathers 600 million dollars
The US start-up Nuro, which specialises in autonomous electric vehicles, has closed a financing round of 600 million dollars (around 518 million euros). With the fresh capital, Nuro wants to drive the development and spread of its autonomous delivery services.
Oct 25, 2021 - 11:35 am
WM Motor presents the M7 sedan
The Chinese electric car start-up WM Motor has presented its first sedan called M7. It is to offer an NEDC range of over 700 kilometres and go into series production in 2022. Among other things, the model is to stand out with technology for autonomous driving and a correspondingly high computing power.
Jul 13, 2021 - 06:07 pm
Volkswagen presents strategy til 2030
Volkswagen has presented its strategy for 2030 called ‘New Auto’. At the core of this strategy is the shift to electromobility and the gradual phasing out of the combustion engine – but it goes far beyond electrifying the hardware that has been dominant for so long
Jun 24, 2021 - 04:14 pm
Local Motors places major order with Protean Electric
Local Motors has placed a major order with British e-drive specialist Protean Electric as part of their existing cooperation. The new three-year contract calls for the supply of thousands of Protean’s in-wheel motors for use in Local Motors’ Olli 2.0 e-shuttles that run autonomously.
Jun 17, 2021 - 02:47 pm
GM reveals plans for increased e-mobility investment
US automaker General Motors has now officially confirmed that it will increase its investment in electric and automated driving vehicles from $27 billion to $35 billion by 2025, as previously leaked. GM has revealed some details of what the extra funds will be used for.
May 18, 2021 - 03:19 pm
GAC Aion & Didi Chuxing to develop dedicated autonomous EV
GAC Aion, the electric car offshoot of China’s GAC Group, has teamed up with ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing to develop an autonomous electric car. The plan is to develop a model for “large-scale commercial applications to accelerate mass production”.
Dec 15, 2020 - 07:49 pm
Robotaxi unveiled by Amazon’s Zoox
The Californian startup Zoox, acquired by Amazon in June 2020, has just revealed a preview of its first Robotaxi. It is, of course, purely electric and is designed for fully autonomous driving, doing without either a steering wheel or driver’s cockpit.
Nov 20, 2020 - 11:57 am
GM accelerates EV development & raises investment
General Motors is increasing its spending, launching an “all-out pursuit of global EV leadership,” GM CEO Mary Barra announced. By 2025, the US carmaker wants to have 30 electric models and intends to raise investment from 20 to 27 billion US dollars.
Oct 23, 2020 - 11:18 pm
Local Motors’ autonomous shuttle draws a new investor
LM Industries, the parent company of Local Motors, has received $15 million in financing. The money will be used to advance product development, production and deployment of the 3D-printed Olli autonomous electric shuttle bus.
Oct 12, 2020 - 03:53 pm
Einride introduces next generation electric truck
The Swedish startup Einride has introduced the next generation of its autonomous electric truck T-Pod, making it commercially available worldwide for the first time. The company is relying on a subscription model for this. Initial customers include Lidl Sweden, Oatly, Bridgestone and Northvolt.
Aug 26, 2020 - 03:49 pm
Audi sets sights on Artemis as new Tesla fighter A9
Details are now available on the Artemis task force for highly automated electric cars by Audi. The first project will be a luxury class electric sedan that is in development under the working title Landjet. Audi considers a positioning above the current top model A8, possibly as the A9.
Jul 14, 2020 - 03:05 pm
Electric compost turning machine from TU Graz
Scientists of the Graz University of Technology are developing an autonomous, electric compost turning machine together with the company Pusch & Schinnerl. The development is part of the research project ANTON (Autonomous Navigation for Tracked Compost Turners).
Jul 6, 2020 - 06:09 pm
Boschung reveals autonomous electric street sweepers
The Swiss company Boschung has announced the launch of a purely electrically driven and fully autonomous sweeper. The 2.3-tonne machine, called Urban-Sweeper S2.0, will be able to work eight hours at a stretch. Five units are already in operation in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.