UK government invests further £28 million in battery centre
The government of the United Kingdom is planning to support the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre being built in Coventry with a further £28 million in funding. The planned battery facility is planned to provide testing facilities for new battery technologies and training for experts.
Renault presents EZ-POD personal BEV
Based on the Twizy, Renault presented a new micromobile for transporting people and goods over short distances called the EZ-POD. The concept vehicle is battery-powered and fully automated. The pods can also be joined together to form convoys for transporting larger groups.
VW shuttles for charging, medical care or shops
At the Hanover IAA, VW Commercial Vehicles will present four concepts to illustrate the way autonomous electric transporters can become the basis for new business ideas, technically based on their modular electric drive system (MEB).
All-weather autonomous electric shuttle debuts
Announced in autumn, the first self-driving electric shuttle called Gacha, which has been made for all weather conditions, has now been presented in Helsinki. The electric shuttle will be available to the general public in pilot projects as of April this year in the Finnish city of Espoo and will also be available in Hämeenlinna, […]
FedEx robot delivers live on television
The US logistics company FedEx has presented a battery-powered delivery robot named SameDay. They managed to get it on the Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, fit for a stairclimbing exercise but not quite advances enough to talk.
AEV Robotics presents autonomous electric pod concept
The Australian company AEV Robotics presented a flexible concept for autonomous electric vehicles at CES. The basic flat construction – also known as a skateboard – can be used to mount various superstructures – so-called pods – for taxis or delivery vans, for example.
VW brand investing 9 billion in electrification
Following the investments by the VW company, Porsche and Audi, the Volkswagen brand itself has now presented an investment plan for their electrification initiative, in which the Wolfsburgers have reserved approximately 9 billion euros for the electrification of their vehicles.
Bright or brazen, or both perhaps?
This is a taste of things to come once more and more cars become autonomous: A Tesla owner has innovatively used the ‘summon’ function to regularly and remotely move his EV. While surely fun, the exercise actually served to circumvent a new two-hour limit rule on parking spots the town of Janesville, Wisconsin had introduced.
All-weather autonomous electric shuttle
Ryohin Keikaku of Japan designed a mini electric bus called the Gacha Shuttle Bus. It is said to ride through any weather and autonomously so and shall go into operation for the first time in Finland in 2020.
Even autopilot can’t save a drunk
A Tesla Model S crashed into a fire truck in San Jose, injuring two people. The driver insisted that he thought the vehicle was on autopilot, and was subsequently arrested under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Segway that follows you
This robot you can ride and once you’re done rocking back and forth to drive around, it can follow your every step. This robot “butler” cannot cook, but has enough autonomy to make for an interesting toy.
This robot is a cherry picker
The Burro is an autonomous robot, which will follow its user independently. Ir is not cute, but looks like a wheelbarrow and in fact works like one as it was designed to accompany farmers during harvest.
Skype founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis’ newest venture Starship Technologies presented a delivery robot, trying to counter others’ drone delivery ambitions. Hopefully the the six-wheeled, electric and autonomous robots will also have some manners as in carrying groceries up the stairs, although for now there is only talk of “curb-side” deliveries.