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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
GM subsidiary Cruise receives billions from Softbank
The race to deliver autonomous driving at scale is picking up as the technology company Softbank is investing 2.25 billion dollars in GM Cruise, the General Motors subsidiary specialising in self-driving cars.Weiterlesen
Google’s Waymo to turn Jaguar I-Pace into robotaxi
Jaguar and Google’s Waymo have announced a long-term strategic partnership to launch a 20,000 strong fleet of self-driving taxis based on the I-Pace. Testing is to start this year with the final autonomous electric cars to arrive by 2020.Weiterlesen
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.