Tesla, Google, Green Omi Terminal, Nexeon.
Tesla testing on consumers: Tesla is using the Model S always-on internet connection to pull sensor data from customers’ vehicles. The company reportedly installed the software on drivers’ cars remotely, enabling their self-driving technology to observe and be passively tested on the real road while customers drive.
Google R&D Center: Google announced plans to open a dedicated self-driving car technology development centre in Novi, Michigan, near Detroit. As per Google’s recent partnership with Chrysler, the 53,000 square foot centre will prep the Chrysler Pacifica self-driving hybrid minivans for the road.
Zero-emission port project: The 26.6m dollar Green Omni Terminal demo project has been launched in California to achieve real-time zero and near-zero emission at the new Pasha marine terminal. The project is funded in part by the California Air Resources Board. Implementation will start in June and will include a fleet of zero-emission cargo handling equipment.
UK-based battery developer Nexeon secured 44m dollars to develop Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes. Compared to batteries with carbon anodes, the Nexeon batteries can delivery almost ten times more gravimetric capacity per gram. The funds will be used to open a lab in Asia and to build a larger factory.
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