27 Mar 2020
Mobile Robots: Coronavirus Pushes Logistic Automation up the Agenda
Recent developments bring into focus the motivation, and at times the imperative, to increase automation in the logistics and delivery chain. IDTechEx have been examining the technological and commercial trends in this field for several years.
26 Mar 2020
Toyota and Hino to Jointly Develop Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Truck
Toyota and Hino have agreed to jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell truck, and to proceed with initiatives toward its practical use through verification tests and other means.
20 Mar 2020
Electric Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks; Evolution and Revolution
Along with the rest of the automotive sector, the medium and heavy-duty truck market is evolving. Governments around the world, recognising the potentially catastrophic repercussions of unfettered climate change and witnessing the detrimental impact on human health from vehicle exhaust pollutant emissions in urban environments, are taking decisive action, that will, in the coming decades, drive vehicle manufacturers to zero on-road exhaust emission powertrain solutions. Consequently, the days of the fossil fuel powered combustion engine are numbered.
2 Mar 2020
Energy Absolute Pcl
Energy Absolute Pcl is an alternative energy company based out of Thailand. It makes and supplies biodiesel and has announced plans for an electric car as well as electric catamarans for its home market.
28 Feb 2020
Peak Car Bringing Huge Opportunities
2030 will be the global 'tipping point' for sustainable mobility in the world's largest cities, according to Kantar's Mobility Futures study, confirming the IDTechEx study just before. Kantar predicts private car journeys in the world's largest cities decreasing 10% by 2030 due to the sharing economy, multi-modality, autonomous vehicles and ageing population.
24 Feb 2020
Keeping Cool as the Electric Vehicle Market Heats Up
Some of the biggest hurdles to widespread adoption of electric vehicles are range anxiety, battery longevity and safety. As the electric vehicle market grows and for it to reach its full potential, there is an increased need for effective thermal management of the vehicles.
21 Feb 2020
Machine Learning to Supercharge Battery Development
Battery performance can make or break the electric vehicle experience, from driving range to charging time to the lifetime of the car. Now, artificial intelligence has made dreams like recharging an EV in the time it takes to stop at a gas station a more likely reality, and could help improve other aspects of battery technology.
17 Feb 2020
High power thermoelectric energy harvesting starts to look good
In energy harvesting in general, there is 100 times the market potential in high power rather than low power. In this article IDTechEx explores this opportunity.
10 Feb 2020
Toyota Develops Fuel Cell System for Maritime Applications
Former racing catamaran turned ship of the future, Energy Observer has made waves as it has been navigating its six-year odyssey around the world as the first energy-autonomous hydrogen vessel. Toyota, official partner of Energy Observer and an avid supporter of their project from the start, announced that it has developed a fuel cell system for maritime applications, with its first delivery destined for Energy Observer.
5 Feb 2020
Toyota, Panasonic Joint Venture for Automotive Prismatic Batteries
Toyota and Panasonic have decided to establish a joint venture specializing in automotive prismatic batteries.
4 Feb 2020
Turbocharging Hydrogen Fuel Cells with Novel Ion-Conducting Copolymer
Renewed investments in hydrogen fuel cell technologies and infrastructure by companies like Amazon; nations like China; and automakers like Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai, are sparking sales and fresh interest in the vast possibilities of polymer-electrolyte fuel cells. The fresh interest could revolutionize transportation and fill streets with vehicles whose only effluent is water vapor.
30 Jan 2020
Impact of Technology Development on Li-ion Supply Chain
Understanding the future of the Li-ion supply chain requires clarity on the technologies and chemistries that will be used over the coming decade.
22 Jan 2020
Underwater Robot Takes First Known Automated Ocean Sample
A hybrid remotely operated vehicle took the first known automated sample performed by a robotic arm in the ocean.
22 Jan 2020
Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards
Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
17 Jan 2020
Toyota Invests $394M in Joby for Air Mobility
Toyota is exploring a new flight path for mobility through a new collaboration with Joby Aviation , an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft to enable the deployment of fast, quiet and affordable air transportation services.
8 Jan 2020
Toyota to Build Prototype City of the Future
Toyota has revealed plans to build a prototype "city" of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Called the Woven City, it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
6 Jan 2020
Off-Road Vehicle Makers Can Beat Car Makers
Car giants are in difficulty.
The leading car makers have sales larger than the economies of many countries. Toyota and Volkswagen Group are up at the $300 billion level
3 Jan 2020
Robot Shuttles: Major New Form of Transportation
IDTechEx has issued the first in-depth report on this called, "Robot Shuttles and Autonomous Buses 2020-2040". Robot shuttles are an important new, reconfigurable form of transportation for goods and people that may even function as mobile offices, workshops, restaurants and more.
20 Dec 2019
Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019
Few of the giant car makers have shown urgency in transitioning away from the internal combustion engine. What's more, the automotive market is set to decline once again in 2019 whilst electrifying newcomers made huge gains in front of sleeping incumbents' noses. Although a large fraction of this is orders (not deliveries), if OEMs do not wake up now, they never will.
17 Dec 2019
SeeGrid is a well-funded AMR company for warehouses (around $100m to date). It is in fact one of the older companies around. It has even declared bankruptcy once (Dec 2015).