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17 Sep 2021

Barriers Fall Unleashing Autonomous Cars in 2021

The new IDTechEx report, "Autonomous Cars, Robotaxis & Sensors 2022-2042", discovers that level 3 autonomous vehicle technology has been ready since 2017- so where are the autonomous vehicles? The answer lies in unclear liability rules, which have turned out to be a massive headache for automakers like Audi, Tesla, GM, Mercedes, and others.
17 Sep 2021

Rolls-Royce's All Electric Spirit of Innovation Takes to the Skies

Rolls-Royce have announced the completion of the first flight of theirr all-electric 'Spirit of Innovation' aircraft. The plane took to the skies propelled by its powerful 400kW electric powertrain with the most power-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft. This is another step towards the plane's world-record attempt and another milestone on the aviation industry's journey towards decarbonisation.
17 Sep 2021

Kaluza and Flexitricity Offer Combination of Smart Storage Devices

In order to meet net-zero by 2050, the UK will need to electrify much of the economy and increase the volume of renewable energy on the system. Creating more dynamic demand and the appropriate reward mechanisms are essential components for a resilient and affordable transition.
16 Sep 2021

Ford, Argo AI and Walmart to Launch Autonomous Vehicle Deliveries

Ford Motor Company, Argo AI and Walmart are working together to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C. — Walmart's first multi-city autonomous delivery collaboration in the US. The last mile delivery service will use Ford self-driving test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI Self-Driving System to deliver Walmart orders to customers.
15 Sep 2021

Volvo's First Commercial Autonomous Truck for the US Highway Market

A first look at the Aurora-powered Volvo VNL, Volvo's flagship long-haul truck, integrated with the Aurora Driver's sensor suite. This prototype is the first of the Volvo VNL fleet to be designed to operate with the Aurora Driver, and represents a significant step.
14 Sep 2021

UK Calls for Zero Global Shipping Emissions by 2050

Marking the start of the greenest London International Shipping Week yet, the UK backs a world-leading absolute zero target for international shipping emissions by 2050, as announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. This target, which would need to be agreed through the International Maritime Organization, would be a significant increase of ambition for the sector, which is currently accountable for 3% of global emissions.
14 Sep 2021

Spoonful of Sugar for Longer Lasting Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Simply by adding sugar, researchers have created a longer-lasting, lighter, more sustainable rival to the lithium-ion batteries that are essential for aviation, electric vehicles and submarines.
14 Sep 2021

World's First Hands-Free Jetpack Prototype Revealed

The Maverick Jetpack can be reconfigured as a heavy-lift drone capable of being operated remotely and carrying ten times the payload of current similarly sized systems on the market — easily enough to lift a casualty like a stricken climber to safety.
14 Sep 2021

Join the Upcoming Webinar - Autonomous Car Market Gaining Traction

Wednesday 15 September 2021 - This free webinar covers: an introduction to the levels of autonomy; the mixed impact of COVID-19; autonomy in the private car market; robotaxi sensor suite and leading players; and sensors and sensor trends.
13 Sep 2021

Construction Begins on CO2-Neutral Fuel Plant in Chile

Porsche and Siemens Energy have joined forces with a number of international companies to build an industrial plant for the production of nearly CO₂-neutral fuel in Punta Arenas, Chile.
10 Sep 2021

Drone Technology: The Biggest Disruptive Technology of the Next Decade

Drones are the key technology of the coming two decades. They are used in many different aspects of industry, and commercial use of this technology has never been higher. IDTechEx predicts that the drone market will reach $22Bn+ by 2041, attributed in part to this wide range of use cases, in its market research report - "Drone Market and Industries 2021-2041". This article aims to provide you with an understanding and insight into this market.
10 Sep 2021

Fully Charged Outside

Fully Charged is a YouTube channel focussed on clean energy and electric vehicles (EVs). In addition to their YouTube and other social media channels, they also host several events throughout the year in the UK.
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10 Sep 2021

Controllers and Radars for ADAS Applications

Quantities, trends, data interfaces and players
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9 Sep 2021

Tritium

Founded in 2001 by e-mobility pioneers, Tritium designs and manufactures proprietary hardware and software to create DC fast chargers for electric vehicles.
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9 Sep 2021

Electric Cars Could Be Cheaper to Run Thank You Think

Electric vehicles can cost around half as much to run as petrol and diesel cars, says one of the UK's leading automotive finance companies. To mark World EV Day on 9th September, Volkswagen Financial Services UK (VWFS) has released data from its online EV-4-Me quiz, designed for consumers to discover how an EV would fit into their lifestyle, which shows that drivers can expect average annual running costs of £866* when behind the wheel of an electric vehicle. This is a whopping £711 cheaper than a comparable petrol car (£1,577 annual cost) and a substantial £640 less expensive than a diesel car (£1,508 annual cost). Volkswagen Financial Services UK's data insights team can also reveal that annual finance cases for electric vehicles are up 128% so far this year compared to the whole of 2019. Research conducted by Volkswagen Financial Services UK earlier this year found that 63%** of all people considering making the switch from combustion cars to an EV look into the running costs, so it is clearly an important topic. The UK government is due to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and Volkswagen Financial Services UK's findings are broadly reflective of the government's Advisory Fuel Rates (AFR)***. Rebecca Whitmore, EV Senior Product Owner at Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: "It's great to see the growth of EV adoption in the UK, with more electric vehicles registered than diesel cars for the second month in a row in July this year. Presse | News | Prensa | Tisk | Imprensa | Prasa | Stampa | Pers | Пресса Under embargo until 00.01 on Thursday 9th September Electric cars could be cheaper to run than you think - and finance cases have more than doubled since 2019 "Our digital tools such as EV-4-Me and the EV&Me app are great places to start researching electric cars. "Our customer research tells us that customers really value the experience of an EV test drive, as of those who took a test drive in a recent study, 95% said that it was important in helping with their decision to purchase an EV. Our try before you buy proposition takes this one step further, giving customers a chance to experience what it's like to live with an EV before making the commitment to buy." How do we achieve more mainstream adoption of electric cars? As part of the Government's Road to Zero strategy, all new rapid charge points installed since spring 2020 should provide debit or credit card payment, to encourage greater EV uptake. Up until that point consumers were restricted to charging using the relevant provider's charge card or app. Mike Coulton, EV Consultant at Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: "There are more than 25,000 charging points in over 15,500 locations across the UK^, but with multiple charge point operators (CPOs) asking motorists to sign up to their individual subscription or membership services to charge their EV, access can be an issue. This fragmented marketplace can make it difficult for individuals and business fleets looking to make the switch to EV, which is why a universal payment app, such as Volkswagen Financial Services Fleet's Charge&Fuel product, helps to ease this burden considerably. "When it comes to combating range anxiety, it is worth noting that the all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 Tour with its 77kWh battery can travel up to 340 miles on a single charge on the WLTP (combined) cycle, whilst cheaper variants with the 58kWh battery can still achieve 264 miles on the same cycle." Volkswagen Financial Services UK's research shows this aligns with the minimum mileage people would want an electric vehicle to travel without having to charge en-route to a destination. Volkswagen Financial Services UK data shows that 75% of people would expect their electric vehicle to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge. Mike Todd, CEO at Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: "The case for making the switch to electric is getting stronger all the time and some of the anxieties that drivers may have around cost, range and charging are proving to be less of an issue as EV technology continues to evolve at pace. I think a big part of boosting mainstream adoption of electric cars is reminding people of how we actually travel in our everyday lives. "The average length of each car journey in the UK is fewer than 10 miles, and with public charging stations being installed at supermarkets, gyms and elsewhere, frequent top-ups rather than big weekly charges are likely to be the norm for many, especially those without off-street parking. One analogy I like to borrow is that charging an EV should be approached in the same way we top up a smartphone battery - something that's much easier if you have multiple chargers dotted around your house." For more information on whether switching to an electric car is the right move for you, visit Volkswagen Financial Services' dedicated EV hub: https://customer.vwfs.co.uk/vwfs-uk---electric-vehicles/is-an-ev-right-for-me-.html Try before you buy Volkswagen Financial Services UK is set to pilot a 'try before you buy' experience through its Rent-a-Car business at Johnsons Birmingham this month, where customers can test drive an electric Volkswagen ID.3 for up to seven days. The experience has been designed to give people considering switching to an EV an extended period to understand what driving an electric car is all about. Uniquely, if the customer then buys a new or used Volkswagen ID.3 from the retailer within 30 days they will get their full rental costs refunded. It's hoped this pilot will eventually be rolled out to all Volkswagen Financial Services UK Rent-a-Car locations. How can you finance an electric vehicle? People looking to make the switch to an electric vehicle can read about the Volkswagen Financial Services UK Lease&Care package, which has been designed to make switching to an electric vehicle simpler for customers. The flexibility of this finance plan means all servicing and car costs are covered in one easy, single monthly payment. This product is available across Volkswagen and ŠKODA EV models. For more information, head to: https://customer.vwfs.co.uk/car-finance-options/lease-care.html Similarly, consumers are invited to download the EV&Me app, which Volkswagen Financial Services UK created to demonstrate to customers how an electric or plug-in hybrid Audi or CUPRA vehicle could fit into their lifestyle. By analysing driving behaviour, the app can give insight into how many journeys can be driven without stopping to charge and the cost savings that come from the switch to electric. To find out more, click here: https://customer.vwfs.co.uk/vwfs-uk---electric-vehicles.html ENDS Note to editors: *EV-4-ME is designed to offer guidance on which fuel type might be most appropriate for you, based on your answers to the questions provided. It should not be relied upon solely to inform your buying decision. We advise speaking to your local dealer and carefully considering your personal circumstances before making a final decision. Running costs, predicted emissions, benefit-in-kind rates and Plug In Vehicle Grant calculations have been based on representative vehicles for each of the fuel types. The indicative running cost is an annual figure, based on the fuel costs for a given MPG or kWh/mile and servicing costs for a representative model of each fuel type, plus the London Congestion Charge savings based on your answers. The figure of £866 is based on a vehicle budget of up to £30,000, driving fewer than 10,000 miles annually and up to 30 miles daily, and does not take into account the London Congestion Charge. **The data for this study was collected in February 2021 and comprises responses from 259 EV considerers composed of a mixture of members of the public and customers. ***Data from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advisory-fuel-rates. Advisory fuel rates are the government's recommended rates for reimbursing employees' fuel costs while driving a company car on business. Currently, a diesel car driver can receive between 9p-13p per mile, whilst a petrol car driver can claim between 11p-19p per mile. However, an electric car receives just 4p per mile - roughly a third of what can be claimed for a petrol vehicle. ^Data from independent website www.zap-map.com Contact: Volkswagen Financial Services UK | PR Sam Balls Phone: +44 (0) 7385426618 Sam.balls@vwfs.co.uk https://customer.vwfs.co.uk/volkswagen-financial-services-uk/media.html Information for editors: Volkswagen Financial Services are a business division of the Volkswagen AG group of companies and comprise Volkswagen Financial Services AG along with its associated companies, Volkswagen Bank GmbH, Porsche Financial Services, and the financial services companies in the USA and Canada that belong directly or indirectly to Volkswagen AG - with the exception of the financial services of the Scania brand and Porsche Holding Salzburg. The key business fields embrace dealer and customer financing, leasing, the bank and insurance business, fleet management and mobility offers. Volkswagen Financial Services have a total of 16,558 employees worldwide, Volkswagen Financial Services report total assets of around EUR 225.6 billion, an operating result of EUR 2.8 billion and a portfolio of around 21.9 million current contracts (as at: 31.12.2020).
9 Sep 2021

Electric Vehicles Taking Over the Roads, Seas and Skies

World Electric Vehicle Day is here, and, as an industry analyst, it presents a great occasion to take a retrospective look at the past decade of innovation and disruption.
8 Sep 2021

Zero Emission Services Commences Operation

Zero Emission Services has commenced with the Alphenaar, the first Dutch inland vessel to use interchangeable energy containers for propulsion. The Alphenaar sails between Alphen aan den Rijn and Moerdijk transporting beer for HEINEKEN, ZES's first end customer.
7 Sep 2021

NTU-Hyundai to Tap AI, 3D Printing for Electric Vehicle Manufacturing

NTU Singapore and Hyundai Motor Group have entered into an agreement to conduct a series of joint research projects focusing on advanced solutions for the manufacturing of electric vehicles and to develop future mobility solutions.
7 Sep 2021

Legislative Barriers and Progress In Autonomy

This article explains the legislative landscape across major regions and summarise each regions progress and outlook and gives an update on the maturity of the robotaxi players and summarises the market entry in different regions.
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6 Sep 2021

Artificial Intelligence Detects What The Driver is Doing

Is the driver tired or even asleep? Cameras in the vehicle's interior can already monitor this. Especially in the case of automated driving, interior cameras are important and prescribed by law. A new system developed is the world's first to be able to use image data to draw conclusions about the driver's activity and analyze how quickly they would be able to take control of the vehicle.