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.
23 Mar 2020
Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) - Hype or Hope?
In the past decade, mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) has attracted significant attention as it holds the potential to disrupt the business model of the traditional automotive industry and the way people travel.
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
StoreDot Appoints Tzemah Kislev as VP Engineering
StoreDot has appointed Tzemah Kislev to the newly created role of Vice President of Engineering.
24 Feb 2020
Volocopter, Grab Conduct Air Taxi Feasibility Study in Southeast Asia
Volocopter and Grab announced that they will conduct a joint feasibility study on urban air mobility as part of a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the prospect of urban air mobility solutions in the region's megacities.
21 Feb 2020
Daimler Trucks, Torc Robotics Expand Automated Truck Road Testing
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics, partners in Daimler Trucks' Autonomous Technology Group, will soon expand testing of automated truck technology to new public routes in the US. These public road testing efforts allow the teams to collect data from real-world traffic scenarios beyond what can be learned from computer simulations and closed road courses.
19 Feb 2020
Global Initiative for Electric-Truck Charging Infrastructure
The E-Mobility Group of Daimler Trucks & Buses is now launching a worldwide initiative to establish a charging infrastructure for battery-electric trucks. The initial focus is on charging stations installed at the depots of truck customers.
18 Feb 2020
BioTech Foods is a Spanish start-up developing technology to create meat products from cultured animal cells, enabling the production of meat without requiring animal slaughter. In January 2020, IDTechEx Analyst Dr Michael Dent spoke with BioTech Foods CEO Iñigo Charola.
17 Feb 2020
Alpiq and Mercedes-Benz Energy to Make Batteries for Industrial Use
Alpiq and Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH have concluded a delivery agreement addressing the stationary use of electric car batteries. To achieve their objective of using resources sustainably and increasing the economic efficiency of electric mobility, Alpiq and Mercedes-Benz Energy are teaming up to make batteries available for industrial use.
12 Feb 2020
Norway Best Country in Europe for an EV Road Trip
New research by carwow has revealed the best places in Europe for an electric vehicle road trip with Norway taking the top spot and the UK ranked 6th out of 27 countries.
6 Feb 2020
Hydro-Québec Partners with Mercedes-Benz on Solid-State Batteries
The battery is not an off-the-shelf product, but an integral part of the vehicle architecture. The intelligence of the battery lies in a highly complex overall system, which defines the characteristics of the vehicle with respect to performance, range and charging times.
27 Jan 2020
IDTechEx met briefly with Cedrick Chappaz, CEO of hap2u at their booth at CES 2020's Unveiled exhibition. Having conducted an interview in mid-2019, this was an excellent opportunity to try the haptics demo that they were presenting.
22 Jan 2020
Mercedes-Benz eEconic Electric Garbage Truck
Daimler Trucks is taking the next logical step in the electrification of trucks with the battery-electric low-floor truck Mercedes-Benz eEconic. Customer testing of the eEconic for municipal use will begin in 2021.
13 Jan 2020
IBM and Daimler use Quantum Computer to Develop Next-Gen Batteries
Electric vehicles have an Achilles heel: the capacity and speed-of-charging of their batteries. A quantum computing breakthrough by researchers at IBM and Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, could help tackle this challenge.
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.
19 Dec 2019
Heavy Metals Free Battery Design
IBM Research is building on a long history of materials science innovation to unveil a new battery discovery. This new research could help eliminate the need for heavy metals in battery production and transform the long-term sustainability of many elements of our energy infrastructure.
16 Dec 2019
Escapers from Peak Car
At the recent Future of Transportation Conference in Vienna (Dec 2019), most speakers were warning of the impending severity of peak car.
13 Dec 2019
Start of Production of Mercedes-Benz eSprinter
The founder of its own segment - the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - is taking the next step and will, in the future, also be operating fully electrically too.