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Audi’s production electric e-tron quattro may set a new standard for vehicle handling; advanced vehicle dynamics control

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Current vehicle dynamics control (VDC) systems preserve vehicle stability under challenging conditions, but do not routinely enhance vehicle handling.

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Xtrac introduces Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) transmission system; torque vectoring with dual motors

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Electric (Battery) Motors Transmissions Vehicle DynamicsIts mass is 45 kg (99 lbs) excluding the motors. Click to enlarge. —James Setter.

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Quebec passes Canada's first zero-emission vehicle rule, to start in 2018

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Quebec has become the first Canadian province to adopt a requirement for sales of a certain number of zero-emission vehicles, similar to the one in effect in California. Quebec's Assemblée Nationale passed the regulation on October 26 by a unanimous vote of 112 to 0, and to universal praise from Canada's electric vehicle community.

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EPFL cooperative maneuvering control algorithm for integrating automated vehicles with legacy traffic; dynamic platooning

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Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), as part of the AutoNet2030 project, have developed a cooperative maneuvering control algorithm allowing automated vehicles to operate in traffic alongside manually-driven vehicles. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles—Alcherio Martinoli, the head of DISAL.

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2019 BMW i5 crossover utility vehicle rendered from patent drawings

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Is there a future for the high-tech vehicles designed for maximum efficiency when battery-electric powertrains are rolling into conventional cars as well? Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) BMW i5The answer to that.

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Toyota progress report on TNGA; half of vehicles sold in 2020 to feature new platforms

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Powertrain component development needs to be coordinated with that of vehicle platforms, which form the basic structure of all vehicles.

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Ford's electric-vehicle strategy: absorb costs in most profitable trucks

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Earlier this year, Ford announced that it would significantly expand its lineup of electrified vehicles—including mild hybrids with advanced start-stop systems, regular hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and perhaps a battery-electric model or two. Trucks Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Commercial vehicle

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Swedish ESPLANADE project developing common safety methodology for autonomous vehicles

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The Swedish automotive industry is working alongside academia and specialists in a comprehensive research project called ESPLANADE (Efficient and Safe Product Lines of Architectures eNabling Autonomous DrivE), to create a vital common safety methodology for autonomous vehicles. The project’s total budget is SEK 31 million (US$3.5 million).

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Toyota announces aggressive environmental targets through 2050; cutting new vehicle CO2 by 90% compared to 2010

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In Japan, selling at least 1,000 fuel cell vehicles per month (well in excess of 10,000 per year). Ever better cars. Achieving sales of 1.5

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nanoFLOWCELL unveils flow cell battery prototype vehicle

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The two 200L (400L, 106 gallons US total) electrolyte tanks are packaged in the rear and central tunnel of the vehicle. Powertrain of the QUANT.

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SAE International publishes two standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications

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SAE International has published two new technical standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications: to standardize the data message sets used in Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications and to establish the parameters for a vehicle communication system to receive and transmit the message sets. Brief

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ESKAM finishing electric drive axle module for commercial vehicles, new production technologies; vehicle testing this year

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After that, they want to fit the axle module into a real vehicle for testing by the end of 2015. Groschopp AG. Click to enlarge. Fraunhofer IWU.

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Groupe Renault acquires PVI, a specialist in the electrification of Light Commercial Vehicles

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Escal specializes in the distribution, installation and maintenance of security systems for lifting vehicles. Earlier post.). Master Z.E.

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation enter strategic cooperation, focused on new energy vehicles

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS)—the rebirthed Saab—and Dongfeng Motor Corporation (Dongfeng) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to achieve global industrial synergies. Dongfeng will also support NEVS to achieve the new energy vehicle mass production. China Electric (Battery) Vehicle Manufacturers

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Propel Renewable Diesel: Usable By Any Vehicle, Going Beyond 'Biodiesel'

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Fuels produced using plant-based materials can offer a promising way to reduce the carbon emitted by road vehicles. But for diesel-powered vehicles, the term "biodiesel" is used. Green Biofuels Carbon Footprint alternative fuel vehicles biodiesel renewable diesel fuel

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Polaris Updates GEM Low-Speed Electric Vehicles

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The company GEM has specialized in small, low-speed electric vehicles for more than 15 years; at one point during its life it was even owned by Chrysler. neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) plug-in cars Polaris

Protean Electric raises $70M to accelerate adoption of in-wheel drive systems for electrified vehicles in China

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Electric (Battery) Motors Vehicle Systemsand Tianjin THSG Corporation. —Bandel Carano, managing partner at Oak Investment Partners.

KPMG Survey: execs say connected car generates 10x revenue than a conventional vehicle; market share based on units “outdated”; BEVs #1 trend

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Executives and consumers don’t agree on who should own that consumer and vehicle data. —Gary Silberg, KPMG’s Automotive Sector Leader.

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SAE World Congress panel highlights progress on H2 infrastructure and fuel cell vehicle commercialization

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Many other OEMs are also working on development of fuel cell vehicles as well. Earlier post.) —Jesse Schneider. Hyundai. Linde. Honda.

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Test deployment of new on-demand hub & shuttle mobility system at U Michigan; connected & automated vehicles & big data

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Serving those areas with small, on-demand vehicles would be much more efficient and more convenient for riders. —Pascal Van Hentenryck.

Ford opens portfolio of patented technologies to competitors to accelerate industry-wide electrified vehicle development

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Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents in a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. Innovation is our goal.

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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will design and develop a new more-efficient engine and advanced drivetrain and vehicle technologies. will design and develop a vehicle and powertrain with electrified engine components that can enable higher engine efficiency and a significantly more aerodynamically reengineered cab. Navistar, Inc. Applicant. Description. 999,977.

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Renault unveils Next Two autonomous electric vehicle prototype for 2020

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Renault has unveiled the Next Two concept—the company’s current vision of an autonomous drive (AD) capable electric vehicle for the year 2020.

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Making the Mirai fuel cell vehicle

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Vehicle trim. Following the installation of the fuel cell stack, the boost converter, hydrogen tank and tubes are fitted to the vehicle.

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Fujitsu launches hydrogen station data management service to support spread of fuel-cell vehicles

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The platform-provisioning service uses probe data collected from moving vehicles and vast amounts of location data gathered from various sensors.

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Toyota displays Mirai-based research vehicle with satellite communications function; Kymeta flat-panel antennae

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Toyota is working to enhance its connected technologies, including a plan to install a Data Communication Module into a broader range of its vehicles.

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All-electric Subaru crossover utility vehicle coming in 2021: Japanese report

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The company's crossover utility vehicles handle more like cars than those from other makers, and its sedans and hatchbacks are set apart by standard all-wheel drive. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Subaru, to which auto writers often attach the adjective "quirky," has been a quiet success story in the U.S.

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Update: SAE J2954 wireless charging validation to 11kW, Recommended Practice to enable autonomous vehicle parking and charging in 2017

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This also enables autonomous vehicles to charge themselves, the only option for this type of vehicle to do automatically. Earlier post.).

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Top five Ultra Low Emission Vehicles to lease

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The experts keep telling us, electric vehicles are the future.

Jaguar Land Rover and EPSRC announce $17M autonomous vehicle research program; 5 projects selected

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Human Interaction: Designing Autonomy in Vehicles (HI:DAV). —Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover.

NHTSA proposes rule to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication on light vehicles

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Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on US roadways, the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposed rule today that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the US light vehicle fleet. Connected vehicles Regulations V2X

MIT systems analysis identifies optimal vehicle platooning strategies

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MIT engineers have studied a simple vehicle-platooning scenario and determined the best ways to deploy vehicles in order to save fuel and minimize delays. Rapid advances in autonomous-vehicle technology may soon allow vehicles to platoon on highways, leading to substantial fuel savings through reduced aerodynamic drag.

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Renesas Electronics unveils RH850/V1R-M automotive radar solution for ADAS and autonomous driving vehicles

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This requires increased numbers of antennas and boosting of the signal processing performance. Each G3MH core achieves the performance of 3.2

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Poll: Consumer Interest In Electric Vehicles Stagnating?

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Today you’re far more likely to see an all-electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S on your way to work or to the store, versus just a couple of years ago. That much is almost certainly true. But that doesn’t mean that EVs are past a market tipping point just yet. Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and full battery-electric.

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Japan 3D map JV beginning process of creating high-def 3-D maps for autonomous vehicles; dynamic mapping

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Although sensors can help cars navigate within lanes and prevent crashes with vehicles in front, recognition errors still present a problem.

ICCT/TNO study: Real-world vehicle fuel consumption discrepancy widens to 42% in Europe

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As a result, less than half of the on-paper reductions in CO 2 emissions since 2001 have been realized in practice. Source: The ICCT. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo Cars introduces new compact architecture; expects electrified vehicles to be 10% of total sales by 2020

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CMA’s introduction in 2017 means that all future Volvo cars will be built on just two fully scalable and wholly modular vehicle architectures.

Jaguar Land Rover in two UK projects worth ~$16M to advance connected and autonomous vehicle technology

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million) to advance connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The £5.5-million (US$7.9-million) UK-CITE (UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment) project will create the first test route capable of testing both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems on public roads in the UK. UK-CITE. MOVE-UK.

Finally, auto industry starts to admit: electric vehicles are better

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Electric cars are often touted for their financial and environmental benefits, but there's another major perk they offer to consumers. They're very nice to drive. Many drivers have been won over by electric cars' near-silent operation and instant torque delivery. DON'T MISS: Electric Cars' Secret Advantage: They're Just Nicer To Drive (Apr 2012).

Schaeffler presents high-performance 48V concept mild hybrid vehicle at Aachen

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As part of the 25 th Aachen Colloquium this week in Germany, Schaeffler is unveiling the “Schaeffler High Performance 48 Volt” concept vehicle.

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