Rice study finds Houston intersections with traffic lights 9x more likely to see fatal pedestrian- and bicyclist-automobile crashes

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A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has found that intersections with traffic lights in Houston are nine times more likely to see fatal car crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists than expected by chance. Hu used two colocation measures—global and local—to analyze the spatial relationship between pedestrian- and bicyclist-automobile crashes and intersections. fatalities are attracted to traffic light-controlled intersections).

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Groupe Renault changes China strategy: light commercial vehicles and electric passenger cars

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Groupe Renault is setting a new strategy for China, based on Electric Vehicles (EV) and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV). Renault and Dongfeng will continue to cooperate with Nissan on new generation engine supply to DRAC and diesel license to Dongfeng Automobile Co.,

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. IVECO leads the European alternative fuels vehicle market, holding the largest market share for alternative fuel vehicles currently on the road with a running park of more than 16,000 vehicles, including 5,800 dedicated to public transport. ENGIE considers transportation a major development focus.

StreetScooter to form JV with Chery for electric light utility vehicles

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StreetScooter GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post and market leader for electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese automobile manufacturer Chery Holding Group (Chery) establishing a joint venture between the two companies. Chery is one of China’s leading automobile manufacturers, with a 20% market share in electric commercial vehicles sector.

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Hydrogen embrittlement in ferritic steels creates complications for clean energy storage, transportation

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Developing safe and cost-effective storage and transportation methods for hydrogen is essential but complicated given the interaction of hydrogen with structural materials.

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Pollution Probe and CAA Publish Comprehensive Primer on Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Emissions

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Canada-based environmental NGO Pollution Probe has released a comprehensive Primer on Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Emissions , produced in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). More than just a technical challenge, solving the emissions dilemma for light-duty vehicles requires an understanding of the business of manufacturing, the automotive wholesale and retail market, consumer perceptions and behaviour, as well as transportation infrastructure.

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. National Transportation Research Center (NTRC). Another major difference is that the intensity of x-ray scattering increases with the electron density of a material; light elements such as hydrogen and lithium thus make very little contribution to scattering.

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Stock-flow modeling suggests energy transition within transportation will take several decades

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Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) has calculated the energy transition time lag for motor vehicles under a number of scenarios. For light duty freight vehicles (LDVs), the corresponding milestones would be reached in 2026 and 2040, respectively, according to the same optimistic policy scenario. The low emission (LE) scenario sees zero-emission automobiles obtaining market dominance at least by 2030.

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Toyota to unveil new fuel cell vehicle concept; focus on distributed generation as well as transportation

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Toyota’s aim is to add an all-new sense of purpose to the automobile by turning fuel cell vehicles from eco-cars into energy-cars. When the car is not being used as a means of transport, it shares its power generation capabilities with communities as part of the local infrastructure. The exterior adopts a distinctive, sleek shape, while the frame structure of the interior ensures rigidity despite the light weight of the car.

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Canada aligns with US on light-duty vehicle GHGs, Tier 3 regulations and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency

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The final Regulations Amending the Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations for model year 2017 and beyond will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on 8 October. The proposed Tier 3 emission standards would apply to new passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and certain heavy-duty vehicles (such as delivery vans).

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NHTSA awards Virginia Tech Transportation Institute $1M for V2V framework project

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Following a US Department of Transportation decision to move ahead with require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways ( earlier post ), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) a $1-million follow-on to a $3 million project managed by the transportation institute.

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DOE TEF project finds US can eliminate petroleum and reduce GHG by more than 80% in transportation by 2050; less use, more biofuels, expansion of electricity and hydrogen

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TEF project points to deep cuts in petroleum and emissions in the transportation sector by focusing on modes, fuels, and demand. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released findings from a new project—Transportation Energy Futures (TEF)—that concludes the United States has the potential to eliminate petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 80% in the transportation sector by 2050. Transportation Energy Futures Project.

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Pike Research forecasts $18B market in 2020 for advanced lead-acid batteries, 58% in transportation

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Of the projected US$18-billion market in 2020, 58% of the sales will be from the transportation sector, historically one of the most of important industries for lead-acid batteries. Lead-acid batteries, developed more than a century and one-half ago, have a long history of use in a large number of applications, including starter, lighting and ignition (SLI) in automobiles. Transportation: stop-start vehicles (SSVs).

UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs

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One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). gigatons of carbon dioxide annually—a 40% reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—by 2050.

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SAE New Energy Vehicle Forum: China’s focus on NEVs may have profound impact on future of transportation

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These include the increasingly problematic pollution and haze in cities; China’s projected increased reliance on imported oil; the need for rationalized multimodal transportation systems in ever more congested and space-limited cities; the growing dominance of the China auto market; and the desire to have China become the leader in the next generation of automotive technology, vehicles and mobility systems. China wants to lead a revolution in transportation, not follow.

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Potsdam/TUB/BMW report says cap-and-trade instrument for road transport fuels combined with vehicle efficiency metrics is the most promising policy approach to reduce transport GHG

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Including road transport fuels in a cap-and-trade scheme, complemented by appropriate regulatory policies such as. tank-to-wheel-based fuel efficiency metrics, is the most promising policy option for future climate policy regulation of the road transport sector, according to a new study developed under the direction of Professor Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Automobile manufacturers have no influence on that.

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California Air Resources Board Adopts Regional Targets for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Light Duty Vehicles

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The proposed targets, required under SB 375 (2008, Steinberg), are designed to help coordinate land use and transportation planning. Improved planning will offer a wider variety of transportation choices, including public transit and more walkable streets and cities. Proposed Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets for Automobiles and Light Trucks Pursuant to Senate Bill 375 ( ARB Staff Report ).

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EC proposes 95 grams CO2/km target for new cars by 2020, 147 grams for light vans; super credits for cars below 35g

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The European Commission today proposed targets for the further reduction of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) by 2020. Europe-based NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) called incentives such as the super credits within the proposed regulation “hot-air” weakening the proposed 95g/km target by inventing sales of ultra-low carbon vehicles that.

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Government of Canada Releases Draft Regulations to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Light-Duty Vehicles; Outcome Aligned With US

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Under the proposed standards, the average GHG emission performance of the 2016 Canadian fleet of new cars and light trucks would match the average level of 155 g CO 2 /km (250 gCO 2 /mile) that has been projected for the US. Transportation accounts for about one quarter (27%) of Canada’s total GHG emissions. Of that quarter, cars and light trucks account for nearly half, accounting for 12% of Canada’s total GHG emissions.

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US Department of Transportation proposes ‘distraction’ guidelines for automakers for in-vehicle electronic devices

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices. Graphical representation of some secondary task risk odds ratios. A risk odds ratio of 1.00 equates to the risks associated with baseline. driving. Risk odds ratios above 1.00 indicate increasing driving risks while risk odds. ratios below 1.00 indicate protective effects. Source: NHTSA. Click to enlarge.

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DOT, EPA Set National Standards for Fuel Economy and First Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels For Light-Duty Vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today jointly established increasingly stringent fuel economy standards under DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Corporate Average Fuel Economy program and greenhouse gas emission standards under the Clean Air Act for 2012 through 2016 model-year vehicles. mpg for the combined industry-wide fleet (cars and light-trucks) for model year 2016.

2010 161

Consumer Federation analysis of polling data and tech pricing finds consumer demands aligned with proposed MY 2017-2025 CAFE and GHG regulations for light-duty vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed CAFE standards are projected to require, on an average industry fleet-wide basis for cars and trucks combined, 40.1

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NYSERDA awards $4.6M to 17 transportation projects; support for Syracuse U supercritical diesel injection project

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million to help 17 New York State companies develop and commercialize innovative new transportation technologies intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and create jobs. Brooklyn) is building a light-duty electric motorcycle designed to be used in an urban environment, which would reduce pollution and gas consumption. Hauppauge) uses software and sensor devices to create more efficient traffic flow by controlling traffic lights.

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European Parliament votes to introduce CO2 limits in EU for new vans and light commercial goods vehicles; initial target of 175 g/km

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The European Parliament has voted to introduce CO 2 limits in the EU for new vans and other light commercial goods vehicles. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) issued a statement saying that the new CO 2 legislation for light commercial vehicles sets extremely challenging targets in particular for the long term. Emission performance standards for new light commercial vehicles.

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California SB 375 Report Proposes GHG Reduction Targets to Curb Sprawl Emissions from Transportation

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The California Air Resources Board released a draft report that proposes targets for land use and transportation planning in 2020 and 2035 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with passenger vehicle travel in the state’s eighteen Metropolitan Planning Organizations, including the four largest: Southern California, San Diego, the Bay Area, and the Sacramento region.

2010 161

New Comprehensive Lifecycle Energy and Emissions Inventory Includes Non-Operational Components; Large Aircraft Can Perform Better than Light Rail

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Ranges in passenger occupancy can easily change the relative performance of modes, with large aircraft performing better than light rail in some of the areas investigated. In order to effectively mitigate environmental impacts from transportation modes, life-cycle environmental performance should be considered including both the direct and indirect processes and services required to operate the vehicle. Energy consumption and GHG emissions per PKT (passenger kilometer travelled).

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IEA technology and policy reports outline paths to halving fuel used for combustion-engined road transport in less than 40 years

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The transport sector currently accounts for a fifth of global final energy consumption, and increased demand from this sector is expected to make up all future growth in oil use worldwide. Tackling road transport energy use is vital to enhancing energy security and reducing carbon dioxide emissions globally. The report treats different motorized modes separately, with a focus on light-duty vehicles (LDVs), heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and powered two-wheelers.

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Draft of EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory Shows Overall GHG Emissions Down By 2.9% in 2008; Transportation Emissions Down 5.7% in Largest Annual Change Recorded Since 1990

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CO 2 emissions from the US transport sector, 1990-2008. This report attributes the downward trend primarily to the decrease in demand for transportation fuels associated with the record high costs of these fuels that occurred in 2008. CO 2 emissions from the transportation sector dropped 5.7% Transportation. The transportation end-use sector accounted for 1,818.1 Data: EPA. Click to enlarge.

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DOT and EPA release revised fuel economy and GHG emission standards for MY 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule setting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO 2 emissions standards for model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. Under the framework, gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks will get cleaner through 2026 at about the same rate as the current program.

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New Proposal for Discrete Road Systems for High-Speed Vehicles and Low-Speed Modes of Transportation Seeks to Enhance Sustainability Without Compromising Benefits of Motor Vehicle Use

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Noting that “ virtually all that is undesirable in the current land use transportation system stems from the fact that FHVs [fast, heavy vehicles] are present everywhere ,” Dr. Mark Delucchi at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Davis is proposing a novel urban plan designed on two universally accessible but completely independent transportation networks: one for low-speed, lightweight modes (LLMs) of transportation and one for fast, heavy vehicles (FHVs).

2010 191

California ARB Backs White House Program for Medium- and Heavy-Duty and Next Phase of Light-Duty Vehicle GHG and Fuel Economy Standards; Looking for LDV Improvements on the Order of 3-6% Annually

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Nichols also said that California will work with Federal agencies on the next phase of light-duty vehicle GHG and fuel economy standards for model years 2017-2025. California had agreed to defer to the proposed national standard through model year 2016 rather than proceeding with implementing the Pavley greenhouse gas standards for light duty vehicles. California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols issued a statement applauding.

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EPA and NHTSA Issue Notice of Intent to Develop New Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Standards for Light-Duty Vehicle Model Years 2017-2025; Proposal Expected by 30 Sep 2011

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to begin developing new standards for greenhouse gases and fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for the 2017-2025 model years.

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ACEA study finds 100-fold increase in zero-emission trucks needed in EU fleet in 10 years to meet goals

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A new study by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has found that there are currently 6.2 To make zero-emission trucks the preferred choice of transport operators, urgent action is needed on European and member state levels, ACEA said.

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NXP and partners launch European test drive to showcase the future of Communicating Cars

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and industry partners Siemens, Honda, and Cohda Wireless have launched a “ Communicating Cars ” test drive along the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Corridor across Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. The initiative will see roads across the three countries fitted with smart traffic lights and other intelligent road signs that are able to interact with connected vehicles and alert drivers to upcoming traffic jams and road hazards before they enter the field of vision.

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EPA GHG Inventory shows US GHG down 1.7% y-o-y in 2019, down 13% from 2005

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Transportation. Transportation activities are the largest source of emissions, accounting for 29% of total US greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. From 1990 to 2019, transportation CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion rose by 24% due in large part to increased demand for travel.

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Volkswagen Group’s new Future Tracks program targeting digitalization era in auto industry; “James 2025”

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At the Geneva show, Winterkorn introduced the Future Tracks program by saying : Over the next few years, our industry will face one of the greatest upheavals since the invention of the automobile. Against the backdrop of these challenges, the automobile industry must not bury its head in the sand but must welcome these developments and take them into account in its long-term strategies. Information technology has been a key component of the automobile industry for some time.

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EPA: US GHG emissions in 2017 down 0.3% from 2016

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Transportation. When electricity-related emissions are distributed to economic end-use sectors, transportation activities accounted for 36.5% The largest sources of transportation CO 2 emissions in 2017 were passenger cars (41.4%); medium- and heavy- 5 duty trucks (23.1%); light-duty trucks, which include sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans (17.1%); commercial aircraft (6.7%); other aircraft (3.1%); rail (2.3%); pipelines (2.3%); and ships and boats (2.2%).

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Hydro-Québec partnering with Mercedes-Benz on development of solid-state battery technologies

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The Hydro-Québec Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage is a leading research and development institute for advanced battery materials, focusing on solid-state battery technologies.

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IBM and NXP report first results of connected vehicle pilot in Dutch city of Eindhoven

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Incidents included heavy rain, black spots, switching on of hazard lights or fog. SRE is located at the hub of several international transportation routes, where relatively small incidents can have major consequences for the system as a whole. With greater connectivity, today’s automobiles generate a vast amount of data that can be used to enhance the driving experience, while improving traffic condition and road safety. IBM and NXP Semiconductors N.V.

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BMW showcasing urban mobility connectivity applications at ITS World Congress

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When one enters a destination, the mobility assistant will display various routes to allow reaching this destination cost-effectively and quickly—whether travelling by car, using suburban public transport or combining the two modes of travel. The objective is to ensure mobility over a range of different modes of transport. This premium car sharing with BMW and MINI automobiles is independent of car-hire stations. Traffic light assistant.

EPA annual inventory shows US GHG up 3.1% from 2017-2018

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Transportation sector. Transportation activities are the largest source of emissions, accounting for 28% of total US greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, and have increased by 2% since 2017. The number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by light-duty vehicles (i.e.,

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GM demonstrating embedded and smartphone implementations of V2X communications at ITS World Congress

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General Motors is demonstrating a set of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V, or vehicle-to-car V2C) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications (collectively, V2X) systems this week at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Orlando. For the smartphone application, GM engineers can connect the smartphone to the vehicle’s audio and video display systems to integrate notifications into the automobile. Fuel Efficiency Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Safety

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GM Unveils EN-V Concepts for Future Urban Mobility

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The three EN-V models unveiled in Shanghai represent three different characteristics that emphasize the nature of future transportation: Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh). Dynamic stabilization technology empowers EN-V, giving it the unique ability to carry two passengers and light cargo in a footprint that’s about a third of a traditional vehicle. By comparison, today’s typical automobile weighs more than 1,500 kilograms and is three times as long.

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