Aclima partnering with Google to map outdoor air quality with Street View vehicles

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a San Francisco-based company that designs and deploys environmental sensor networks, is partnering with Google Earth Outreach to map and better to understand urban air quality. More interactive mapping results are available at Aclima, Inc.,

OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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OnStar and Google are working together to demonstrate a new OnStar service for managing the charging of Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy, using the 17 Chevrolet Volts in Google’s “Gfleet” based at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

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BP joins GE, Google Ventures, ConocoPhillips, and NRG Energy in biomass-to-gasoline startup CoolPlanet’s C Round

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The C Round, led by Shea Ventures, included follow-on investments by the company’s current investors, General Electric, Google Ventures, ConocoPhillips, NRG and North Bridge Venture Partners. CoolPlanet expects to deploy hundreds of relatively low cost modular plants around the country in the next few years to make effective use of available biomass without incurring high transportation costs. CoolPlanet BioFuels, Inc.,

Mercedes-Benz integrates with Google Assistant

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Mercedes-Benz announced its integration with the Google Assistant on Google Home. Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant, makes it possible to interact with the Mercedes-Benz vehicle from home. The feature will be available to Mercedes-Benz customers in 2017.

Hey Google! Lets Reinvent Detroit Together Using Our Creative Greenius Before The Opportunivors Scavenge It

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No this is a job for the company I’ve long been a stockholder of – Google. Because Google is smart enough to not only see the opportunity and have the wherewithal to seize it, they also know what to do with it. Google dudes, you have my gmail address.

IHS Automotive sees Google leading technology, testing, software development for autonomous driving

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Google is the current technology leader in this arena, according to a report from industry analysts IHS Automotive: “Google Self-Driving Car Strategy and Implications”. This provides Google researchers additional expertise not available directly to traditional OEMs.

Google Adds Bike Directions in US to Google Maps

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Google has added biking directions in the US to Google Maps. This has been the most requested addition to Google Maps, according to the company, which unveiled the new feature at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. The new bicycling layer for Google Maps, accessible via the “More…” drop down menu at the top of the map, will display an overlay of the various bike-friendly roads and trails around town.

Google goes green

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It’s probably the most famous name on the internet - yes even ahead of - and now Google is going green. Its Google StreetView, which is usually built from images captured by a car driving around with a multi-directional camera, will be replaced on the roads where cars can’t go by a special StreetView Trike that only specially trained Google employees and contractors can ride.

Google to sponsor NASA Green Flight Challenge

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The CAFE Foundation announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The aircraft in the Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google represent a diverse mix of singular prototypes created expressly for the competition by some of the world’s top designers. Advance online ticketing for this exposition will soon be available at [link].

Audi shows integrated Android operating system in Audi Q8 sport concept

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This world premiere, presented at the Google I/O developer conference, will allow the development of connectivity services to be greatly accelerated, the company said. The Audi Q8 sport concept technology platform, which Audi is presenting at Google I/O, already has Android on board.

Kia Motors integrating Google Maps into 2nd-generation UVO eServices telematics system

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Kia Motors America (KMA) will work with Google to provide content and search-based solutions enabled by Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the second-generation of the automaker’s UVO (“Your Voice”) eServices telematics system, introduced in November 2012 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The immediate integration of Google solutions will utilize Google Maps and Google Places to acquire driving directions and locate Points of Interest (POIs).

Clearpath Robotics raises $30M to expand indoor self-driving vehicle market

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Companies like Google, Tesla and Uber are still testing, whereas our self-driving vehicles are commercially available today. Clearpath Robotics, a provider of self-driving vehicle solutions, completed a US$30-million investment led by iNovia Capital with participation from Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, Eclipse Ventures, RRE Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

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OnStar Leverages Google Android and Maps Technology for Chevrolet Volt Mobile Applications

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OnStar is working with Google’s Android and Maps technologies to enhance the navigation capabilities of the Volt mobile app. When a Volt owner presses this tab, he or she will be able to see the current location of their Volt pinpointed on Google Maps, as well as their location relative to it.

US DOE to award $5M for EV infrastructure; partnership with Google

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the availability of $5 million in new funding (DE-FOA-0000451) for community-based efforts to deploy electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and charging stations. He also outlined a partnership with Google Inc. In a related effort, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is joining with Google Inc.

Geeks Get Fitted For Electric Cars Via Google GFleet

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Let’s face it: Google loves its green cars. So what better way to put a new electric car through its paces than make it part of Google’s GFleet - a pool of cars the Internet search giant makes available for its Its also home to some of the best tech-savvy engineers in the world. Engineers who love their tech and love to innovate.

Plugless: first wireless charger to provide 1 million charge hours for PEVs

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From 2012 to 2014 Plugless systems were rigorously testing in the field at more than a dozen “Apollo” trial partner sites – including installations at Google, Duke Energy, and Hertz. 1 st production wireless charger available for purchase by EV owners. 1 st 7.2kW wireless EV charger available for purchase. 1 st Production System available to Tesla Model S owners for autonomous charging. 1 st license-free demonstration system available for purchase.

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Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi now available at Verizon Wireless

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The system operates through a downloadable Delphi smartphone application, available for Android 2.2 and later devices, as well as a Delphi website that is compatible with Internet Explorer 7 and later-version, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Firefox browsers. Together with Verizon Wireless, Delphi Automotive released its Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi product that provides a car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service.

2017 Audi Q7 now available with 2.0-liter TFSI turbo-charged four-cylinder engine; lower entry point to premium SUV

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The Q7 also offers the latest MMI and infotainment options including Bose 3D Sound System and the available Audi virtual cockpit ( earlier post ) which helps make viewing and navigating via the large Google Map images supported with 4G LTE (where available) easier on the driver’s eyes. Available adaptive cruise control with stop & go automatically maintains distance from the vehicle in front, including braking and accelerating.

Evatran’s wireless charging technology available for Cadillac ELR; two more premium model announcements expected

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announced that its Plugless wireless charging technology ( earlier post ) will soon be available on the Cadillac ELR. After two years of field trials with partners such as Google, Hertz, and Duke Energy, the Plugless System was made available to individual Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt owners in early 2014. Evatran Group, Inc. Evatran currently has systems that are compatible with the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt.

Mercedes-Benz launches new private car-sharing scheme: Croove

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The relevant app will be available to download from December from the Apple iTunes store at first. Not long after launch though, there will also be an Android version in the Google Play Store, along with a desktop website for booking a vehicle.

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Google Unveils Faster, Cheaper Mechanism To Track Worldwide Deforestation Online; Support for Land Use Change Measurement, Verification and Reporting

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Landsat images via Google Earth. Through its philanthropic arm,, Google introduced an online suite of beta software that leverages cloud computing to track worldwide land-use changes such as deforestation. Google Earth, as analyzed by Carnegie Landsat Analysis System. Google converted CLASlite and SAD into a set of online tools riding on top of a prototype platform that uses historical and present-day satellite images provided through Google Earth.

City of LA, Xerox introduce multi-modal transportation app for commuters

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The City of Los Angeles is introducing the Go LA app, powered by Xerox, a solution that integrates all the available methods of getting around the second largest metro area in the United States.

Hyundai introducing augmented reality owner’s manual app

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At launch, the Hyundai Virtual Guide is compatible with the 2015 Sonata model, and will soon become available for additional models. The new app recognizes more than 45 major features of the Sonata and is available for free download on the Apple App store and Google Play.

Nissan introduces new 1.5L diesel in Juke in Europe; 56 mpg US

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The 108 hp (81 kW) diesel boosts maximum torque from 240 N·m to 260 N·m (192 lb-ft) at 1,750rpm, with 80% of this figure available from just 1,500 rpm to improve driveability. In Normal and Sport, the full 260 N·m is available. Nissan Juke n-tec. Click to enlarge.

Follow Hybrids With Social Media

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For many people, automotive websites and search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo! We will keep adding more sites to this article as they come available. Where do you go online to get your hybrid car and SUV information?

INRIX analysis identifies top 10 US cities for highly autonomous vehicles; prioritizing corridors for deployment

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Leveraging aggregated INRIX trip data from millions of connected cars, parking availability and restrictions, and US Census demographic data, INRIX created a scalable and customizable scoring system to analyze and visualize priority corridors for HAV deployment. INRIX, a leading global connected car services and transportation analytics company, has created a scalable and customizable scoring system to prioritize corridors for the deployment of highly autonomous vehicles (HAVs).

New 7th-generation Hyundai Sonata updates design, tweaks powertrain

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Features include: Destination Search powered by Google. Users will be able to take advantage of Google’s destination search via the Blue Link button (voice recognition) and navigation display, or through and the Blue Link mobile app sending a destination to their 2015 Sonata. remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster available via the mobile app. 2015 Sonata 2.0T Click to enlarge.

Hyundai Blue Link to debut smartwatch app with voice recognition at 2015 CES

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Android Wear users can download the app from Google Play for free starting in the first quarter of 2015. Remote Engine Stop (Only available when vehicle is in remote engine start mode).

Lux forecasts global driver assist market to grow to $102B market by 2030

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ADAS are entering the latest generation of vehicles with common features available today including lane departure warning; automatic parking; autonomous emergency braking; and lane keeping assist.

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Volkswagen CES2017 show app previews emerging Volkswagen digital Ecosystem

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Volkswagen has developed a special app for CES 2017, available now at the App Store ( iOS ) and at Google Play ( Android ).

AeroVironment and Recargo introduce Pay With PlugShare for West Coast Electric Highway’s fast charging network

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The PlugShare app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play. AeroVironment and Recargo, developer of PlugShare , the most extensive map of electric vehicle charging stations, introduced a new smartphone-based easy payment option for EV drivers charging on the West Coast Electric Highway fast charging network in Oregon and Washington.

VW new Touareg with new design and new technologies; focus on diesel

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Available again as an option for the Touareg is an air suspension system, with which ground clearance can be increased to as much as 300 mm on off-road terrain. In combination with the RNS 850 radio/navigation system and mobile phone preparation, the Touareg will for the first time be available with mobile online services. Volkswagen has given its Touareg SUV a sharper look and enhanced it technically in all areas.

Evatran plans trials of Plugless Power wireless charging technology with commercial partners for early 2012; outfitting Volts and LEAFs

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Building on Evatran’s first product trials around its headquarters in Virginia and its prototype installation at Google’s Mountain View campus in early 2011, this trial, which Evatran is calling the “Apollo Launch Program”, will follow market leaders from six industry segments as they trial Plugless Power systems on their own Volt and LEAF vehicles. Evatran intends for Plugless Power tobe available as a dealer-installed. Plugless Power system components. Click to enlarge.

Three Diesels Gang Up On One Hybrid

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While reviewing my Google Alerts this morning, and reading some of the recent happenings in the hybrid industry, I stumbled upon an article from MotorTrend that compared a hybrid SUV to three diesel models.

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Porsche Communication Management in Europe now features real-time traffic information

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and the option “online services”—now available free of charge in Europe—can be connected with a smartphone and access a new real-time new traffic service without any additional charge. To activate the new service drivers simply need to download the free “Aha radio” app onto their smartphone via Apple iTunes or Google play and connect it with the PCM. The service is available in 14 European countries.

Amprius demonstrates new tool for roll-to-roll manufacturing of high-energy batteries with Si nanowire anodes

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With silicon anodes, Amprius’ batteries achieve significantly higher energies per unit volume (800 – 1,000 Wh/L, depending on cell capacity and form-factor) and energies per unit weight (325 – 400 Wh/kg) than today’s commercially available batteries. Amprius, a manufacturer of high-energy lithium-ion batteries using silicon nanowire anodes ( earlier post ), has demonstrated a novel tool for high-volume manufacturing.

Volkswagen unveils updated Golf; Millerized engines, semi-automated driving, digital cockpit and gesture control

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earlier post ) The updated Golf is also one of the first compact cars to be available with semi-automated driving functions—the new Traffic Jam Assist function can guide the Golf at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph) in strenuous stop-and-go traffic.

OnStar opens up APIs for Smart Grid applications for EVs

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OnStar recently showcased these capabilities on Google’s “Gfleet”, where a Volt would receive a renewable energy signal provided by an energy management company, opening up the potential to alert EV customers when renewable energy is available on the grid for charging. OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM, is inviting utilities, energy companies and tech firms to develop Smart Grid solutions using a set of proprietary OnStar application programming (APIs).

Volkswagen showcases inductive charging w/ “power lift”, autonomous and semi-autonomous capabilities & gesture control at CES

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It can accurately log whether the charging power listed for the station is actually available. The three underlying software interfaces of App-Connect are the initial Mirror Link (2014), and now Android Auto (Google) and CarPlay (Apple). Already available today are Glympse, Aupeo!,

GM OnStar partners with TimberRock for demo of EV solar charging and market-based regulation; OnStar Demand Response service

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TimberRock will monitor the output of its solar charging stations, how much stored energy is available and when it can sell energy back to the grid to help meet peak demand. The OnStar-TimberRock project. Click to enlarge. GM’s OnStar announced a project with TimberRock Energy Solutions , Inc.

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