Ford developing a strategy to address urban personal mobility globally; a mobility company, not just an auto company

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Ford Motor Company is mapping out a strategy to address the requirements for personal mobility in the context of the megatrend of increasing global urbanization, both in mature economies as well as in emerging markets. Rough map of Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility. Click to enlarge.

Ford and Intel demonstrate in-car personalization with perceptual computing; Project Mobii

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The Mobii research, which was showcased during the Go Further with Ford 2014 Trend Conference as part of the “Big Data” track this week in Dearborn, was a collaboration between Intel ethnographers, anthropologists and engineers alongside Ford research engineers.

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Schaeffler shows micro-mobility bio-hybrid concept; 4-wheel pedelec with roof

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Automotive supplier Schaeffler introduced a new micro-mobility concept during the “auto motor und sport” conference. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Mobility Personal Transit Urban mobility

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Tesla Hopes To Hire Hackers To Ensure Security Of Its Cars, Present And Future

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The term "hacker" conjures up images of shady individuals stealing your personal details through loop-holes in your internet security, but in the modern world a professional hacker can actually provide a valuable skill. Tesla Motors, for example, recently attended the Def Con security conference in Las Vegas in order to hire hackers to develop

Superstars of AB 811 Rock Palm Desert @ EcoMotion Conference

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But that’s the way it felt to the Creative Greenius as I covered the EcoMotion Palm Desert AB 811 Conference on Friday at the University of California Riverside Graduate Center. Chairman of the AB 811 Conference & my new favorite Republicans.

Honda to Debut New One-Person EV Concept at Geneva Along with European Intro of EV-N

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The Honda 3R-C, a new one-person battery electric vehicle concept, will make its world debut in Geneva alongside the EV-N concept, previously shown at the Tokyo Motor Show ( earlier post ), which will be displayed for the first time in Europe.

Study: strong interactions with voice-guided vehicles result in more crashes

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A recent study by researchers at Michigan State University, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Stanford University found that giving a car a more personal voice led to more car accidents. This suggests that having too strong a social/personal connection with the virtual driving instructor is distracting to the driver and thus hinders safe driving.

Ford aims to tackle urban mobility

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That was the message from Ford Chairman Bill Ford, speaking at the second annual “Go Further with Ford” conference. Ford Green cars Latest news green cars mobility personal mobility urban concept ZipCarIt may be one of the most famous automakers in the world – but Ford is much more than just a car manufacturer: it’s a mobility company too. He mapped out a strategy aimed at addressing [.].

‘Open mic’ opportunities at LowCVP Conference - City Hall, 8 June

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The LowCVP is offering an ‘open mic’ opportunity for members and others to speak about issues of interest, concern or opportunity at the Partnership’s annual conference at City Hall, London on June 8th. ‘Open mic’ slots - available for 5 minutes per person - will take place in the restaurant area towards the end of the lunch interval.

Renesas Electronics introduces new software packages to improve security and safety of connected cars

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Increased security functions are required to protect the car from malicious attacks over the network and to secure personal information handled in the cloud. This includes the runtime self-test system that Renesas announced at the ISSCC 2016 conference. Renesas Electronics announced new software packages for the R-Car automotive computing platform to improve security and safety capabilities for next-generation connected cars.

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The Long View from SAE 2009 World Congress

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He works for Systemica, who has been contracted to design the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system for the citadel of Masdar. PRT challenges include the reliance on a central computer, the inability to adapt the vehicle to your personality via ownership and losing the local color and insight provided by a cab driver. Another issue is being capacity constrained during rush hour if you only have one person per vehicle. by Bill Cooke.

BMW launches ParkNow mobile parking service; more details on DriveNow electric car-sharing service

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At a press conference with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, BMW Group Member of the Board Dr. Ian Robertson announced the upcoming launch of ParkNow, a mobile parking solution that is a joint venture with Urban Mobility; and also provided new details about DriveNow, a new premium car-sharing service which features a fleet of BMW ActiveE all-electric vehicles. After registering online or in-person, customers can locate and book an available car using the DriveNow web site or mobile app.

Perspective: Why Carbon Emissions Should Not Have Been the Focus of the UN Climate Change Summit and Why the 15th Conference of the Parties Should Have Focused on Technology Transfer

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Unfortunately, this conference focused primarily on setting a cap on carbon emissions and providing financial aid to developing countries to build capacities to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. A joint venture is a legal organization that takes the form of a short term partnership in which the persons jointly undertake a transaction for mutual profit. Generally each person contributes assets and share risks. Perspective by Brian J.

Honda to show EV concept with AI emotion engine from joint project with Softbank

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In June 2016, Softbank Robotics launched “Pepper”—the world’s first personal robot that can not only read emotions but have its own. KHI) announced it was moving forward with plans to develop next-generation motorcycles that have a personality and can grow along with the rider.

Mayor of London proposes $1.4B cycling plan for the city; “Crossrail for the bike”

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The first planning conference for the Central London Grid, with the seven central boroughs, the Royal Parks and the City, will take place next week. Cities Europe Personal Transit Policy

MIT researchers pursuing increasing human-vehicle collaboration

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Researchers at MIT are developing systems that could allow humans, robots and other autonomous vehicles to collaborate on everything from navigation to trip planning, and eventually pave the way for the operation of personal aircraft and driverless cars. Video: Personal Transportation System with Improved Plan Diagnosis.

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Low carbon vehicles 2012 returns to Millbrook

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The UK’s largest business-to-business low carbon vehicle event is to return this September with the promise of more than 50 of the industry’s leading personalities set to take to the stand. Green credentials conference green car LowCVPMinister for Industry, Mark Prisk and Professor Dame Julia King will be among the speakers at the LCV2012 event at Millbrook Proving Ground in [.].

Avoiding Obstacles Safely at High Speed: An Optimal Control Approach for Driving Heavy Autonomous Ground Vehicles Close to their Dynamic Limits

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Among other potential benefits, these vehicles offer the promise of increased safety on the nation’s roadways and personal mobility to those who are not able or do not wish to drive themselves. DSCC2015–9747, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 Dynamic systems and Control conference, October, 2015.

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ExxonMobil projects 25% energy demand increase between 2014-2040, 50% decline in carbon intensity; hybrids to be 40% of new car sales

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Natural gas remains challenged as a fuel for most personal vehicles. Global energy demand will increase 25% between 2014 and 2040, driven by population growth and economic expansion, ExxonMobil forecasts in the 2016 edition of its annual The Outlook for Energy.

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Bill Ford: Michigan must become the Silicon Valley of the mobility revolution; emphasis on green and smart technologies

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In an address at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford said that “ Michigan must become the Silicon Valley of the mobility revolution ” and outlined key public policy areas to help improve the state’s competitiveness and ensure that the state realizes the full benefit of that impending revolution. Ford argued for an updating of the state tax system by eliminating personal property taxes as well as investment in updating the electric grid.

Oak Ridge researcher developing autonomous intelligent engines capable of real-time calibration based on driver behavior

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Equipped with this capability, an engine should be able personalize its calibration for each driver—i.e., Improvement in fuel consumption (red line) from one of the case models using the POD learning model. Source: Malikopoulos 2010. Click to enlarge.

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TUM CREATE introduces tropical megacity e-taxi prototype at Tokyo; super-fast charging with twin charge ports

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At the EVS 27 conference in Barcelona, engineers from TUM CREATE presented a paper on the accelerated ageing tests they performed on the large format lithium-ion cells for EVA. Drawing of the 50 kWh pack and the twin charge ports for super-fast charging. Click to enlarge.

Mercedes-Benz presents autonomous Future Truck 2025 research vehicle; “Highway Pilot”

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Autonomous driving is a “can” function – the driver can always decide freely whether to take personal control or leave things to the technology. In addition, Daimler AG held a conference on the future of freight transport.

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Two years in, BMW i3 is the best-selling EV in Germany and the 3rd top seller worldwide; 80% of buyers new to BMW

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—Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in the Q3 quarterly conference call.

Ford Smart Mobility shifts from research to implementation; company announces new programs, next areas of focus

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In the opening keynote at Ford’s annual trends conference, 2015 Further With Ford, CEO Mark Fields announced the next phase of the company’s Smart Mobility plan, originally announced in January this year at CES ( earlier post ).

Volvo Cars adds Microsoft’s Skype for Business to 90 Series; looking ahead to autonomous cars

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Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. Volvo Cars will introduce Skype for Business, Microsoft’s collaborative productivity app, to its new 90 Series cars. Volvo Cars is the first carmaker to launch such an in-car productivity tool.

Deloitte suggests Gen Y’s embrace of hybrid vehicles may be auto market’s tipping point

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Joe Vitale, global automotive sector leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, said that Gen Y consumers prefer automobiles that are an extension of their social-media and digital lifestyles, and suggested that auto manufacturers may have an opportunity to capitalize on Gen Y’s connected lifestyle by developing innovative and low-cost personalization options. Deloitte announced the preliminary results of the survey at its Shifting Gears conference yesterday in Detroit.

I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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I personally cannot be on the sidelines when we have one last chance to stop this reckless changing of our climate and halt the outlaw behavior of the fossil fuel industries.

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Intel to invest more than $250M over next two years in autonomous driving; “Data is the new oil”

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In a keynote address at the AutoMobility LA conference, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that Intel Capital is targeting more than $250 million of additional new investments over the next two years to make fully autonomous driving a reality. Personal data.

Gen. Wesley Clark Says Nation Must Apply Economic Might To EV Technology

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Military came out as powerful words at the Business of Plugging In conference in Detroit this week. As Clark said, "The nation must muster the same economic might that brought about the explosion in personal computing, the Internet and cellular phones, and apply it to electric vehicle The thoughts of General Wesley Clark of the U.S

Android Auto makes its debut with support from multiple automakers and tech companies

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Android Auto made its debut at the 2014 Google I/O annual technology conference in San Francisco as the first innovation resulting from the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA)—a coalition of tech companies and auto industry leaders launched in January by Google, NVIDIA, Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai committed to bringing the Android platform to cars.

New algorithm improves speed and accuracy of pedestrian detection; cascade detection + deep learning

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In the first stages, the algorithm quickly identifies and discards windows that it can easily recognize as not containing a person (such as the sky).

BMW Connected North America makes its world debut at Microsoft Build 2016; powered by Azure

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BMW Connected, a new personal mobility companion, made its world debut at Microsoft Build 2016, Microsoft’s developer conference, last week. Service Fabric enables the automaker to build individual mobility graphs with personalized data and real-time context.

Honda to debut EV concept, plug-in hybrid platform at LA Auto Show

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President and CEO Takanobu Ito will attend the press conference, marking the first time Honda’s global Honda CEO has introduced a worldwide vehicle debut during the Los Angeles Auto Show press days. Honda said that both the electric vehicle concept and the plug-in hybrid platform along with the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle demonstrate its vision for the future of personal mobility and its continued commitment to developing advanced environmental technologies.

GM to introduce at least 10 new New Energy Vehicles in China from 2016-2020; focus on autonomy, connectivity and sharing

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At a press conference in Shanghai, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said that the company will introduce at least 10 new energy vehicles (NEVs) in China. Barra said that GM believes the future of personal mobility will be driven by the convergence of electrification, autonomous vehicles, and connectivity and shared mobility services.

Tesla introduces financing product for Model S customers; lease-sale hybrid

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Essentially, said Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a conference call describing the product, the new approach allows one to buy a new Model S for no money down net of the tax credit and as low as about $500 net out of pocket cost per month, depending upon the model, specific state incentives, and personal parameters (e.g., Tesla guaranteeing that resale value, and Musk is personally standing behind the guarantee to give customers assurance about the value of the asset they are purchasing.

LCA study finds Alcoa forged aluminum wheels cut carbon footprint of commercial vehicles

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switching one truck from steel wheels to forged aluminum wheels in the US average use case is approximately equal to the average annual carbon footprint of a four person household. Alcoa and PE International presented the findings of the LCA at the 12 th Annual American Center for Life Cycle Assessment Conference in Tacoma, Washington on 25 September. Alcoa aluminum truck wheels vs. steel wheels (average use case). Source: Alcoa. Click to enlarge.

MyCityWay integrated with BMW’S DriveNow EV sharing fleet in San Francisco

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At the Content and Apps for Automotive Conference hosted by Telematics Update in San Diego, MyCityWay CEO Puneet Mehta announced a partnership with BMW’s DriveNow car sharing program ( earlier post ) that will integrate MyCityWay’s location-based, situationally-aware mobile platform into BMW’s fleet of 70 DriveNow BMW ActiveE electric vehicles in San Francisco.

Toyota unveils Concept-i at CES; driver-focused AI

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In his remarks at Toyota’s CES 2017 press conference, Bob Carter, Senior Vice President, Automotive Operations, said that Toyota will be evaluating many of the Concept-i’s features and technologies on the roads in Japan within the next few years.

Toyota to Unveil New Compact Car Concept for India at New Delhi Show

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The concept for the new compact car is to be unveiled at a TKM press conference on 5 January. The TKM display will also present Toyota’s approach toward developing modes of transportation for the future by showing the i-REAL personal mobility vehicle, the Fine-S fuel-cell hybrid vehicle and other concept vehicles. Toyota Motor’s production and sales subsidiary in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd.