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Hyundai releases initial details on the coming IONIQ hybrid

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Hyundai’s new IONIQ range will feature a choice of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains, a world first for a single model. Earlier post.) At an unveiling in Korea, Hyundai released some initial details on the new IONIQ dedicated hybrid—the first version of the platform to come to market.

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Volkswagen Budd-e Concept: 373-Mile, All-Electric Van Signals The Future

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On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Volkswagen has revealed the Budd-e concept, a vehicle that follows up on some of the purpose and utility of the Microbus, yet looks to the next decade, as a compelling template for an all-electric family vehicle. The Budd-e Concept, in many ways, is the first of a new generation of plug-in.

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Volkswagen unveils BUDD-e electric van concept at CES; first VW based on new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB)

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At CES 2016, Volkswagen unveiled the battery-electric BUDD-e van. Equipped with a 101 kWh battery pack supporting a range of up to 373 miles (600 km) on the NEDC, the BUDD-e concept is the first vehicle based on Volkswagen’s new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) designed specifically for plug-in vehicles. BUDD-e exemplifies what Volkswagen considers as potentially representative of electric mobility offerings in the 2019 timeframe.

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Wi-Fi Alliance announces 802.11ah HaLow; longer range, lower power connectivity for connected cars and other applications

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The Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the Wi-Fi HaLow designation for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah technology. Wi-Fi HaLow operates in frequency bands below one gigahertz, offering longer range, lower power connectivity to Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. Wi-Fi HaLow will enable a variety of new power-efficient use cases in the Smart Home, connected car, and digital healthcare, as well as industrial, retail, agriculture, and Smart City environments.

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Berkeley Lab team creates “cyborgian” hybrid artificial photosynthesis system; CO2 to acetic acid at high yield

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Researchers at Berkeley Lab have induced the self-photosensitization of a nonphotosynthetic bacterium— Moorella thermoacetica —with cadmium sulfide nanoparticles ( M. thermoacetica –CdS), enabling the photosynthesis of acetic acid from carbon dioxide. Their hybrid approach combines the highly efficient light harvesting of inorganic semiconductors with the high specificity, low cost, and self-replication and -repair of biocatalysts.

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Liberty Mutual and Subaru introduce new in-vehicle technology to promote safe driving and savings on auto insurance

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Liberty Mutual Insurance is introducing the new Liberty Mutual RightTrack in-vehicle application with Subaru of America, Inc.—a —a first-of-its-kind app that offers real-time driving feedback and tips while helping to reduce insurance premiums for safe drivers.

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Penn State team develops highly crumpled nitrogen-doped graphene sheets as high-performance cathode for Li-sulfur batteries

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Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University have synthesized highly crumpled nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) sheets with ultrahigh pore volume (5.4 cm 3 ) and large surface area (1158 m 2 /g), which enable strong polysulfide adsorption and high sulfur content for use as a cathode material in Li-sulfur batteries. The wrinkled graphene sheets are interwoven rather than stacked, resulting in rich nitrogen-containing active sites.

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ECS and Toyota request proposals for 2016-2017 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship for projects in green energy technology

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The Electrochemical Society (ECS), in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute of North American (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. TEMA), is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.

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US Navy issues solicitation to lease 400-600 electric vehicles

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The US Navy has issued a solicitation ( N62473-16-R-1002 ) with the intent to award one contract to lease between 400 and 600 100% electric vehicles for use at the Navy and Marine Corps installations located in California. Services to be performed under the resulting contract may include the following Facilities Support (FSC) Services: passenger vehicle leasing, providing web-based telematics services, roadside assistance services, and preventative maintenance services.

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Audi leads $28M Series C round in Silvercar; developing Audi Shared Fleet

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Silvercar , a new car rental company which only offers silver Audis, announced its largest capital raise to date with a $28-million Series C equity issuance led by Audi. The Series C announcement comes as Silvercar unveiled enhanced digital and mobile platforms designed for an optimized user experience and expands into Las Vegas, its 12 th market. Silvercar also received funding from Series B investors including Austin Ventures and Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook.

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Mitsubishi Electric showcases EMIRAI 3 xDAS assisted-driving concept car at CES

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Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America introduced its EMIRAI 3 xDAS concept car at CES 2016 this week. Building on the EMIRAI 2 xDAS, which was introduced at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Electric developed the EMIRAI 3 xDAS with evolved technologies for human machine interface (HMI), driver sensing, telematics, and light control.

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HDBaseT Alliance expands into automotive; GM new Board member; Daimler, Delphi members

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The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing HDBaseT technology, is expanding its activities into the field of automotive infrastructure. HDBaseT is a standard for the distribution of ultra-high-definition multimedia content, and is a solution for in-vehicle connectivity. GM has joined the Alliance's Board of Directors, as a Promoter member. Both Daimler and Delphi Automotive have joined as Contributor members.

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Study finds 6.3% spread in fuel economy obtained with maximum and minimum rolling resistance tires

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A new report by University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) researcher Dr. Michael Sivak has found a 6.3% spread between the fuel economy obtained with maximum and minimum rolling resistance tires. At the average 2015 price of regular gasoline, the obtained fuel-consumption extremes result in a $78 difference in the annual cost of gasoline per light-duty vehicle, Sivak said.

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Volvo Car to make Gen 2 Pilot Assist standard on new S90 sedan

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Volvo Car is introducing an advanced version of the company’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist software on the new Volvo S90 sedan and will make it standard on all S90s sold in the United States. Pilot Assist was first introduced on the 2016 Volvo XC90 and allows the vehicle to accelerate, decelerate, come to a complete stop and steer in road conditions with clear lane markings based on the car in front up to speeds of 30 mph (48 km/h).

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Volvo Cars cracks 500,000 unit marker in annual global sales for first time

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Volvo Cars sold 503,127 cars worldwide in 2015, the first time it has sold more than half a million cars in its 89-year history. Volvo reported strong sales from all three core global regions. Sales in Europe rose 10.6% for the year to 269,249 units, representing 53.5% of total global volume. Volvo’s revival in the US gained momentum with sales in the US up 24.3% to 70,047 units in 2015.

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Microsoft Azure to power Nissan Telematics System for LEAF and Infiniti models in Europe

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At CES 2016, Nissan and Microsoft announced that all Nissan LEAF models and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by Microsoft Azure. Azure provides a global cloud platform with advanced security that allows Nissan to deliver services worldwide to its broad customer base. Nissan CTS is coupled to Azure, allowing a remote connection to the vehicle. With CTS, Nissan LEAF drivers can perform a range of functions on their car, while not even inside.

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Standard-production Mercedes E-Class awarded test license for autonomous driving in Nevada

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The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been awarded a test licence for autonomous driving in the state of Nevada; specifically, three standard-production E-Class vehicles have been approved to drive themselves. To allow autonomous driving functions to be tested, test vehicles previously had to be equipped with special hardware and software. This included additional sensors, modified steering and an adapted ESP. That is no longer the case with the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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Visteon to launch ECU-consolidating cockpit domain controller with European automaker in 2018

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Addressing the proliferation of electronic control units (ECUs) in vehicles, Visteon Corporation is preparing to launch an industry-first, automotive-grade cockpit domain controller with a European automaker on a global vehicle program in 2018.

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Renault-Nissan to launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology over the next four years

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years in the United States, Europe, Japan and China. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices. The year 2016 will mark the debut of vehicles with “single-lane control,” a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously on highways, including in heavy, stop-and-go traffic.

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Audi to use Gen 2 zFAS controller in production e-tron quattro; piloted driving; moving to domain-controlled architecture

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The production version of Audi’s e-tron quattro battery-electric SUV ( earlier post ) will be equipped with the second-generation of Audi’s central driver assistance controller the zFAS ( earlier post ), according to Ricky Hudi, Executive Vice President Electronic Development, Audi AG. The vehicle will be capable of driving fully autonomously, he said at CES 2016. zFAS is the domain controller for Audi piloted driving systems.

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Mobileye and Volkswagen form strategic partnership; real-time image processing for autonomous driving; swarm data

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Volkswagen is entering into a strategic partnership with Mobileye, a technology leader in the area of automated image processing. The central focus of the joint venture is camera-based real-time image processing technology which—in conjunction with highly precise digitalized maps—is the key to autonomous driving.

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Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 820A SoC infotainment and connectivity processors for automotive; expanding automotive investment

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Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., introduced its latest Qualcomm Snapdragon automotive processors, the Snapdragon 820 Automotive family, offering a scalable next-generation infotainment, graphics and multimedia platform with machine intelligence and a version with integrated LTE-Advanced connectivity.

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UMTRI: average new vehicle fuel economy decreased in 2015 from 2014

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in calendar year 2015 was 25.3 mpg (9.29 l/100km), down 0.1 mpg from the value for the vehicles sold in 2014, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the US in December was 24.9 mpg (9.44 l/100 km)—down 0.2 mpg from the revised value for November.

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Testing shows Virent SAK bio-jet provides more than 50% reduction in PM emissions while maintaining engine performance

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Bio-jet emissions testing by Rolls-Royce, supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) program, has confirmed that jet fuels containing Virent’s BioForm Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) fuel blend produced a greater than 50% reduction in particulate matter emissions compared to conventional jet fuel.

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Thomson Reuters report finds established auto industry companies, not Silicon Valley, leading development of autonomous driving tech

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Established automotive industry companies—not Silicon Valley—are leading the development of autonomous driving technology, according to a new report from the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters. The report, which analyzes global patent activity in the field of self-driving automobiles over the last five years, identifies the global leaders in the development of the technologies and also makes predictions about the future of driverless cars.

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Audi of America passed 200,000 unit mark in 2015 for annual sales for first time; 6th straight record year

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Audi reported that its US sales in 2015 increased 11.1% from the previous annual record in 2014 to 202,202 vehicles sold. December 2015 sales increased 6.0% to 20,399 vehicles. December 2015 represented the best-ever December U.S. sales results in Audi history, as well as the 60 th consecutive month of record sales for Audi in the US. The previous December record was set in 2014 with sales of 19,238 vehicles.

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Chevrolet unveils the Bolt EV

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As promised, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra unveiled the production 2017 Bolt battery-electric vehicle at CES 2016. The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

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Lux: micro-hybrids will provide the most economical path for automakers to meet 2025 fuel efficiency targets

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While battery-electric vehicles, super-light carbon fiber composites, and hydrogen fuel cells will all be available, a new report from Lux Research has concluded that micro-hybrids will provide the most economical route—$1,700 additional average vehicle cost—to meet aggressive fuel efficiency targets in 2025: 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in the US and 95 g CO 2 /km in Europe. The Lux report— Building the Car of 2025: How to Cost-Effectively Get to 54.5

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First fire of new prototype 3-cylinder TGDI engine for China’s Changhe

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In the presence of visiting dignitaries from Changhe and the company’s majority shareholder BAIC Group, a new prototype engine was fired-up for the first time at a ceremony held at Ricardo’s Shoreham Technical Centre, UK. The new 3-cylinder 1.0

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Audi selects Thunderhill Raceway as a key US test bed for piloted driving development

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Audi has selected Thunderhill Raceway Park in northern California as a key US test center for advanced piloted driving research. Under the multi-year partnership, engineers from Audi and the Electronics Research Lab in Belmont, Calif., will use the track to study how self-driving vehicles perform at the limits of speed. In this way, the engineers will understand how to calibrate the vehicle software and advanced driver assistance systems to handle sudden and extreme conditions.

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NVIDIA introduces DRIVE PX 2 platform for autonomous driving

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At CES 2016, NVIDIA introduced NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2—a high-performance computing platform for in-vehicle artificial intelligence applied to the complexities inherent in autonomous driving. DRIVE PX 2 utilizes deep learning on NVIDIA’s most advanced GPUs for 360-degree situational awareness around the car, to determine precisely where the car is and to compute a safe, comfortable trajectory.

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IH2 biomass-to-liquid hydrocarbons technology licensed to leading European company

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A Fortune 2000 global company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-2 package license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company LTD (CRIUK), a global catalyst technology company. The license covers IH 2 technology, a continuous thermal catalytic process which produces liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuels from forest residues, and other renewable resources. Earlier post.).

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Toyota Research Institute CEO Pratt outlines initial AI/robotics mandates; trillion-mile reliability

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Last November, Toyota Motor established a new company—Toyota Research Institute Inc. TRI), an R&D enterprise with a focus on artificial intelligence and robotics—with an announced initial investment of $1 billion over the next five years. Earlier post.) (The The investment is in addition to the $50 million investment over the next five years with MIT and Stanford, each close by TRI’s new offices, to establish joint fundamental artificial intelligence research centers at each university.)

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Kia Motors introduces new DRIVE WISE sub-brand for advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies

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At CES 2016, Kia Motors launched a new sub-brand—DRIVE WISE—to encompass its future Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Kia recently announced plans to manufacture partially-autonomous cars by 2020, and aims to bring its first fully-autonomous vehicle to market by 2030. Earlier post.). A preliminary $2-billion investment by Kia by 2018 is intended to fast-track development of the new DRIVE WISE technologies.

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ARPA-E issues RFI on energy efficiency optimization for connected and automated vehicles; vehicle dynamic and powertrain control

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001473 ) seeking input from researchers and developers in a broad range of disciplines including automotive vehicle control, powertrain control and transportation analytics regarding the development of advanced energy efficiency optimization technologies for future connected and automated vehicles (CAVs).

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Ford and drone-maker DJI working on drone-to-vehicle technology

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Ford and drone-maker DJI are exploring smart drone-to-vehicle integration. At CES 2016, Ford announced that the two have launched the DJI Developer Challenge to create drone-to-vehicle communications using Ford SYNC AppLink or OpenXC. The challenge winner receives $100,000. The goal is a surveying system for the United Nations Development Program to inspect emergency zones inaccessible to even the most versatile vehicles.

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Gen 2 low-cost flywheel-based Torotrak KERS for buses en route to production in mid-2016

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Torotrak Group and Wrightbus have completed the in-service trial of a Wrightbus StreetLite midi bus fitted with Torotrak’s Flybrid mechanical kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). The trial was made possible by and conducted with Arriva, one of the largest bus operators in the UK.

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