Lux Research: “The rush to proclaim driverless cars as the near future for personal transport is, simply, wrong”

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In a note following the 2014 Automated Vehicle Symposium, Lux Research said : “ The rush to proclaim driverless cars as the near future for personal transport is, simply, wrong. ” Lux participated in two separate sessions at the conference: the first around regional planning implications, and the second on personal vehicle automation commercialization. The rush to proclaim driverless cars as the near future for personal transport is, simply, wrong.

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Ricardo to use transport location data to improve air quality in global cities

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Ricardo has won a national competition to demonstrate the benefits that transport location data can have on urban air quality. These will provide transport authorities with recommendations to reduce emissions and improve air quality.


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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. The Ford chairman had already begun talking about the future of urban personal mobility in the context of ever-increasing congestion at the TED2011 conference in Long Beach. Millenials and transportation. Rough map of Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility.

Toyota unveils i-ROAD 3-wheeled electric personal mobility vehicle concept at Geneva

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Toyota unveiled the new i-ROAD three-wheeled electric personal mobility vehicle (PMV) concept at the Geneva motor show. Toyota is paving the way for several types of eco car to co-exist in the future, by adapting its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology for use in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Electric (Battery) Personal Transit Urban mobilityi-ROAD concept showing Active Lean in action. Click to enlarge.

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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Bill Ford outlines “Blueprint for Mobility”, calls for automotive and telecommunications industries to collaborate to address coming personal mobility crisis

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Ford envisions a future of intelligent vehicles and a smart transportation system that will tie all modes of travel into a single network and payment system. Public and personal transportation will be fully integrated to save time, conserve resources and lower emissions. Bill Ford began talking about the future of personal mobility in the context of ever-increasing congestion last year at the TED2011 conference in Long Beach.

Moscow to introduce electric ships for river public transport; solicitation to open in September

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The city of Moscow is planning to bring back river public transport after an absence of 16 years. Water transport first appeared in the city in 1923. In 2006 regular water transport on the Moskva River stopped running—only leisure trips remained.

Toyota begins testing optimized urban transport system

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), in cooperation with the Toyota City municipal government, transportation companies and others, began testing of an optimized urban transportation system called “Ha:mo” (“harmonious mobility”). The system will select optimal means of transport for users based on the operational status of public transport systems and traffic conditions. Provision of “eco-points” based on park-and-ride facility and public transportation use.

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Up close and personal with Volkswagen’s e-Golf carbon offset project: Garcia River Forest

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The “functional unit” for the Environmental Commendation assessment was defined as the transportation of passengers over a total distance of 150,000 kilometers (93,206 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Benefits from the capture include odor reduction, improved water quality and future distributed renewable energy production.

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NYU-BMW i report explores future urban mobility; sustainability and resilience

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This report, prepared by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert F. The NYU-BMW i study— Urban Mobility in the 21 st Century —predicts a future where growing cities will be inhabited by populations that, although less likely to own cars, will increasingly utilize a new generation of smaller, more efficient, sustainable and networked vehicles to get around.

2012 294

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches “Startup adVANce” competition for partners for future transport solutions

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With “Startup adVANce”, a large-scale startup partnership challenge, Mercedes-Benz Vans is starting its search for intelligent solutions relating to the transport of goods and passengers. Individually adaptable passenger transport systems are playing an increasingly important role. And, not least, crowded roads in inner-city zones are presenting new challenges for the transport industry and, as a result, for the manufacturers of vans. Personal contacts will be established.

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Nissan field testing new mobility services as part of building sustainable future community in Japan

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Nissan began a field test of new mobility services as part of a partnership to promote future community building in Japan. The hubs connect to other vehicles, including personal vehicles, which serve as “spokes” and are used for travel to nearby areas.

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Toyota to build prototype city of the future, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre (0.71 Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure.

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ARPA-E tackles multi-modal transportation with approximately $10M in funding for TRANSNET

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ARPA-E is making approximately $10 million in funding available for a new program, TRANSNET (Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation), designed to optimize energy efficiency in multi-modal, urban transportation networks (e.g. personal vehicles, buses, light rail, etc.). To date, technologies directed at transportation have focused primarily on the diversification of energy supplies (e.g.,

2014 205

Government of Québec launches $6.7B 2030 Green Economy Plan; emphasis on transportation electrification

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The government is launching a major electrification project, mainly in the transport sector, but also in those of building heating and industrial activities. billion from the 2030 PEV implementation plan will be invested in the transportation sector, which alone accounts for more than 43% of Québec’s GHG emissions. Québec’s first green hydrogen and bioenergy strategy will be presented in 2021 and will aim to position Québec as a leader for the future.

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IBM releases fifth annual Next Five in Five list of near-term significant innovations; personalized routing for commuting/transportation makes the cut

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Of the five, only one is directly transportation-related: Commuters will be able to quickly access personalized recommendations that help them avoid the congestion issues they routinely face and help them get where they need to go in the fastest time. The full list of five is: Your commute will be personalized. Personalized routing. Batteries Forecasts Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Market Background

2010 185

Public sidewalk trials of Toyota personal mobility robot to start in Japan

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The City of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) are to begin public sidewalk demonstration trials tomorrow of the “Winglet”, a TMC-developed personal transport assistance robot ridden in a standing position. The trials, scheduled to run until the end of March 2016, are aimed to verify the safety, functionality and convenience of the Winglet so it can be used on public sidewalks in the future.

2013 185

IBM automotive study sees consumer co-creation, greater personalized driving, but not widespread fully autonomous driving by 2025

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The study forecasts that while the automotive industry will offer a greater personalized driving experience by 2025, fully autonomous vehicles or fully automated driving will not be as commonplace as some think. Automotive (auto) enterprises must adapt to how consumers can access vehicles in new ways and use them in their digital lives — and how cars now fit into an increasingly complex web of transportation options. Personal mobility.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev to develop driverless vehicle fleet system for future public and on-demand transportation

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev have agreed to explore the joint development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation. The companies will collaborate to develop a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides, and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets. The future of mobility will be P.A.C.E.—Personalized,

2017 161

MIT Energy Initiative launches 3-year study on future of transportation; technology, fuel, infrastructure, policy, and consumer preference

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As part of MIT’s five-year Plan for Action on Climate Change, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has launched a major study—“Mobility of the Future”—to explore how consumers and markets will respond to potentially disruptive technologies, business models, and government policies. The scope of this study is ground transportation with an emphasis on the movement of people. It is well recognized that transportation is the most challenging economic sector to decarbonize.

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GM Unveils EN-V Concepts for Future Urban Mobility

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It is an evolution from the platform of the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A.) 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). Shanghai is expected to become one of the epicenters for the establishment of personal mobility solutions for the future, according to GM. The Jiao EN-V model. Click to enlarge.

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UC report to CalEPA outlines policy options to decarbonize California transportation by 2045

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A team of transportation and policy experts from the University of California released a report to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) outlining policy options to significantly reduce transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions. Those policy options, when combined, could lead to a zero-carbon transportation system by 2045, while also improving equity, health and the economy. —“Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero”.

Basic transportation, EV style

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We wanted to be part of an organization that shares the same ideas as we do about electric transportation.” The resulting UTSA EAA chapter is dedicated to promoting EV technology, as well as paving the opportunity for future EAA collegiate chapters.

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

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Unlike other efforts to improve the daily commute, the Go LA app captures the full range of transportation options and computes the shortest, cheapest, and most sustainable way to get to your destination. Discovering user needs for combining public and private transportation options, Xerox researchers designed and delivered this smart city solution. Fewer people using public transport in LA despite increasing investment. Behavior Personal Transit Urban mobility

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How Transportation is the Leading Cause of Pollution

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Transportation is a lifeline for many—connecting them to people, place, and possibilities. However, transportation is responsible for the highest amount of air pollution in America.

MITEI Mobility Systems Center awards four projects for low-carbon transportation research

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The Mobility Systems Center (MSC), one of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers, will fund four new research projects that will allow for deeper insights into achieving a decarbonized transportation sector,including Covid-19 and urban mobility; strategies for electric vehicle charging networks; and infrastructure and economics for hydrogen-fueled transportation. These changes, in turn, affect energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector.

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MITEI releases report on 3-year study of future mobility; technological innovation, policies, and behavioral changes all needed; “car pride” an issue

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The report is the culmination of MITEI’s three-year Mobility of the Future study, which is part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change. The report highlights the importance of near-term action to ensure the long-term sustainability of personal mobility.

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Audi testing autonomous driverless transport systems at Ingolstadt plant

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Earlier this month, Audi began testing driverless transport systems (DTS) at its Ingolstadt plant. Audi says it is the first automobile manufacturer to implement such a DTS-based goods-to-person concept. Autonomous goods conveyance is another pioneering development towards the factory of the future. Driverless transport systems drive under the shelves, lift them up and transport them automatically to a central picking station.

2015 183

Hyundai Motor Group reveals new electric scooter prototype; 20 km range

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The latest concept features in future Hyundai Motor Group plans to enable first- and last-mile mobility through integrating the scooter with future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. This is the vehicle-mounted personal scooter which could be featured in future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centers.

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J.D. Power: Consumer sentiment on future mobility technologies lags far behind automakers plans

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Consumer confidence in future mobility technologies lags far behind automakers’ plans to bring self-driving and battery-electric vehicles to the marketplace, according to the J.D. Lack of knowledge is a huge roadblock for future adoption. Said one, “Coronavirus outbreak may steer some people away from shared transportation toward more private vehicle ownership, and some of these private vehicles may evolve from sophisticated ADAS to higher levels of automation.”

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ExxonMobil expands participation in MIT Energy Initiative’s low-carbon research; Mobility of Future study

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Join MITEI’s Center for Energy Storage, which seeks to develop new energy storage technologies for use in renewables-heavy electric power systems, electricity-powered transportation, and other applications. The company’s membership in the Mobility Systems Center builds on its participation as a sponsor of MITEI’s Mobility of the Future study , which will be released in November.

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Arctic Whisper fast-charged hybrid bus wins Elmia Future Transport Award; 18 hours of all-electric range

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Hybricon (Umeå, Sweden), co-developer of the Arctic Whisper fast-charged hybrid bus ( earlier post ), won the Future Transport Award in the category of Public Transport during the bi-annual Elmia Future Transport Fair in Sweden. The Future Transport Award is awarded to highlight good examples and role models who have developed effective, environmentally sound and economically viable transportation solutions for personal travel and freight transport.

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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. The 3R-C three-wheeled battery electric vehicle concept shows what a future minimal urban transport vehicle for one person might look like.

2010 185

AOS and IBM developing logistics and transportation solution built on IBM Blockchain and Watson IoT

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IBM and AOS, a Colombian company specializing in providing business solutions, are collaborating to create a solution to enhance efficiency in the logistics and transport industry throughout the country, built on IBM Blockchain and Watson IoT on the IBM Cloud. In the supply chain, this creates visibility for all permissioned members into the exchange of information throughout the transport cycle, enabling greater transparency in the registration of data and trades.

2017 150

ExxonMobil: diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one global transportation fuel by 2020

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Transportation fuel mix in millions of oil-equivalent barrels through 2020. Diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one transportation fuel worldwide by 2020 and continue to increase its share through 2040, according to ExxonMobil’s recently published Outlook For Energy: A View To 2040. The relative shift away from motor gasoline to diesel is driven by improving light-duty vehicle fuel economy and the growth in commercial transportation activity.

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US Energy Secretary Requests National Petroleum Council to Study Future Transportation Fuels and Development of US Natural Gas and Oil

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US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has requested that the National Petroleum Council (NPC) conduct studies on two topics: a study on future transportation fuels that will analyze US fuel prospects through 2030 for auto, truck, air, rail and waterborne transport; and an assessment of “ prudent ” development of US natural gas and oil resources. The Council membership of approximately 175 persons is selected and appointed by the Secretary of Energy.

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BMW Group and IBM collaborate on research on future driver assistance systems; IBM Watson IoT

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IBM and BMW Group researchers are collaborating to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future. Watson is transforming how people interact with the physical world—helping to create safer, more efficient and personal experiences at home, at work and on the road.

2016 191

C40 Cities: urban consumption-based emissions must be cut by 50% by 2030, 66% for high-income areas; buildings, food, transport, clothing, electronics, appliances, aviation

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The new research, The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C Vehicles: Mayors, business, and citizens in C40 cities could together take actions to reduce consumption-based emissions from private transport by 28% by 2030. This could be achieved by strengthening public transport or making shared or hire car access in cities easy and cost-effective. This would allow a reduction in new items of clothing to as low as 3 per person, per year, and reduce waste, costs, and impact.

2019 215

Strategy Analytics report finds ridesharing may not negatively impact future vehicle purchases

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A new report from the Automotive Connected Mobility (ACM) service at Strategy Analytics has found that ridesharing usage may not negatively impact the future vehicle purchase intention of current vehicle owners. Frequent ridesharing users that also own their own vehicle had greater transportation needs than those that don’t. Ridesharing fills a niche that is convenient but will not supplant their personal vehicle.

2017 150

Toronto study: bursty noise levels from public transport or biking could induce hearing loss

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The noise levels to which commuters are exposed while using public transport or while biking could induce hearing loss if experienced repeatedly and over long periods of time, according to a study by researchers at the University of Toronto. Hearing protection while using public transport should also be promoted. Planners need to be more considerate of noise exposure in future planning of public spaces and public transit routes.

2017 150

GM sees connectivity, autonomy and transport-as-service fundamentally changing automotive industry

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Three emerging and converging factors—connectivity, autonomy and transport-as-a-service—will fundamentally change the automotive industry over the next few decades, according to Mike Abelson, GM’s VP of Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning. Automakers make most of their money by selling vehicles to individuals for personal transportation. I would ask you to think about the economic efficiency of our transportation system.

2016 183

NSF launches $20M engineering research center aimed at converting natural gas into transportation fuels: CISTAR

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing nearly $80 million in four new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to create novel technology platforms in the fields of living cell-based therapies, personalized heart tissue, point-of-care health systems and fuel derived from shale gas. The CISTAR team will develop innovative process designs for economic production of liquid chemicals and transportation fuels from shale gas hydrocarbons.

2017 163

Schaeffler startup to present near-production Bio-Hybrid at CES 2019; cargo and passenger versions

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Bio-Hybrid GmbH , a company belonging to the Schaeffler Group, will present the near-production Bio-Hybrid ( earlier post )—a new, modern form of personal urban mobility and means of transportation—at CES 2019. As a pioneer, Schaeffler presented the ‘Bio-Hybrid’ product category as a vision for private transportation in urban areas as early as in 2016. The Passenger version offers a new form of personal and design-oriented urban mobility.

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