Google Street View car used to spot, quantify methane leaks

Green Car Reports

Now, a Google Street View car has allowed researchers to pinpoint and quantify the severity of natural-gas leaks in five different. emissions natural gas Google Street View MethaneNatural gas is growing as a part of the world's grid mix, because its carbon per kilowatt-hour is much lower. But methane leaks that emit large volumes of climate-change gas into the air may offset that advantage.

Maybe Apple and Google won't take over the car industry after all?

Green Car Reports

Apple Autonomous cars Google plug-in cars Silicon Valley self-driving carsOver the past few years, a common refrain among analysts and pundits has been that the future of the U.S. car industry lies not in Detroit, but in Silicon Valley. With their nimbleness and more aggressive attitudes, as well as expertise with emerging technologies related to autonomous driving and connectivity, tech companies will soon give.

Trending Sources

Could Google Buy Tesla? Should It?

Green Car Reports

But last week, a Forbes contributor suggested an intriguing notion: Should search giant Google buy Tesla? Speculating on what will happen to Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] can be endlessly entertaining, and the discussions have taken up terabytes of server space already. The conventional wisdom has been that ultimately, Tesla''s backers and board will

Fourth Tesla Model X Said To Go To Google Founder Sergey Brin

Green Car Reports

Many Tesla supporters dismiss the company's continuing financial losses, claiming that Google could use its vast cash horde to rescue Tesla Motors, if need be. A biography of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, published earlier this year, claims a deal was struck with Google co-founder Sergey Brin to rescue Tesla at a time when the automaker was struggling to. Elon Musk Tesla Motors Google plug-in cars

Plug 23

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

Green Car Congress

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. —Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Program Manager for Google Earth Outreach. Aclima, Inc.,

2015 36

Tesla Had A Deal To Sell Itself To Google Til Musk Walked Away

Green Car Reports

Finance Elon Musk Tesla Motors Merger Google plug-in cars Like any startup company, Tesla Motors has had crises where the electric-car maker came very close to financial collapse. One was in 2008, when its Roadster model was late in delivery and its two-speed transmission proved unable to handle the car''s power. But a second crisis developed in late 2012 and early 2013, when sales of its Model S electric.

Plug 22

Google's Electric, Autonomous Test Car Looks Happy, Has No Steering Wheel

Green Car Reports

But it is Google''s latest, dedicated test vehicle for its autonomous car technology--an electric, steering-wheel and This is probably not the car you''ll be whisked around cities in, in the future.

Google self-drive car involved in a crash

Green Cars News

Google’s self-driving cars may have had their first accident, according to car gossip webiste Jalopnik. Green credentials accident California crash Google self-driving carsOne of the search engine giant’s converted Prius cars is believed to have been involved in a crash with another Prius. According to the Silicon-Valley giant, the car was being manually driven at the time of the crash, so has [.].

Prius 22

Google reveals plans to build new self-driving electric cars

Green Cars News

Search giant Google has announced it is to take a bold new step and start building its own electric self-driving cars.

Google Gets Chevy Spark EV Electric Cars For Ride-Sharing Test

Green Car Reports

While Google''s self-driving car program continues to make headlines, it''s hardly the only automotive project the company is involved in. Among the items in General Motors'' recently-released sustainability report is a ride-sharing pilot program to be conducted in partnership with the tech giant. The pilot program will use Chevrolet Spark EV

Now Electric-Car Drivers Can Use Google Glass To Find Charging Stations

Green Car Reports

Google Glass has taken the tech sector by storm--and now it''s giving electric-car drivers a reason to pay attention as well. Charging-station operator SemaConnect has developed an app (via BWWGeeksWorld) for the wearable computer that helps drivers find places to charge. The app allows drivers to locate the nearest charging station within a

Google announces first fully functional build of self-driving prototype

Green Car Congress

In a post on Google+, Google engineers announced that they have assembled a fully functional prototype for fully autonomous driving; the vehicle unveiled earlier this year was an “early mockup”. The prototype is headed for Google’s test track; engineers are targeting road-testing in Northern California in 2015.

Electric-Car Maker Tesla Is The Highest-Trending Car Brand On Google

Green Car Reports

In fact, according to Google''s For any new company, creating recognition of its product and its branding is one of the most difficult things to achieve. If internet search terms are to be believed--and as a mark of how much people are trying to find out about something, they''re pretty important--Tesla Motors has certainly created that recognition.

Google teaching autonomous vehicles to share road safely with cyclists

Green Car Congress

In the latest monthly report on its autonomous driving project, Google engineers outlined some of the steps they are taking to teach their self-driving cars to share the road safely with cyclists. Google autonomous cars give cyclists ample buffer room when passing.

Apple self-driving car plans emerge: how will it play with automakers?

Green Car Reports

Apple Autonomous cars Google Silicon Valley self-driving cars WaymoLast year, techies, auto journalists, and Apple fans spent a great deal of time debating the existence, technology, and potential prospects of an "Apple car" project that the company never officially acknowledged. The idea that Apple would move from fast-turn, high-volume, very profitable consumer electronics into long-cycle, insanely expensive.

IDEA 29

Look Ma! No Wires! Google Gets Wireless Electric Car Charger

All Cars Electric

So when software and Internet search king Google was approached by a Let’s face it: going wireless is cool. The humble phone lost its stuffy image when it lost that annoying cable, wireless computing has transformed access to the Internet and unlocking your car with keyless entry beats stumbling around in the dark for the key hole any day.

Crowdsourcing Electric-Car Innovation: Design Inverter, Win $1 Million From Google

Green Car Reports

It''s rewarding too, for any one entering the Google and IEEE ''Littlebox Challenge''--a competition to design a smaller, high power density inverter. Improving the modern electric drivetrain isn''t easy, but it''s certainly worthwhile. The prize? One million dollars. The idea behind the competition is mainly to reduce the size of inverters, according

IDEA 22

Google expands electric car fleet with Volt and Leaf models

Green Cars News

Search engine giant, Google is expanding its fleet of plug-in cars after completing the installation of the largest corporate infrastructure in the US. Electric cars electric car fleet Gfleet Google leaf prius voltThe Silicon Valley firm is now adding 30 new plug-in cars including models of the range-extended Chevrolet Volt and the fully electric Nissan Leaf, several models of which have already been delivered [.].

Five Reasons Why Google Gets Plug-In Cars Before You Do

Green Car Reports

Just before the holidays at the end of last year, Google welcomed the first 2012 Ford Focus Electric to roll off the production lines into its ever-expanding G Fleet of plug-in and hybrid cars. Google’s G Fleet now includes the 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2012 Chevrolet Volt, and various Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids, not to mention pre-production 2012

Prius 24

Self-Driving Tesla Electric Cars Coming, Courtesy Of Google?

Green Car Reports

Love or hate Tesla Motors (NSDQ:TSLA) and its CEO Elon Musk, it''s hard to deny that he''s ahead of the curve when it comes to developing new cars. So when Musk says self-driving or autonomous technology is the next logical step in the evolution of the car, you take notice. According to Bloomberg, Musk is considering the potential of driverless

Google begins talks with automakers to bring self-driving cars to market eventually

Green Car Congress

Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars at Google, said at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit that the company has started talks with most of the world’s top automakers and assembled a team of global suppliers to speed its push to bring self-driving cars to market. Urmson confirmed that Roush, the Michigan-based engineering and specialty manufacturing company, built the podlike two-seater that Google plans to start testing on public roads this year.

What Happens If You Add Google Glass To A Tesla Electric Car?

Green Car Reports

Glasstesla is the brainchild of software engineer Sahas Katta, and pairs certain car functions with the abilities of Google''s unique augmented reality headset. Wearable computers and electric cars. Two things you might not think have much in common--but one app developer is exploring ways of linking the two cutting-edge technologies.

Need a Place to Charge Your Electric Car? Just Google It

All Cars Electric

Enter Google and its online map tools, which now includes the location of every known public In the connected world of modern electric vehicles your car probably already knows where the nearest charging point is. But what happens if you’re planning a long trip and want to acquaint yourself with the area around a charging point before you go?

Tesla Motors, Model S, And NY Times: Google+ Hangout Video

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors, a notorious review in The New York Times of its Model S electric sedan, and the company's future were the topics of discussion last week among High Gear Media editors during a Google+ Hangout on Air video chat. The participants were editorial director Marty Padgett, social media manager Joel Feder, and Green Car Reports editor John

Chevy Bolt EV electric car shows GM can do Silicon Valley, exec says

Green Car Reports

Over the last five years, much has been written about autonomous-car efforts from Apple and Google. General Motors GM Future Cars Apple Google plug-in cars Silicon ValleyCould these two massively successful Silicon Valley startups overturn the established order in the global auto industry? The answer remains to be seen, but this month brought news that both companies are restructuring their efforts. DON'T MISS: 2017.

Plug 17

Google focusing autonomous driving development on mastering city street driving; patents piling up

Green Car Congress

Over the past year, Google has shifted the focus of its autonomous vehicle project onto mastering city street driving, according to Chris Urmson, Director, Google Self-Driving Car Project. Google says that its autonomous vehicles have logged nearly 700,000 autonomous miles (1.13

2014 12

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

Green Car Congress

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.

Quick Snap: Google Goes All-Electric In Mitsubishi 'i'

Green Car Reports

If you mention internet giant Google and "electric car" in the same sentence, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that the company was working on a car of its own. After all, the company is well-known for its work on autonomous vehicles, with a technology-heavy Prius that's now driven thousands of miles with no human input. You'll also be

GM electric-car goals, EPA test worries, 5-minute battery recharge, Google vs Uber: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, uncertainty over EPA emission testing, GM's electric-car goal, concern over the fate of more capable start-stop systems, and a 5-minute battery recharge? All this and more on Green Car Reports. Romania has doubled its electric-car purchase incentives; they're now more than $10,000 for a new car. Someday, one carmaker will sell affordable. Today in Car News

Forget The Prius: 2012 Scion iQ Takes Google Street View Where Other Cars Can’t

Green Car Reports

When computer software giant Google first unleashed its camera-equipped Streetview cars in the U.S. That’s fine for modern-day cities with large, multi-lane roads, but in Europe, Google has discovered the standard Streetview cars are just too large to to photograph and map her roads, it chose the humble Toyota Prius as its workhorse.

Google’s technology campaign for autonomous driving

Green Car Congress

Search engine giant Google is looking for partners within in the auto industry to help launch one of the most significant applications of artificial technology over the next several years, the self-driving car. In a keynote address to the SAE 2012 World Congress on 25 April 2012, Anthony Levandowski, Business Lead for Google’s Self Driving Car Project provided an overview of Google’s autonomous vehicle program and requested that the auto industry partner with Google on the implementation.

Blind Man Drives Prius, With A Little Help From Google (Video)

Green Car Reports

He did it, though, with a little help from Google. Steve Mahan got into a Toyota Prius hybrid, drove to the dry cleaner's, picked up some clothes he'd left to be cleaned, and drove home. The trip was about a mile and a half. Steve Mahan is legally blind. He's lost 95 percent of his vision. The car he happened to be driving was one of several

Legal 15

Google's Investment in Transphorm Could be Good News for Electric Cars

All Cars Electric

Google said today it had invested in a startup called Transphorm, whose power-conversion efficiency technology could some day help create more efficient electric cars. The company’s technology can reduce by up to 90 percent the power lost when one form of energy is converted to the other (say, from AC — alternating current — to

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

Green Car Congress

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 BioFuels, Inc., a start-up company developing a technology that converts low-grade biomass into high-grade fuels, including gasoline, and carbon that can be sequestered ( earlier post ) announced that BP Technology Ventures has made an investment in the company’s C Round of financing.

Google tests electric vehicle charging station

Green Cars News

Internet giant Google is certainly one of the world’s most forward thinking companies, so it’s no surprise to see it embrace electric vehicle technology. Currently, Google boasts several low speed electric vehicles for short range travel [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric car charging station electric vehicles Evatran Google Plugless Power charging station

Google testing Plugless Power EV wireless charging unit

Green Car Congress

Google is testing a Plugless Power charging station for electric vehicles at its Mountain View, Calif. Google has multiple low-speed electric vehicles for short-range travel around its campus and includes plug-in vehicles in its on-campus employee car-sharing program. Google showed interest in testing the Plugless Power technology and understanding how its features could simplify the charging process for its plug-in EV fleet vehicles.

Move Over Google, Meet The Self-Driving Nissan Leaf

Green Car Reports

What Google can do with a Toyota Prius, someone else can do with a Nissan Leaf. At least, that’s the message NIssan wants to send after showcasing its own take on Google’s automated car at the 2012 Ceatec exhibition in Japan. As Engadget reports, the self-driving Nissan Leaf can move itself forward slowly, stop at crosswalks, park

Mercedes-Benz integrates with Google Assistant

Green Car Congress

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 collaboration with the Google Assistant is part of Mercedes-Benz’ long-term goal of creating an intelligent ecosystem around cars, and leveraging cutting-edge technology to make everyday life more convenient for their customers.

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

Creative Greenius

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.

Volkswagen Group, Google partnering on quantum computing; traffic optimization, batteries, AI

Green Car Congress

The Volkswagen Group and Google will partner on research in the field of quantum computing. As part of this collaboration, a team of specialists from Volkswagen and Google will work together using a Google quantum computer. Volkswagen Group IT wants to make progress in three development areas on the Google quantum computer. Thanks to our cooperation with Google, we have taken a major step towards this goal.