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. Rough map of Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility. Click to enlarge.

Elon Musk: Daimler Saved Tesla, DoE Loans A Bad Idea

Green Car Reports

In the toughest days of Tesla's early years, CEO Elon Musk said on film, he wired $3 million of his personal fortune to the company so it could make payroll. Now the always-quotable CEO is downplaying the effect the $465 million in U.S. Department of Energy low-interest loan guarantees it received under the government’s Advanced Technology


Ford launches app developer challenge to improve consumer understanding of personal fuel efficiency

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Ford launched a $50,000 challenge for software developers to write innovative apps to help consumers better understand and improve their personal fuel efficiency. Participants will have access to Ford’s OpenXC connectivity research platform as a sandbox to create and test their ideas for the Personalized Fuel Efficiency Apps Challenge. Many elements factor into personal fuel efficiency including weather, terrain, traffic conditions and individual driving styles.

Hyundai gets thinking for Future Mobility IDEA fest

Green Cars News

The Korean carmaker has revealed a series of single-person mobility concepts designed by its engineers as part of its company IDEA festival. We all love a light-hearted story on a Friday and thankfully Hyundai has delivered the goods today. For the last three years, Hyundai has been organising this company contest to enhance and expand [.]. Latest news


MIT analysis finds current EVs could replace ~90% of personal vehicles now on the road based on driver’s energy consumption

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A study by a team at MIT has concluded that roughly 90% of the personal vehicles on the road in the US could be replaced by an electric vehicle available on the market today, even if the cars can only charge overnight. MIT Associate Professor Jessika Trancik, corresponding author of the paper published in Nature Climate , noted that this would more than meet near-term US climate targets for personal vehicle travel.

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A 100 m.p.g. truck? A Bright IDEA | | Detroit Free Press

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

A Bright IDEA BY SARAH A. will be unveiling its IDEA, a 100 miles-per-gallon plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Now, of course, Bright Automotive is ready to unveil the IDEA, with the expectation it will have 50,000 ready for sale in 2013. Bright is planning to sell its IDEA to commercial businesses only. And that is directly who this new IDEA is aimed at: businesses that carry cargo, whether its Frito chips, power tools, dry cleaning or flowers.


Ford expands Smart Mobility projects with connected e-bike study

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These experiments will help test transportation ideas for better customer experiences, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration that can reward customers. Multimodal navigation and smart routing: Integrates journey planning with personal vehicle and public transportation networks, which can be filtered by cost, time, and amount of biking. Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) Personal Transit Urban mobility V2X

2015 74

LowCVP announces winners of Low Carbon Urban Mobility Technology Challenge

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The winning ideas proffer solutions to the problems posed by the need to travel in crowded urban areas. WeatherVelo specializes in eco-vehicles for personal urban mobility, to bridge the gap between two-wheelers and cars. Past LowCVP Challenges have focused on innovative technologies for passenger cars and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and also brought forward new ideas in the areas of policy, marketing and community engagement.

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Daimler Trucks’ FUSO introduces eCanter SensorCollect concept refuse truck

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These commands include following the operator, halting, avoiding obstacles, and stopping immediately if a person or object comes in close proximity to the vehicle. Through these events, more than 100 ideas to date have been generated.

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Ford Mach-E details; all-electric Lyft; Lucid and Lordstown reveal dates: The Week in Reverse

Green Car Reports

As automakers ramped up production and accepted the idea that in-person. Which electric-vehicle trendsetter is now U.S.-rated rated at 402 miles on a charge? Which automaker revealed its rival to Tesla Autopilot and GM Super Cruise? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending June 19, 2020. The Week In Reverse

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Will California Pioneer A World Beyond Cars This Century?

Green Car Reports

It''s almost inconceivable, the idea of a world without personally-owned automobiles. But that''s the startling vision proposed by noted researcher Tom Turrentine and colleagues, in a recent paper published online in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, entitled "California: Beyond cars?" (PDF). The abstract lays it out: Despite--or because

2014 82

Smart ForTwo minicar: 15 years later, has it made a difference?

Green Car Reports

Minimal cars are often an appealing idea: why should one person drive a two-ton vehicle with five or more seats on local journeys of 10 miles or fewer? Then there's the crushingly difficult parking in major European, Asian, and North American cities. Add to that, perhaps, a desire for minimal use of energy and material resources. So why not design. Europe parking minicar two-seat

2016 66

BMW Motorrad Develops C1-E Electric Study as Contribution to eSUM

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The idea behind eSum is to look into ways of countering this trend. Tags: Electric (Battery) Personal Transit Safety BMW Motorrad concept C1-E. Click to enlarge. BMW Motorrad has developed an electric study vehicle, the C1-E, as a contribution to the European safety project eSUM. This study unit is based on the concept of the BMW C1, and is characterized by a very high level of active and passive safety.

2009 71

Chargie app connects electric-car drivers, UK homeowners; 'AirBnB' for charging?

Green Car Reports

The internet has transformed how many perceive property, allowing the rental of other peoples' personal vehicles, apartments, and other spaces when owners are not using them. Now, the idea is being applied to charging stations across the United Kingdom with the introduction of the Chargie smartphone app. Chargie aims to redefine how electric-car. UK Apps England plug-in cars Charging station charging infrastructure Home charging

2017 54

Boeing and Kitty Hawk form strategic partnership on electric urban air mobility

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We have a shared vision of how people, goods and ideas will be transported in the future, as well as the safety and regulatory ecosystem that will underpin that transportation. The company’s portfolio of vehicles includes Cora, a two-person air taxi and Flyer, a vehicle for personalized flight. Boeing and start-up Kitty Hawk Corporation have entered a strategic partnership to collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility.

2019 97

Al Muratsuchi Votes To Kill Community Choice Then Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize

Creative Greenius

CCAs are about the best idea ever created to give communities the choice of buying their own renewable energy on the open market and offering their customers 100% renewable energy if they want it. This political primary season just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, representing the 66th District in California explains as State Controller, John Chiang listens at the Lunquist Mansion on the Palos Verdes Peninsula during a recent fundraiser (photo by Joe Galliani).

2014 202

Thankful To Be Home — And ALIVE!

Creative Greenius

“Well maybe not you, personally… If you help us.” “I still have no idea what you’re talking about.” It all started with the video. It was sent to me last Thursday via email. A YouTube link from someone calling themself Primrose Evergreen. The email said “ We made this video. We want 2 talk 2 U. If U want 2 talk w/us B sitting on the 9/11 bench @ Pier & Valley/Ardmore @ 11:15 PM. Thanksgiving. No phones. No cameras. No recording devices.

2013 185

L.A. Times “Coverage” of Largest Climate Demonstration in So Cal History

Creative Greenius

This wouldn’t be happening if Sam Zell had any idea of what he was doing as owner of the paper. Some of them are great writers and good journalists but there isn’t a single editor or person in management worth working for anymore. The L.A. bird cage liner devoted half a page above the fold in today’s paper to this: Always nice to be in the L.A. Times but this coverage is clueless and snarky. The paper missed the money shot and they do not get the 350 message.

2009 109

More parts but no instructions or hardware.

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since this kit is the 914 AC kit, I have no idea how to install the controller plate. I've contacted Randy Pollock, the first person to order a 914 AC kit and he and I are working to figure this out. This week has been a whirlwind and I haven't caught up on sharing all the pictures. Last Tuesday, I received another shipment from ElectroAuto.

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Texas DOT to form connected and automated vehicle task force

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They also provide opportunities to reimagine personal and commercial mobility with quality of life and economic benefits. The task force will continue to enable companies to pursue innovative ideas around CAV technology in a business-friendly way that has been the hallmark of Texas in this space and others over time. The Texas Department of Transportation is going to create a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force to become a central point for CAV advancement in Texas.

2019 79

Greenius Says The Congresswoman Gets It. Harman Calls Lack of Bold or Binding Agreement to Cap GHG Emissions in Copenhagen, “Stunning.”

Creative Greenius

“ Though President Obama’s personal intervention at Copenhagen salvaged a modest non-binding agreement among major polluter nations, he acknowledged that much remains to be done at the international and national levels. Harman with South Bay community leaders outside the Green Idea House home site of Robert and Monica Fortunato.

2009 143

Audi taking applications for second Smart Factory Hackathon in October

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With their specialized knowledge of various subjects—including IT, mathematics, business administration or communication design—participants in the Smart Factory Hackathon will take on real‑life tasks from the areas of production and logistics in groups of three to five persons. The teams will then make short pitches of their ideas to the public and the jury. One example is the idea of the winning team in 2016, Happy Unicorns.

2017 68

GM's Future City-Car Vision: Autonomous, Electric, Two-Wheeler

Green Car Reports

What does personal transportation look like in a new century, when more than 60 percent of the world's citizens live in cities and the number of vehicles on the globe could rise to 2 billion? Would future urbanites accept the idea of moving around in pod-shaped electric two-seaters with only two wheels?


3 More Reasons I’m Happy I Dumped the Democrats

Creative Greenius

And my personal experience working with certain Democrats at the local level helped convince me that they weren’t worthy of my loyalty or support any longer. Peterson says he wants to “rein in the EPA.&# Yeah, that’s a much better idea than reining in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. When I quit the Democratic party last summer the last straw for me was their total FAIL to take a stand and do anything about climate change.

2011 139

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

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Our goal isn’t to generate a vast number of creative ideas which, in a worst case scenario, are just going to end up in a drawer. We are looking for people and young companies that are able to work with us to transform innovative ideas quickly and successfully into initial working prototypes. Cargo space optimisation (solutions@vans): ideas and solutions relating to the cargo space, such as automated racking systems, and the optimisation of loading and unloading processes.

2016 80

Hyundai Motor presents urban smart mobility solution UAM-PBV-Hub; air mobility

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UAM combines Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) and urban air mobility services to make airspace available for transportation. Hyundai’s future mobility vision stems from the idea that mobility is closely related to city infrastructure. UAM enables runway-free urban air travel with Personal Air Vehicles capable of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL). Hyundai also unveiled its first concept Personal Air Vehicle today, named ‘S-A1’.

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Hyundai Motor to establish Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore

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The lab will explore business ideas and technologies to revolutionize a value chain encompassing R&D, business and production for future mobility solutions. With a strong track record for open innovation, Singapore is an ideal location for Hyundai to test its innovative ideas such as HMGICs. Of the two pillars, Smart Mobility Services will be a key future growth driver for Hyundai, bringing together devices and services to offer customers a personalized mobility lifestyle.

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Opinions and Rants

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The technical support person at Iota was extremely responsive and provided accurate information. I actually didn't mind purchasing my own hardware, but I had no idea where to get some of the more obscure items. I lost much sleep last night obsessing about how I could fix the DC-DC converter and, as a result, I was very tired and had an irritable day.

2008 100

A sheep in wolves clothing

Dave Snowden

You’ve sweated through the early adopter phase and you are starting to make process then someone (or often more than one person) sweeps down on the novel idea and purloins the language to give a fresh lick of paint to a set of familiar, but tired methods or tools without first dealing with the rust. Now the older ways are at the tail end of their life cycle, the rust will come back, but the main damage is to the new idea which is now assimulated into the old way of working.

2017 81

We Are ALL Tongan

Creative Greenius

When I first met Elizabeth I had no idea that there were so many Tongan Americans living in large communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Dallas and other cities across the USA. The idyllic island kingdom of Tonga. My friend Elizabeth is from the South Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga, an exotic locale long fixed in my memory with images of Polynesian paradise. Tonga has sadly been in the news lately after an inter-island ferry sank on August 5 drowning over 70 people.

2009 147

Nissan’s Big Gamble

Revenge of the Electric Car

“Nissan is really committing to this idea, and I think they’re going to be proven right.&#. The first of the three models costs as much to develop as three normal cars, a person familiar with the situation says. We’ll finally get to see the new Nissan August 2nd. That’s Tokyo time, it’ll still be the 1st here.) I assume they’ll have the name finalized by then, too.

2009 116

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

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Automakers make most of their money by selling vehicles to individuals for personal transportation. For the millennial generation—the people that have grown up with connectivity—you look at the data for deodorant, toothbrushes and mobile phones, and you say that connectivity for this generation ranks up there with personal hygiene. I emphasize that ridesharing is not going to replace personal vehicle ownership anytime soon.

2016 73

Connecting home door to car: Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect & the Door Bird app

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The driver can communicate with the person in question and in future will also be able to open the door, no matter where they happen to be, and without even needing to touch the phone. The idea itself is not new, but achieving it from a moving car is.

2016 60

Audi e-tron Pilot Program

Hybrid SUV Blog

It bills itself as a “a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”. The type of person who views and shares material online through YouTube and iTunes is typically a member of Generation Y. New cars are traditionally introduced at auto shows.

3 More Reasons I’m Happy I Dumped the Democrats

Creative Greenius

And my personal experience working with certain Democrats at the local level helped convince me that they weren’t worthy of my loyalty or support any longer. ” Yeah, that’s a much better idea than reining in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. When I quit the Democratic party last summer the last straw for me was their total FAIL to take a stand and do anything about climate change.

2011 100

CTA Foundation, IBM, Local Motors collaborate on accessible, self-driving vehicles

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Our goal is to explore new ways to improve access to transportation and personalize the experience to each person's unique abilities. The research revealed that meeting the needs of a growing aging population will require new technologies, partnerships, ideas and business models. At CES 2017, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation announced an alliance with IBM and Local Motors to help create the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle.

2017 65

Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Caroline Reichert, an RWE spokeswoman, noted that the idea here is to ensure that "a car can be recharged in Italy in exactly the same way as in Denmark, Germany or France." And personally I like better simple solutions. Neutral RoboDan @ Apr 19th 2009 5:22PM I was JUST about to say that - I wonder what Tesla things about this complicated plug idea Highly Ranked TRAFFICBLOWS @ Apr 19th 2009 5:23PM Oh, you didnt hear about the "Made for Tesla" adapter certification program yet?

2009 59

2010 Aptera 2e First Drive and Video on Inside Line

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

An Electric Fan Turns out, though, she isnt a cop but instead a personal fitness trainer. This is an aerodynamic tour de force designed by a boat builder and a biotech engineer who were swept away by the idea of a commuter vehicle that would be both fun to drive and environmentally friendly. That's about all I am concerned with personally. Photo by Scott Jacobs) (Enlarge photo) Imagine an airplane stripped of its flight surfaces and youll get the idea of the Aptera.

Why Warren Buffett is investing in electric car company BYD - Apr. 13, 2009

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

News | Markets | Technology | Personal Finance | Small Business | RSS Newsletters Video Home Fortune 500 Technology Investing Management Rankings Warren Buffett takes charge Warren Buffett hasnt just seen the car of the future, hes sitting in the drivers seat. MidAmericans David Sokol, BYDs Wang, and company advisor Li Lu flew with Sokol from Detroit to Omaha so that Wang could meet Buffett in person.

2009 51

BMW, Daimler moving ahead with mobility services JV following US greenlight

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The joint venture will focus on ensuring the personal freedom of customers in the field of urban mobility. The idea is to create the most attractive, most comprehensive mobility solution for a better life in the connected world. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are planning the next steps for their joint mobility company ( earlier post ), following approval by the responsible authorities.

2018 87

GM launches Maven car sharing brand

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Maven’s mission is to give customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. GM is at the forefront of redefining the future of personal mobility. As Maven grows, the team will use innovative ways of connecting personally with customers. General Motors announced a new car-sharing service it calls Maven , which combines and expands the company’s multiple programs under a single brand.

2016 65

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

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The peer-to-peer car-sharing platform is another example of a CASE strategy project that has advanced from idea to implementation. When Croove is first launched, it will be possible to either collect the vehicle in person or pay extra for a pickup and delivery service. Consideration is also being given to the idea of introducing a keyless solution in future, which would allow the hirer to collect the vehicle using a PIN code.

2016 84

Volt, Re-Volt, No Volt - Will CARB Revolt?

Plugs and Cars

In January GM announced the Volt, a smart idea that makes use of the two existing primary energy infrastructures - the electric grid and gasoline stations. There is probably no single greater step one could personally take to reduce carbon emissions, smog, and our petroleum dependence than switching to a plug-in hybrid or an electric car.

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