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Fast Forward With Don Butler, Ford's Connected Vehicles Chief

Fast Forward With Don Butler, Ford's Connected Vehicles Chief<p>At CES, Butler and I talked the future of transportation, the environment, and Ford's …

Automation

The Digital Railway – A supplier’s view

The Digital Railway project continues to generate interest from many quarters. The latest position from Network Rail was explained in issue 147 …

Innovation

UPS put a delivery drone in a delivery truck to make deliveries

The shipping giant tries out an electric truck with a drone launch pad to test drone-assisted deliveries.<p>On a sparsely populated patch of land outside Tampa, Florida, UPS on Monday showed off a first-of-its-kind test for the 109-year-old shipping company.<p>UPS used a drone built into one of its …

Drones

Tesla releases a series of new promotional videos with people swaping their car for a Model S for one week

Last year, Tesla launched a new program called ‘Drive to Believe’ in order to invite car owners across European markets to swap their car for a Tesla Model S for a whole week.<p>Apparently, the participants completed their week and Tesla is now featuring some of them in a series of promotional videos …

Tesla

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Self-Driving Trucks

Tractor-trailers without a human at the wheel will soon barrel onto highways near you. What will this mean for the nation’s 1.7 million truck drivers?<p>…

Driverless Cars

Here's What the Future of City Planning Looks Like - VICE

Sixty years ago, the American middle class began fleeing inner cities and pushing to their boundaries, creating a suburban sprawl that made large swathes of the country car-dependent. Over time, families accepted longer commutes in exchange for space, safety, and cheaper real estate. Three …

Urbanism

Inside John Lewis’s $6 billion vision to bring light rail across the city all at once

It’s not too often a local transit plan gets dubbed the “big bang.”<p>But that’s exactly the moniker given to the latest proposal from the Charlotte …

Commuter Rail

How Connectivity Is Changing the Way We Drive - VICE

Last month, the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a proposed rule that would require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology to be installed in all new cars. Put simply, the rule would mandate that cars be equipped with dedicated short-range communications devices …

Transportation

Its newest railcars are still being delivered, but Metro is already looking to the future

Open gangways, heated floors and on-board WiFi are among the concepts Metro is exploring for its eventual 8000-series fleet, the next-generation railcars that would begin replacing the aging 2000- and 3000-series sometime in the mid-2020s.<p>According to preliminary design criteria released this week, …

Transportation

9 Flying Cars That Just Might Take You to Work One Day

<b>Related Video: Entrepreneurs push the future of flying cars</b><p>European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is working at its Silicon Valley research center on …

Dubai buys 200 self-driving Teslas to complete the world’s first autonomous transportation network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Dubai’s government have now got everything they need to create the world’s first, full end to end autonomous transportation …

Driverless Cars

Berlin's Transport Secretary Has Some Harsh News For People Who Drive Cars

Presenting his new transportation plan for the city, Jens-Holger Kirchner makes no secret of the fact that he thinks the car is on its way out.<p>"Anyone who drives a car in Berlin has too much time." That's a quote from Jens-Holger Kirchner, Green Party member and Berlin transport secretary in charge …

Transportation

In A Driverless Car World, The Reduced Traffic Will Save Us Billions

But only if we also introduce more tolls to discourage unnecessary driving.<p>Aside from being very annoying, traffic congestion is a major brake on the economy. When people are stuck in jams, they're not working, they're not delivering goods, they're not consuming goods, and they're very stressed …

Driverless Cars

What's the Latest Buzz in Electric Cars? Speed, Baby!

The white four-door sedan rolled up to the starting line at a racetrack outside Los Angeles this month and lurched to a stop. Then the driver floored the pedal with a thunk.<p>After 2.275507139 seconds—about the time it takes to pick up a penny from the floor—the sedan had reached 60 miles an hour, …

Tesla

The Future of Transportation in Los Angeles

It's full of possibilities.<p>If it was up to 20th century mentality, it'd still be cars, large and in charge and powered by gasoline. Business as usual. And that's understandable. The automobile has weaved itself into the history and culture of L.A., more than possibly any other locale except, …

Transportation

Toyota and Shell could build 7 hydrogen refueling stations in California

Oil giant and automaker hedge their bets on fossil fuel dependence.<p>Toyota and Shell will likely build seven hydrogen refueling stations around …

Hydrogen

SpaceX’s self-landing rocket is a flying robot that’s great at math

What you’re seeing in the video above is a 40 meter tall SpaceX rocket booster, weighing more than 20 tons, fly itself back to Earth from space and land precisely on a target at Cape Canaveral.<p>What you may be wondering is, how did it do that?<p>The first thing to know is that a rocket booster is in …

Space Travel

Waze Carpool targets more U.S. cities, Latin America for expansion

Waze’s Carpool ridesharing features might be coming to a city near you relatively soon. The Google-owned crowdsourced navigation app piloted carpooling features first in its home country of Israel, and then in San Francisco and the Bay Area – and now it’s looking to spread it further, including in …

Uber

The state of today’s autonomous vehicle market

Only five years ago, the autonomous vehicle future seemed like a distant vision. This year at CES, the “frenzy” over autonomous vehicles stole the show with dozens of live demos, partnerships, and product announcements. In fact, 13 of the world’s 14 largest automakers have announced plans to bring …

Driverless Cars

Electric Car Design Tricks That Make Them Go Farther

Electric vehicles (EVs) are more popular than ever before, thanks to an increase in the variety of models available and improvements in performance – notably how far these vehicles can now go on a single charge.<br>As carmakers continue to seek out a competitive edge, one area that can significantly …

Electric Vehicles

U.S. EV Firm Detroit Electric Signs Deal To Manufacture Electric SUVs In China

The U.S. based EV-maker Detroit Electric has signed a deal to manufacture electric SUVs in China. The agreement is a three-way joint venture with local firms China Smarter Energy Group (CSE) and the China Yixing Environmental Technology Industrial Park Development Corporation (ES&TP).<p>The new …

China

Toyota just teased a new electric concept car ahead of the Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show is rapidly approaching and Toyota already gave us a glimpse of what it plans to show.<p>Toyota released a teaser photo of a brand new electric vehicle concept, the i-TRIL concept, on Monday. Toyota said the concept is meant to showcase the automaker's research into "more engaging …

Concept Cars

VW Looks to East Germany in Switch to Electric Cars

DRESDEN, Germany – Volkswagen (VLKAY) wants to build more electric cars in eastern Germany and backs a Tesla (TSLA)-style expansion of charging stations in the city of Dresden, evidence of efforts to reshape its business after a diesel emissions scandal.<p>VW, which has regained the status of the …

Electric Vehicles

Automakers Call on E.P.A. Chief to Ease Fuel-Efficiency Standards

President Trump has vowed to roll back regulations on business, and automakers are wasting no time in pushing his administration to make good on the promise.<p>Two lobbying groups representing auto manufacturers have written letters urging the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott …

21st Century

GM, Tech Industry at Loggerheads Over Self-Driving Cars

When Illinois state Rep. Michael Zalewski crafted state legislation that would allow car makers to operate self-driving taxi services, he leaned heavily on General Motors Co. (GM).<p>His bill, introduced Feb. 8, would limit access to the business to companies that make their own vehicles. That means …

Driverless Cars

Tesla is now claiming 35% battery cost reduction at ‘Gigafactory 1’ – hinting at breakthrough cost below $125/kWh

Recent studies show that average electric vehicle battery cost dropped 80% in 6 years down to ~$227/kWh. It’s exciting progress for the electric vehicle industry, but it’s still not enough to make long-range electric cars affordable.<p>You need batteries significantly below the average – battery cell …

Tesla

Model 3 timing, living with Leaf, Ioniq Hybrid driven, BMW i3 updates: The Week in Reverse

<i>What did we think of the new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, with its 58-mpg combined gas-mileage rating?</i><p><i>When will the Tesla Model 3 be rolling off the</i> …

Electric Vehicles

Industry Schools Government about the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Earlier this week, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment. I …

Driverless Cars

Ford Robocar To Ford Engineers: Wake Up!

The Ford Motor Company is skipping Level 3 autonomy—when the driver must be prepared to take the wheel—and going straight to Level 4—when there is no …

Transportation