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Electric vehicles and drones set to disrupt transport

Dublin - The wider use of electric vehicles and drones is among the technological innovations set to disrupt the transportation sector and aligned businesses in the near future, according to a new poll of industry leaders and consumers.

GM becomes first automobile company to have two female leaders

General Motors has become the first automobile manufacturer in history to appoint two women into senior executive positions. Women now occupy the CEO and CFO roles.

Making autonomous vehicles safer

The car company NEVS and the technology form Phantom Auto are to collaborate on autonomous vehicle technology, specifically in working on designs to help make vehicles safer.

Automobile makers come together for blockchain research

A sign of the importance of blockchain technology for major businesses, world’s largest car manufacturers have announced forming the biggest-ever consortium to examine the potential of blockchain for the sector.

VW plans reforms to move away from dieselgate

Tarnished by the diesel emissions scandals (where cars were modified to provide misleading readings) the German car giant Vollswaggen has announced a series of measures to improve the company's image.

Germany's electric vehicle adoption open to Tesla

Last years Germany introduced a plan to boost electric vehicle adoption through new incentives, including a €4,000 discount at the purchase. Tesla was left out of the progam, but after negotiation the U.S. company has been admitted.

Lowering fleet operating costs with technology

Reducing costs is paramount to any business and this includes controlling fleet costs. There are smart technological solutions that assist with this, including mileage trackers, GPS speed trackers to monitor speed, and fuel trackers.

Autonomous vehicles could be bad for the environment

Detroit - There are many advantages that can be delivered by autonomous cars but environmental impact might not be one of them unless modifications are undertaken to the size and weight of the technology, according to a new research study.

Porsche: First Car Company to incorporate blockchain

Porsche has become the first car company to implement blockchain in a vehicle. Areas covered include locking and unlocking the vehicle via an app and time-limited access authorizations.

Self-driving robotic delivery vehicles tested

The automation of retail is extending out in many directions, from self-service to drones. Another area being developed is with self-driving delivery vehicles. A new startup has unveiled a robotic solution.

Porsche doubles electric car budget

High-end care manufacturer Porsche aims to launch an electric car within the next two years. This will be the German car manufacturer’s first foray into the world of electric vehicles, a signal that many car manufacturers see the future as electric.

BMW invests in low temperature batteries

The next generation of electric cars will require more powerful and more efficient batteries. Car giant BMW is investing in a new type of low temperature battery based on lithium ion battery technology.

Essential Science: Zero emission vehicles are on the horizon

Hydrogen may be a small molecule but scientists have big ideas for the element. This includes low cost, high output fuel generation for next-generation vehicles.

Major carmakers stake $90 billion on electric vehicles

The future, it appears, is electric, at least when it comes to motor vehicles. Developing technology to make electric cars more affordable and efficient is top of the agenda of the major car manufacturers.

Waymo to launch driverless robo-taxis in Arizona

Phoenix - If you’re in Arizona in the near future and require a cab the chances are the vehicle that turns up to take you to your destitution will be without a human behind the wheel. This is in light of Waymo’s plan to introduce an autonomous service.

Two autonomous vehicles are better than one

Two autonomous vehicles connected together and traveling along the same route are safer when compared with one lone vehicle, according to a new study. This is due to wider field of view and extended situational awareness.

Automotive trends, from Car-as-a-Service to Mobility-as-a-Service

Mobility-as-a-Service is a developing trend in transportation, signaling a partial shift away from personally owned modes of transportation towards mobility solutions.

Samsung to begin self-driving car tests in California

Los Angeles - Samsung has been given permission to test out its self-driving cars on public roads in California at the same time that the roads are used for cars driven by people.

Using vehicles as weapons of terror in Europe

Barcelona - A driver deliberately ploughed a van into pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 people in what police called a "terrorist attack".

Artificial intelligence helps to keep tired drivers awake

Tokyo - One risk with driving is feeling tired and losing concentration. Sleep related problems exacerbate this risk. To help drivers, Panasonic have developed an artificial intelligence platform.

Energy storage industry growing with new battery gigafactories

Research and development in energy storage have given us a whole gamut of storage battery concepts, including lithium-ion, lead acid, sodium chemistries, and flow technologies. This has made clean energy battery storage a fast-growing industry.

Lithium-air batteries could power electric cars

One thing holding back progress with electric cars are the batteries needed to power such vehicles. Considerable promise comes from lithium-air batteries, which enable electric cars to drive farther on a single charge.

Apple handed self-driving test permit

San Fransisco - Apple has been working on autonomous cars for a while but little detail has emerged. That's about to change. Apple has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars on the streets of California.

When vehicles become weapons

Paris - Transforming a vehicle into a simple but deadly weapon of terror -- as happened to such bloody effect in Nice -- is a tactic well known to intelligence agencies.

Paris to ban motor vehicles for an entire day

Paris - The capital of France will ban motor vehicles for a single day next month. This will allow visitors to experience Paris without motorized traffic.

Graphene is the key to the car of the future

Manchester - Graphene could be the key to more fuel efficient vehicles, leading to a generation of cars where less fuel is needed for each pump stop. It all comes down to heat efficiency.

Nanotech can tell you when it's time to change your car’s oil

When to change out engine oil is a dilemma that many car drivers face (or for the less practically minded, when to ask the garage to do it). A new nanotech invention can give motorists the answer.

More than 1,000 vehicles set ablaze on New Year's Eve in France

Every culture has its own special way of celebrating the start of a new year. In France, that celebration often includes citizens setting strangers' cars on fire.

Norway to place 'disco poles' to scare elk away from busy roads

After several traffic incidents involving elks, Norway is trying out a new system using "disco poles" to scare the wandering animals away from oncoming cars on busy roads.

Canada preparing for self-driving cars

Canadian drivers could have a self-driving vehicle in as little as four years. This will end up impacting technology and society in bigger, and possibly confusing, ways.
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