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EVs have some tough curves to manoeuvre

EVs have some tough curves to manoeuvre
It’s probably too late to make any real money out of the upcoming boom in electric vehicles (EVs) unless you are already in the club. However, if you are, there is a fortune to be made and maybe lost.
7th September 2017

Making fast food even faster

Making fast food even faster
Here is a riddle for you, what do Domino’s Pizza and Ford have in common? The two companies are teaming up to trial self-driving pizza delivery cars over in Michigan, US, to try and better understand how customers respond to and interact with autonomous vehicles. They are testing the water, and in the coming few weeks randomly selected Domino’s customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan will be faced with the option to accept their delicious pizza’s from a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle.
30th August 2017

Premium vehicle hire is on the up

Premium vehicle hire is on the up
  Are you craving a trip along the famous Route 66 from Chicago to LA in your dream car with America stretching out in front of you? If so, you're not alone, as new data from autoeurope.co.uk shows that an increasing number of people are hiring premium vehicles in both LA and Chicago so they can experience their 'Ultimate American Dream' in the utmost comfort, but at an affordable price.
30th August 2017


The new Royal Mail vans are electrifying!

The new Royal Mail vans are electrifying!
You can wave goodbye to your traditional postman's van as the Royal Mail, the postal service here in the UK, is going futuristic as it trials electric vans from car maker Arrival. Partnering up together, UK-based company Arrival and the Royal Mail plan to operate nine trucks to deliver mail and packages in London and the surrounding areas.
30th August 2017

Six reasons why electric vehicles are taking over the world

Six reasons why electric vehicles are taking over the world
Remember when the idea of electric cars used to be a fantasy? Something from The Jetsons or Tron. I mean, who could imagine not needing to fill up a gas tank every 150 miles? The whole idea was ridiculous. Gas powered engines seemed like they would be the dominant force into the foreseeable future. By John Hawthrone.
18th August 2017

Cable theft is leading to severe delays on UK railways

Cable theft is leading to severe delays on UK railways
Despite a drop in reported incidents, cable theft is still causing major delays to the rail network according to British Transport Police’s crime stats for 2016/17 (published this month). A study of the data by VPS Site Security shows that cable theft is still occurring five times a week. The BTP Authority, who oversee the transport police force, also records the subsequent delays and disruptions to passengers was 23,670 minutes. This is half the previous year, but still equivalent of cable theft causing network delays of over an hour a day.
15th August 2017

MaaS transport

MaaS transport
Steve Rogerson talks to some of the companies preparing for September’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event. Once an essential part of growing up, learning to drive, passing your driving test and going out on the road in either your own or more likely your parents’ car, was a rite of passage for many an adolescent. Today, that is changing. For example, the USA, the flag bearer for car ownership, is seeing a fall in the number of teenage drivers. And that is happening in the UK as well.
9th August 2017

Individual beats Tesla and Fiat with EV world record

Individual beats Tesla and Fiat with EV world record
Technology expert and environmentalist, Eric Lundgren, has disrupted the electric vehicle industry by travelling 748 miles on a single charge in an electric car he built himself out of recycled materials, setting a new world record. Dubbed ‘The Phoenix’, this car cost less than $14,000 (£10,593) to build and beat the Tesla P100Dm, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bold and Fiat 500e cars combined mileage. It breaks the world record as the car with the lowest carbon footprint and farthest range at highway speeds.
1st August 2017

Global automotive crankshaft market to vastly increase by 2024

Global automotive crankshaft market to vastly increase by 2024
The mechanical device at the heart of an automotive engine is also known as the Crankshaft. It has the ability to convert linear reciprocating motion of piston to a rotary motion for engine power transmission. These are widely used in automotive field, such as in cars, trucks, trains and in other automobiles. Without crankshaft it would not be possible for a vehicle to move even inch, since it is the main link between input powers to the output powers.
31st July 2017

Vehicle data app joins launch of high-tech flagship Audi A8

Vehicle data app joins launch of high-tech flagship Audi A8
Launching in Barcelona, the new Audi A8 screams it’s tag line out loud; ‘luxury doesn’t shout, it whispers’. In conjunction with the launch, the CAR ASYST APP for Audi service and repair shop is now also ready to support the official vehicle data of the new AUDI AG flagship. Furthermore, the current CAR ASYST Version 2.5 now provides the functions Read battery history data, Query fluid levels and Reset service intervals.
20th July 2017

Volvo’s electric vehicles to hit the road by 2019

Volvo’s electric vehicles to hit the road by 2019
  The premium car marker, Volvo, has confirmed that every new model it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. There is no doubt that the automotive industry is charging ahead at high speeds from self-driving cars and electric vehicles, to flying cars, as more carmakers join the automotive race.
6th July 2017

Self-driving cars are coming to Dubai’s Police Force

Self-driving cars are coming to Dubai’s Police Force
  Authorities in Dubai are set to have a new recruit patrolling the streets: a mini robotic police car to help identify and track suspects. The robotic cars are powered with machine learning algorithms and 3D SLAM technology, but police officers can control the cars through a computer in their patrol car dashboards.
5th July 2017

Taking a look at the A-Z listers of flying cars

Taking a look at the A-Z listers of flying cars
Remember the days when people were dreaming of flying cars? Science-fiction films painted the vehicles out to be incredible futuristic, invinsible, handy creations, but now they are a reality, they may not be how everyone necessarily expected them to be. First of all, the world is nowhere near ready for flying cars, but they appear to be here to stay.
4th July 2017

RAM Tracking partners up with the ECA

RAM Tracking partners up with the ECA
Demonstrating its recognition in the market, GPS vehicle tracking provider RAM has become an associate member of the ECA (Electrical Contractors Association), the organisation that has helped set the standards of the electrical engineering and building services industry since 1901.  
28th June 2017

Queen’s Speech includes boost for electric vehicles

Queen’s Speech includes boost for electric vehicles
  In the Queen’s Speech on 19th June 2017, it was announced that motorway services and petrol stations will be required to install electric charge points.
23rd June 2017

WannaCry virus causes Honda's production plant to shut down

WannaCry virus causes Honda's production plant to shut down
Honda was forced to halt production at one of its Japanese plants on 19th June after it became the latest victim of the WannaCry cyber attack that brought parts of the NHS to a standstill last month. At the Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, hackers exploited weaknesses in Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system; they locked files and demanded payment to secure data. Honda has said that the plant used older computers which were not secure enough. 
22nd June 2017

Technologies of tomorrow to be revealed at Automechanika

Technologies of tomorrow to be revealed at Automechanika
The Connected and Digital Technology Zone will be taking place at Automechanika Birmingham on stand B11 with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) demonstrating the latest automotive technologies throughout the event from 6th-8th June 2017. The area, found in the supply chain zone, will feature the latest products set to enable the design, development and manufacture of future vehicles.
23rd May 2017

Full speed ahead!

Full speed ahead!
The speed at which the Taiwanese electronics industry can move from design to production could be key as it strives to take an increasing share of the automotive electronics market. Though the country has been a major player in the automotive parts industry for many years, it has only been in the past three or four years that it has woken up to the fact that its long standing skills in electronics could open up the growing vehicle electronics market.
8th May 2017

Flying car could end traffic jams forever

Flying car could end traffic jams forever
  Would you get in a flying car? How safe would you feel? Two thirds of the 508 adults surveyed by the University of Michigan’s Transport Research Institute said they’d ride in a flying car, if not drive it. But would you?
4th May 2017

Robotics prove the catalyst for US job creation

Robotics prove the catalyst for US job creation
Last year saw the US automotive industry install a record number of industrial robots, approximately 17,500. These figures have been published by the Statistical Department of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and have also shown that the operational stock of industrial automotive robots has risen by about 52,000 units in the years 2010 to 2016. During the same period, the number of jobs in the US automotive sector rose by 260,600 - according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
26th April 2017


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