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Driverless cars on our roads by 2021, say UK Government

Driverless cars on our roads by 2021, say UK Government
In what some may describe as a rambunctious prediction, Chancellor Philip Hammond will unveil ambitious driverless car investment plans in tomorrow’s budget. These plans aim to roll-out fully autonomous cars on UK roads by the year 2021, as part of other significant technology investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G networks and STEM education.  
21st November 2017

Lets make every part fit for purpose

Lets make every part fit for purpose
Are you looking for ways to speed up manufacturing or cut out costs? Let’s take a leaf out of Henry Ford’s ideology, here is good place to start. When the automobile pioneer built the first ever mass moving assembly line for his Ford Model T car, he set in motion a new benchmark for automation and design. Guest piece by Terry O’Reilly, Manager, NT CADCAM.
9th November 2017

Seeing the light

Seeing the light
Steve Rogerson discusses whether LIDAR can continue its journey to become a sensor technology of choice for autonomous vehicles. LIDAR is not new. The light equivalent to RADAR uses pulsed laser beams and measures their reflections to determine the distance of objects, and it has been around since the 1960s. It was originally used for gathering information about clouds and shot to fame in 1971 when the Apollo 15 mission used it to map the surface of the moon.
3rd November 2017


Gearing up for electric driving: is Britain ready for 2040?

Gearing up for electric driving: is Britain ready for 2040?
  Britain is weighing up the idea of switching to ‘green’ driving more than ever before, after the recent government announcement of plans to prohibit all petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2040. New research from comparison website MoneySuperMarket has delved into the mind of the consumer to determine just how viable this switch is.
31st October 2017

This Halloween you should be afraid - be very afraid!

This Halloween you should be afraid - be very afraid!
Forget vampires, ghouls and monsters under the bed. What’s really scary is the pace of technology hurtling towards us at 1,000mph. This Halloween, we have enough scary things to occupy us, without adding to the terror with fake blood and glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth. For a start we are on the way to cars that drive themselves as if handled by an invisible man. Not to mention, flying monkeys robots and windows that suck solar energy with the enthusiasm of a failed-vegetarian vampire.
31st October 2017

Will Hyperloop deal see Musk and Branson go head-to-head?

Will Hyperloop deal see Musk and Branson go head-to-head?
The high speed vacuum-tube transit technology, Hyperloop One, has been renamed following an undisclosed investment by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The project will now be known as Virgin Hyperloop One.
13th October 2017

A hard Brexit will hurt the UK more than the EU

A hard Brexit will hurt the UK more than the EU
In a recent report carried out by Baker McKenzie, it highlights the scale of the impact of a hard Brexit on UK manufacturing, in particular the automotive sector. A hard Brexit could cost the UK's Automotive, Technology, Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors a total of almost £17bn per year in lost EU export revenues, according to ‘The realities of trade after Brexit.’ The report, launched by global law firm Baker McKenzie, covers four sectors that account for 42% of the UK's manufacturing GDP and 45% of manufactured exports to the EU.
11th October 2017

The startups getting connected in the automotive sector

The startups getting connected in the automotive sector
The once-humble automobile, invented in the latter part of the 19th century, heralded the end of horse power as a means of getting from A to B, and ushered in the age of the internal combustion engine. However, consumer options were pretty limited in those early days, with Henry Ford famously marketing his Model T (pictured left) by stating that: “You can have any colour, as long as it’s black.”
11th October 2017

Offering companies a route to the connected car

Offering companies a route to the connected car
Over the next five years, the connected car is expected to disrupt the entire automotive ecosystem and the consumer market, as vehicles communications between each other and their surrounding infrastructure becomes increasingly sophisticated. By the year 2020, 220 million cars are expected to be connected, representing a €141bn business opportunity.
10th October 2017

Will “One for the road?” soon be “One on the road?”

Will “One for the road?” soon be “One on the road?”
The closer autonomous vehicles inch towards a day-to-day reality, the more questions the concept seems to throw at us. Despite assurances from autonomous vehicle pioneers such as Elon Musk, there are still reservations around how, for example, automated vehicles will interact with each other and their surrounding environment, and how will the issues around security be resolved?
9th October 2017

The technology that is shaping the transport industry

The technology that is shaping the transport industry
When we talk about the radical developments in technology today, we can't help but be amazed by the kind of effects digitisation has on our daily lives. The transport industry is no stranger to various technology trends, and here, Cheryl Chandola examines just some that will impact transport in the future.
9th October 2017

Why are Norway at the cutting edge of EV deployment?

Why are Norway at the cutting edge of EV deployment?
A quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions produced in Europe can be attributed to the transportation sector and figures have actually risen since 1990 levels. While there is no silver bullet solution to this, investment in Electric Vehicles (EVs) is one way of helping to bear the load.
5th October 2017

Hyperactivity accelerates hyperloop potential

Hyperactivity accelerates hyperloop potential
Gridlock on roads, congestion and delays at airports have all conspired to make travel a chore. Imagine if you could be whisked to your destination in minutes rather than hours. This is the hyperloop vision, writes Caroline Hayes.
3rd October 2017

Don’t let the lawyers stop us saving lives

Don’t let the lawyers  stop us saving lives
Steve Rogerson reports from last month’s AutoSens conference in Brussels. There is no single sensor technology that can handle the complexities of data gathering that will be essential if the vision of autonomous vehicles is going to be realised. As such, car makers and their tier-one suppliers are wrestling with the difficulties of finding the best mix of vision systems, radar, lidar, ultrasonics and even sonar to provide the car with the necessary information.
3rd October 2017

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


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