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Driving ban in Paris Ozone-Alarm controls the city

Driving ban in Paris Ozone-Alarm controls the city
  Attention tourists and professional drivers! Driving bans take place in the low emission zone of Paris and its agglomeration for the next few days. Vehicles with the Crit'Air badges 4 and 5 as well as all vehicles without a vignette may no longer enter. In addition, all vehicles over 3.5t are not allowed to pass through.
27th July 2018

Automotive IC market expectations predict new high

Automotive IC market expectations predict new high
Consumer demand and government mandates for electronic systems that improve vehicle performance, that add comfort and convenience, and that warn, detect, and take corrective measures to keep drivers safe and alert are being added to new cars each year. This system growth, along with rising prices for memory components within them, are expected to raise the automotive IC market 18.5% this year to a new record high of $32.3bn, surpassing last year’s record of $27.2bn.
14th June 2018

Electric container truck to be revealed at TOC Europe

Electric container truck to be revealed at TOC Europe
The latest updates about the electric Hyster laden container handler currently in development will be presented at TOC Europe. During the event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Jan-Willem van den Brand and Willem Nieuwland from Hyster Europe will share the latest information on the much anticipated project during a TECH TOC seminar at 12pm on Thursday 14th June. 
15th May 2018


Battery shredding equipment reduces UK environmental impact

Battery shredding equipment reduces UK environmental impact
The first fully functioning battery recycling plant in Scotland which can handle up to 12000 tonnes of battery waste every year, is extending its dismantling lines to prepare for the disassembly of an increasing number of electric vehicle (EV) batteries (Li-Ion), as the uptake of electric vehicles increases across the UK.
25th April 2018

Automotive industry dialogue: the way to mobility solutions

Automotive industry dialogue: the way to mobility solutions
The Baden-Württemberg Automotive Industry Strategy Dialogue is visibly picking up speed. The first twelve pilot projects related to the transformation of mobility are underway. By organising the Strategy Dialogue, which is planned for seven years, the state government of Baden-Württemberg positions itself as a driver of the transformation of Germany’s automobile state into the country’s number-one state for mobility.
24th April 2018

Automotive servicing in the era of the electronic car

Automotive servicing in the era of the electronic car
  The automotive electronic revolution has given us vehicles brimming with impressive features, and this is only the beginning. One component that should not be overlooked in this transformation is automotive servicing, crucial to the overall ownership experience. Author: Gerhard Angst. Email: gerhard@concept.de
5th March 2018

Helical Technology nominated for European award

Helical Technology nominated for European award
Automotive company Helical Technology is celebrating after being shortlisted in the prestigious European Business Awards – and has been named in its ‘Ones to Watch’ list. The independent, family-owned business based in the North West has been shortlisted in the UK category for 'Business of the Year with Turnover €26m-€150m' and has also been named in the ‘Ones to Watch’ list which sets a benchmark of success for the European business community.
22nd January 2018

Self-driving EVs – does the UK have the infrastructure to cope?

Self-driving EVs – does the UK have the infrastructure to cope?
Regarding the roll-out of self-driving cars there are many barriers to entry that have raised concerns for consumers and manufacturers alike. However, in the UK, the stumbling block that appears to be causing the most sleepless nights is lack of infrastructure.
3rd January 2018

Can AI and analytics make a difference for automotive?

Can AI and analytics make a difference for automotive?
More and more personal information about consumers is being collected today by businesses in order to deliver actionable insights that are having a genuine business impact. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the connected car market, where much is being done to test a variety of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the major challenges faced in autonomous driving such as safety, security and trust. Guest piece written by Akihiro Kurita, Automotive Centre of Expertise, Think Big Analytics (pictured below).
12th December 2017

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


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