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Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility
Sustainable transportation / mobility solutions mean an increasing use of Shared, electric, driverless vehicles as part of an integrated multimodal mobility offering accessible to all - regardless of physical capabilities and age
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​Forget self-driving cars: What about self-flying drones? | ZDNet

​Forget self-driving cars: What about self-flying drones? | ZDNet | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
While all the focus has been on autonomous vehicles, one Belgian startup has been busily developing self-flying features for drones.
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Automakers Befriend Start-Ups Like Uber, Girding Against a Changing Car Culture - NYTimes.com

Automakers Befriend Start-Ups Like Uber, Girding Against a Changing Car Culture - NYTimes.com | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
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some good summary of recent moves and investments in the mobility space

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Tesla quietly updates software to test new Autopilot features

Tesla quietly updates software to test new Autopilot features | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
Software updates are a necessary evil. On the downside, if you're unfortunate enough to experience one during the workday, it can eat up an hour or more of productivity. And of course, sometimes updates change things that we actually like, ridding our devices of perfectly useful features
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Toyota and Uber to Explore Ridesharing Collaboration | Corporate

Toyota Motor Corporation, an automotive company aiming for safer, more efficient and convenient mobility, and Uber, a technology platform that is evolving the way the world moves, are announcing a partnership.
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Uber and new apartment complex give residents £70 per month if they sell their car

Uber and new apartment complex give residents £70 per month if they sell their car | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
Residents of Parkmerced in San Francisco receive $100 towards their transport costs, providing they go car-less.
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Self-driving Chevy Bolts are on the streets of San Francisco

Self-driving Chevy Bolts are on the streets of San Francisco | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
A spy photographer has come across a fleet of all-electric Chevy Bolts in San Francisco today that appear to be equipped with arrays of self-driving sensors, a sign that GM is already testin
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General Motors Tests Self-Driving Electric Chevy in San Francisco

General Motors Tests Self-Driving Electric Chevy in San Francisco | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
After plans to put self-driving Chevrolet Bolts into ride hailing firm Lyft’s profile, General Motors (GM) is hard at work testing the autonomous vehicles in San
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Google's plan for tomorrow's dashboards (smartphone not included)

Google's plan for tomorrow's dashboards (smartphone not included) | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
This week, Google held its annual I/O conference for developers. At least one of the company's announcements could have automakers shaking in their boots or jumping for joy, depending on their point of view. The announcement came by way of a beautifully tricked-out dashboard on a Maserat
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Alberta introduces new regulations for ride for hire firms like Uber

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has introduced new rules to regulate ride-hailing companies such as Uber. Transportation Minister Brian Mason says that under Bill 16, anyone who wants to drive for such a company will have to have a professional…
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Transportation Minister Brian Mason says that under Bill 16, anyone who wants to drive for such a company will have to have a professional Class 4 licence.

They will also have to undergo a police information check and be subject to either commercial insurance or a new insurance policy specifically tailored to the industry, which will be ready by July 1.

 

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Driving while high is safe… If you believe the 44 percent of Canadians who’ve done it | Canadian Insurance

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but we're scared of driverless vehicles ...

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Bill announced in Queen's Speech will help Britain become leader in driverless technology

Bill announced in Queen's Speech will help Britain become leader in driverless technology | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
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Autonomous cars get insurance boost in the UK | Electronics Weekly

Autonomous vehicles are to be insured under normal policies in the UK.
This was one of the government proposals announced in the Queen’s Speech.
According to the Institution of Engineering and Technoloin the UK.
This was one of the government proposals announced in the Queen’s Speech.
According to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this is an important step forward which will ultimately improve road safety and reduce congestion.
But the IET warned the Government that it needs to introduce legislation to improve cyber security in autonomous vehicles.

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Ex-Googlers launch start-up to make trucks driverless

Ex-Googlers launch start-up to make trucks driverless | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
A group of former senior Google employees has launched a start-up aimed at making existing trucks on the road driverless.
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Business Standard-Batteries that last five times longer in the offing

Business Standard, India's leading destination for latest news, analysis and opinion on markets, companies, industry, economy, policy, banking and personal finance.
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Five-fold more energy: Lithium-air batteries may soon last five times longer with a new catalyst developed at the University of Texas in Dallas. Called dimethylphenazine, it is a soluble-type catalysts that consists of organic materials and possesses higher stability plus increased voltage efficiency.

 

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Autonomous Vehicles Traveling in Convoys Will Run Into This Inevitable Tradeoff

Autonomous Vehicles Traveling in Convoys Will Run Into This Inevitable Tradeoff | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
Wireless experts will need to find a “sweet spot” between intragroup message reliability and data age
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Autonomous driving experts practically salivate over the vision of cars forming neat little convoys that travel at a constant speed down a highway. And for good reason: These synchronized fleets could reduce traffic fatalities, free up room on the road for additional vehicles, and help everyone get to their destinations faster.

 

The problem is that as a convoy grows in size, it invariably runs up against limits that hurt performance. Most notably, the number of messages that vehicles can successfully exchange tends to drop as more cars join. Every additional car requires the generation of more messages amongst the group until eventually, some of this digital traffic starts to collide.

 

Ignacio Llatser, a researcher at Technische Universität Dresden in Germany, is trying to find the sweet spot at which multiple cars traveling together can share key information without drowning each other out. In particular, he has conducted a series of simulated road tests to optimize the way vehicles exchange data when traveling in a convoy.

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Report: Apple interested in charging station technology for powering rumored electric vehicle

Report: Apple interested in charging station technology for powering rumored electric vehicle | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
If Apple is going to produce an electric vehicle like Tesla, then naturally Apple will want to provide customers with a way to recharge away from home without relying on infrastructure from third p…
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VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership

VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
The on-demand transportation service continues to heat up, and today the spotlight is shining on a New York startup whose business is based primarily in..
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SF pitches $149 million plan to replace cars with self-driving vehicles - The San Francisco Examiner

SF pitches $149 million plan to replace cars with self-driving vehicles - The San Francisco Examiner | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s future is autonomous and shared vehicles – and that future may be only a decade away. At least, that’s the grand vision of regional leaders including Mayor Ed »
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sober vision of sustainable mobility promoted by SF

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Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars - Breitbart

Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars - Breitbart | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
Google on Thursday had a fresh US patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit.

The patent describes a layer of adhesive on a car’s hood, front bumper and possibly front side panels sealed with a coating that, when broken, would bare a gluey surface akin to fly paper modified to catch humans.

“Upon impact with a pedestrian, the coating is broken exposing the adhesive layer,” read patent paperwork dated May 17 and listing the applicant as Google.

“The adhesive bonds the pedestrian to the vehicle so that the pedestrian remains with the vehicle until it stops, and is not thrown from the vehicle, thereby preventing a secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object.”

Google reasoned in the patent application that pedestrians hit by cars typically suffer further injury by being knocked or hurled to the pavement or other objects.
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Let’s Use Self-Driving Cars to Fix America’s Busted Infrastructure

Let’s Use Self-Driving Cars to Fix America’s Busted Infrastructure | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
The death spiral of the gas tax demands we reform federal transportation funding, harness emerging technology, and guide the autonomous vehicle revolution.
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Google seeks winning formula for the next big thing - FT.com

Google seeks winning formula for the next big thing - FT.com | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
Google is widely considered to have some of the most advanced artificial intelligence technology. And with digital platforms like the Android mobile operating system and the Chrome browser, it has ways to reach billions of people. But can the
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Google has some natural advantages when it comes to a creating a companion intelligence like this, says Ms Ask. It has a vast amount of personal data about its users that helps it understand and anticipate their needs. “They have my calendar, they have my email,” she says.

The company also has been working for years on natural language processing, a key technology for “understanding” people when they use normal language to communicate with machines. Microsoft and Facebook both played up the significance of “conversational” interfaces like this at their own developer conferences this year, but Google is credited with having an edge in this notoriously difficult area.

But if the internet company can boast some impressive behind-the-scenes technologies, it has not been at the forefront of defining how they are used. Instead, that has fallen to rivals, forcing Google into this week’s responses.

The groundbreaking competitors include Amazon’s Echo, a voice-activated device for the home that can be used for things like ordering groceries or summoning a ride on Uber. Though it was widely seen as an oddity when it was launched — and a sign that, without a smartphone platform of its own, the company had been forced into experimenting with more marginal products — the Echo has become a small-scale hit.

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The new Google Home device, which will compete with Amazon's Echo

Mr Pichai duly gave credit to Amazon on Wednesday as he unveiled a copycat product called Google Home. After years of experimenting with different devices — including the Nexus Q, a media streaming gadget that was killed off even before its official launch — this one, with the new Assistant built in, may finally be a way for Google to put itself at the centre of its users’ home lives.

 

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Volvo XC40 crossover concept revealed | Autocar

Volvo XC40 crossover concept revealed | Autocar | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
Small crossover concept unveiled in Gothenburg; uses hybrid powertrain and Volvo's new Compact Modular Architecture
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The concept vehicles 40.1 and 40.2 unveiled in Gothenburg yesterday, bot use Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and grant us a glimpse at the upcoming XC40 and V40. While the former will be fitted with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the V40 drives fully electric and is said to go 350 km on one charge - seems to be trend: range of more than 300 km. Should be focusing on DC fast charging instead of Level 2 for public charging

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Driving while high is safe… If you believe the 44 percent of Canadians who’ve done it | Canadian Insurance

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Group Seeks to Pave Way for Nationwide Adoption of Driverless Cars

Group Seeks to Pave Way for Nationwide Adoption of Driverless Cars | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
A group of business and former military leaders wants to limit states’ ability to regulate driverless cars, calling for sweeping federal legislation to avoid a patchwork of rules they believe could hinder adoption of the technologically advanced vehicles.

Executives including FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Fred Smith and retired U.S. generals associated with a Washington group that lobbies to reduce America’s oil dependence plan to meet with politicians in the nation’s capital on Thursday to discuss recommendations for speeding introduction of driverless cars. Others expected to be present include John Krafcik, head of the self-driving car division at Google parent Alphabet Inc.

In addition to limiting states’ regulatory efforts, the group wants a U.S. legal liability fund created to ease concerns over lawsuits that could arise in skirmishes over whether drivers or computers are at fault in crashes.
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Uber and a Bay Area landlord will pay new tenants $100 a month to go car-free

Uber and a Bay Area landlord will pay new tenants $100 a month to go car-free | Sustainable transportation: SEAMless mobility - Shared, Electric, Autonomous (driverless), OMNImodal mobility | Scoop.it
Uber is teaming up with the owners of a massive real estate development in San Francisco to offer new tenants a monthly $100 transportation stipend if they agree to go car-free. The money ca
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Very innovative & appears like a win for all concerned

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