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Nov 28, 2023

Tesla rolls out latest semi-autonomous driving software in the US

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the company has begun to introduce the latest version of its ‘Full Self-Driving’ (FSD) semi-autonomous software in the US, with its ‘beta’ title – which refers to a product being tested by consumers – to be dropped.

Mr Musk confirmed Tesla employees are the first to experience the new system.

Known as version 12 (or v12), the new FSD could signify a major technological step forward in the industry – allowing the car’s computers to make its own judgements based on what its cameras see, rather than relying on “hard-coded programming”, website Not a Tesla App reports.

Nov 28, 2023

Toyota CEO: “Our Ammonia Engine Is the End of EV’s”

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

In a world that seems inexorably drawn towards an all-electric future, Toyota has consistently taken a different road. The Japanese automaker remains skeptical about an exclusive reliance on electric vehicles (EVs). While it’s true that Toyota has some exciting EVs in the pipeline for the upcoming year, they are also actively exploring alternative energy sources. However, a recent development could potentially turn the tables on the EV revolution — an ammonia-powered engine for passenger vehicles.

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Nov 27, 2023

DeltaHawk’s advanced aircraft piston engine goes green with hydrogen fuel

Posted by in categories: computing, transportation

The firm claims that the technology “testing in computer simulations is proving superior to legacy four-stroke engine architectures.”


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Nov 27, 2023

This beautiful design is probably the future of electric motorcycles

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Transparent panels showing off the inner workings on a motorcycle?

Gurmukh Bhasin.

Gurmukh Bhasin has introduced a game-changer that turns heads and sparks conversations. The CR-Dos — Ghost, a concept electric motorcycle, has taken the spotlight with its unique blend of transparency and cutting-edge design.

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Nov 27, 2023

India’s EMotorad rides high with $20M investment for global e-bike push

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

EMotorad, an Indian startup manufacturing electric bikes, raised $20 million in a Series B round as it aims to disrupt China’s market domination and expand its presence in global markets.

The three-year-old startup has raised more than $22.5 million in total funding, with Singapore’s Panthera Growth Partners leading the latest round, along with participation from Alteria Capital, xto10x Technologies, and Green Frontier Capital — the startup’s existing investor. Additionally, the fresh funding round includes a debt of $2.5 million.

The demand for e-bikes is growing in markets beyond China and India as people seek to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, ease traffic congestion on the roads and find alternative transportation options that do not require rigorous physical activity throughout their daily commute. In 2021, the World Bank predicted (PDF) that as many as 300 million e-bikes will circulate in cities across the globe by 2023. However, despite growing demand worldwide, e-bike supplies rely heavily on Chinese manufacturers. EMotorad is striving to overturn this trend by establishing its manufacturing operations in India.

Nov 27, 2023

Tesla exec shares Cybertruck first delivery event details

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Tesla Investor Relations (IR) Head Martin Viecha has provided some key details about the upcoming Cybertruck first delivery event, which is scheduled to be held at Gigafactory Texas this Thursday, November 30, 2023. Contrary to other Tesla events like the Cyber Rodeo, the Cybertruck’s first deliveries will be starting notably earlier.

As noted by Martin Viecha, the Tesla Cybertruck delivery event will be starting at 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. PST). Expectations are high that Tesla will be live-streaming the event, though the executive has not provided information about when the livestream for the occasion will go live.

“The Cybertruck delivery event starts at around 1 p.m. CT on Thursday, in case someone’s unsure. I’ve noticed that few people thought it’s an evening event,” Viecha clarified on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Nov 26, 2023

First-of-its-kind study on autonomous vehicles’ safety

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Last year Swiss Re and Waymo launched a research partnership to define a standard for assessing the risk of autonomous vehicles. One year after that announcement, they are publishing a study that uses real-world data to compare the safety performance of autonomous vs human-driven vehicles. Notably, this is the first time that a robust and significant liability claims dataset is being used to compare the safety performance of autonomous and human drivers.

In fact, Swiss Re was able to produce mileage-and zip-code-calibrated (human driver) private passenger vehicle baselines, against which Waymo’s third party liability insurance claims data were compared. Swiss Re’s baselines, for the specific areas considered, are extremely significant, as they come from over 600,000 claims and over 125 billion miles of exposure.

The results of the research are exciting both for the insurance industry and the safety community alike: in over 3.8 million miles driven without a human being behind the steering wheel in rider-only mode, the Waymo Driver (Waymo’s fully autonomous driving technology) incurred zero bodily injury claims in comparison with the human driver baseline of 1.11 claims per million miles. The Waymo Driver also significantly reduced property damage claims to 0.78 claims per million miles in comparison with the human driver baseline of 3.26 claims per million miles.

Nov 26, 2023

NIO to slash workforce by 30% as it bets on robots and AI

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Along with Xpeng and Li Auto, it is one of the top three Chinese premium EV assemblers.

NIO Newsroom.

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Nov 26, 2023

What the World Will Be Like in 2123

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, media & arts, transportation

Let’s take a leap into the future, shall we? In 2,123, envision a world where technology is seamlessly integrated into every aspect of our lives. Flying cars might not be the norm, but sustainable modes of transportation dominate the scene, with eco-friendly solutions at the forefront. Advanced medical breakthroughs have extended human life expectancy, and perhaps we’ve even cracked the code on combating climate change. Social structures may have evolved, embracing inclusivity and diversity. It’s a realm where innovation and a collective global effort have paved the way for a balanced and interconnected planet. 🌐🚀🔮

IKAROS: Andrzej Mirecki, CC BY-SA 3.0, IKAROS_solar_sail.jpg.
Press Conference: ESO, CC BY 4.0, Press_Conference_at_ESO_HQ2.tif.

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Nov 26, 2023

Utility Personal Transporter is set to be the smartphone of EVs

Posted by in categories: media & arts, mobile phones, sustainability, transportation

Remember back before smartphones existed, when you had to buy a separate cell phone, camera, music player, calculator and calendar? Well, the Utility Personal Transporter may one day do for electric vehicles what smartphones did for gadgets.

Currently in functional prototype form, the Utility Personal Transporter (UPT) is being developed by Canadian electric mobility company Envo Drive Systems. In a nutshell, it’s a four-wheel-drive electric platform that can be adapted to serve multiple purposes.

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