Google’s self-driving car 2.0: No steering wheel, no gas, no brakes.

Google self-driving car concept

Google started the development of self-driving cars in 2010 and released a string of videos about it in 2012 on its own YouTube channel. That created a unprecedented stir in the automotive world. Never before was a company outside the business able to create a collective awareness in the industry that we are on verge of a new technological era. Building cars became digital tech. Almost all big car manufacturers immediately stepped on the bandwagon initiated by Google and announced some sort of autonomous car technology for the coming years. Continue reading

Google’s Larry Page on transportation, self-driving cars and bikes

Last week’s TED2014 event featured Google CEO Larry Page, who was sharing his and the company’s vision on a list of subjects including the direction of Google, the NSA, curing disease and the future of transportation. The latter of course is the subject where the interview immediately caught our attention. That part starts at 15:13 in the video above.  Continue reading

Self driving car deciding factor in reducing traffic accidents

car accidentsGoogle’s car project and numerous efforts by car manufacturers show unmistakably that the technological components for automated driving have reached a level of maturity that will allow rollout in the near future.

But  are we on the verge of handing over our car keys and let a car drive us automatically from A to B? Continue reading

US takes the lead in Vehicle-2-Vehicle communications standard

V2V-from engadgetWhat do Toyota, Lexus, Volvo, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroën, VW and  Skoda have in common? They are all car manufacturers that have announced that they will launch self-driving cars in some form in the coming 2-6 years. It is generally assumed that self-driving cars are safer and make collisions something of the past. To realize advanced self-driving features on cars it seems a prerequisite that cars can share information about their position, speed and heading.
In June last year we reported on the Car-2-X communication project, in which vehicles and infrastructure are electronically linked to each other. Continue reading

MIE Event – The road to autonomous driving

Innovation and Disruption in Automotive – The road to autonomous driving

MIE Event

Photo courtesy of Rinspeed AG

Thanks to progressing technology and connectivity of cars, artificial intelligence and better sensors, cars are nowadays able to make self-driving manoeuvres. There are even successful testdrives with 100% self-driving cars. Within a few years, this technology will be available for everyday cars. Continue reading

Are Fuel Cell Vehicles the new clean future?

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We stated that 2013 was the year of the final breakthrough of electric vehicles.  The sales of Ev’s grew rapidly: theTesla Model S was the best-selling car in Norway and cities around the world were ranked for best EV-city.

But what kind of development is there besides the technology of EV’s? At the last LA Auto Show CES, the Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) made a comeback. …Continue reading

Hyundai goes Google Glass

Google GlassThe way people interact with their cars is about to change. We already see this change in the (possible) interaction with electric vehicles and the development towards self-driving cars.

Therefore, and to take these developments a step further, Hyundai’s next generation of products will allow owners to connect with their vehicle using wearable devices. …Continue reading

Self-driving cars in Milton Keynes

self-driving carsAfter the Dutch autonomous driving news, there is some British news regarding this topic as well. In two years, self-driving vehicles are planned to drive on the roads of the city of Milton Keynes. The automated cars should bring passengers from the station to shopping centres and offices. If everything is going according to plan, these cars will be on the road in 2015 and will be one of the first self-driving cars in public space. …Continue reading

Autonomous driving on Dutch public roads

autonomous drivingIn the Netherlands, autonomous driving gained a lot of attention because the minister of infrastructure Melanie Schultz van Haegen enjoyed an autonomous ride last week. The Dutch Automative Vehicle Initiative (DAVI) is an autonomous driving project to investigate and demonstrate automated driving on public roads. The minister stated “this is a wonderful innovation that could mean a lot for mobility in the Netherlands and, of course, elsewhere.” …Continue reading

Cordless EV Charging by Volvo

Electric Vehicle Charging Station SignConsumers often fail to buy innovative products with distinct improvements over the existing ones. A perfect example is the switch from a car that drives on gasoline to a car that drives on electricity. Potential buyers question the shortcomings and overlook the advantages: What about the range? And where can I charge my car? How long will it take before I’m on the road again? Improved technologies could make a switch a lot easier. …Continue reading

Electric vehicles: expectations vs reality

electric mobilityIn March 2012 we published some expectations for the electric mobility market in the coming years. Yet, recent numbers show that in reality these expectations are not being fulfilled. Are there any reasons that could explain this fact?

The expectations of the number of electric vehicles (EV’s) that will be sold in the Netherlands varied per source. …Continue reading

Volvo gives consumers a voice

connected carsWhen a new technology is ready for mainstream use, the possibility of people rejecting this innovative technology is always there. They are not used to these new devices and if an accident occurs, they could blaim this new technology for being ‘the bad guy’.

So Volvo decided to make a smart move. …Continue reading

CEATEC Award for Automaker

 Ceatec AwardGreat news: it is the first time that an automaker won the Grand Prix in the CEATEC Innovation Awards in Japan. Who is the lucky one and because of which innovative technology?

The CEATEC Innovation Awards are being given to brands that could potentially have a big impact on the U.S. market. The award honors the best among the technologies, products and services exhibited at CEATEC JAPAN 2013. A jury of independent journalists assesses the winners of the CEATEC Innovation Awards. They’re looking on the potential influence a brand could have on the U.S. market. This time, the top award Grand Prix was for … …Continue reading