After market solutions could shape the future of autonomous cars

Vehicle-2-X KommunikationSmart, connected or autonomous vehicles are the hype. All over the world consultants, technicians, academics, specialists and investors get together at events to exchange ideas how to realize the smart city. It is a utopian place filled with autonomous cars that supply abundant transportation with zero accidents. What does it take to realize a world with zero traffic fatalities? And is there an opportunity for any after-market solutions for existing cars?
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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

New technology, new means of transportation: eROCKIT

Girl riding eRockit electric bikeFor decades the shape of cars and bikes was influenced by the requirements set by fossil fuel engine technology. A petrol car requires cool air to reduce the engine heat. It triggered designers to create air intakes in the front of cars which became a vital tangible of the image of most brands. The fuel tank between the steering bar and the seat of a motor bike is what creates the ‘gestalt’ of a bike. The power and performance of a sports car is endorsed by the number, shape and size of its exhausts. All these examples loose their relevancy when the power plant is for instance electric.

New engine technology, whether it is electric with batteries, fuel cell or electric with a range extender offers new possibilities in design. The Toyota i-road, Renault Twizy or the Nissan Blade Glider are just examples of revolutionary designs with electric propulsion. The impact of electric power systems on designs of means of transportation is not limited to cars. Above is an example from the bike industry of a new type of vehicle which is a bicycle or a motor bike. Which is it? You decide after you  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

Spotting car trends at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

VW T-roc concept Geneva Motor Show 2014This year’s Geneva Motor Show was one of optimism. In many press conferences you could hear CEOs and presidents exclaim that sales had risen for consecutive months or that their expectation for 2014 is that consumers will buy new vehicles. The confidence is starting to return and order intake exceeds expectations. However, the careful reader should not forget where the European region is coming from. We are climbing from a two-decade low and with sales drops of -40% in Southern European countries such as Spain. Continue reading

Digital key opens car for online ordered goods

digital keyVolvo Cars demonstrates the world’s first delivery of food to the car. The service allows consumers to have their shopping delivered straight to their car, no matter where they are. With a ‘digital key’ they are able to open their car from any distance. However, is this a reliable technology in a big city where car burglary isn’t an exception? Continue reading

Battery maker claims breakthrough: electric car range will nearly quadruple

Renault ZOE with charge stations Battery powered electric cars have many advantages over fossil fuel powered ones. Obviously the best is that no gas is required. With the price of electricity already being low and coming down in the future the result is huge savings. Electric cars give off no emissions, which reduces the greenhouse effect and keeps the air clean in dense populated areas. When it comes to driving an electric car the immense torque of the engine and the silence adds up the a whole new experience with a lot of driving pleasure. 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

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

Improving marketing efficiency can save up to 20% of budget, but where do you start?

Same brand - different marketing approach. How to get the best of both worlds?

Same brand – different marketing approach. How to get the best of both worlds and save 20% on your marketing expenditures?

Optimizing the marketing infrastructure can save up to 20% of the total marketing budget and achieve an additional 15% sales increase, according to a survey conducted by MRMLOGIQ among 99 marketing professionals in 22 countries. Key steps to improving marketing efficiency are consolidating and standardizing marketing materials and automating campaign management and marketing production processes. Marketing technology often is a big help in making marketing more efficient, but as implementing software requires investments, it is important to first identify what to improve in marketing and how. …Continue reading