Russia establishes digital infrastructure for smart leasing

Russia connected cars fleet

Data on the movements, violations and driving patterns of each driving client are automatically transmitted to the vehicle leasing company and can be used to calculate individual tariffs. Moscow’s Smart Driving Labs (SDL) and AzurDrive have launched a fleet of more than 500 connected cars, united by a single digital infrastructure. The fleet is intended to become the basis for the large-scale implementation of smart leasing programmes in Russia. According to SDL, the use of IoT technologies, satellite navigation, telemetry and big data will reduce monthly payments by individualising the…

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Companies join forces for transnational electric vehicle charging

EV charging

European electric vehicle (EV) charging company Mer has selected Driivz’s platform to standardise its charging infrastructure operations. This decision follows the successful launch of the Driivz platform for transnational EV charging operations management in the UK and Germany. The roll-out will start in the Nordic region before advancing to a full deployment. Country-specific standards Following acquisitions and consolidation of EV charging networks around Europe, Mer Group said it identified a need to centrally manage a diverse range of systems, equipment, country-specific standards (Eichrecht) and transaction interfaces. To address those needs,…

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Tech companies to develop autonomous, multi-purpose electric vehicle

Oxbotica and AppliedEV have announced a collaboration to develop a fully autonomous, multi-purpose electric vehicle capable of being deployed in a wide range of environments for a variety of commercial applications. The driverless vehicle will initially be targeted at the industrial logistics and goods delivery sector, with continued growth expected in further industries as the number of vehicles is scaled. Business cases Oxbotica will integrate its autonomous vehicle software with AppliedEV’s programmable and configurable electric vehicle platform. The go-to-market strategy for Oxbotica and AppliedEV is to focus on markets that…

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Smart mobility firm joins EU’s €22m autonomous driving project

Avenue project Geneva autonomous vehicle

The Deutsche Bahn smart mobility subsidiary, Ioki, is joining the EU’s €22m flagship autonomous vehicle project Avenue as a technology partner. The company specialises in research and operation of autonomous transport and demand responsive transport in German-speaking countries. Geneva deployment Avenue, or Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to a New Urban Experience, is initially testing the automation of urban transport in four European cities, with more to follow. The first autonomous shuttle will be deployed in Geneva. Ioki will provide a specially developed technical interface for the project. The interface creates…

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Shell announces plans to deploy 50,000 EV charge points across UK

EV charging UK

Shell has announced plans to deploy 50,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge posts in the UK over the next four years as it seeks to deliver one third of the network required to meet climate change ambitions. The UK Committee for Climate Change recently recommended that the UK needed 150,000 public charge points operating across the UK by 2025. Charging networks According to Shell, its move is part of a wider effort to bring more EV charging availability to the millions of UK drivers without private parking and help local…

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Partnership aims to deliver enhanced applications of connected vehicle data

connected vehicle data

Iteris and Wejo have announced a partnership with a view to delivering enhanced applications of connected vehicle data for safer and more efficient roadways in the US. Under the terms of the agreement, smart mobility infrastructure management company Iteris will join Wejo’s partner programme to provide new- and existing customers with real-time movement data from more than 11 million connected vehicles. Mobility intelligence In addition, Wejo will join Iteris’ ecosystem of mobility intelligence providers, empowering public-sector and commercial enterprise customers in the transportation space nationwide with Wejo’s connected vehicle data.…

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Poland expands electric vehicle charging network

Ekoen Ekoenergetyka-Polska

A consortium of two Polish e-mobility companies have won the tender to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 10 locations on highways and expressways throughout the country. Fast-charging station operator, Ekoen, and manufacturer of charging stations, Ekoenergetyka-Polska won the contract, which was announced by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA). It covers the lease of land for the charging stations for a period of 10 years. Charging standards Each of the stations will offer fast charging with three charging standards, CHAdeMO, Combo 2 and Type 2,…

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Port of Los Angeles demonstrates hydrogen-powered electric vehicles

Port of Los Angeles hydrogen-powered electric vehicles

The Port of Los Angeles and its partners are launching a new era of pollution-free goods movement with the debut of five hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and are also opening two hydrogen fuelling stations. Part of a large-scale, multi-year demonstration, the project is designed to advance the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan goals and help California achieve statewide climate change, air quality improvement and sustainability targets. Shore-to-Shore programme Under the $82.5m Shore-to-Store (S2S) project, more than a dozen public and private sector partners have teamed up for a…

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Peachtree Corners deploys cellular vehicle-to-everything technology

Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners

The city of Peachtree Corners and its Curiosity Lab has announced joint efforts to deploy end-to-end smart solutions to enable advanced traffic efficiency and roadside safety. Jacobs, Peachtree Corners and Qualcomm Technologies are working together to deploy technology solutions, focusing initially on roadside infrastructure, traffic management and road safety, with the implementation of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology. Ecosystem enabler As a part of the working relationship, Qualcomm Technologies serves as ecosystem enabler by providing technology solutions, while Jacobs manages the installation commission project delivery. According to Peachtree Corners, implementation of…

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Cambridge launches autonomous passenger shuttle trial

The Cambridge Autonomous Shuttle Trial

The UK city of Cambridge is running an autonomous passenger shuttle trial alongside other traffic. The custom-made passenger shuttles from engineering firm Aurrigo will operate a 20-minute journey around the West Cambridge site and will run autonomously for the majority of the route. The trial is part of a project led by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), Smart Cambridge and Aurrigo to look at how autonomous technology can be used on the public transport network. On-demand transport Backed by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV),…

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XPeng charging network exceeds 1,000 stations in China

XPeng charging network

The company reports it has built a charging network, including 19,019 free charging and supercharging piles in 1,140 charging stations, covering roads and highways across 164 Chinese cities. XPeng Motors has announced the roll-out of its own-brand charging network across China has reached 1,140 stations, spanning 164 Chinese cities. XPeng claims it is the first new electric vehicle (EV) maker in China to offer free lifetime charging services for its customers, demonstrating its commitment to popularising smart EVs by providing easy access to free charging facilities. Charging network The company…

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Where will IoT fit into the future of transport?

V2X connected car

Technology has been behind many of humanity’s most significant developments. From transport to communication, the world would be a very different place without many of the innovations, especially the Internet of Things (IoT). While the concept of IoT has been around for years, says Saurabh Ohri, head of connected automotive solutions at Tata Communications, its full potential for the automotive sector is yet to be realised. While we understand the use of IoT in traditional use cases such as telematics, fleet management, asset tracking and so on, IoT can offer…

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Dubai to launch self-driving electric taxi and ride-hailing services

Dubai self-driving electric taxi

Cruise will be the exclusive provider of the services until 2029, which aim to help Dubai convert 25 per cent of total trips into self-driving ones across different modes of transport by 2030. Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has chosen autonomous vehicle company Cruise to operate a fleet of self-driving electric taxis and ride-hailing services in the emirate. This agreement supports Dubai’s 2030 vision for autonomous driving technology, which aims to convert 25 per cent of total trips into self-driving ones across different modes of transport by 2030. Earlier…

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Ontario government supports next-generation autonomous truck project

NuPort truck

Toronto-based start-up NuPort Robotics and Canadian Tire Company have announced a partnership with the government to invest $3m to test what claims to be first-of-a-kind automated truck technology. The government of Ontario province in Canada is partnering with Canadian Tire and autonomous driving company NuPort Robotics to undertake a heavy-duty trucking project to test automated technology. The two-year project will see the Toronto-based start-up Nuport retrofit its technology to conventional semi-tractor trailers incorporating high-tech sensors and controls, a touchscreen navigation system, and other features such as obstacle and collision avoidance.…

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London hits electric vehicles charging milestone

London smart city

The UK capital has more than 500 rapid charge points and over 5,500 residential charge points, with some points dedicated exclusively for almost 4,000 electric taxis. London has hit its target of delivering 300 more electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging points across the UK capital before the end of 2020, bringing the total to around 600. Working with BP Pulse and ESB Energy as charging point operators, Transport for London (TfL) met its target, despite works being paused from April to June 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Charging hubs…

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