Leipzig to roll out 21 electric buses as part of its Mobility 2030 strategy

Leipzig electric buses

The German city will implement charging systems from Siemens Smart Infrastructure along the routes as well as at the Lindenau bus depot with the e-buses scheduled to go into operation in 2021. Siemens Smart Infrastructure is providing the charging systems for 21 buses in the German city of Leipzig. It aligns with the city’s Mobility Strategy 2030, which focuses on developing environmentally transport systems. The charging systems from Siemens will supply electrical energy to VDL Bus and Coach buses along the routes on lines 74, 76 and 89 as well…

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Electrify America completes first cross-country charging route

Electrify America

The first of two cross-country routes to be completed this year, it spans 11 states and over 2,700 miles to take drivers from Los Angeles to Washington DC. Electrify America has announced it has completed its first coast-to-coast route of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the US. The company, which claims to operate the largest open DC fast charging network in the country, plans to have a second cross-country route across the south open by September where EV drivers can travel from Jacksonville to San Diego. The first route…

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Otonomo expands connected car data ecosystem

Otonomo

The automotive data services platform developer is collaborating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to increase the use of car data in the European Union. Automotive data services platform Otonomo has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to receive aggregated data from connected FCA vehicles for smart cities applications, mapping, traffic planning, and other solutions. The ultimate aim is to deliver new use cases to support the decrease of congestion and pollution in urban environments driven by Otonomo’s de- identified data. The collaboration has begun with data from selected models…

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Curiosity Lab teams with Kennesaw State University for open source V2V project

Curiosity Lab smart city

KSU researchers selected Curiosity Lab as one of its primary test locations due to the lab’s autonomous vehicle test track and commitment to supporting and facilitating innovation. Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners has announced a strategic partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU) to further research in smart mobility technologies. Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. The initial collaboration will focus on open-source dedicated short-range communications units (DSRC) to help advance vehicle-2-everything (V2X) research. Emerging…

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Downtown Miami used for eco-friendly cargo bike pilot

DHL Express a Reef Technology

DHL Express and Reef Technology are partnering to trial the use of low-power, electric-assist e-cargo cycles for deliveries across the city to help reduce congestion. The City of Miami has teamed up with DHL Express and Reef Technology to launch a pilot programme using low-power electric-assist e-cargo cycles for freight deliveries across Miami. The three-wheeled cycles, equipped with an accompanying cargo container, can transport up to 400 pounds or 60 cubic feet in volume. Environmentally friendly The two companies are bringing four environmentally friendly e-cargo cycles to the city as…

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Tainan to launch commercial autonomous bus service

LILEE Systems bus

The City of Tainan is launching its first revenue-generating self-driving bus programme with LILEE Systems, a technology and system integration provider. The service will cover two business districts in the fifth-largest city in Taiwan, starting later this year, and is part of a two-year smart transportation development plan. Based on rail-control principles, the bus will run on fixed routes, remotely managed by a cloud-based, centralised operations control centre (OCC). The Tainan City Government and LILEE Systems expect to start revenue-generating services in the second half of 2020, according to a…

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UK’s first converted ‘electric avenue’ announced

Sutherland Avenue

Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first street that has been fully converted for charging electric vehicles (EV). The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has converted 24 lampposts along Sutherland Avenue in London into EV charge points using existing city infrastructure. A further two adjoining roads are due to be completed in the coming weeks. Lack of charging points The introduction follows research conducted by Siemens showing more than a third (36 per cent) of British motorists planned to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as their…

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Uber joins privacy coalition to curb city data collection

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Newly formed CARS says it wants to “set the record straight” about MDS programmes but LADOT called it “a disinformation campaign”. The Communities Against Rider Surveillance (CARS) group, whose members include Uber, the Business Travel Coalition and citizens’ rights advocacy groups, has formed to fight the Mobility Data Specification (MDS). The standard for exchanging data between mobility operators and cities was developed by LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) in 2018, to support city planning and management of micromobility. It is now used by more than 80 cities and public agencies…

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City of Fremont launches autonomous shuttle service for employees

Pony.ai vehicles

The service, provided by Pony.ai, is part of Fremont’s drive to decrease single-driver commuting and has the potential to expand beyond city employees in the future. Fremont, California, has partnered with autonomous driving start-up Pony.ai to introduce a pilot commuter programme offering rides for a group of city employees. Participating employees will ride in Pony.ai autonomous vehicles from Fremont’s Amtrak/Ace Station to City Hall and Fremont Development Services Centre as part of a shared, on-demand last-mile service. Complex road scenarios Each vehicle is equipped with the start-up’s autonomous driving technology…

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C-V2X testing ecosystem established in Metro Atlanta

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Testing will take place across a 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory in Alpharetta, north of Atlanta. Intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions provider Applied Information has begun deployment and testing of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected vehicle technology in Metro Atlanta. The C-V2X testing ‘ecosystem’ will be established throughout an approximately 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in Alpharetta, Georgia, north of Atlanta. Experimental licence The deployment and testing began after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an experimental licence for infrastructure and mobile C-V2X…

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Coast and DG Cities form autonomous collaboration

DG Cities and Coast

The US self-driving technology company and UK urban innovation specialist will provide design and implementation services to help transform cities with connected and autonomous vehicles. California-based self-driving technology firm Coast Autonomous and DG Cities, a smart city specialist and subsidiary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide consultancy services for the design and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). It marks the second US-UK collaboration in the smart city space this week with Los Angeles and London committing to join…

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Waymo’s autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

Waymo autonomous

Autonomous cars developed by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have now driven over 20 million miles on public roads. The milestone was announced during this year’s CES in Las Vegas and shows how Waymo’s driverless technology is almost ready for widespread deployment. Speaking at a dinner hosted by Fortune, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: “You need to have a lot of real world experience, there’s no way to avoid it.” While autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents, Waymo has managed to avoid – so far, at least – any fatalities like…

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Gothenburg boosts sustainable public transport push with e-bus roll-out

Gothenburg

More than 150 electric buses will be introduced in the region covering Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille, where 180 million trips are made by bus each year. A fleet of electric buses has begun operating in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and its region covering Mölndal and Partille. The 157 electric buses from Volvo represent the largest single order of its kind in Europe. Bus operator Transdev Sweden was awarded the contract to operate the service from public transport company Västtrafik, which expects to have electrified all city traffic in Västra…

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Enterprise, automotive IoT to grow 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020

automotive IoT

The enterprise and automotive Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21 per cent increase from 2019, according to a forecast by Gartner, a leading research and advisory company. By the end of 2019, 4.8 billion endpoints are expected to be in use, up 21.5 per cent from 2018, said a statement. Utilities will be the highest user of IoT endpoints, totalling 1.17 billion endpoints in 2019, and increasing 17 per cent in 2020 to reach 1.37 billion endpoints. Peter Middleton, senior research…

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Best Transportation claims to be the first to make use of an electric vehicle

Best Transportation

Best Transportation, headquartered in Port Newark, NJ, claimed to announce its first usage of a fully electric class A tractor. The company successfully picked up a container in Maher Terminal, also headquartered in the Port, and delivered the container to a Costco Wholesale location within New Jersey without incident. Best Transportation claims to be the first trucking company to move a container from the Port of New York & New Jersey using an electric vehicle. The use of this type of vehicle is the first step in Best Transportation’s plan…

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