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BMW i Ventures Announces Investment in Zūm

BMW i Ventures is the venture capital arm of BMW Group. It invests money and resources in startups in the fields of autonomous driving, digital car and automotive cloud, e-mobility, artificial Intelligence and data, industry 4.0, shared and on-demand mobility, customer digital life, and energy services. Continue reading

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JAXA and Toyota Agree on Future Mobility – A Lunar Rover

Mobility is necessary for human exploration activities on the lunar surface. Even with the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, the pressurized rover would have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 km. Continue reading

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HondaJet Sales First in Class for Second Consecutive Year

Honda Aircraft Company has changed its aircraft production line from the original HondaJet to the HondaJet Elite and will continue to offer the performance package developed by the Advanced Performance Modification Group (APMG) for the original HondaJet. The company expects to maintain production of four to five aircraft per month. Continue reading

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The UK’s First Independent 5G Test Bed for CAVs Now Live

The live public demonstrations showed the system delivering greater than 1 Gbit/s capacity to a McLaren sports car traveling at 160 mph on the Millbrook high-speed bowl with handovers occurring every 2 seconds. Real-time Telemetry was provided by McLaren’s Altas system. Continue reading

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FAA Playing Catchup on Drones. Again.

Duh, airplane owners have been doing this since the last century- editor. Continue reading

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Coursera Launches Online Self-Driving Cars Specialization

Experts – with scant, sometimes questionable data – predict that the demand for skilled workers within the autonomous vehicle industry will continue to climb, creating more than 100,000 U.S. mobility industry jobs in the next decade. Continue reading

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Mazda Buys Out Ford in Changan Ford Mazda Engine Plant

Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. was established in September 2005 with Changan owning 50% of shares and Ford and Mazda 25%. (The Communist party requires a local partner and has staffing control of auto plants.) Continue reading

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New Michigan Transportation Projects Increase Mobility

The Challenge grants are said to address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans across the state, with projects in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, the Central Upper Peninsula and Southeast Michigan receiving funding in this second round. Continue reading

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GM Rejects Unifor Proposals for Oshawa Plant Closing

The study shows there would be an immediate fallout in 2020, with Ontario’s GDP expected to fall by $5 billion and a decline in Ontario government revenues of $330 million. In the long-term, Ontario’s economy would shrink by an average of $4 billion each year to 2030, leading to a reduction in Ontario government revenues of nearly a half billion and federal government revenues of just over half a billion a year. Continue reading

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Almost Showtime for the Last Winter Weather NAIAS

Next year the 2020 NAIAS moves to June, starting the week of the 8th. Continue reading

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Germany Drops Hard Coal After 200 Years

In 2007, the social partners in German coal industry reached a deal to phase out hard coal production by 2018. However, fossil fuels still account for an important part of the energy mix, and the lignite, or brown coal, produced in Germany still derives a part of it. Continue reading

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Inside Job – Mark Reuss Named General Motors President

Reuss once kicked the author’s butt at a closed track in New York State. It’s surprising when the North American president of an auto company appears at a race track to drive a car he worked on as an engineer. It’s embarrassing, though, when he’s as fast, well frankly faster, than any hot shoe out there. I was looking at Reuss’s taillights – in the distance. (see AutoInformed on Driving the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe) Continue reading

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Volkswagen Offers First Look at Mobile Charging Station

The mobile charging station works like a power bank does with smartphones, but for electric vehicles instead. The charging capacity of up to 360 kWh enables up to 15 e-vehicles, including members of Volkswagen’s new ID line to be charged in stand-alone operation. Continue reading

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Geely moves Closer to Owning AB Volvo. Chinese Company Owns the Car Brand and Is Buying Into the Truck Business.

China’s Geely Holding [GEELY.UL], owner of the Volvo car brand, is buying an 8.2% stake in Volvo (VOLVb.ST) from Cevian Capital. This is worth more than $3 billion at market prices. This makes Geely the biggest individual shareholder in AB Volvo and second ranked in terms of voting rights behind Swedish investment firm Industrivarden (INDUa.ST). Continue reading

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European Court Annuls Real Driving Emissions Limits. Cleaner Diesel Deception Threatened. They Can Be Banned from Cities

Their argument is provocative: “While the European Commission did not seek to increase the headline 80 mg/km emissions limit for diesel vehicles, which must still be adhered to in the laboratory test, they granted “Conformity Factors” that in effect did increase the limits for the harder, on-road part of the test. As a result, all diesel vehicles only had to meet 168 mg/km by September 2019, falling to 114 mg/km by January 2021. This was in practice a large increase in the permissible emissions limit.” Continue reading

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