Pulling up to the pumps and filling your car with fossil fuels will soon become a thing of the past. Yesterday, France announced its intention to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2040, while manufacturer Volvo have pledged to stop making them by 2019. Autonomous cars might take a little longer
I saw my first autonomous electric pod in Milton Keynes today while taking a lunchtime walk. Although I’ve followed the development of the Lutz Pathfinder for a few years, this was the first time I’ve seen one ‘in the flesh’. It appeared to be undergoing testing on undeveloped land on the eastern side of the
India is resisting the push towards driverless cars in order to protect jobs, its transport minister has said.
Nitin Gadkari said the government would “not allow any technology that takes away jobs”. He said India needed to recruit about 22,000 more commercial drivers and would be opening 100 training facilities to address the need. India’s road system and sometimes chaotic traffic makes it a difficult place to develop the technology. The Hindustan Times
One of the leading on-demand ridesharing companies has committed to charging its forthcoming autonomous electric vehicle fleet with electricity from renewable sources. One of the promises of services such as Lyft and Uber (which are called ridesharing platforms but are more like dispatchers for freelance taxis) is that they will reduce the need for car
Europe’s first on-demand driverless vehicle service on open roads is set to begin operating in France later this year. The pilot service, a collaboration between Delphi and French-based public transport operator Transdev, will see autonomous vehicles operating in Saclay, a Paris suburb, and Rouen in Normandy. In Paris, initially one shuttle will operate along a
The joint venture in autonomous driving by BMW, Mobileye and Intel has gained another partner in German automotive parts and tyre company Continental. As the development of the technology continues at a pace, manufacturers are finding themselves in needs of an alliance with technology companies to ensure they can keep up with the demand required
Japanese manufacturer Honda has spelled out its plans for the future as it unveiled its mid-term Vision 2030 strategy plan. The company wants to develop level 4 autonomous cars for sale by 2025 and plans two new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2018. The company has been investing in its research and development of future mobility,