Autonomous Vehicles: Time to start thinking about the people inside

“I hate solitude, but I’m afraid of intimacy.”  —Iris Murdoch Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org Currently, most of the attention on autonomous vehicles is focused on the technology that lets cars drive themselves. However, in the near future, the industry will need to broaden its focus to include what is arguably just as important: the passenger. A

Renault-Nissan To Test Fleet Of Autonomous Zoes In Paris

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced a partnership with autonomous vehicle services company Transdev which will see a fleet of self-driving Renault Zoe models hit the streets. In a statement, the two automakers said that they will collaborate with Transdev to develop a modular transportation system that enables clients to book vehicles and for mobility operators

New autonomous vehicle insurance and electric vehicle infrastructure

Self-driving car insurance and electric vehicle charge point measures introduced in Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill. New insurance rules for self-driving cars and measures to improve provision of electric vehicle charge points will be introduced today (22 February 2017), as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill. It is hoped these measures will help

Tesla Model 3 at launch (Image: K. Field/CC)

In time, all cars will be electric, driverless and running on renewables

Speculation about the future of transportation, like common flu, appears to be contagious. Not a week goes by without another celebrity, business guru or executive predicting that future of transportation is electric. That, you may say, is probable and not newsworthy. What is newsworthy is that many of the same people are predicting that the

A group of self driving Uber vehicles position themselves to take journalists on rides during a media preview at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh (Image: GJ. Puskar, AP)

Why most self-driving cars will be electric

As our urban transportation landscape becomes automated over the next decade, it could spark an electric car revolution. Spend enough time around these early self-driving vehicles and you notice that nearly all are hybrids or pure electric vehicles. They include Ford’s automated Fusion, the similarly equipped Fusion hybrids that Uber is deploying in Pittsburgh, the

Tesla Model 3 at launch (Image: K. Field/CC)

Perfect storm of factors speeding electric vehicle development

Even if you work the auto industry, you probably didn’t expect the current rush to develop, build, sell, and drive electric vehicles. But there’s no denying it. A series of technology developments, market disruptions, and wake-up calls are hastening an inevitable shift from fossil fuel engines to electric power in cars and trucks, according to

Tesla Model 3 at launch (Image: K. Field/CC)

Your time is up, Stanford tech expert tells petroleum industry

ADDRESSING a high-profile audience of the Thai energy sector last week, Stanford University lecturer and Silicon Valley investor Tony Seba minced no words in warning them that petroleum, which had been a source of livelihood to many of them, would become obsolete by 2030 or sooner. Citing four key technologies – energy storage, electric vehicles,

The researchers claim there is now urgent need for a higher qualified workforce to avoid further skills shortages across the electric vehicle sector

Electric cars worth £51bn to UK economy ‘if Government acts now’

The UK Government will lose out on major economic benefits unless it makes a significant investment in upgrading the nation’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and upskilling the motor industry, an independent academic report will warn this week. The report, commissioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), concludes that the overall economic and