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    1. Bayer MaterialScience: Creative material solutions for future automotive concepts

      Design and styling are key factors in today’s automotive industry. In addition to its outstanding mechanical properties, polycarbonate is also ideally suited to this area, because it offers maximum design freedom in everything from coloring and surface finishing to lighting. Bayer MaterialScience already collaborates closely with auto designers, and recently invited students from the distinguished Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and the Northern Works design agency in Finland to Leverkusen.

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    2. Forget Self-Driving Cars, Get Ready for Self-Banking Cars

      Forget Self-Driving Cars, Get Ready for Self-Banking Cars

      As manufacturers increasingly equip automobiles with Internet access, financial institutions are closely studying connected cars to understand what a future saturated with such vehicles could mean for their business. FIS, the largest fintech vendor in the world, has been researching ways for people to do tasks like check bank balances with their voices, according to company spokesman Brad Fennessy.

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    3. Report: Jaguar-Land Rover don’t believe in autonomous cars

      One of the future prospects for the automobile industry is the recent push for autonomous driving technology, which is obviously causing quite the buzz. But in the point of view and perspective of Jaguar-Land Rover’s R&D chief, Wolfgang Epple, J-LR doesn’t approve of autonomous driving technology because they don’t consider the occupants inside the car, “cargo.” “We don’t want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B,” said Epple, who’s most likely referring to the connection between man and machine, and all that is holy in the world of performance ...

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    4. Fuses – the most important part of an EV?

      Fuses – the most important part of an EV?

      Electric vehicle (EV) product development has traditionally centred around improving range and performance. However, choosing the right fuse is essential for protecting the EV and its components, and for ensuring the continued development of the technologies. Changing climate An EV is comprised of a number of expensive components, notably the electric motor and the battery pack.

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    5. BMW Shows Off Fuel Cell Tech With Sinister-Looking i8-Based Test Car

      BMW Shows Off Fuel Cell Tech With Sinister-Looking i8-Based Test Car

      BMW has been researching fuel cell technology for over a decade now, but development seems to be acceleration ever since the automaker locked down a partnership with Toyota back in 2013. To showcase its progress, BMW recently held an “Innovation Days” technology demonstration event featuring two full-cell prototypes including one based on a 5 Series Gran Turismo and another looking based on the i8.

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    6. Rebooting the Automobile

      Rebooting the Automobile

      Automakers and tech companies are racing to bring safer and more useful smartphone-style interfaces to cars. Can any of them go further and reprogram vehicles completely?

      “Where would you like to go?” Siri asked.

      It was a sunny, slightly dreamy morning in the heart of Silicon Valley, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of what seemed like a perfectly ordinary new car. There was something strangely Apple-like about it, though. 

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    7. Elektrobit Hopes to Design the Future of Infotainment and Autonomous Driving HMI with Guide 6

      One of the biggest challenges for automakers and suppliers been creating infotainment interfaces that are intuitive and easy, and therefore safe for drivers to operate. And as connectivity has brought more features into the car and automakers have adopted smartphone- and tablet-like interfaces – and also begun to include outside developers in the process of creating third-party application for cars –the task has become even more daunting for human-machine interface (HMI) designers. So the supporting software has had to quickly adapt.

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    8. Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

      Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

      Driverless cars will be taking over our roads in around 12 years time, when comms technology has advanced to deliver the power of the datacentre direct to your preferred motor. Andreas Reich, head of electronic pre development at Audi, this week told a Huawei Innovation Conference in Munich that if the 1970s was the age of electronics for the auto industry, and the 90s the age of software, we are now in the age of “cloud data”.

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    9. Nanogenerators Will Let Electric Car Tires Pull Electricity From The Ground

      Nanogenerators Will Let Electric Car Tires Pull Electricity From The Ground

      It’s becoming clear: electric cars are the future. Between electric mainstays like Tesla and legacy car manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet, the auto industry is racing towards making truly viable electric cars. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping that process along, with a nanogenerator meant to help car tires pull their own weight, by pulling latent electricity from the ground itself.

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    10. European project seeks to use the cloud to spot road hazards

      European project seeks to use the cloud to spot road hazards

      European traffic location and navigation provider HERE is spearheading an interesting project in Finland, one that seeks to use cloud computing to help vehicles spot a variety of road hazards well before a human driver can see them. This pilot project, expected to start in 2016, intends to assess the capability of current and emerging mobile network and location cloud technologies to transmit critical road safety information in real-time to vehicles, such as black ice, 

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    11. BMW Group and NTU Singapore launch US$965K electromobility research program; Electromobility in Asia and Smart Materials

      BMW Group and NTU Singapore launch US$965K electromobility research program; Electromobility in Asia and Smart Materials

      BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) launched a new electromobility research program, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8. This new research program will be conducted at the Future Mobility Research Lab located on the NTU campus, which is the BMW Group’s first joint lab in Southeast Asia.

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    12. Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

      Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

      The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident.

      The industry is promising a glittering future of autonomous vehicles moving in harmony like schools of fish. That can’t happen, however, until carmakers answer the kinds of thorny philosophical questions 

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    13. Admiral Inks Car-Tracking Technology Agreement

      Admiral Group PLC has struck a connected-car deal which will mean the motor insurer will be able to generate video footage of a crash using Google Earth within minutes of the accident happening, despite no camera being present in the car, the Financial Times reports. Admiral has signed a three-year deal with Redtail Telematics, a car-tracking hardware and software company, to supply its Plug & Drive policy. Policyholders will be given a device which will plug into the car and will communicate to Admiral how the customer is driving.

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