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UM Study: Self-Driving Cars May Induce People To Travel More, Negating Green Benefits

ANN ARBOR—The benefits of self-driving cars will likely induce vehicle owners to drive more, and those extra miles could partially or completely offset the potential energy-saving benefits that automation may provide, according to a new University of Michigan study. In the coming years, self-driving cars are expected to yield significant improvements in safety, traffic flow

By |2019-04-17T17:56:22-04:00April 17th, 2019|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

RJ King Moderates Electric Vehicle Panel At IoT Tech Connect April 29

ROYAL OAK - RJ King, Editor of DBusiness, will moderate the electric vehicle track at IoT Tech Connect April 29 at the Michigan Science Center. He discusses his thoughts on where electric vehicle development is now and his panelists - Daron Gifford, Partner, Plante Moran Robert Bollinger, CEO, Bollinger Motors Shodit Mere, CEO, Bedestrian. RJ

By |2019-04-14T14:58:19-04:00April 14th, 2019|Auto Tech, M2 TechCast, Podcasts|

Denso To Invest $1.6 Billion In Electric Vehicle Technology During Next Three Years

SOUTHFIELD - DENSO announced it will invest approximately $1.6 billion over the next three years – from FY2018 to late FY2020 – to support development of electrified automotive products, systems and technologies. To achieve its long-term business goal to create and inspire new value for the future of mobility, DENSO is focused on increasing its performance

By |2019-04-11T21:22:40-04:00April 11th, 2019|Auto Tech|

Ford CEO Says Automakers ‘Overestimated’ Self-Driving Cars

DETROIT - Ford CEO Jim Hackett scaled back hopes about the company's plans for self-driving cars this week, admitting that the first vehicles will have limits. "We overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles," said Hackett, who once headed the company's autonomous vehicle division, at a Detroit Economic Club event on Tuesday. While Ford still plans on launching

By |2019-04-11T21:22:41-04:00April 11th, 2019|Auto Tech|

Hydrogen Storage For Cars: UM Researchers Zero In On Best Bets

ANN ARBOR—As researchers work toward next-generation electric vehicles, they may be hitting their heads on the ceiling of what lithium ion batteries can deliver. Meanwhile, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan are pushing the performance of a competing electric vehicle technology—hydrogen fuel cells—to new heights. A hydrogen fuel cell is a zero-harmful-emissions

By |2019-04-10T16:51:54-04:00April 10th, 2019|Auto Tech|

UM-Ford Study Examines Role Of Flying Cars In Sustainable Mobility

ANN ARBOR—In the 1960s animated sitcom The Jetsons, George Jetson commutes to work in his family-size flying car, which miraculously transforms into a briefcase at the end of the trip. A new study of the environmental sustainability impacts of flying cars, formally known as electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs, finds that they

By |2019-04-10T16:51:54-04:00April 10th, 2019|Auto Tech|

Electric Car Battery With 600 Miles Range?

SAN JOSE, Ca. - Electric carmakers have long been clamoring for a battery breakthrough that will improve the range of their vehicles while also extending their lifespans. Innolith, a Swiss startup, says its new high-density lithium-ion batteries can do just that. The company claims to have made the world’s first 1,000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. (Watt-hours

By |2019-04-04T18:18:09-04:00April 4th, 2019|Auto Tech|

ASME Sponsors May 7 Electric, Autonomous Vehicle Event At ACM

YPSILANTI—The American Society of Mechanical Engineers will sponsor “Electric/Self-Drive Vehicle Technology In Action” Tuesday, May 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Center for Mobility, 2701 Airport Drive in Ypsilanti. The event will be held inside Hangar 1 at ACM, 801 Kirk Profit Drive. Signs will guide visitors from the site entrance to

By |2019-04-03T16:55:11-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

Apple Hires Tesla’s Head Of Electric Powertrains In Effort To Bring Electric Car To Market

SAN FRANCISCO - There has long been a debate about Apple’s secretive automotive project being only about a self-driving system for vehicles rather than a full electric autonomous vehicle. It now looks clear that the latter is the case as Apple hires Tesla’s head of electric powertrains. Earlier this month, we reported on Tesla losing its

By |2019-03-31T18:31:49-04:00March 31st, 2019|Auto Tech|

Tesla Semi Electric Truck To Deliver Electric Cars – Sustainable Future In A Photo

SAN FRANCISCO - Tesla is in the middle of its end-the-quarter push to deliver as many vehicles as possible and it’s even using its own electric semi truck prototypes to deliver vehicles. CEO Elon Musk shared a picture of the Tesla Semi truck carrying the vehicle – showing a glimpse at a sustainable future in

By |2019-03-31T18:31:49-04:00March 31st, 2019|Auto Tech|