Lead Story November 18, 2018

Burgeoning automotive tech is driving new streams of advertising-fueled options. Advertising can help provide free electric charging, gig economy money and free cars to drive. Auto Futures talked to three North American startups to find out how their business models...

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Mobility November 19, 2018

The price tag to get ahead of the competition is eye-popping. Germany’s Volkswagen says it will invest €44 bn in the future issues of e-mobility, autonomous driving and digitalization in its plants and vehicles over the next five years. The…

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Innovation November 16, 2018

It may look like a bicycle pulling a cart but it may well be a cheap solution to a whole raft of challenges in developing countries. The Afreecar is the brainchild of Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird, who has been solving mobility…

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Spotlight November 13, 2018

By 2030 nearly all new cars will be fully electric. That’s the bold claim of Erik Fairbairn, the CEO of the leading UK electric charging company Pod Point. He makes the prediction in the second part of our interview. Watch…

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VW’s €44 bn Bet on Future Technology

The price tag to get ahead of the competition is eye-popping. Germany's Volkswagen says it will invest €44 bn in the future issues of e-mobility, autonomous driving and digitalization in its plants and vehicles over the next five years. The amount represents a third of the group's total expenditure between 2019 and 2023. The announcement was made at its Supervisory Board meeting.

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen's CEO of Volkswagen says: “One aim of the Volkswagen Group’s strategy is to speed up the pace of innovation. We are focusing our investments on the future fields of mobility and systematically implementing our strategy.”

To achieve its aims, VW says three of its main plants in Germany will be the focus of the production of electric vehicles.  "We’re also expanding our production sites for our e-offensive," says Diess.

VW also released an update on its on-going partnership talks with Ford. It says the joint development and manufacture... Read more

JLR Supports UK’s new Smart Mobility Centre

Jaguar Land Rover is throwing its weight behind a new multi-million pound smart mobility centre to be established in the UK.  It will be based at the University of Warwick and will seek to deliver driverless-capable vehicles to reduce traffic congestion and…

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The startups know it, the mainstream manufacturers have woken up to it and now the wider public is starting to get it, the fact that we’re on the cusp of a mobility revolution not seen since the bygone days of…

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Auto Futures is made by journalists for journalists. It’s an editorially independent resource dedicated to documenting the changes taking place in the industry and their impact on urban mobility. From high tech startups shaking up the business model to traditional…

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Green

The electric car is failing to gain momentum in Germany, the country where the automobile was invented. Although the German government had the goal of having one million electric cars on the roads by 2020, it is already clear that…

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Thomas Achelis November 11, 2018

Solar Roof Charging Technology Revealed

South Korean car giants Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors are planning to introduce ‘solar roof’ charging technology on selected vehicles. The electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion,…

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Adrian Smith October 31, 2018

Tech

It’s a problem that has blighted motoring for decades – how to avoid getting stuck at red lights in cities. Now Jaguar Land Rover is offering a solution to this 150 year old problem. Its Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) technology allows cars to ‘talk’…

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Adrian Smith November 15, 2018

JLR Supports UK’s new Smart Mobility Centre

Jaguar Land Rover is throwing its weight behind a new multi-million pound smart mobility centre to be established in the UK.  It will be based at the University of Warwick and will seek to deliver driverless-capable vehicles to reduce traffic congestion and…

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Adrian Smith November 13, 2018

Self-Driving Trucks Powered by 5G in Sweden

Self-driving trucks powered by 5G are now in operation at a storage facility in the city of Jönköping in Sweden. It’s part of a collaboration between Swedish telecom companies Ericsson and Telia and the transport group Einride that allows driverless…

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Adrian Smith November 8, 2018

The Rise of the Robot Services – a Special Report

The robots are coming to the pavements of Milton Keynes, a town in southern England. It’s become a testbed for the world’s first robot delivery service. The company behind this pioneering scheme is Starship Technologies, a startup founded by two…

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