Recent revelations that US agencies are engaged in widespread international surveillance are an opportunity for Europe, Neelie Kroes said this week. “The NSA revelations are a big let-down for American companies, undermining their competitive position,” said Kroes, referring to international online spying activities conducted by the US National Security Agency. “But they’re a big opportunity Read More..
A European-Union sponsored project will provide travelers with a new set of smartphone apps to make traveling within the 27-nation bloc easier. The Mobinet service platform will offer online access to new types of mobile services such as real-time multimodal travel assistance, parking guidance and Europe-wide ticketing for transit services. The platform’s features will include Read More..
The European Parliament has approved legislation that will establish one patent for 25 of the 27 European Union member states. The move, which comes after more than 30 years of internal discussions, will cut the cost of an EU patent by up to 80 pc, the parliament said in a press release. “Today’s vote is Read More..
Twelve carmakers have agreed to step up cooperation to bring car-to-car communication to European roads through the use of a common deployment strategy. The 12 car companies, which cooperate in the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium, said in a press release in October they want to have cooperative systems in place from 2015. And in Read More..
Digital security experts across Europe are testing their readiness to combat cyber attacks Friday, as the European Union launches Cyber Europe 2012. The exercise includesÂ 400 experts from major financial institutions, telecommunications companies, internet service providers and local and national governments. They will test responses to more than 1,200 separate cyber incidents, which include more than Read More..
The European Commission is stepping up the pressure on member countries to introduce eCall, an in-car emergency calling system that it wants to make mandatory by 2015. Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner in charge of the 27-nation bloc’s digital agenda said she has recommended to the countries that they tell their mobile operators to put the Read More..
Hamburg’s University of Applied Sciences (HAW) is coordinating a European Union project aimed at developing an electric-vehicle infrastructure that extends beyond major metropolitan areas. The project, called the North Sea Region Electric Mobility Network, will look at climate change, mobility and sustainability as it tries to close what it sees as a coordination gap among Read More..
Volkswagen has developed technology that allows hands-free driving at speeds of 130 kilometers/hour. The German carmaker, which showed the technology in final presentations for a European research project, said it represents a link between today’s assistance systems and fully automatic driving. It also said the system is built on components that are similar to those Read More..
A group of automotive companies including Robert Bosch and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen hopes to find ways to expand the driving range of electric vehicles without increasing battery size. The European Union sponsored “OpEneR” project, which stands for “Optimal Energy consumption and Recovery based on system network,” aims to merge data from on-board and off-board sources to increase Read More..
A group of 11carmakers, suppliers and research institutes has been working on new technologies that improve safety at intersections. One project effectively lets a driver look around the corner. Another prevents accidents from occurring when a car turns left. Such systems would help defuse and prevent dangerous traffic situations at intersections, traditionally major black spots Read More..