Google has acquired a shareholding in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). The institute said the move will make it easier to transferÂ the results of research activities to business and society. Germany’s R&D minister, Johanna Wanka, said the tie-up with Google provides opportunities for the further development of the Internet of Things. But Read More..
Robert Bosch said it has joined a German research product aimed atÂ speeding up the development of automated-driving technologies. The German automotive supplier group said Ko-HAF, as the project is called, wants to help develop cars “in which drivers no longer need to be constantly vigilant.” Ko-HAF is a German-language acronym that stands for “Cooperative Highly-Automated Read More..
Each year there are roughly 1,800 reports of drivers heading the wrong way on Germany’s autobahn network. When this leads to accidents, they are often serious. One in six people involved in a resulting collision is killed. The Technical University Clausthal in northern Germany, working with consultants c4c Engineering, has developed a prototype for an Read More..
BMW has teamed up with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to conduct research on future transportation technologies. The collaboration will focus on advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human machine interfaces and mobility patterns and concepts. BMW and NTU said in a press release that their joint research, which will be conducted in a new Read More..
Sales of personal navigation devices (PNDs) are set to decline sharply in coming years as consumers opt for alternatives, according to a report by Berg Insight. The analysts predicted that PND sales will fall to 17 million units by 2017, down from 28 million last year and 33 million in 2011. They provided several reasons Read More..
LAS VEGAS — A research vehicle based on the Lexus LS showed the direction safety technologies are likely to take in coming years, Toyota said. The Japanese carmaker showed a vehicle that is equipped with a range of futuristic-looking technologies aimed at making driving safer and at times relieving the driver of some responsibilities. But Read More..
Representatives of Volvo Cars, the truck maker Volvo and universities in Gothenburg and Shanghai attended the official inauguration of the China-Sweden Research Center for Traffic Safety in Beijing this week. The research facility is the result of a visit by former Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in April, 2012. Sweden and China have developed close Read More..
Audi said it has completed a three-year research project designed to build a technology platform for electric mobility. The German premium car maker said the platform’s modules can now be used in a variety of electric vehicles. Audi worked on the so-called e performance project with supplier Robert Bosch and several institutes of Aachen Technical Read More..
IBM is opening its first African research lab in Nairobi, where it will focus specifically on the problems and issues facing the continent. The US-based IT services group said the facility in the Kenyan capital will conduct research on how better IT systems can help make the public-sector more efficient; how Â big-city transportation and water Read More..
Researchers at Leibniz University in Hanover are developing a new automotive lighting system that gives drivers a clearer view of the road and makes their car more visible at night. The researchers, who work in the university’s Institute of Product Development, are building laser diodes into cars’ headlights. These shine more and better distributed light Read More..