Is there room for a new player in the auto industry – one that exclusively uses the sun’s energy? For the team at the Technical University Eindhoven behind the solar powered vehicle Stella Lux, the answer is a clear yes.
Let’s think back for a moment to the summer of 2014. The entire world had its eyes on Brazil, host of the football World Cup. The country’s government proudly spent years and millions preparing for the games, including the construction of a cable car travelling over the favelas, or slums, of Brazil’s second largest city. The project was originally pitched as a way out of poverty for the estimated 1.3 million of Rio’s nearly 12 million (metro area) inhabitants who live in dire conditions. But with the 2014 World Cup now nothing more than a distant memory (well, maybe not for Germany), and with Russia pegged to host the event in 2018, what’s become of Rio’s ambitious plans?
Mobility is gearing up for the future. Thanks to new developments, including smart technologies, mobility is becoming more intelligent. Not only will it solve problems as they happen, it will anticipate challenges down the line. In this way, future mobility will successfully keep us moving.
As director of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO, Gernot Lobenberg has unique insight into how mobility – especially eMobility – will develop and change in urban centres. The agency’s target is to transform Germany’s capitol and surrounding region into an internationally recognised model for all matters of electromobility.
When I was a student, an acquaintance of mine drove a black Golf she’s christened Thunder. I always found it bizarre to name a car but recently while reading about the breakthroughs made with autonomous cars (also commonly known as self-driving or driverless cars), I became intrigued by how technological advances have allowed vehicles to behave like real living objects.
Imagine you’re at a racing circuit. The tension is rising, fans are cheering, your pulse is racing with adrenalin. Suddenly Formula-1 style cars zip by and take your breath away – lightening fast, but no louder than a lawn mower. And they don’t stink. You’ve just experienced motorsports’ latest iteration, Formula E.
Mumbai, Lisbon, Madrid, San Francisco – what do all of these cities have in common? Well, they all claim to be built on hills - seven to be exact (according to Wikipedia). For quite a huge chunk of society hills pose a serious mobility threat. Yes, you can always get in your car and enjoy
Ever heard of Travis Kalanick? Travis Kalanick loves, adores and worships his own company Uber, which was founded in 2009. Being founder and current CEO of Uber, Mr. Kalanick excels at escaping sticky situations. In 1998, his first company Scour – a peer-to-peer file exchange platform - was sued for $250 billion (!)
Sometimes a look into the future can be a scary thing. Not only has it become a bit too overwhelming to keep track of all the latest technological developments, some of them just seem to be science fiction material rather than based on reality. Automated driving has reached an advanced testing phase by now and