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Daimler helps fund autonomous flying taxi

Volocopter 2X

German firm Daimler invests US$29 million in self-flying taxi innovator Volocopter Volocopter – the German start-up behind the futuristic electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft – has received a total of around US$30 million from investors including Daimler and technology investment firm Lukasz Gadowski. Funds will be used …

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VW continues robotic charging partnership

Source: Volkswagen

Volkswagen and Kuka have confirmed the extension of a strategic partnership that hopes to provide innovative solutions for EV charging and parking. Volkswagen recently announced that it has signed a Cooperation Contract with Kuka Robotics to further analyse two particular areas of mobility. The Volkswagen Group wants to use the …

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Hyperloop One shows off Eurotrips

Hyperloop One test track, Nevada.

Open competition proposes routes across Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and more Hyperloop One, the more developed of the two companies attempting to commercialise the vacuum-tube transportation technology made famous by Elon Musk, has unveiled a number of proposed European routes. At an event in Amsterdam the company laid out …

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Continental’s AllCharge system promises 150km in 5 minutes

Concept art for AllCharge - the bidirectional system opens up new applications for the vehicle battery.

The AllCharge system could be a USB-style solution to charging, enabling all EVs to use all infrastructure Although perhaps best known for its tyres, Continental is keen to show off its expertise in the field of electric mobility. This week saw a series of announcements for the sector. Most notably, …

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World’s first hybrid nitrogen bus hits trial stages

Source: Horiba Miro

A consortium of companies, organisations, and institutions, co-ordinated by Innovate UK, has announced that it is running trials of a nitrogen-diesel hybrid bus with the hope that the technology can soon hit approval stages. Horiba Mira, an independent automotive engineering and testing provider, has collaborated with Dearman, supplier of the …

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