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IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 21 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Berlin, Germany on 11-12 April 2018. All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
The Volkswagen Group is driving forward with the transformation to e-mobility. 16 locations around the globe are to produce battery powered vehicles by the end of 2022.
Our research, published in Agricultural Robots and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Markets and Players, describes how robotics is transforming the world of agriculture. Indeed, our previous articles have described agricultural robotics and drones could become a $28Bn and $35B industry by 2028 and 2038, respectively. In this article, we seek to demonstrate the diversity of functions, forms and fortunes that exists, and will continue to exist, in agricultural robotics.
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable "proton battery" that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.
For the first time, scientists will deploy a small fleet of long-range autonomous underwater vehicles that have the ability to collect and archive seawater samples automatically. These new robots will allow researchers to track and study ocean microbes in unprecedented detail.
Panasonic Corporation has begun mass production of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Dalian, China, and held a ceremony to mark the first shipment.
NATS, the UK's leading air traffic services provider, and fast-growing UK-based drone traffic management solutions company Altitude Angel, have entered a strategic partnership that lays the foundation for a future whereby drones and manned aircraft could safely co-exist in the UK's busy skies.
The world's first production electric snowmobile can outperform the best combustion snowmobiles while being vastly more efficient.
LGM is a subsidiary of Leo Motors, the first company in Korea to develop electric vehicles. LGM specialises in electric boats, and has developed a system to prevent electric shock that allows them to build e-boats with more than 40 hp. 90% of their market is in China, where they plan to retrofit millions of fishing boats to meet local emissions regulations
New all-electric ford transit09 Mar | United States
Lightning Systems is on schedule for March deliveries of its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit and that it has developed a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the product.
Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx Chairman interviews George Bye, CEO of Sun Flyer at the IDTechEx Show! USA 2017.
There is a flood of new electronic and electrical devices reintroducing toxins very similar to those in tobacco smoke, diesel fumes, asbestos and other killers. There has been no tracking of what is arriving, assessing toxicity and likely prevalence. Uniquely, the new IDTechEx report, "Toxic Materials and Alternatives in Electronics/ Electrics 2018-2028" now does just that.
Havyard Group will be delivering the design for seven battery-powered ferries to Fjord1, five of which will be built at the company's own shipyard. Havyard and Fjord1 will thereby continue their partnership to achieve a green revolution on the Norwegian fjords.
Loomo is a smart machine that toggles between a mini personal transporter and mobile robot sidekick.
Lithium-ion batteries could be under threat after the development of polymer materials that could challenge the dominance of these traditional batteries.
Toyota will establish a new company in Tokyo in the latter part of this month named "Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development" that will accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving.
Using drones to feed billions06 Mar | United States
As our population continues its rapid growth, food is becoming increasingly scarce. By the year 2050, we will need to double our current food production to feed the estimated 9.6 million mouths that will inhabit Earth.
This event continues to grow with 400 registering at the entrance and 48 table top exhibitors including a busy IDTechEx stan
Siemens and Ballard Power Systems plan the joint development of a fuel cell drive for the Siemens Mireo train platform. Working together, the two companies intend to develop a new generation of fuel cells with an especially long lifecycle and high power density as well as improved efficiency.
Everything in the world of robotics is changing: robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks.
Honda Motor Europe has announced it will supply its state-of-the-art Power Manager units as part of the EV-elocity consortium project in the UK. The project aims to demonstrate the business case for Vehicle-to-Grid technologies across a variety of UK locations.
Nissan and DeNA will begin a field test of Easy Ride, the robo-vehicle mobility service being developed by both companies, on March 5.
As the demand for lightweight materials increases in the automotive and aerospace industries, so does the demand for suitable processing methods. Can we minimize material use? Can we obtain high-strength welds without damaging temperature sensitive composites?
In order to combat air pollution, a German court has issued a decision with wide-ranging and costly implications that marks a turning point for diesel vehicles in Germany.
The two companies have come together to provide the most advanced sensing technology for the in-car environment that will detect distraction and drowsiness and take action through the car's safety systems.
Metal Matrix Composites (MMC): finally reaching the top of wish lists27 Feb | North America (USA + Canada), Worldwide
Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) have been known and explored for a very long time, but new innovations and an increased demand for high-performance lightweight materials means that they are finally ready to make it beyond their previous false starts.
UPS announced it plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies - an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large scale fleet adoption, as reported in Electric Vehicles Research.
Solisco has been announced a winner of a Global Energy Award at the Clean Energy Awards 2018 for 'Most Innovative Electric Vehicle Power Tech - UK 2018.'
Developed by U.K. start-up Samad Aerospace and unveiled at this week's Singapore Airshow, the three-engine craft seats up to 10 people. It is fully electric during landing and takeoff while relying on diesel turbofan engine propulsion during high-altitude cruising.
Companies have big ideas for drones that can deliver packages right to your door. But even putting aside the policy issues, programming drones to fly through cluttered spaces like cities is difficult. Being able to avoid obstacles while traveling at high speeds is computationally complex, especially for small drones that are limited in how much they can carry onboard for real-time processing.
Tanzania announced that it is launching the world's largest drone delivery service to provide emergency on-demand access to critical and life-saving medicines.
Cummins Inc announced the acquisition of Johnson Matthey's UK automotive battery systems business, a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Electric Vehicles research reports on the KALK, an electric motocross bike with a top speed of 50 mph and a range of 50 miles.
Everything in the world of robotics is changing: robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks.
The goal of the cooperation, which will create a pioneering architecture called the Premium Platform Electric, is to shape the mobility of tomorrow together and to put future electric vehicles on the market more quickly.
The largest 100 per cent electric car-sharing scheme in the Southern Hemisphere has been launched in New Zealand.
Terrafugia's mission is to create practical flying cars that enable a new dimension of personal freedom. Terrafugia (ter-ra-FOO-jee-ah) is derived from the Latin for "Escape the Earth".
Dubai trials autonomous pods15 Feb | United Arab Emirates
The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) has completed initial tests of the world's first autonomous pods. The autonomous electric vehicles are fitted with a battery that supports 3 hours of operation.
EHANG has unveiled footage of the latest test flights of their self-flying passenger aircraft.
Sodium-ion batteries might soon provide a less expensive, viable alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The new technology also would help solve material sustainability issues by alleviating the mining of lithium - a diminishing resource.
A team of researchers has created a new fuel cell offering both exceptional power densities and long-term stability at optimal temperatures, a discovery that heightens the viability of incorporating fuel cells into a sustainable energy future.
1,218 I drones made history for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony with the Winter Olympics' first-ever drone light show that also set a Guinness World Records title for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously."

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