How automated vehicles can impede driver performance, and what to do about it — ScienceDaily

As cars keep getting smarter, automation is taking many tricky tasks — from parallel parking to backing up — out of drivers’ hands.

Now, a University of Toronto Engineering study is underscoring the importance of drivers keeping their eyes on the road — even when they are in an automated vehicle (AV).

Using an AV driving simulator and eye-tracking equipment, Professor Birsen Donmez and her team studied two types of in-vehicle displays and their effects on the driving behaviours of 48 participants.

The findings, published recently in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention, revealed that drivers can become over-reliant on AV technology. This was especially true with a type of in-vehicle display the team coined as takeover request and automation capability (TORAC).

A “takeover request” asks the driver to take vehicle control when automation is not able to handle a situation; “automation capability” indicates how close to that limit

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Analysis of the climate protection effect of green hydrogen on heavy duty vehicles — ScienceDaily

A partial transition of German road transport to hydrogen energy is among the possibilities being discussed to help meet national climate targets. A team of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) has examined the hypothetical transition to a hydrogen-powered transport sector through several scenarios. Their conclusion: A shift towards hydrogen-powered mobility could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and greatly improve air quality — in particular, heavy duty vehicles represent a low-hanging fruit for decarbonization of German road transport.

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles offer competitive advantages over battery electric vehicles regarding heavy loads, longer driving ranges and shorter fuelling times — making them particularly attractive to the heavy duty vehicle segment” explains lead author Lindsey Weger: “Moreover, transitioning heavy-duty vehicles to green hydrogen could already achieve a deep reduction in emissions — our results indicate a potential of -57 MtCO2eq annually, which translates to about a

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Lucid Motors completes $700M factory to produce its first electric vehicles

Electric automaker Lucid Motors has completed the initial phase of its $700 million factory, a milestone required to begin production of its first luxury all-electric Air sedan this spring.

The factory, which is located about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix off Interstate 10, has the capacity to produce 30,000 vehicles a year. If Lucid, led by CEO Peter Rawlinson, is successful in its bid to attract buyers, that factory will expand from its current 999,000 square feet to more than 5 million square feet. Once fully built out, the factory will have the capacity to build 400,000 vehicles a year.

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It’s an ambitious plan for a company that has yet to deliver a single vehicle. Yet, Rawlinson has remained bullish of EVs and Lucid’s future. Lucid is already getting ready to resume construction on the next phase of the

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BlackBerry shares rocket upwards on AWS deal to integrate sensor data in vehicles

BlackBerry shares shot up in early trading on news that the company will partner with Amazon Web Services to jointly develop and market its vehicle data integration and monitoring platform, IVY.


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BlackBerry stock was up 35% or $2.11 at the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s a sign of both the potential market for smart vehicle services and the ability of Amazon businesses to turn boost the fortunes of businesses with its attention.

The former undisputed heavyweight of the smartphone market, BlackBerry has transformed itself into a provider of business security and information integration services and it’s through this transformation that the company attracted the attention of Amazon’s web services business.

The companies first announced a collaboration in the pre-pandemic January of 2020 when BlackBerry said it would collaborate with AWS on connected vehicle safety and security services for in-vehicle applications.

Around 175 million vehicles

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How Volvo Uses Gaming Tech to Build Safer Vehicles

Since Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt in 1959 that became a standard feature on all modern cars and helped save countless lives, Volvo has become synonymous with safety.

The company knows that when developing new autonomous technologies and safety features such as collision avoidance, it is paramount to cover all possible scenarios that drivers could encounter on the road.

To do this, the carmaker’s engineers use what they call “the ultimate driving simulator”, a setup that would make any hardcore gamer jealous.

It features a moving driving seat, a steering wheel with enhanced haptic feedback, the innovative XR-1 Developer Edition VR headset provided by Finnish experts Varjo, and a full-body Teslasuit that also provides accurate haptic feedback.

The real-time 3D software is provided by Unity Technologies, the company behind the world’s most popular video game development platforms. It enables Volvo developers to create extremely realistic virtual

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Faraday Future Joins Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) Calling for an Accelerated Transition to Electric Vehicles

  • Faraday Future Joins 29 Others as a Founding Member of New Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) in the US
  • Coalition Aims to Push for 100 Percent Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030 and Will Help Secure a Path for the Future of Electric Mobility
  • As a Forward-thinking Leader in the Electric Vehicle Space, Faraday Future Is Committed to Clean Energy EV Technology

Faraday Future (FF), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, today announced that it has joined a coalition made up of 30 companies to launch the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), an organization dedicated to achieving 100% electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States by 2030. Founding members are industry leaders in the EV space including Tesla, Uber and EVgo whose values and strategic interests support ZETA’s principles of EV adoption and growth in the US.

ZETA is the first coalition of its kind advocating for 100%

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Volvo Cars is Using Gaming Technology to Make Vehicles of the Future Safe, Here’s How

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Technological innovations have always been a part of the industry and just like every other industry, the automobile world is also rapidly advancing in contemporary times to make their cars more refined. Over the last century, car manufacturers have witnessed several technological advances to make their vehicles adapt to changing tastes and needs.

In one such case, Volvo Cars – the premium carmaker – has taken the help of gaming technology to make new improvements in safety and autonomous driving technology. The Swedish auto giants are taking the concept a step ahead by employing the use of state-of-the-art simulators, which offer an immersive experience making it hard to distinguish the simulation from reality.

Volvo has set-up features, including a high definition virtual reality headset which offers crystal clear views, a moving

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Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils New Line Of Pure Electric Vehicles – Advanced Mobility Technology For A Sustainable Future | News

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Alpha Motor Corporation, a rising key player in the automotive landscape today announced the company’s official launch from its Irvine, California headquarters. The launch illustrated the company’s vision to transform the automotive industry with its innovative offering of electric mobility. Alpha offers a range of pure electric vehicles that address various mobility needs in three categories:

Commute – driving for daily personal needs.
Business – driving for business and commercial travel.
Recreation – driving for pleasure.

Alpha’s launch was spearheaded by an exciting presentation of the company’s pure electric vehicles built on a proprietary modular platform to company stakeholders. The presentation centered around Alpha’s full family of vehicles, led by the company’s sleek EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) center stage.

“Alpha is a unique legacy in the making,” said Alpha Motor Corporation Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith. “Our purpose-driven mission is straightforward:

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Lawmakers want US Army to quicken purchase of Arctic-capable vehicles

WASHINGTON — Senate appropriators want the Army to move more quickly to buy vehicles capable of operating in the Arctic, according to its version of the fiscal 2021 defense spending bill released Nov. 10.

“The committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to pursue equipment and vehicles necessary for Arctic and cold weather environments,” bill language stated.

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel is adding $8.25 million above the president’s FY21 defense budget request for a family of cold weather vehicles in order to speed up procurement.

Focus on the Arctic has increased in recent years as sea ice is receding at 13 percent per decade, opening up economic opportunities but also competition as Russia continues to project power into the Arctic region and China looks to capitalize on investment in minerals, natural gas, ocean fisheries and trade there.

The Defense Subcommittee also wants the Army, no later than 60

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Spaceflight fills out a line of Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles

An artist’s conception shows Spaceflight’s Sherpa-FX in orbit. (Spaceflight Illustration)

Seattle-based Spaceflight Inc. today unveiled two new options for its Sherpa orbital transfer vehicle — one that uses an environmentally friendly chemical thruster system to help get small satellites where they need to go, and another that’s powered by an electric propulsion system.

Such options add propulsive capability to the standard Sherpa-FX model, which is due to make its first flight as a secondary payload for a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch by as early as December.

For years, Spaceflight has served as a broker and concierge for other people’s payloads — basically bundling small satellites for launch on rockets ranging from the Falcon 9 to Rocket Lab’s Electron and India’s PSLV.

The company hit a significant milestone in 2018 when it arranged for the launch of 64 satellites on a single Falcon 9. During that mission, a pair of

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