Continental to present ContiConnect evolution at IAA

A further development of Continental’s ContiConnect digital tyre monitoring platform will be showcased at the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany. The evolution that Continental will show is said to be a “new solution that can be integrated into existing systems,” specifically a solution that will give these systems a digital tyre monitoring capability. Continental says it will announce further details at a press conference on 19 September.

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Itec Q&A with Norbert Majerus

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AKRON—Author Norbert Majerus is one of the nearly 50 presenters set to speak at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference, planned for Sept. 11-13 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

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People: Michelin announces management change

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Clermont-Ferrand, France – Groupe Michelin has announced the appointment of Pascal Couasnon as director of the mobility experience business line, effective 5 Sept.

The French tire maker said in a 4 Sept statement that that Couasnon will replace Alexandre Taisne while also maintaining the supervision over the motorsport business line which he is currently directing.

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Freudenberg boss: Transform to survive in era of new mobility

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Traverse City, Michigan – Suppliers who are not prepared to embrace new mobility options may not survive in the long run, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies CEO Claus Moehlenkamp has warned.

Indeed, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies could lose around 70% of its automotive sales if it does not embrace opportunities around e-mobility and fuel cells, he said in a presentation at the 2018 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS)…

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Michigan Mobility Challenge to address gaps in transportation services

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Michigan-based projects that demonstrate innovative, technology-driven transportation solutions for mobility challenges soon could receive a financial boost from the state. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that the state has allotted $8 million to help fund pilot transportation projects that focus on mobility challenges experienced by seniors, people with disabilities and veterans.

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GM’s autonomous vehicle unit gets $2.25 billion boost

DETROIT — SoftBank Vision Fund, a prominent technology investment firm, is investing $2.25 billion in General Motors Co.’s autonomous vehicle operation.

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New mobility: Will tire makers ever see the light?

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Original article published in ERJ’s March/April issue.

Electric vehicles, connected mobility and autonomous driving, are forecast by many to radically change the way we all travel around in the not-too-distant future.

While there is clearly an element of technology-push and hype around such developments, there seems little doubt that some big changes are on the way.

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Regulators Are Asleep at the Wheel on Self-Driving Cars

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The companies and officials influencing the development of self-driving technology offered a wide variety of reactions to the death last week of a pedestrian struck by an Uber autonomous vehicle. Uber Technologies Inc. suspended the testing of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, where the incident took place, and in other cities. So did Toyota Motor Corp., citing the emotional toll on the safety drivers who sit in the front seat and monitor for hazards.

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Pirelli unveils ‘cyber car’ technology in Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland – Pirelli & C. SpA has unveiled its latest technical achievement, called Cyber Car, at the 88th Geneva international motor show, 8-18 March.

The new original equipment system, which has been developed in cooperation with car-makers, involves a sensor that enables interaction between the tire and the car.

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Why Trucking and Logistics Will Lead the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

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When we think about the advancement of self-driving vehicles it should start with trucking, freight and logistics.

Trucks move about $700 billion of cargo in the U.S. annually, which amounts to about 70 percent of the nation’s freight by weight. In the near term, that’s why the economic case for driverless technology is so much greater for commercial vehicles.

While many look ahead to the decline of human driving and a subsequent decrease in crashes and traffic fatalities and injuries, most agree it remains a distant vision.

Just last week the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said that self-driving vehicles that fit the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous operation rankings won’t even reach 4 percent of new-vehicle sales by 2030. Beyond that, it’s possible they could reach 55 percent by 2040.

Read the source article at Trucks.com