Toyota has announced that it will expand its collaboration with Uber as part of efforts to develop and market autonomous ride-sharing as a mobility service at scale. The Japanese automaker will invest US$500 million in Uber, and purpose-built Toyota vehicles will be deployed on Uber’s network with technology from both companies. According to an official statement, the initial ‘Autono-MaaS’ (autonomous-mobility as a service) fleet will be based on the Toyota Sienna. It will feature both Uber’s autonomous driving system and the Toyota Guardian automated safety support system. Toyota will also utilise its Mobility Services Platform (MSPF), its core information infrastructure for connected vehicles, with pilot-scale deployments set to begin on the Uber ride-sharing network in 2021. “Uber’s automated driving system and Toyota’s Guardian system will independently monitor the vehicle environment and real-time situation, enhancing overall vehicle … [Read more...] about Toyota invests in Uber for automated vehicle tech
DRIVERS will be allowed to park their cars using remote control systems from next month. A new clause added to the Highway Code will mean drivers can legally park their cars using their mobile phone - and they don't even have to be inside the vehicle. A number of luxury connected motors offer remote parking features, which can be accessed either via the key fob or a smart phone app. Laws surrounding the use of the emerging tech have been blurred in the past, because drivers could be fined under mobile phone regulations if they used parking assist features while still in the car. But the new condition will make it legal for motorists to use a remote control device if they are inside or within six metres of the vehicle. The new section of the Highway Code, which comes into force in June, reads: "You may park your vehicle using a handheld remote control app or device. "The app or device MUST be legal, and you should not put other people in danger when you use it.” The Department for … [Read more...] about Drivers can legally park their car using a remote control from next month – but does it break mobile phone laws?
As reported on Motortrader.com in March, Vospers is currently constructing a new £12m multi-franchise dealership in Exeter. Following on from that, the company has revealed details of the new after sales service centre.In addition to the 28 service bays, the new workshop will feature the latest manufacturer and independent diagnostic equipment, including a Proline multi-check lane with the latest four-wheel alignment system. This technology supports automated checks covering the brakes, battery, tyre pressures and tread depths once the car is up on to a ramp. The new technology will see Vospers introduce new ‘Express Servicing’. This will support one-hour turnarounds for some services and MOTs. Vospers Express Servicing will be available every day of the week across four dedicated express bays for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes. Customers waiting for their vehicles will have wi-fi and refreshments. Technicians are also trained in making short video presentations … [Read more...] about Vospers releases details of service centre at new Exeter supersite
Soorajith Radhakrishnan, Head, Powertrain Division, Continental India, speaks to Autocar Professional, giving his outlook on the government’s approach of fast-tracking electric mobility in India, its impact on the ecosystem and how this German component major is preparing itself to capitalise on the incoming opportunities. Excerpts: What is Continental Automotive Components India's outlook of the NITI Aayog mobility report that suggests that India can become a large EV market by 2030-2032?It is a promising step by NITI Aayog. Transformation of the mobility scenario in India is only possible with all stakeholders coming together to work on the same objective. Only with a clear and unambiguous policy can the industry move towards large-scale adoption of electric mobility. It is a very ambitious target and will be heavily dependent on the evolution of battery technology and also charging infrastructure. Do you think the ambitious targets set for all-electric mobility are … [Read more...] about ‘Development of battery tech will be key towards achieving mass-scale e-mobility in India.’
Groupe PSA the parent company of the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands has decided to introduce a fourth production team and hire 600 people at the Hordain plant in Northern France by May 2018. The move comes in response to strong demand for the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy (known as Dispatch in some export markets), as well as the Peugeot Traveller and Citroën SpaceTourer, which have been produced at the facility since mid-May 2016. To form the new team, the Hordain plant (previously known as Sevel Nord) will be hiring people from most manufacturing professions – including production workers, forklift operators, maintenance technicians, automation experts and production system supervisors – in primarily temporary positions of up to 18 months. In addition to the fourth team, the plant has also confirmed its night shift, which was created for a provisional six-month period in late September 2016 to support the market launch of new … [Read more...] about Strong demand for Peugeot and Citroen vans sees fourth production team introduced