Ola wants to put a million electric vehicles on India’s roads

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India’s biggest ride-hailing company has ambitious plans to put a million electric vehicles on the country’s polluted streets.
Ola, Uber’s main rival in India, said Monday that as a first step it’s aiming to roll out a fleet of 10,000 electric rickshaws in several cities over the next 12 months. India’s ubiquitous three-wheeled taxis are normally fueled by gas. Ola wants its drivers to switch to battery-powered versions.

The company said it plans to hit the 1 million vehicle target by 2021.

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Sophia the robot wishes Egypt success in World Cup – Egypt Independent

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Sophia the robot wished the Egyptian national football team success at the FIFA World Cup in Russia and hoped that Egypt makes achievements in different fields to the benefit of mankind — similar to the achievements of Mohamed Salah in the field of sports.

via Sophia the robot wishes Egypt success in World Cup – Egypt Independent

Home design by 3d-printer robot for $300,000 – Business Insider

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The company will build a prototype of its first home, designed by architecture firm WATG, this year in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Branch’s machines will print the walls, roof, and floor of the 1,0000-square-foot model over the span of a few months, and then a construction crew will assemble the components on-site.

via Home design by 3d-printer robot for $300,000 – Business Insider

Vanguard Motorcycles teams with Erik Buell for two electric commuters

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VanguardSpark will be run by Vanguard’s Francois-Xavier Terny, in conjunction with Frederic Vasseur of Spark Racing Technologies (who will supply the official chassis for FIA’s Formula E from Season 5 onwards) and another guy you may have heard of: Erik Buell.

Buell has been reasonably quiet since his Erik Buell Racing (EBR) brand closed down in 2015, but motorcycle fans still see him as one of the industry’s greatest innovators. That’s not just from his terrific EBR bikes, but also from what he was able to achieve building on a Harley-Davidson platform with his original Buell bikes.

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Volkswagen Aurora Audi driverless cars | Blog | 2025AD – The Automated Driving Community

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A little over a year old, Aurora is already a heavy-weight in the industry. Urmson was the head of Google’s self-driving project before it became a spin-off called Waymo. Anderson was the director of the semi-autonomous autopilot program at Tesla and Drew Bagnell, one of the most respected experts on machine learning in the US, headed the autonomy and perception team at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center.

While Aurora is an ideal partner in the automated driving world, industry insiders expected Volkswagen to keep AD development inhouse. Audi, the Bavaria-based car manufacturer and part of the Volkswagen group, spun off its subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) in early 2017 to ready a level 5 car for series production. “Autonomous Intelligent Driving is working for the entire Volkswagen group,” Audi boss Rupert Stadler said at the time. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg, where the Volkswagen group is headquartered, was already working on an alternative. “We have been discussing a cooperation with Aurora since 2016. Talking became doing in mid-2017,” said group Chief Digital Officer Johann Jungwirth earlier this year

via Volkswagen Aurora Audi driverless cars | Blog | 2025AD – The Automated Driving Community

Audi makes virtuality reality with track-ready e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

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Want a ride? Starting at the first Formula E race in Rome on April 14, the e-tron Vision will begin shuttling lucky passengers to the races as part of Audi’s commitment to the series.

“E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance,” said Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, Audi AG. “With the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo race taxi we are turning electric mobility into a tangible experience for our customers and guests as part of the Formula E races – in the middle of the world’s metropolises.”

via Audi makes virtuality reality with track-ready e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

NASA gears up for first interplanetary launch from US Pacific coast

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on May 5 when the first interplanetary mission to launch from the US Pacific coast lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. On May 5 at 4:05 PDT (11:05 GMT), the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is scheduled to lift off atop a 189-ft-tall (57.3-m) United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on its first leg to the Elysium Planitia region of Mars to conduct studies of the planet’s structure.

via NASA gears up for first interplanetary launch from US Pacific coast

Charged EVs | Polish city orders 30 battery-equipped trolleybuses

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The city of Gdynia in Poland has ordered 30 battery-equipped trolleybuses from the Polish firm Solaris Bus & Coach, at a total cost of around $28 million. In addition to traditional trolleybus drivelines, which draw power from overhead wires, the new Solaris buses will be fitted with batteries that enable driving off the traction line.

Fourteen of the new vehicles are Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses, which will feature 58 kWh battery packs; 16 are articulated Trollino 18 models, which will be equipped with 87 kWh packs. Both types will be able to cover dozens of kilometers in zero-emission mode without the use of a pantograph. The new trolleybuses are to be deployed by spring 2019.

via Charged EVs | Polish city orders 30 battery-equipped trolleybuses

A New AI “Journalist” Is Rewriting the News to Remove Bias

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For some of the more political stories, the AI produces two additional versions labeled “Left” and “Right.” Those skew pretty much exactly how you’d expect from their headlines:

Impartial: “US to add citizenship question to 2020 census”
Left: “California sues Trump administration over census citizenship question”
Right: “Liberals object to inclusion of citizenship question on 2020 census”
Some controversial but not necessarily political stories receive “Positive” and “Negative” spins:

Impartial: “Facebook scans things you send on messenger, Mark Zuckerberg admits”
Positive: “Facebook reveals that it scans Messenger for inappropriate content”
Negative: “Facebook admits to spying on Messenger, ‘scanning’ private images and links”

via A New AI “Journalist” Is Rewriting the News to Remove Bias

Buick Teases Enspire Pure Electric SUV Ahead Of April 17 Debut

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It seem likely Buick will sell this vehicle in China at some point in the near future. However, it’s not clear if it’ll ever be U.S.-bound.

We’ll have more details from the show floor in just over a week, so stay tuned.

via Buick Teases Enspire Pure Electric SUV Ahead Of April 17 Debut

Check Out This Kreisel Electric Fire Truck

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Electric police vehicles are something that we see from time to time, but an electric fire truck is a rare sight.

Kreisel Electric Fire Truck
This particular one was built by Kreisel Electric in Austria and is a fully functional vehicle in Linz.

According to Kreisel Electric, these types of vehicles are another perfect fit for electric conversions because typically a fire truck covers only short distances and charging can be done in between calls.

via Check Out This Kreisel Electric Fire Truck

The 6 Automakers Closest To Losing Federal Tax Credit

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Hitting 200,000 will trigger the phaseout period of the $7,500 federal tax credit.

Currently, all of the plug-ins vehicles sold in the U.S. are eligible for full federal tax credit of up to $7,500 (depending on battery capacity – see actual credit amount for each vehicle here).

But when a particular manufacturer sells 200,000 units, the full amount will be available through the end of that quarter and for the following quarter. Then, all new plug-ins from that manufacturer will be eligible for just 50% of the per-vehicle credit amount – for only two more quarters. After that, the credit diminishes even more until it’s eventually gone for that particular manufacturer.

via The 6 Automakers Closest To Losing Federal Tax Credit