Hyperloop One offering 9 potential routes in Europe

Hyperloop One is offering 9 potential routes in Europe for more efficient, greener and on-demand transportation. The company unveiled its plans in a conference in Amsterdam yesterday.

According to the company press release,  these nine potential European routes will connect over 75 million people in 44 cities, spanning 5000 kilometers and connecting the entire continent.

The proposed routes would greatly reduce passanger and cargo transport times across some of the continent´s most heavily trafficked regions. The routes include: Germany, Estonia-Finland, Spain-Morocco, Corsica-Sardinia, the Netherlands, Poland, UK Scotland-Wales, UK Northern Arc and UK North-South Connector.

With Hyperloop One, passangers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. With this magnetic levitation the pod glides at airline speed for long distances, curbing emissions and fuel consumption at the same time.

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Tag Heuer and 20th Century Fox collaborate in Kingsman

KingsmanTagOneShe_Ref103_2TAG Heuer, part of LVMH Group (MC:FP), has announced a global partnership with MARV films and 20th Century Fox in the upcoming new film from acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in cinemas worldwide on September 22, 2017. TAG Heuer’s Connected Smart Watch is the Official Watch of The Kingsman.

In the new film, the Kingsman agents will all be fitted with TAG Heuer watches. According to the Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver,  Kingsman means explosions, action, laughter, and, of course, elegance.

Director Matthew Vaughn added: “For Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we needed a smart watch for our agents. We looked at the different options available, but none of them were elegant enough for a Kingsman. Then I saw an interview on Bloomberg TV with Jean-Claude Biver about his connected watch, and it became immediately obvious; the Kingsman agents would wear the TAG Heuer Connected.”

See the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle:

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Siemens: Energy blockchain trading piloting in New York

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One of the largest engineering and manufacturing companies Siemens (SIE:GR)  is piloting a blockchain energy trading in Brooklyn, New York. According to company, this is a small scale pilot and the aim of this is to find how energy trading is working between communities.

– We are experimenting this new method of energy trading. We see that this will be one of the future trends in the energy sector and the way people can themselves trade energy as part of climate awareness, says Siemens Director of Smart Cities Julie Alexander to ComteamPUBplus.

In that project, neighbors with and without photovoltaic systems, are buying and selling solar power from each other on a blockchain platform that automatically documents each transaction. If Hurricane Sandy should hit again, this isolated network would operate self-sufficiently. This renewable energy project is a pioneer in the movement toward a distributed energy supply system. Siemens is partnering with a local start-up company called LO3 Energy in that project.

This kind of peer-to-peer business deal is very cost efficient and has great potential.  According to Coimarketcap, the total value of the assets being administered via blockchain all over the world is 1,6 billion dollars.

– The energy markets are evolving with new cap and trade -markets for example in Tokyo, Japan and Ontario, Canada. And energy companies are building Smart Grids and new kinds of energy storage and are entering the market with electric cars markets and renewable energy solutions for customers. The big players, which we share,  in the energy markets are  for example Microsoft (MSFT:US), SAP (SAP:GR) and IBM (IBM:US). We all are working with the data related to the energy sector, Julie says.

Customers can have different kind of financing possibilities for new energy efficiency investment, but according to Julie customers are not always aware of financial instruments such as Green Bonds.

According to latest statistics the Green Bonds Markets have increased by 17 percent in the first quarter of  2017 compared with year ago. The issuance was nearly 30 billion dollars and the expectance for this year is 120 billion dollars.

Siemens market value is 113 billion dollars and the company is investing in digitalisation of the manufacturing industries, healthcare and the infrastructure sectors. The company  is listed in Frankfurt, Xetra.

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Apple building closed-loop supply chain

 

Apple (AAPL:US) is building a closed-loop supply chain in order to minimize the impact in environment. According to the company Environmental Report 2017 ” we’re going deeper to pioneer a closed-loop supply chain, where products are made using only renewable resources or recycled material to reduce the need to mine materials from the earth. ”

This statement also highlights the need to decrease the use of conflict minerals in the mobile phones & devices production. Apple´s total greenhouse gas emissions last year were 29,5 millions, 77 % was from manufacturing, and the carbon emission per product has decreased to 97 kg versus 137 kg in 2011.

Apple is investing in green data centers and the company can say that all iMessages, Facetime and Siri are run by renewable energy. And the same target is with the real estate investments & projects.

Accordign to the Report, Apple Park, the new corporate headquarter, is on track to be the largest LEED Platinum–certified building in North America. Over 80 percent of the new campus is open space with more than 9000 drought-tolerant trees and it is operated by renewable energy.

– We’re pushing our manufacturing partners to join us in the fight against climate change. Seven major suppliers have now pledged to power their Apple production entirely with renewable energy by the end of next year, the company reported.

Partners committed to 100 percent renewable energy for Apple production by 2018  are: Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd. • Catcher Technology • Compal Electronics • Ibiden • Lens Technology • Solvay Specialty Polymers • Sunwoda Electronics

 

 

 

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The US Smartwatch markets to get new devices

The smartwatch industry seems to be growing in the US. Two companies have launched new devices to consumers in recent weeks. And for example Apple ((AAPL:US) and Nike (NKE:US) have announced their new model called NikeLab, which sales will start next week in the Nike´s webstore.

The Chinese ZTE smartwatch Quartz is available from the third largest operator, T-Mobile in the US. The smartwatch is powered by Android Wear 2 & Qualcomm Wear 2100 platform. According to the company release, consumers can connect virtually when they like and where they like, while the smartwatch is operating all time in the T-Mobile network. This smartwatch is available from the T-Mobile stores from tomorrow on and the pricing is just under 200 dollars.

Verizon (VZ:US), the US telecom company, has launched an exclusive smartwatch called Wear 24. And it can be used apart from the smartphone like the ZTE´s rival. This smartwatch costs 299 dollars and 349,99 dollars without the contract. The Verizon Wear has different colors ranging from stainless steel to rose gold. This model also includes Android Pay.

Verizon released also its first quarter results today.  – Our first-quarter results again demonstrated that customers value a high-quality network experience,” said Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam.

– To build on our loyal customer base and the third-party recognition we have received for network leadership, we extended our wireless and fiber network capabilities, began offering an unlimited pricing option and expanded our opportunities in new markets. We’re executing on strategies to capture future growth and create long-term shareholder value, he said in the statement.

In the financial markets analysts are expecting some kind of M&A deal with for example Comcast, Disney or CBS. Verizon has said it is open to talks with them according to Bloomberg News. If there would be some kind of a merger, it would change the landscape of media and telecom companies in the US totally. The market value of Verizon is about 197 billion dollars.

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Porsche Design: Developing a car-integrated luxury watch for 2020?

 

The German Porsche Design, a company in the Volkswagen Group ((VOW:GR) is on the road to develop something new,  a car-integrated luxury watch? According to people familiar with the matter, this integrated watch would be part of the company´s innovative thinking and design.

The technology transfer will take its time and this would mean that the company might be launching this connected watch at the same time as the parent company Porsche, is starting the deliveries of its first electric cars, Mission Es. This car would be totally electric and new innovation from Porsche.

According to sources, Porsche Design is  not developing a smartwatch, but they are developing a watch that can be integrated to cars., “Porsche Design is transferring car´s technology into watches and that is why they do not speak about smartwatches”, the sources said to pubplus.club.

Porsche company has been developing its Digital Lab with thousands new employees during the last years and the company says that they will invest in the digital transformation with double-digit sums of their annual revenues. Last year Porsche´s turnover was 22,3 billion euros and the result before taxes 3,7 billion euros.

For example Apple (AAPL:US) is developing its own electric car with different functions that can be integrated. The main idea with Apple is that they would like to have a car, which could be operated with Apple phone. The functionality and usability of the iPhone for driving would be integration of future-looking car technology and autonomous cars.

Porsche Design is not doing the same, but vice versa while they want a smartwatch or connected watch with a car integration.  They know that Porsche drivers like to drive the car and feel the movement but on the other hand in long distance driving some autonomous functions might be good.

The parent company, Porsche, based in Germany, near Stuttgart, has over 8000 R&D employees. According to the company strategy “The sportscar of the future will blend the history and values of the Porsche brand with innovative technologies, while at the same time ensuring sustainability. In achieving this, topics such as electromobility, digitalisation and connectivity will play an important role.”

Porsche Design launched its new Monobloc Actuator watch during the BaselWorld. In this model, titanium, which has been used in engine construction for over 50 years, is given an entirely new form. This chronograph has a single rocker switch enabling longer durability and lifetime. They are in shops from May 2017 and prices start at 6000 euros.

Porsche Design was founded in 1972 with the design innovations and inspirations from motorsports. The brand philosophy is characterised by combining design expertise and engineering excellence.

 

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Porsche Design MONOBLOC ACTUATOR TitaniumBlue_3DSoldatPorsche Design Timepieces:

1972 – the first entirely matte black wristwatch

1978 – the first watch with an integrated compass

1980 – the first chronograph made entirely from titanium  

2004 – the first watch with mechanical-digital display

2017 – the next innovative watch concept

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Car journey in Europe with Tesla

This was my second time with a Tesla Model S after nearly a year and a half , but still something new. This time it was my first drive in Europe and in cities with no driving experience. Yes, I finally decided that now is the time to do something new and try to drive a Tesla in places I have no driving experience at all.

 I started the journey in Zurich City, Switzerland. First my drive almost ended while I was figuring out how to get the car from the parking place. After some try and error I finally found the right button and the journey could start:). Luckily the morning rush hour had passed.

 It is remarkable how driving a car can be similar to cycling. Once you have done it, you can remember it again. And so it was with my driving with the Model S. It was a pleasure to drive in the city with Google Maps, showing the real time traffic information and the navigation was made easy. No worries when to turn left or right, and when to go forward. And now it was time to set the destination.

I decided to visit Northern Switzerland with cities like Winterthur and St. Gallen and crossed the boarder to Germany also in Konstanz. Driving the highway with a luxury car is easy, while safety is one of the key functions in the car. Tech and car companies have done a lot to avoid different kind of traffic accidents, but there is of course a lot to do still. Autonomous cars or driverless cars can be common thing in the coming couple of years.

 The bad thing with highways is that you only see a part of the country, so I decided to look for the local roads. Yes, here you can see the old buildings with jugend style, beautiful gardens, see scenery and take a break.

 During my way back to Zurich I went to a Supercharger place. It was easy to see from the panel that there were only 2 other cars in that station, so there was room for my test car as well. And charging was fast with the Supercharger, with the battery being nearly at full capacity in less than an hour.

 When taking a tour in Europe, it is rather easy with Superchargers, while there are plenty of stations to choose. But for example in the Nordic countries like Northern Sweden and Finland, it is better that you can calculate your route beforehand in the navigation in order to avoid power shortages.

 It is expected that the power station network is going to be the main thing when car companies & utilities are calculating the electric car demand and supply.  What is the standard, what will it cost for the car users and what are the governments doing on this topic?

 Tesla (TSLA:US), as the forerunner in electric cars and charging, has got a new international owner from China, the internet-operator Tencent. With 5 % ownership this investor might be looking for a new platform for their games..? At the moment although all videos and games are not allowed on the Tesla car’s screens due to safety reasons, but maybe during the charging..?

Anyway, my last kilometers to Zurich Airport were fine with Led-lights on and the parking inside the parking house was a piece of cake. Yes, driving should be fun, easy and safe!

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Technical details of the Tesla Model S:
Power: 422 PS
Price: From 89.100 Euro in Finland (Model S 90D 114.100 Euro)
Transmission: 660 NM
Energy: 90kWh
Electric Autonomy: 557 km (NEDC)
Passengers: 5 regular seats + option for 2 rear-facing seats for children
Powertrain warranty: 8 years with unlimited kilometers

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