Ford Hybrid – economic driving with design

The Ford Mondeo Vignale is really surprising with the economic driving. This hybrid car is energy efficient with the 89 g/km  CO2-emissions and making the best of the electric and petrol combination. According to the company calculations, the combined consumption is 3,9 l/ 100 km.

It is also designed to last longer – the Ford Vignale Collection is perfect for the weekend travelling. Ford has designed for example Italian-style fashion collection with mobile phone holder and weekendbag. They represent the finest leather quality, as the car´s interior design.

With this car, the car is charging itself during the driving, so there is actually no need for plug-ins at all and the size of the petrol tank is 53 litres.

The hybrid Mondeo has several technologies that increase the safe driving but also they help with communications using Apple CarPlay or Android and having smart voice service to control the navigation.

In recent years Ford Motor (F:US) has transformed its models to meet better the new low carbon regulation and last weekend the company announced that they will invest 11 billion dollars by 2022 to 40 hybrid or fully electric vechiles. This is in line with other big car manufacturers as they are preparing for the new time after fossil fuel engines in 2030 or 2040.

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Intel to show virtual reality at the Olympic Games -CES2018

Intel (INTC) will present virtual reality first time at the Winter Olympic Games in South-Korea this year. The company said that they will focus on having 30 different events to engage real-time virtual viewing. Intel showed details about the project during the CES2018 in Las Vegas today.

– Intel will focus primarily on infusing its 5G platforms, Virtual Reality, 3D and 360-degree content development platforms, artificial intelligence platforms, and drones, along with other silicon solutions to enhance the Olympic Games, the company said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel announced in June last year this long-term technology partnership in New York.  IOC President Thomas Bach and Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive officer, said the partnership is through 2024 and they expect this partnership will transform the Olympic Games and the experience globally.

The first Olympic Games activation will take place at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, in South Korea, in February 2018, where Intel technology will provide real-time virtual reality viewing.

Intel’s global activation rights will include the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games in 2024 in a city yet to be selected.

– Intel 360 replay technology will allow fans to experience the greatest, most memorable Olympic moments from every angle at the Olympic venues. In the future, TV viewers at home will be able to experience what it’s like to be at the Olympic Games with a front-row seat, or choose from many different viewing points in the Olympic venues. The power to choose what they want to see and how they want to experience the Olympic Games will be in the hands of the fans, the company says.

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Samsung outlined its connected IoT strategy – CES2018

Samsung Electronics (SMSN:LI) outlined its vision and strategy for intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) experiences at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

During the press conference, Samsung demonstrated its  ability to make seamlessly connected consumer experiences across Samsung devices at home, at the office and on-the-go. Samsung has been working to make all Samsung products IoT ready by 2020. In addition, the company announced today its plan to advance IoT adoption via an open, consistent and intelligent platform.

– At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and services announced today, we’re making IoT easier and more seamless,” said Hyunsuk Kim, President, Head of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research.

– We’re committed to accelerating IoT adoption for everyone and making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020, he said in the press release.

 

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Samsung is working with partners such as the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). OCF is the largest IoT standardization body in the world.

According to Samsung, in spring 2018 the company will unite its IoT applications, including Samsung Connect, Smart Home, Smart View and more into the SmartThings app to connect and control any SmartThings-enabled device directly from their phone, TV, or car from a single application.

Additionally, Samsung announced plans to connect HARMAN Ignite to the SmartThings Cloud, moving the IoT experience beyond the smart home to the car. As a result, consumers will be able to manage their connected home from the car and vice versa.

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Audi Q7 hybrid for business

Audi Q7. One of the styliest cars with long traditions but always with high technology. As this one:  Audi Q7 hybrid business e-tron.  The efficiency for the driving and energy consumption has been optimized. One can confirm that over 35 years of quattro is behind the success story.

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According to the company the combined fuel consumption is 1,8-1,9 l per 100 km and the CO2 emissions about 50 g per km.  The driving range with electric power is about 50 kilometers. The good thing is also that the whole driving range is about 1400 kilometers.

The lightning of the car is excellent while during the night the given scene is nearly the same as daylight. This is because of the innovatively configured Led-lights. Also the rear lights increase the shining comfort. Safety is among the top things also for Audi.

And when you want to have a break during  your journey, parking is made very easy with 360 degree camera.

For the driver it is possible to integrate either the Apple or Anroid smart phone in order to get the phone calls and text messages directly to the display.  It also allows you to listen to your own music or dictate your messages or have them read to you.  The application also allows you to lock or unlock the car.

The interior design is high-quality, with different leather and other materials. The colors are reflecting the natural beauty and harmony.

This car is sure for business and one can compare it for example with Volvo XC90. Both are massive cars but still dynamic and easy to drive with design and technology to details.

 

 

 

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Samsung to invest in connected cars

The South-Korean technology company Samsung (005930) has announced it will invest in connected cars and AI via its new 300 million dollars tech fund. Samusung made the announcement during the International Motor Show in Frankfurt last week.

According to the company the new fund, part of the Harman International company, will focus on smart sensors, connected solutions and security.  A big part will also be advanced driver assistance services (ADAS). Harman company is known for its navigation services and onboard entertainment systems. The company was bought by Samsung with 8 billion dollars in 2016.

Samsung has also announced that it will start to test autonomous driving in California and Korea.

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BNEF: Sales of electric cars to 3 million by 2021

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance´s (BNEF)  new study the electric car markets will grow faster than earlier expected. The forecast shows EV sales worldwide growing steadily in the next few years, from the record 700,000 seen last year to 3 million by 2021. 

The general finding is that EVs will not just have lower lifetime costs, but will also be cheaper to buy than internal combustion engine cars in most countries by 2025-29. This is because of tumbling battery prises.

Electric vehicles will make up the majority of new car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to the study.

It also confirms the recent announcements from car manufacturers related to electric cars. For example Volvo released their commitment to electric cars a couple of weeks ago saying that they will focus on hybrid or totally electric cars from 2019 onwards. The first totally electric Volvo-cars will be build in China, but later on also in Europe and  the US.

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Picture: Robots in Tesla factory. The new Tesla Model 3 was ready from the production line in California on Monday this week.

By 2040, EVs will be displacing 8 million barrels of transport fuel per day and adding 5% to global electricity consumption.

According to the study, since 2010, lithium-ion battery prices have fallen 73% per kWh. Manufacturing improvements and more than a doubling in battery energy density are set to cause a further fall of more than 70% by 2030.

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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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