As part of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into autonomous vehicles, the Committee have today visited the GATEway Project in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, one of the research development programmes for self-driving vehicles in the UK.
Open access scientific journal eLife has published the result of joint research into Hevea brasiliensis rubber particles conducted by Sumitomo Rubber Industries and the Graduate School of Engineering at Japan’s Tohoku University. In addition to their publication in eLife, the results were also presented at the International Rubber Conference (IRC 2016 Kitakyushu) in Japan on 26 October.
Pirelli and Milan Bicocca University’s CORIMAV eco-tyre cooperation agreements has resulted in one patent a year, 44 student scholarships and 36 doctoral scholarships since it began in 2001. These results and all the advanced materials research resulting from the recently renewed partnership between Pirelli and Milan Bicocca University, was celebrated at an event attended by Pirelli’s CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera and the rector of the university, Cristina Messa.
Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group and the University of British Columbia have formed a research partnership that will allow the two organizations to collaborate in developing technology and solutions for the mining tyre industry.
In the recently-signed memorandum of understanding (MOU), both parties agree to pursue research and innovation as part of a partnership that matches expertise from UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering with the innovation goals of Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group.
Whilst driverless technology may be on its way, hesitation remains amongst UK drivers, according to extensive research released today.
The new study, from Goodyear and the London School of Economics, found that 55 per cent of the UK drivers surveyed would feel uncomfortable driving on roads alongside autonomous vehicles, significantly above the 39 per cent average in 10 other European countries. However, 28 per cent of respondents said they would be comfortable driving alongside AVs, similar to the 30 per cent in the other 10 countries.
On Friday, Michelin will officially inaugurate its new research and development centre in Ladoux, France. The tyre maker laid the foundation stone for the facility in December 2013 and is investing approximately €280 million in erecting a state-of-the-art, 67,000 square metre building and, from 2018, employing 1,700 new engineers and technicians.
New research for Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, has revealed that the average driver knows only 79 per cent of UK road sign meanings, with one in five road signs a mystery. The research even reports that the majority of adults think drivers should retake their driving test periodically.
As many as one in four truck tyres may be running underinflated by 10 per cent, according to research conducted by Continental Tyres. This, of course, not only leads to significantly higher fuel costs but contributes to the likelihood of tyre failure, which is currently responsible for 20 per cent of all truck breakdowns. That’s where Conti’s “safe, reliable and efficient solutions” strategy comes in. Ian Jackson, Continental Tyres’ Technical Systems, sales & services manager explained how the correct application of a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) such as ContiPressureCheck can positively impact business. Looking forward, Conti is advocating for truck TPMS to become a legal requirement and is working closer integration between its systems and truck telematics.
According to the latest research from Ubeeqo, the mobility app, Londoners are wasting thousands of pounds each year on buying, taxing, maintaining, insuring and parking cars they hardly use, as they do not want to solely rely on public transport. “Londoners seem to be hostage to car ownership” said Benoit Chatelier, founder and CEO of Ubeeqo.
Hessian State Secretary Mathias Samson, opened Continental AG’s research workshop in the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) in Frankfurt am Main on 2 February. The so-called “Trend Antenna” event sees students and academics work with Continental for the purpose of developing the future of mobility and research software technologies and algorithms. The event is the fourth institution of its kind at Continental, after Regensburg, Shanghai and Guadalajara (Mexico). A total of around 170 students from around 10 different disciplines work with Continental at the Trend Antennas.
New analysis from Direct Line Car Insurance and PACTS (an All-Party Parliamentary Group) reveals pedestrian casualties on Britain’s roads peak in November each year. Reviewing the available monthly road casualty data, from 2010-2014, the average number of reported serious pedestrian casualties rises from a low of 397 in August to a peak of 565 in November, an increase of 42 per cent. Furthermore, pedestrians account for more than a quarter (26 per cent) of serious injuries each November.
Using more than a billion miles of driving behaviour data, collected over three years (2011-2014), Wunelli, a LexisNexis company, has revealed the most frequent braking black spots across the UK created by speed cameras, based on motorists braking excessively just before speed cameras to avoid being caught. 80 per cent of all the UK speed cameras investigated had hard braking activity, with braking increasing six fold on average at these locations. Wunelli defines a hard braking event as a change in speed of 6.5+ mph over a one second time period, which is enough to propel a bag on the passenger seat into the footwell.
Nails, sharp stones and kerbs are the enemies of all tyres and have led to the premature demise of many. While smaller punctures can be mended, in many cases tyre damage results in the tyre being dismounted and discarded. But does this have to be the inevitable outcome of a meeting between tyre and sharp object? Researchers from institutes in Germany and Finland believe they have come across a means of addressing the irreversibility of tyre damage.
Two recent reports are predicting increased use of carbon black in different industries over the next few years. BCC Research forecasts in its new report that carbon black is expected to show a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2 per cent from 2014-2019, leading to a global market size of US$36 bln in the end year.
Want to get lucky? Then brush up on your driving technique and manners. After questioning 50 men and women aged between 20 and 30 years, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has determined that bad drivers are 50 per cent less attractive than drivers with good skills. Although the small sample group size means the results must be treated carefully, drivers would be well-advised to avoid the top ‘turn off’ behaviours.