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October 31, 2016

UNICEF: 300M children worldwide breathing air exceeding WHO pollution guidelines by 6x or more

Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution—six or more times higher than international guidelines set by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO)—according to a new UNICEF report.

The report, “Clear the Air for Children”, uses satellite imagery to show that some 2 billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution, caused by factors such as vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of waste, exceeds WHO minimum air quality guidelines. The findings come a week ahead of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, where UNICEF is calling on world leaders to take urgent action to cut air pollution in their countries.


October 31, 2016 in Emissions, Environmental Justice, Health, Policy | Permalink | Comments (8)

FMC signs long-term lithium carbonate supply agreement with Nemaska Lithium

FMC Corporation announced a new long-term supply agreement with Nemaska Lithium, Inc. Under the agreement Nemaska will provide FMC with 8,000 metric tons per year of lithium carbonate beginning in mid-2018.


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Toyota to establish car-sharing and other mobility services platform; collaboration with and investment in Getaround; smart key box

Toyota Motor Corporation will establish a Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to collaborate with various service providers, as well as telematics insurance. Given on the proliferation and popularity of mobility services, such as car-sharing, the MSPF will have various functions to support these mobility services, and to leverage the Toyota Smart Center (TSC), the Toyota Big Data Center, and financial services.

Toyota also announced an investment in, and pilot car-sharing program with, US car-sharing company Getaround.


October 31, 2016 in Car Sharing, Mobility services, Vehicle Manufacturers | Permalink | Comments (0)

HARMAN and Airbiquity announce first automotive-grade end-to-end intrusion detection solution for connected vehicles

HARMAN International and Airbiquity, a provider of connected vehicle services, announced the first automotive grade end-to-end intrusion detection system (IDS) for connected vehicles at TU-Automotive Europe 2016 in Munich, Germany.

With the increasing dependency on software to power vehicle systems and features, cybersecurity has become a threat to connected vehicles and the introduction of new driving assistance, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and autonomous driving capabilities. By combining HARMAN’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention System inside the vehicle with Airbiquity’s cloud-based Choreo service delivery platform and Software & Data Management solution, the two companies say they will deliver the most robust connected vehicle security threat detection and response capability for automotive customers and their consumers.


October 31, 2016 in Connected vehicles, Security | Permalink | Comments (0)

Volvo Group delivers recommendations on sustainable transport to UN Secretary-General

Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt, in his role as co-chair of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, submitted a report to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon containing ten recommendations on how sustainable transport can advance sustainable development.


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Flint MTA testing Proterra hydrogen fuel cell bus prototype for one year

Flint, Michigan’s Mass Transportation Authority recently unveiled a Proterra Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus prototype; the vehicle is in Flint for a year and is on a pilot/test program. Part of the study will be to see how the bus tests in a cold environment as it has only been run in warmer climates.


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ICCT-led analysis of turbocharged, downsized engine tech finds lower costs and greater benefits than 2012 EPA/NHTSA analysis; 48V, e-boost, Miller

A new white paper published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), in collaboration with Eaton, Ricardo, JCI, BorgWarner, Honeywell, and the ITB Group, analyzes current turbocharged, downsized gasoline engine technology developments and trends.

The assessment, which relies on data from publicly available sources and data and information from the participating automotive suppliers, provides an update to the technology assessments performed by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to inform the 2017–2025 fuel economy and GHG rule.


October 31, 2016 in 48V, Emissions, Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Systems | Permalink | Comments (6)

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin. The main project goal is to develop a framework for evaluating proposals to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations while maintaining food security, water quality, biodiversity and other benefits, Stoy said.


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Microchip introduces first automotive-grade LIN SiP with touch hardware support

Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has introduced the first automotive-grade Local Interconnect Network (LIN) System-in-Package (SiP) solution including a microcontroller with integrated touch hardware support. LiN systems are used throughout the automobile in comfort, powertrain, sensor, and actuator applications.


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JILA team identifies missing piece in how fossil fuel combustion contributes to air pollution

JILA physicists and colleagues have identified a long-missing piece in the puzzle of exactly how fossil fuel combustion contributes to air pollution and a warming climate. Performing chemistry experiments in a new way, they observed a key molecule that appears briefly during a common chemical reaction in the atmosphere. JILA a partnership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder. Their paper appears in Science.

The reaction combines the hydroxyl molecule (OH, produced by reaction of oxygen and water) and carbon monoxide (CO, a byproduct of incomplete fossil fuel combustion) to form hydrogen (H) and carbon dioxide (CO2).


October 31, 2016 in Emissions, Engines, Fuels | Permalink | Comments (1)

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