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Toyota and Net Impact announce 3 finalists of Next Generation Mobility Challenge

April 24, 2017

Net Impact, a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change, and Toyota announced the 3 finalists of the Next Generation Mobility Challenge. Launched in 2015, the Next Generation Mobility Challenge is a national competition from Toyota, the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Net Impact to inspire millennials to develop solutions for critical mobility needs in local communities and around the world.

The finalists were selected based on project design, feasibility and social impact by a panel of judges from the two organizations.

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Michelin brings back Challenge Bibendum event as Movin’On

April 17, 2017

After a three-year hiatus, Michelin is rebooting the venerable Challenge Bibendum sustainable mobility event. The new Movin’On by Michelin, a global summit for action on the future of mobility, will be held in Montreal, Canada on 13-15 June 2017.

The first Challenge Bibendum took place in 1998 with a course that ran from Clermont-Ferrand to Paris. The event showcased 50 low-emission cars that traveled a total of 600 kilometers (373 miles) in three days. Michelin then hosted a second Challenge Bibendum in 2000. This event drew a field of 32 electric, hybrid, fuel cell, diesel and natural gas powered vehicles from nearly all the world’s major vehicle manufacturers and top design houses.

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GM and SAE International select 8 NA universities for new autonomous vehicle competition; Bolt EV the platform

April 06, 2017

At WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience, SAE International and General Motors announced the eight North American universities which will compete in the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge. This new autonomous vehicle design competition is a three-year challenge to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. The competition’s technical goal is navigating an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition by Year 3.

GM will provide each team with a Chevrolet Bolt EV as the vehicle platform. Strategic partners and suppliers will aid the students in their technology development by providing vehicle parts and software. Throughout the AutoDrive Challenge competition cycle, students and faculty will be invited to attend technology-specific workshops to help them in their concept refinement and overall autonomous technical understanding.

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Cadillac and ContiTech win 2016 Altair Enlighten Awards for innovation in automotive vehicle lightweighting

August 02, 2016

Simulation technology company Altair, together with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), announced the winners of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Award an award program created specifically to acknowledge innovation in vehicle weight reduction.

The winner of the OEM-focused Full-Vehicle category was GM for the 2016 Cadillac CT6, a vehicle 157 lbs (71 kg) lighter than the BFI (body frame integral) construction. For the Module category, which focuses on the achievements from within the automotive supplier base, the winner was ContiTech for its unique polyamide rear crossbeam for the 2016 Mercedes S-Class. The awards were presented during the 2016 CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) in Traverse City, Mich.

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