Live Streaming of the Lamborghini Urus Worldwide Premiere

The Lamborghini Urus is an upcoming SUV designed by Lamborghini. The car will be unveiled on 4 December 2017 and will be put on the market for the 2018 model year. The name comes from the Urus, the ancestor of modern domestic cattle, also known as the aurochs

Live streaming will start at 6:00 PM Central European Time (CET).

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LIGHTYEAR a Dutch startup introduces energy positive solar car! Yes Energy Positive

Energy Positive means the car produces more energy than it consumes

The company is founded by alumni of Solar Team Eindhoven which built Stella and Stella Lux to participate in Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

“The Lightyear One is a statement to show that electric cars are ready for every corner of the planet”, Lex Hoefsloot clarifies. “It is the first step in our mission to make electric cars available for everyone”. Since the car does not require any charging points, it is especially well suited for area’s where the adoption of electric cars is held back by the lack of charging points. The attractively shaped four-wheel drive sedan will even handle rough terrain, so you can take it almost anywhere.

The company’s mission is to help the world in faster adoption of electric vehicles by eliminating the limitations of adoption of electric vehicles. The limitations they are trying to address are

  1. Availability of charging stations
  2. Faster recharging of the car
  3. Range on one complete charge
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Lightyear is trying to address these issues by developing a car that continuously charges itself using solar power and doesn’t require external power source for months to refuel it. The car is designed to be very light, aerodynamic and so efficient that it is energy positive!

The Car

The first vehicle, the Lightyear One, is an electric four-wheel drive car that can handle rough terrain and has a battery range of 800 kilometers, charged by the sun. Production of the car together with industry partners will start from 2019 onwards. Of this first version, a limited number of models will be produced. Pricing starts at 119,000 Euro excluding tax; reservations start today.

“You can think of the Lightyear One as being as an electric car redesigned from the ground up to combine the best of solar cars and electric cars.”, says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear. “It’s a revolutionary step forward in electric mobility because we are able to combine a great look with extreme efficiency. This first model makes science fiction become reality: cars powered using just the sun”. At night or on a cloudy day the Lightyear One can drive up to 800 kilometers on a fully charged battery, depending on your battery configuration.

In sunny climates, Lightyear One is able to drive for months without charging

The integrated solar cells on the roof of the car will generate enough power to recharge the battery during the day and will render charging virtually unnecessary. In sunny climates, like most parts of the US and the south of Europe, the car can drive for months without charging. For very long trips an overnight-charge using an ordinary power socket will suffice – no need for electric car charging infrastructure.

Media Contacts:

Company Name: Lightyear
Full Name: Tessie Hartjes
Phone: +31 612 849 937
Email Address: tessie.hartjes@lightyear.one
Website: www.lightyear.one


Source & reference links

  1. Press Release Jet
  2. Lightyear
  3. World Solar Challenge
  4. Solar Team Eindhovan

Tata Motors forays into future mobility solutions with TAMO

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As reported earlier by us, Tata Motors unveiled their new sub-brand TAMO.

As a core element of its transformation journey ‘FutuReady’, Tata Motors presented today its new Passenger Vehicle strategy and introduced its new sub-brand – TAMO. It will act as an incubating center of innovation towards new technologies, business models and partnerships in order to define future mobility solutions.

TAMO as a new, separated vertical will operate in the first step on a low volume, low investment model to provide fast tracked proves of technologies and concepts. TAMO will act as an open platform to network with global startups and leading tech companies, to get access to trends, innovations and solutions, for the design of exciting future products and services. For the rapidly changing automotive environment, TAMO will transform the experience of interfacing and interacting with customers and the wider community. TAMO will provide a digital eco-system, which will be leveraged by Tata Motors to support the mainstream business in the future.

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Speaking on the announcement, Guenter Butschek, MD & CEO, Tata Motors, said, “The success of our transformation journey ‘FutuReady’ is measured by our vision and depends on our ability to deliver on our comprehensive strategies for our business units. Our game plan addresses six themes – topline improvement, cost management, structural improvements, customer centricity, new mobility solutions and organizational effectiveness. To secure our future in a rapidly changing environment, the advanced mobility solutions space is of utmost importance. The introduction of TAMO will help us to co-design India’s automotive footprint by taking new technologies and mobility concepts as a new ecosystem to market.”

Tata Motors’ New Passenger Vehicle (PV) Strategy

To achieve sustainable financial performance, while delivering exciting innovations, Tata Motors is aiming to be amongst the top 3 passenger vehicles by 2019, in India. Taking an outside-in approach, Tata Motors reviewed its existing PV product portfolio and formulated a new PV strategy based on the evaluation of different customer segments and global progressions in terms of design, technology and innovation. Tata Motors foresees a strong demand growth in the hatchback and the SUV segments, according to this study.

Speaking on its well-defined PV Strategy, Mayank Pareek, President, PV Business, Tata Motors, said, “In line with our new PV strategy, our portfolio will include a mix of brand enhancing products and ones that are well aligned to the rising aspirations of the different target customer segments. Our strategy is to deliver 7-8 product variants from two platforms, for greater coverage and sizable economies of scale. Our new architectural approach supports our effort to reduce complexity, enables future technologies and ensures global relevance. We have mapped technology solutions in key areas such as powertrain systems, ADAS and enhanced connectivity to our future product portfolio and have defined the application framework. Our goal is not to just comply with the emerging regulations but be ahead of the requirement.”


Technology drivers that will lead the future

The automotive industry is facing a discontinuity in the nature of mobility, and the products & services needed to satisfy the emerging customer preferences. These emerging trends may lead to a new set of competitors thus causing disruption in the traditional operating models. To secure a future position in a rapidly changing environment, Tata Motors is actively exploring opportunities to offer products and solutions catering to the discerning needs of our customers, new approaches, technologies, business models and partnerships.

Speaking on tapping innovative mindset globally, Dr. Tim Leverton, President and Head Advanced and Product Engineering, Tata Motors, said, “With TAMO, we are starting a new era. The idea is to find new and agile ways of innovating and experimenting. Our success in this new mobility world will be contingent to our ability to network globally and to partner with new thought leaders. Our focus will be to scout for new technologies and to explore opportunities at the innovation hubs across the globe and to work with start-ups in the new spaces. Since this requires a different way of thinking, we will apply within TAMO also, new ways of working because leadership is all about time to market.”

The first product developed by TAMO will premiere at the upcoming 87th Geneva International Motor Show on March 7, 2017.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,75,561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

Watch the action unfold as the countdown begins on www.tamo.co.in

INFINITI opens Smart Mobility Lab in Singapore

INFINITI opens Smart Mobility Lab in Singapore

  • INFINITI and Nest launch a pioneering new startup program for entrepreneurs
  • Startup companies from around the world can apply now here
  • Builds on successful Accelerator programs in Hong Kong for Smart Cities & Internet of Things startups

HONG KONG – INFINITI Motor Company, Ltd. and Nest, a leading venture capital firm and innovation partner, have announced the launch of “INFINITI LAB, Smart Mobility” in Singapore, a unique program created to give founders the opportunity to achieve validation of their business over the course of eight weeks. Applications are open until February 12, 2017 and the program will culminate in June 2017.

INFINITI LAB, Smart Mobility has a defined objective: give high-potential startups in mobility and connectivity intensive training and mentoring, so they can pitch a viable business-use case to INFINITI’s senior decision makers and key innovation stakeholders from across the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The eight-week program is aimed at startups that have advanced from the idea stage and are ready to gain validation in a commercial setting. INFINITI calls this an Ignition program, a stage beyond the traditional Accelerator format.

“This program is a key part of INFINITI’s initiative to promote entrepreneurial spirit in the business community,” said Roland Krueger, president of INFINITI Motor Company. “Automobiles play an important role in future intelligent cities. Technologies of connectivity will enable vehicles to communicate with each other and with city infrastructures. This will significantly enhance the driving experience, and INFINITI is committed to leading the development in this area.”

“INFINITI LAB, Smart Mobility” is part of INFINITI’s ongoing commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship – with course content designed specifically to prepare early-stage companies in the fields of smart mobility and connected technology for corporate integration.

Up to eight startups will be selected by an experienced panel before being invited to Singapore from April to June 2017 to join the first-of-its-kind initiative. Each founder will receive dedicated mentorship and guidance from industry experts at INFINITI and Nest, tailored to help refine their business models and prepare them to pitch for a proof of concept (POC) project with INFINITI by the end of the eight weeks. There will also be an investor Demo Day to give the startups the opportunity to pitch to investors with the aim of securing further funding and new business opportunities.

The program is strategically located in Singapore, one of the world’s most progressive nations in regard to its commitment to building a fully smart, connected and sustainable city. The startups, which will be selected from local and international applications, will be intrinsically linked to the Singaporean innovation ecosystem for the duration of the program and benefit from the wealth of opportunities available through the alignment with the Government’s Smart Nation initiative.

INFINITI LAB – Mobile LAB + Jason Hoskings, Red Garage Ventures
Infiniti’s Dane Fisher drives with entrepreneur Jason Hoskings in this episode of Mobile LAB. From being a startup CEO to being the Founding Director of Red Garage Ventures (part of the Coca-Cola’s Founders Platform), Jason shares with Dane his insights on where his journey is taking him.

INFINITI has chosen to once again work with innovation partner Nest following two successful accelerator programs in Hong Kong. INFINITI also plans to expand entrepreneurial initiatives to other cities during 2017.

“This program could be transformational for early-stage companies who need commercial validation of their product,” said Nest CEO, Lawrence Morgan. “Startups need the opportunity to test their products and theories, and this program is highly focused on giving founders a clear path to POC so they can quickly gain traction and scale.”

For more information about the program and other entrepreneurial initiatives from INFINITI LAB, please visit https://www.infiniti-singapore.com/infiniti-lab.html

Applications open today and the deadline for submissions is February 12, 2017.

About INFINITI
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China.  INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.

INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive.  The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies.

From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infiniti.com. You can also follow INFINITI on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

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 Via: Nissan Global Newsroom

Request an Uber ride directly from Google Maps app!

Book, complete and pay for an Uber ride without ever leaving Google Maps.

It’s a new year and you’ve got new places to be. When you’re on the go and looking at transportation options in Google Maps, you can now request an Uber ride directly from the Google Maps app.

It’s already been easy to compare wait times and the pricing of available Uber options, including POOL, uberX, and uberXL, in Google Maps. With the latest integration update powered by Uber’s API, you can now request a ride, see your driver en route, contact your driver, and follow your trip status — all without having to switch over to the Uber app. Plus, you can pay with your options on file with either Uber or Google.

To get started, all you have to do is open the ride services tab on Google Maps and tap on “REQUEST” to take a ride. For a limited time, all new riders in the U.S. will receive $15 off their first ride.

*Note: The feature is not yet available in all cities.

Via: Newsroom Uber

Current job openings at 3D mapping company Civil Maps

Civil Maps is an autonomous driving technology enabler. The company leverages augmented reality, 3D mapping, global positioning system, machine learning & artificial intelligence to enable self driving cars.

Civil Maps provides self-learning cognitive perception systems that replicate human context to enable machines to perceive, orient and respond to the physical world. Learn more about the company at civilmaps.com.

Open Positions

1 Director of Finance/Operations – Albany, California

Job Description:

You will:
Make a significant contribution to finance by working with a close knit team of founders, operations, finance, sales, and other business stakeholders. You will own finance and accounting at Civil Maps and leverage financial insights to inform management and sales. In addition to running venture capital and venture debt financing processes, you will serve as investor relations and own market research, news events, and the competitive landscape. You will identify, implement, and realize operational improvements, systems integration’s and optimizations to empower to the team to achieve business goals. The successful candidate will have experience in pricing strategy and two-sided markets and the ability to share that vision with leadership.

You have:

  • 10+ years of professional experience in finance or technology, at least 5 of which were at a tech startup
  • Client facing experience, communicating complex technical or financial information including investment banking, sell-side or buy-side research, and/or management consulting
  • Expertise in two-sided markets
  • Experience gathering, synthesizing and analyzing financial forecasts
  • Experience modeling company performance
  • Expertise in sales pricing and pricing strategy
  • Experience in financial analytic’s
  • Venture fundraising experience

Click here to apply for this job.

2 Software Engineer Back End – Albany, California

Job Description:

You will:

Work on some of the most exciting problems in the autonomous vehicle industry. Civil Maps is looking for a developer to manage its backend infrastructure. You will be interacting with a completely custom-made distributed computing framework, handling terabytes and petabytes of machine vision data, and millions of requests from robotic platforms.

In our interdisciplinary teams, you will get acquainted with the many facets of 3D map creation: data collection, geospatial registration, feature extraction, auditing.

Come work on novel challenges, learn and grow while helping Civil Maps achieve on-demand perception of the world around us.

You have experience in:

  • Point Cloud Processing
  • Image Processing
  • APIs, Web services
  • Databases (mongo)
  • Linux, Bash
  • Scaling
  • Unit tests, automation, validation
  • AWS
  • JS, Node, Python, React is a plus
  • Security (SSL protocols and data encryption, user authentication and authorization services)

Click here to apply for this job.

For more details visit the www.civilmaps.com/jobs

[CES 2017][Video] Hyundai reveals Ioniq electric scooter concept

CES 2017, Las Vegas:Hyundai revealed a scooter concept at CES to be used with the Ioniq Electric. The electric-powered scooter is stored inside the front door of the car and is charged when stored.

It’s aimed at getting people to and from their cars on the first and last mile of their journeys, although at this stage it is only a concept rather than a full production accessory for the Ioniq.