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Electric vehicles are quiet - too quiet, possibly. Pedestrians and other vulnerable road users don't always hear them coming. An EU-funded project has developed a solution. This innovative accident prevention system detects persons at risk and warns them by emitting a sound directed at them and them alone.
Published: 27 July 2015
Advances in driverless vehicle technology could revolutionise the way we travel. An EU-funded project is working to develop a prototype automated transport system for urban areas with low passenger numbers.
Published: 20 July 2015
An EU-funded project has developed innovative components, chemical technologies and manufacturing processes for cheaper, more-dependable and greener Lithium-ion batteries. These breakthroughs promise to boost competitiveness among European battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.
Published: 25 June 2015
Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe's roads. But thanks to technological advances, it's less down to the sound of the car's engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface. One solution is being tested in Denmark where part of the road has been covered with experimental surface material that dampens the tyre noise.
Published: 23 April 2015
The motor industry is constantly re-inventing itself with new and innovative solutions aimed at providing consumers with the ultimate driving experience. Now though, the focus is on letting the vehicle do all the work.
Published: 1 December 2014
Is it possible to drive on greener, more resistant truck tyres that consume less fuel? In this edition of Futuris we go on a voyage of discovery into the science of the tyres of the future. Researchers at an EU research project are working here to develop a new generation of truck tyres designed to reduce fuel consumption, be longer-lasting and increase safety.
Published: 17 September 2014
A new road surface cuts tyre noise to one-tenth of that produced on today's asphalt. EU-funded researchers have now moved tests from the lab to Europe's roads, with the aim of providing a quieter, less stressful life for those living next to lots of traffic.
Published: 11 September 2014
Published: 25 June 2014
Electric cars are the most likely environmental-friendly replacement for combustion engine-powered vehicles. To help industry make the expected transition, the EU-funded LOCOBOT project has developed reconfigurable robotic assistants to increase productivity on the assembly line reducing costs. And as the robots are so adaptable, they will be particularly useful for the new and varied production processes expected in electric-car manufacturing.
Published: 26 May 2014
Cities are by definition concentrations of activity, and there should be no big surprise when they get congested and traffic grinds to a halt. But how can modern urban planners manage traffic so that people and goods can move freely, while keeping emissions low at the same time? A European Union (EU)-funded research project is finding answers by testing innovative solutions for more efficient and sustainable transport of cargo.
Published: 21 May 2014