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Mobile devices like laptops, cellular phones and other devices - powered by a new generation of lithium-ion based batteries - have changed our lives, according to Professor Silvia Bodoardo of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Likewise, electric vehicles (or EVs) powered by larger versions of these batteries could transform our cities - reducing petrol consumption and emissions of carbon dioxide and toxic air pollutants.
Published: 1 February 2017
Research shows that many people are put off buying an electric vehicle because of their limited operating range - the distance that they can travel before they need charging. An EU-funded project is tackling one of the functions reducing range by consuming energy: interior heating and cooling.
Published: 15 November 2016
EU-funded researchers are testing new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions in six European cities to improve urban mobility, cut emissions and boost opportunities for high-tech European SMEs.
Published: 31 October 2016
A clean revolution is quietly taking place on Europe's roads. Hydrogen fuel cells are powering fleets of public buses and refuelling stations are being deployed. Building on the results of several pilot projects, uptake of the technology is accelerating rapidly, putting hydrogen fuel cells in a position to underpin zero-emissions transport Europe-wide.
Published: 29 September 2016
Published: 27 September 2016
Trials in cities around the world have demonstrated that fuel-cell passenger buses can cut emissions and noise pollution while providing good quality public transport. New EU-funded projects could double Europe's fleet of hydrogen buses - reducing vehicle and infrastructure costs per bus to boost take-up of the technology.
Published: 13 September 2016
Tired of endlessly looking for a parking spot? Dreaming of having a bird's-eye view to locate free spaces in a congested city? ERC grantee Prof Luc Van Gool is a research leader in the area of computer vision. With his project 'VarCity', he works to innovate existing 3D city modelling by using object class recognition methods and crowd generated data.
Published: 9 September 2016
An EU-funded project has provided the data needed for labels that would classify the environmental impact and safety of retreaded truck tyres - an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective alternative to new tyres, which must already have such labels under EU law. The project results should help consumers choose between new and retreaded tyres more objectively, maintaining confidence in retreaded tyres and preserving jobs in retreading SMEs.
Published: 1 September 2016
Published: 29 August 2016
'Connected driving' technologies will enable vehicles to connect and share information with one another, as well as with infrastructure and other parts of the transport network. Eventually this will facilitate decision-making, reducing the likelihood of collisions and helping improve traffic flow. But for this to happen, more accurate positioning information is needed - which is where the EU-funded HIGHTS project comes in.
Published: 12 August 2016