The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has announced the launch of an international engagement plan to boost nuclear fusion.
The presidential candidate has claimed that the emissions-free technology could become a vital tool in the fight against climate change.
This announcement comes as Kerry defends the United States’ position as a climate-change leader at COP28 after the country had a surge in gas production rates and US oil production is reportedly at an all time high.
“The increased production is a reflection of Ukraine, the effort to come back from Covid and the reflection of what happened with Russia cutting off all the gas to Europe . . . We’re on a pathway to keep 1.5 alive,” said Kerry in an interview with the Financial Times, referring to the goal to limit global warming.
Private fusion energy company TAE Technologies is expressing its support for the plans. As a leading research company in hydrogen-boron fusion, TAE’s non-radioactive approach represents a fast, practical, and economically competitive solution to bring abundant carbon-free energy to the grid.
TAE Technologies CEO Michl Binderbauer said:
“…hydrogen-boron, on the order of just 1% of today’s current boron production could power enough fusion energy to meet the world’s electricity needs. Deployed at scale, this would allow everyone access to affordable, reliable power without damaging the environment or contributing to geopolitical conflict.”
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Ganesh Iyer the CEO of NIO USA spoke at the MOVE America conference about how NIO are innovating and transforming their company in order to challenge one of the biggest issues in the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) – range anxiety.
Iyer himself described NIO as a “pioneer in the smart EV industry” that was founded originally in 2014, boasting a design centre in Munich and in the Silicon Valley which Iyer leads himself as the company’s key innovation centre.
He also emphasised that “we are not a car company, we are a lifestyle brand” that holds user enterprise as its key interest. In this interview, Iyer also comments on his panel that he joined at the conference: “Circular batteries: how recycling programs are driving a sustainable battery ecosystem”. Iyer explains how the panel discussion turned to the obstacle of battery degradation and how this can be combatted.
He also mentioned NIO’s attempts at hurdling this obstacle via their power replenishment system, which allows users to charge, swap, or upgrade their depleted EV battery, giving a channelled focus on the innovation of the swapping system.
“The members have spoken. After years of cutbacks, months of our Stand Up campaign, and weeks on the picket line, we have turned the tide for the American autoworker,” said UAW President Shawn Fain.
Deals that were secured in the agreements by the autoworkers are similar across all of the Big Three. The summary of deals scored across the three automakers include members seeing a raise of at least 33% on wages and a faster rate of progression for workers to the top pay rate, falling from eight years to three years. See full details of the contracted agreements here.
The agreement is expected to create inroads for other non-union autoworkers as the UAW President is confident that the strike has inspired other autoworkers to campaign for better employment deals.
“The Stand Up Strike was just the beginning. The UAW is back to setting the standard. Now, we take our strike muscle and our fighting spirit to the rest of the industries we represent, and to millions of non-union workers ready to Stand Up and fight for a better way of life,”
The agreements have expectedly generated a number of similar responses from non-union plants in the US as significant wage increases surge across the auto industry. Toyota, Hyundai and Honda have all hiked their worker’s wages only days after the record deals were ratified by the majority vote.
All across the auto industry, non-union autoworkers are getting the UAW Bump. That stands for U. Are. Welcome. You are welcome to join our union, and you are welcome to join our movement for a better life. pic.twitter.com/yRGqCDz5jK
Fain claimed that “thousands” of workers have already contacted the UAW and signed union cards.
“We are going to organise like we’ve never organised before, because our strike has shown the Nissan worker in Alabama, and the Volkswagen worker in Tennessee, and the Toyota worker in Kentucky, and the Tesla worker in California that when union members win, the entire working-class wins.”
A South-American city in Brazil has been awarded as Smart City of 2023 at the World Smart City Awards gala held at Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), by Fira de Barcelona.
The award intends to acknowledge the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the innovation and urban transformation industry.
The Brazilian city of Curitiba was reportedly chosen by the Jury for its approach to smart urban planning, socioeconomic growth and environmental sustainability through a human-centric approach.
The jury was made up of representatives from the Barcelona City Council, UN-Habitat, the World Bank, the EC Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities, the World Economic Forum, and the Secretariat of State for Tourism in Spain.
This year’s edition also included a special Leadership award in recognition to the continuing efforts to drive urban innovation internationally.
The Mobility award went to the Konya Metropolitan Municipality for its project to restore old streetcars in the city of Meram in Turkey to make them available exclusively to cyclists, with the aim of increasing bicycle awareness and developing a new transportation.
Jason JonMichael a senior strategist at the United States Department of Transport (USDOT) discussed how AI and automated systems are impacting the way Americans get around.
As a member of the Highly Automated Safety Systems Centre of Excellence (HASS COE) JonMichael explained how his team have a duty to help USDOT by reviewing, assessing, and validating the safety of autonomous systems and AI in transportation. JonMichael stressed that this applies not only in ground autonomy and advanced air mobility but also across national rail systems and ports.
HASS COE was established by congress to focus on automation systems and investigate their intermodal and multimodal implications, to help augment each USDOT Operating Administration’s own expertise and enable success in assessing, predicting, and verifying the safety of relevant emerging technology.
JonMichael also commented on the amount of funding that the Biden-Harris administration has recently provided to US transport systems and stated that it is “the shotgun start” US transport infrastructure needs.
Watch the full interview to hear more about how US transport is adopting and adapting to ever-developing technology and if we should be happy with this.
Watch the first keynote panel that kicked off in the keynote theatre on the morning of day one at the MOVE America 2023 conference in Austin, Texas. The panel is joined by the stop speakers and disruptors that attended the event who came together to discuss how the tech-mobility space is revolutionising and what its future looks like, or could look like. Watch the full session below.
Watch this keynote panel discussion from day one of MOVE America 2023 joined by the top players in the EV charing space. This conversation surrounds the main barriers in EV adoption for the American population and how the lack of charging infrastructure might be affecting this. Watch the full video below to hear what these experts have to say about the issue and how it will effect America’s clean energy transition.
How long do you think it will be until the cars on the roads will have no drivers? Will autonomous vehicles become the norm in the next few years? Or longer? Watch this keynote discussion from day one of MOVE America 2023 on the growth of autonomous vehicles in the tech-mobility space and how companies are embracing this trending mode of transportation.
This day one keynote panel from MOVE America 2023 discusses how we can accelerate change within the mobility ecosystem through collaboration and innovation. Joined by some of the top names in mobility, watch the full keynote discussion below.
That’s how moderator Paul Campion the CEO of the Transport Research Laboratory started his keynote panel discussion at the Highways UK conference in Birmingham this morning.
“I’m angry because we are in an industry with some non-negotiable deadlines and our budgets are going down because we are losing our arguments, we’re not telling them effectively,”
Campion opened the discussion by referring to lack of change in the transport industry despite the inundated amount of promise and hope for the future by the businesses within it.
“I’m angry because we tell ourselves it’s going to be different in the future but why aren’t we getting any better?”
The panel discussion was joined by a selection of tech and innovation experts from the transport industry, all probed by Campion with the same question, how can we actually adopt change in transport with innovation instead of continually promising it?
Campion provided rationale for his disappointment, highlighting that the transport industry acquires only 2% return, productivity only goes up around 0.4% each year, and yet 1,600 people a year still die on British roads.
“I think we need a change to the whole model of the transportation system,” commented panellist Mark Enzer a strategic advisor from Mott MacDonald. “The planet is burning and we are not going to achieve Net Zero without a more strategic and joined-up solution,
“We need to unlock the performance of existing infrastructure and not just constantly introducing new stuff,” Enzer added.
The moderator of the panel backed up Enzer’s argument that the system needs an urgent re-model, pointing out the empty chair left by Richard Pedley Chief Officer at National Highways who had to miss the conference due to a train cancellation.
Annette Pass, a scientific adviser at the Department for Transport, contributed to the discussion by pointing out “This isn’t about pouring money into innovation, it’s about creating connected ecosystem that is all about driving towards a de-carbonised future.”
The consensus of the panel seemed to be that change is easily achievable with the systems we already have in place, they just need reconfiguring into a connected ecosystem for transport.
If nothing new needs to be made, then that raises the question of whether innovation is really being leveraged?
Peter Baynham, a director at AtkinsRéais, closed the panel’s opinions by stating that change does not always equal ‘new’.
He said: “No one person or company has the magic solution, innovation and change come from people working together in this industry, not apart.”
Bill Esterson MP, transport minister for the Labour Party, made claims this morning that there is an urgent need for investment in transport alternatives other than electric vehicles (EVs) if the UK is successfully going to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The shadow transport minister made a ministerial address at the Highways UK conference in Birmingham, addressing his views on the state of the British transport system as well as the Labour party’s opinions on the UK’s Net Zero goal.
“We need to invest in multiple options. There are many ways to Net Zero: the role of hydrogen, a circular economy, nuclear energy tech, carbon capture, the list could go on forever. These are all going to help us get there, we will support the investment in different technologies as much as we can,”
Esterson made clear that the Labour party are advocating for a 2030 target rather Rishi Sunak’s recent delay to 2035 regarding the ban on petrol and diesel cars in the UK.
“It is key to understand that we are still in the early stages towards achieving the Net Zero goal and we don’t know which solutions are going to be the dominant ones,”
After a question from an audience member on Labour’s first priority as a party if they were to soon come into power, Esterson commented that repairs to transport – notably to potholes – is a big priority for the party. He also added a review of major capital projects in transport and acquiring private sector investment to the list of party priorities.
The shadow transport minister also commented on the importance of public opinion in the journey to creating a better future for transport, he said:
“There’s not going to be any new money so please do make us suggestions. Michael Gove says that we have enough experts in the public and I say that the expert’s time has come.”
Toyota has unveiled its sustainable mobility plans and concepts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.
The Japanese automaker will provide sustainable mobility solutions to the athletes, officials, volunteers, accredited media, and spectators.
Yoshihiro Nakata, President and CEO Toyota Motor Europe, said:
“When everyone is free to move, we are one step closer to the inclusive and sustainable society that Toyota is committed to building. That is what ‘Mobility for All’ means to us at Toyota. We share this vision with the IOC and the IPC. We want to support the athletes who devote their lives to sports and remove barriers to exercise their freedom to move.”
Toyota has claimed that they hope to make Paris 2024 the most innovative showcase of inclusive and sustainable mobility to date.
It will provide around 250 personal battery electric vehicles with front obstacle detection systems to ensure the safety of the drivers and those nearby.
For wheelchair users, Toyota will also provide wheelchair e-pullers. 50 of these will be available throughout the Paris 2024 Games in the athletes’ village. An additional 150 will be made available during the Paralympic Games opening ceremony to make sure that athletes in wheelchairs have easy access to join this unique event.
Toyota will offer these micro-mobility solutions as a shared mobility service powered by the KINTO Share mobile app.
In addition to personal micro-mobility solutions, Toyota will deploy around 250 zero tailpipe emission electric Accessible People Movers (APMs). Building on the vehicle’s success at the Tokyo 2020 Games, a new APM has been redesigned and built in Europe with the spirit of inclusivity in mind.
Toyota’s APMs are designed to support all athletes, as well as organisers, volunteers, and spectators with physical disabilities, including wheelchair users.
After Paris 2024, all vehicles will remain in the Paris region where they will be used to provide specialised personal transport services to people in wheelchairs.
Toyota will bring a 100% electrified passenger vehicle fleet to Paris, in line with its commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, said:
“Working with Toyota as global mobility partner of the Paris 2024 Games enables us to act towards a more accessible and inclusive mobility. And a more responsible one, too, as we focus on our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent for the Paris 2024 Games.”
How will we move in 50 years? How well connected will our transportation be? What is essential for seamless integration?
MOVE America‘s keynote panel Connectivity and Integration: How we move and how we groove shed some light into the critical solutions and aspects of these very questions and more.
The panel was moderated by John Kwant, executive director of 5G Automotive Association. Kwant was joined by Jeffrey DeCoux, chairman and autonomy fellow at the Autonomy Institute, who emphasised the need for infrastructure and investment in connectivity and 6G, suggested that investors should continue to invest in the development of smart cities.
“If we really want 6G+ networks and more connectivity, we need a new infrastructure and investment, investors spend billions on enabling smart cities”.
Jason JonMichael, transportation specialist at the United States Department of Transportation, added to the discussion by emphasised the longevity of new infrastructure beyond our lifetimes. He also highlighted the importance of avoiding heterogeneity.
“It’s up to us to figure out how to make the new infrastructure to carry on past our lives, the bills and investments are the activators that will drive it forward and keep it moving for 50 years, heterogeneity is something we need to stay away from”.
Also in the panel, we saw Sylvano Carrasco, VP of connected cars and partnerships at Getaround, who brought attention to the economic landscape of autonomous vehicles (AVs).
“Autonomous vehicles will be more expensive and will be more likely shared as they cause less accidents and are costly”.
Lastly in the panel, Michele Mueller, senior project manager for connected and AVs at the Michigan Department of Transportation, provided a vision of a safer future with AVs while still being committed to sustainability.
“In 10 years’ time, I think AVs will be safer but we need to take an active interest in sustainability”
Importantly, the discussion carried on questioning the impediments in achieving a safer transportation system. Jason mentioned the regional disparities that challenge electrification and consumer adoption, while Jeff addressed the scepticism about AVs. Michele also jumped in added the importance of articulating a clear vision.
Overall, the panel’s discussion concluded that the transition of decades-old transit systems will require regional cooperation, adapting to innovative technologies like 6G and autonomy with sustainability as its priority. This necessity, though, begs for way more regional and federal partnerships and legislation to provide much-needed funding to facilitate this transition.
In the wake of challenges while dealing with real-time mobility data, Zeliot, a deep tech company founded with a vision to create revolutionary products in the connected mobility ecosystem, is all set to introduce Condense, a verticalised mobility cloud platform, at MOVE America 2023.
This platform-based solution is poised to transform the landscape of mobility data orchestration, further helping enterprises to tailor their mobility solutions for more efficient and safer operations.
Condense, a Verticalised Connected Mobility Platform
Zeliot’s Condense addresses the complex conundrum of real-time mobility data with a comprehensive, one-stop solution. The platform’s innovative architecture seamlessly manages the diverse streams of mobility data originating from heterogeneous sources including Brokers, Databases, IOT sensors and Telematics Devices. By offering out-of-the-box connectors and production-ready data pipelines, Zeliot’s Condense streamlines the otherwise arduous process of data ingestion and transformation.
Helping the Mobility Giants to Drive the Future of Mobility Data with Faster GTM Strategies
Zeliot’s Condense is a low code no code LCNC, click-to-deploy IoT platform that’s live on various cloud marketplaces (currently live on Microsoft Azure and soon to launch on AWS and Google Cloud). This robust IoT platform is re-inventing the future of connected mobility ecosystem, further helping enterprises to minimize Go-to-Marketplace time. Here are some other good things about Condense:
Works smoothly with all the after-market IoT devices
Offers predefined mobility-specific off-the-shelf modules for data transformation
Supports the incorporation of new devices in a matter of minutes, allowing direct processing of the data streaming from Telematics Hardware in the enterprise-owned cloud, enhancing security, saving costs, and optimizing customizations
Scales up automatically to handle the load, further optimizing costs and bringing down manual intervention
Experience the Future of Mobility at MOVE America 2023
At MOVE America 2023, mobility giants will witness how Zeliot’s Condense seamlessly automates the process of data transformation into valuable business insights. Leveraging the capabilities of these valuable business insights, enterprises can always make informed decisions in real-time. Some of the platform-based mobility solutions that enterprises can build on Condense include route optimization, fleet management, Remote diagnostics, EV battery-swapping applications, etc.
Zeliot invites attendees to explore how Zeliot’s Condense is powering real-time mobility data at Booth No. 1245. In an era when data reigns supreme, Zeliot’s Condense stands as a beacon of innovation, simplifying complexity and ushering in a new era of intelligent mobility data management.
Day two at MOVE America 2023 is well and truly underway! Some fascinating discussions were held in the keynote theatre this morning between the biggest experts in the industry. Here’s what you missed…
The keynote panel The strategic supply chain that took place this morning, hosted by Liz Kerton, executive director at Autotech Council. Kerton guided the panel with questions for conversation, all with an overarching focus on the issues in the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain including a designated discussion on battery supply.
The panel was joined by a diverse range of experts to offer reliable and technical insight to the supply chain issue, including: Genevieve Cullen the president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, Amir Tirosh the COO of StoreDot, and Ryan Castilloux the managing director of Adamas Intelligence.
The front-running question which loomed over the talk was how? when? and will? we get the vehicle industry to turn fully electric?
Genevieve Cullen said:
“0-100 is not what we’re solving for. We need to be continually innovating in this space to address battery chemistries and we need so much more infrastructure and the completion of all these steps in the middle to make it easier for consumers to adopt.”
It became apparent over the course of the discussion that the rate of EV adoption in America is at a less than favourable speed and that the European rate is significantly bigger.
Ryan Castilloux said:
“A bigger challenge for us is the long charging time for DVS. Even fast charging stations some can take upwards of 40 minutes to charge and when you factor in minus 30 temperatures and the reduction in rain to get that makes it challenging to go and see family of 500 kilometres away.”
The panellists bounced between ideas of increased infrastructure, localisation of of battery manufacturing plants, and refinement of operations in order to create a seamless supply chain and increase in EV adoption.
Amir Tirosh added:
“The supply chain is now changing, in the beginning everybody ran fast in a cylindrical way and now the EV makers are more mature that they understand more of what is they require. They’re starting to deal with new changes and advancements in EVs and we are going to have some kind of uniformity but it’s not there yet.”
The keynote talk wrapped up with an opinion round-up of whether the panellists are optimistic about the future electrification in America, which received a positive response from each panellist.
Tirosh perfectly summed up the talk about EV adoption, he said: “It’s not if we are going to get there, it’s how fast”.
Brandy Mayfield, SVP and managing director or digital economy at AON, caught up with MOVEMNT to discuss all-things risk.
AON are coming back to MOVE in Austin this week to give more insight on how to best understand risk in insurance. In this interview, Mayfield provides exclusive insight to her talk that will be taking place at MOVE America, named “What are your peers saying about risk?”
If you would like to meet Brandy and the rest of the team at AON, join them tomorrow at MOVE America in the Austin Convention Centre. Buy your tickets to the event here.