France’s SNCF to offer high-speed passenger links in Italy

Italians look set to enjoy France’s TGV. French national rail operator SNCF said Wednesday it planned to offer high-speed passenger services in neighboring Italy from 2026, competing with rival Trenitalia on its home turf. “Italy is a natural market for high speed, with 56 million passengers per year,” said Alain Krakovitch, head of intercity TGV […]

Ford says to cut 1,600 more jobs at Valencia factory

Last year, Ford cut around 1,100 jobs at its Valencia factory in eastern Spain. US carmaker Ford on Friday said it would seek to cut another 1,600 jobs at its factory near Valencia in eastern Spain, where it already axed 1,100 positions last year. “At the factory, there is currently a surplus of around 1,600 […]

Thefts of charging cables pose yet another obstacle to appeal of electric vehicles

A Tesla supercharging location is seen on Kipling Street, June 3, 2024 in Houston. Charging stations have been hit particularly hard by thieves who likely want to sell the highly conductive copper wiring inside the cables at near-record prices. But authorities and charging company officials say similar thefts are increasing across the U.S. as more […]

AI-assisted status monitoring of port vehicles optimizes logistics processes

The first environmentally friendly, hybrid straddle carriers in the Port of Hamburg operate at HHLA’s Tollerort Terminal (CTT) and are manufactured by Konecranes Noel. Credit: Dr. Thomas Koch, HHLA/Dr. Thomas Koch Together with industry partners, the University of Bremen has developed an innovative, AI-supported status monitoring system for port vehicles in the “KISS” research project. […]

Algorithms in the Arctic: Removing bad weather from images to make Arctic shipping safer

Researchers collect ice samples, while colleagues on board the research ship Kronprins Haakon keep watch for polar bears. Credit: Daniel Albert, SINTEF Arctic shipping traffic is on the increase. One day, these ships will be autonomous. New technology that can remove rain, snow and fog from the images produced by the ship’s cameras and sensors […]

Canada faces scourge of rising car thefts

Police in Canada believe many stolen vehicles are shipped overseas through the Port of Montreal, seen here, for sale. Montreal-area resident Zachary Siciliani discovered recently that his car had simply disappeared—likely in one of a rash of vehicle thefts in Canada. The crime trend, which the Insurance Bureau of Canada has dubbed a “national crisis,” […]

BYD says to build second EU factory despite EV slowdown

BYD’s Stella Li shrugged off a European Union inquiry that could lead to tariffs on Chinese EVs. Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD is still committed to building a second factory in Europe and will roll out hybrid cars as the EV market slows down, a group executive told AFP. Stella Li, vice president for Europe […]

US forges new ‘battery belt’ in hopes of electric future

EV fast-charger manufacturer Kempower is investing around $40 million in North Carolina, with a facility in Durham. Growing up, Devante Cuthbertson assumed he might have to leave his North Carolina hometown to pursue a career, but a new multi-billion-dollar Toyota battery plant is offering him a reason to stay put. The 28-year-old from Greensboro is […]

BMW says EU probe into China EV subsidies against free trade

German automakers have invested heavily in China in recent decades. The chief executive of German luxury carmaker BMW on Wednesday warned the European Union’s investigation into Chinese electric car subsidies runs counter to free trade. The EU launched the inquiry last year, fearing that Chinese subsidies are a threat to Europe’s own vast automotive industry. […]

Japanese auto giant Toyota posts record net profit

Toyota’s earnings have been boosted by a weak yen and brisk sales, particularly of hybrid vehicles. Toyota reported record annual net profit of more than $30 billion on Wednesday but the world’s largest automaker by sales warned that the current year would be less spectacular. Helped by a weak yen and strong hybrid vehicle sales, […]

Global car giants seek tech allies in China’s cutthroat EV market

A number of foreign firms have announced tech partnerships un China as they try to get a hold in the world’s biggest electric vehicle market. Struggling foreign automakers in China are looking for help from local tech giants to try to stay competitive in the world’s biggest electric car market, where shiny smart screens, assisted […]

Tesla to cut hundreds more jobs in Musk cost push: Report

Tesla is cutting hundreds of more jobs in part of Elon Musk’s latest cost-cutting push. Tesla plans hundreds of additional job cuts beyond a recent company-wide layoff as it cracks down on costs in a tough electric vehicle market, according to a US media report. Elon Musk’s EV company, which moved earlier this month to […]

Voice at the wheel: Study introduces an encoder-decoder framework for AI systems

CAVG is structured around an Encoder-Decoder framework, comprising encoders for Text, Emotion, Vision, and Context, alongside a Cross-Modal encoder and a Multimodal decoder. Credit: Communications in Transportation Research, Tsinghua University Press Recently, the team led by Professor Xu Chengzhong and Assistant Professor Li Zhenning from the University of Macau’s State Key Laboratory of Internet of […]

Tesla wins key China security clearance during Musk visit

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gets off a minibus before boarding his private plane at Beijing airport. Tesla received a key security clearance from China during owner Elon Musk’s whistlestop visit to the world’s biggest electric car market, which wrapped up on Monday. The tech billionaire arrived on Sunday for his second trip to China in […]

China’s EV giant BYD misses Q1 revenue estimates

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Major Chinese electric carmaker BYD reported lower-than-expected revenue for the first quarter of 2024 on Monday, as an aggressive domestic price war and Western regulatory pressure weighed on the company’s growth. BYD posted an operating revenue of 124.94 billion yuan ($17.25 billion) for the first three months of the year, up […]

Daimler Truck braces for possible strike in 3 southern US states

UAW President Shawn Fain said workers at Daimler Truck are prepared to strike if their demands are not met. Around 7,200 workers with Daimler Truck in three southern US states were poised Friday for a potential strike as labor contract talks headed down to the wire. Representatives for the United Auto Workers and Daimler Truck […]

US probes whether Tesla Autopilot recall did enough to make sure drivers pay attention

The logo for the Tesla Supercharger station is seen in Buford, Ga, April 22, 2021. Faced with falling global sales and a tumbling stock price, Tesla has slashed prices again on some of its electric vehicles and its “Full Self Driving” system. Tesla releases first-quarter earnings Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Credit: AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File […]

Electric cars and digital connectivity dominate at Beijing auto show

Visitors take photos of a Zeekr car during the opening of China Auto Show in Beijing, China, Thursday, April 25, 2024. Credit: AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana Global automakers and EV startups unveiled new models and concept cars at China’s largest auto show on Thursday, with a focus on the nation’s transformation into a major market and […]

Honda announces US$11 bn EV battery and vehicle plant in Canada

Honda’s new Canadian factory will have a production capacity of 240,000 electric vehicles per year and a batteries output of 36 GWh per year. Japanese auto giant Honda announced Thursday the largest automotive investment in Canada’s history, worth Can$15 billion (US$11 billion), for a massive new EV battery and vehicle assembly plant. Honda chief executive […]

Chinese automakers redefine the car as a living space at Beijing Auto Show

Visitors look at an MG car during the opening of China Auto Show in Beijing, China, Thursday, April 25, 2024. Credit: AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana How about turning a car’s front bucket seats 180 degrees so they face the rear seats and extending out a table so the occupants can play cards or eat a meal? […]

Five things we learned at the China Auto Show

The consumer tech giant is the latest entrant to China’s cut-throat EV market, with its new SU7 model the star of the show. One of China’s largest auto shows kicked off in Beijing on Thursday, with electric vehicle makers keen to show off their latest designs and high-tech accessories to consumers in the fiercely competitive […]

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