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First public autonomous car trials begin in Oxford

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The public trials with a fleet of six autonomous cars will take place on roads in the UK city of Oxford.

City environments

The trials will demonstrate autonomous driving in a variety of urban and city environments and will develop engagement models with local authorities and communities to help them prepare for the future launch of autonomous vehicle services.

According to the consortium, the development brings the deployment of commercial autonomous vehicles in the UK one step closer.

The consortium, part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, is using a combination of advanced simulations and on-road demonstrations to help accelerate and scale the deployment and adoption of autonomous vehicles.

The Government-backed R&D project will run until Autumn 2021 with live tests undertaken in three major UK cities.

A fleet of six Ford Mondeo vehicles, enabled by Oxbotica to be capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, will complete a nine-mile round trip from Oxford Parkway station to Oxford’s main train station. Trials will be run at all times of day and night, allowing Oxbotica’s autonomous vehicles to experience a range of traffic scenarios from morning commutes to school runs, in a range of weather conditions.

“The first live on-road public trials mark a key landmark for Project Endeavour as we work with local authorities and members of the public in London, Oxford and other major UK cities to shape the future of mobility”

Launched in September 2019, the project has brought together Oxbotica, a global leader in autonomous software, urban innovators DG Cities and Immense, a transport simulation company. Ahead of the public trials, three new consortium partners have joined Project Endeavour: the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the British Standards Institution (BSI) and Oxfordshire County Council.

“Trials of Level 4 vehicles are an important milestone, keeping the UK at the head of the field in bringing the benefits of this technology into mainstream use,” said Camilla Fowler, head of automation at TRL.

“These exciting trials, and what we learn about assuring safety and encouraging interoperability, will open up new opportunities for many more research demonstrations across the UK, which are the forerunners to the full-scale public trials so eagerly awaited.”

Safety assurance

The trio of new partners will focus on the development of a new safety assurance assessment scheme against PAS 1881 standard for public autonomous trials, helping inspire trust and define a consistent approach to safety that will enable future deployments to happen efficiently without slowing down the rate of innovation.

“The first live on-road public trials mark a key landmark for Project Endeavour as we work with local authorities and members of the public in London, Oxford and other major UK cities to shape the future of mobility,” added Dr Graeme Smith, senior vice president at Oxbotica and Project Endeavour consortium director.

“Alongside our valued partners, we’re making autonomous vehicle services an everyday reality, right here in the UK.”

Project Endeavour builds on the Driven consortium, which demonstrated the capabilities of a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Oxfordshire’s and London’s challenging and complex urban environment.

Source: Smart Cities World

SHV Energy improves customer service with smart devices and IoT connectivity from Orange Business Services

SHV Energy improves customer service with smart devices and IoT connectivity from Orange Business Services

  • “Smart IoT” connectivity ensures a reliable and secure gas supply for its customers
  • Improved truck routing saves fuel costs and reduces carbon emissions

SHV Energy has chosen IoT connectivity from Orange Business Services to deploy smart telemetry and meters on its gas tanks across Europe and the US. The solution will provide an enhanced gas delivery service to its customers across the world. It will help SHV Energy to improve infrastructure management, customer satisfaction and supply security, while saving on fuel costs and reducing carbon emissions.

SHV Energy is a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as LPG, LNG and is active in the area of biofuels and renewable energy solutions. It supplies gas under brands, including Calor Gas, Gaspol, Liquigas, Pinnacle, Primagas, and Primagaz across four continents.

The company will fit smart devices to both legacy and new gas tanks, along with an antennae and a magnet mechanism that measures the gas. Each of these smart telemetry devices includes an Orange global SIM, which transfers data to SHV Energy’s offices via the Orange global mobile network. There the data is collected and analyzed to ensure that a customer’s gas tank is never empty. SHV Energy is also alerted if the tank registers any malfunction or leak. The data is also used to optimize gas delivery routes to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

“The move toward smart metering and the deployment of digital functionalities are critical in delivering the best possible service in supplying gas to our customer base. With this innovative IoT connectivity solution from Orange Business Services we can increase the flexibility, reliability and robustness of our network, and become greener in the process” , explains Marieke Schoningh, SHV Energy Management Board Member.

Orange’s global mobile network is enhanced by an alliance of operators and more than 500 roaming agreements. This ensures that data gets to the data platform at SHV Energy’s offices fast, efficiently and securely. In addition, Orange provides value-added services, such as service and implementation management, to accompany SHV throughout its entire IoT journey. Orange Business Services was positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Managed IoT Connectivity Services, Worldwide.”

“Connectivity is a key enabler of IoT. SHV Energy’s smart monitoring deployment is an excellent example of how a company can use our IoT connectivity solution to connect devices safely and reliably to transport data for actionable business insight and build a successful IoT-enabled business”,says Fabrice de Windt, senior vice president, Europe, Orange Business Services.

Source: Orange Business Services

Utilise your customer services with a career at Co-Star

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Co-Star are a global supplier of 4G and 5G mobile connectivity products based near Harrogate.

Due to continued growth we are looking for someone to join us in our busy sales and marketing team.

The position is varied and includes taking and processing sales orders over the telephone, e-mail, and website. Informing customers of the progress of their order, booking international shipments and updating the companies websites.

Co-Star have have grown and developed over the years by offering outstanding levels of customer service and been responsive. If you are committed to working to a high standard and have the initiative to actively contribute to the future growth off the company and would like to utilise your customer services skills to the maximum  then we would love to hear from you.

The position is full time and the hours are 9 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.

For more information please call Tim on: 01423 340066 or e-mail your CV to: tim@co-star.co.uk

Vodafone named London’s best network for 5G

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  • Leading mobile benchmarking company, umlaut, names Vodafone as London’s best network for 5G.
  • Report says Vodafone has fastest 5G, and is most reliable for YouTube, web browsing and downloading files.
  • Vodafone is also enhancing 4G coverage to make sure every customer is getting a great connection.

Vodafone is today confirmed as the best 5G network in London, thanks to its commitment to giving customers the fastest speeds and best reliability across the nation’s capital.

A 5G report, by global consultancy and testing company umlaut (formerly P3), found that Vodafone gives customers 99.7% reliability when using YouTube on 5G, and 100% reliability for web browsing. The nearest rival achieved 94.5% reliability for YouTube. Vodafone’s network was also the most reliable for file download and upload tests, and had the highest average download speeds, at 215.2 Mbps. The tests measured 5G from all four UK operators, and covered 55% of the total population of London.

Vodafone’s Consumer Director, Max Taylor, said: “The results from this report show that our customers are getting the best 5G experience and that our investment in our network is really paying off.

“In London, our network is the most reliable, and is delivering on the promise of 5G download speeds. Every day we’re bringing this great 5G experience to more customers around the UK.

“We’re making sure Vodafone is the best place to come for the latest smartphones – a great network, with great benefits, and great value.”

Vodafone has recently launched its Annual Upgrade Promise, which gives customers the opportunity to unbox the latest iPhone every year without upgrade fees. Vodafone is also the only operator that lets customers use 5G when they choose to travel in Europe, giving customers access to 5G in more places than any other network, with 116 places covered today.

As well as investing in 5G, Vodafone is also constantly enhancing 4G coverage to make sure all customers can enjoy great connectivity. Vodafone is using creative ways to add more 4G, including:

  • 4G small cells on phone boxes across Edgware, Guildford and Harrow offering 200-metre radius of coverage;
  • 4G antennas on the underside of manhole covers in Covent Garden;
  • Seven shoebox-sized 4G units attached to telegraph poles, and other street furniture, around Trafalgar Square;
  • and indoor coverage in the West 1 Shopping Centre, Bond Street, which is also 5G-ready.

In London, where Vodafone uses Ericsson as its sole network partner, Vodafone’s 5G uses 50MHz of 3.4GHz spectrum. These mid-band airwaves deliver increased download speeds for 5G customers, as well as excellent coverage. Massive MIMO technology (64 x 64) is included on more than 95% of sites, which sets Vodafone’s network apart from its biggest rivals.

Vodafone is also deploying Ericsson Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology in the 2.1GHz spectrum band, to expand 5G coverage further and build the platform for the next generation of 5G services, including network slicing. In July, Vodafone showed off the UK’s first standalone 5G network. Many upcoming 5G devices are expected to be DSS compatible, so will benefit from Vodafone’s latest investment. The DSS coverage will meet all 3GPP criteria for 5G connectivity.

Vodafone customers will experience London’s best 5G network on a 5G-capable device. Vodafone recently launched the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones to add to the wide range of 5G smartphones available.

Source: Vodafone

Enel X teams up with Hubject to streamline payment solutions for the e-mobility industry

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Co-Star Heat-Shrink Solder Butt Connectors Provide a Fast and Secure Connection in Seconds

Blue Heatshrink Solder Butt Connector for Wire Size 1.5-2.5mm (Pack of 25)

Co-Star the Harrogate based global supplier to the ICT industry have launched a range of adhesive lined heat-shrink butt splice connectors that contain fluxed solder to ensure a secure connection in seconds. The connectors are designed for installing after market Telematics and mobile communications equipment into vehicles and marine equipment.

Mixed Heatshrink Solder Butt Connector pack (WTHPS.PACK)

The heat-shrink solder terminals provide a quick and simple cable joint without having to use any crimping tools. They just require a low temperature heat source  that can be provided by using a hot-air gun, blow-torch or lighter. Once heat is applied the solder melts and makes the connection with the cable and the adhesive inside the terminal makes a secure watertight seal.

The shrink ratio is 2:1 and the sleeves of the terminals are transparent to allow the engineer to inspect them once connected.

The heat-shrink connectors are available in three sizes:

Red 0.5-1mm 22-18 AWG 

Blue 1.5-2.5mm 16-14 AWG

Yellow 3.2-6mm 12-10 AWG

Assorted pack that contains: 5 Red, 5 Blue, 3 Yellow. Part Number: WTPS.PACK

 

 

 

Gogoro to revolutionise commuter cycling

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GOGORO UNVEILS EEYO 1, THE ULTRALIGHT EBIKE FOR CITY RIDERS THAT DEMAND AGILITY OVER UTILITY

At just 26lbs, Eeyo 1s is half the weight of typical ebikes and designed to be quick, responsive, and more exciting to ride.

New Eeyo Smartwheel leverages Gogoro’s innovation in electric propulsion to develop a compact, streamlined, and self-contained smart digital drivetrain for ebikes.


 Gogoro®, a technology leader transforming how innovation is accelerating the shift to sustainable urban mobility, today announced the ultralight Gogoro Eeyo 1 ebike and Gogoro Eeyo™ Smartwheel. The Eeyo 1 is designed to address the daily challenges of city life and takes a different approach to traditional ebikes by prioritizing agility over utility. Eeyo 1 will be available this summer in the United States, Europe, and Taiwan.

“Ebikes don’t all need to be heavy cargo haulers or feel like you’re riding a battery, so we created the Eeyo 1 to be ultralight, quick, responsive, and fun,” said Horace Luke, founder, and CEO, Gogoro Inc. “With its iconic open-frame design and new powerful Eeyo Smartwheel, Eeyo 1 is an adrenaline time machine bringing back the pure joy of riding we all once had.”

Gogoro Eeyo

Gogoro creates smarter and cleaner transportation choices for how people in cities live, work, and move. Gogoro Eeyo is a new human-electric hybrid brand established to develop innovations in lightweight electric-assisted transportation. The first Gogoro Eeyo project to address these challenges is the Eeyo Smartwheel and the Eeyo 1.

Eeyo Smartwheel

Taking a rider-centric approach to ebike innovation, the new Gogoro Eeyo Smartwheel is an all-in-one digital drive that leverages the company’s advanced technical experience to tightly integrate the motor, battery, sensors, and smart connectivity into a compact self-contained hub. With Intelligent Power Assist, theEeyo Smartwheel  utilizes a state-of-the-art torque sensor to detect a rider’s pedal-power and instantly delivers pedal assist that provides increased control, power, and speed that feels more balanced, and natural. This not only conserves energy and prevents the rider from breaking a sweat, but it ensures there is enough power to get you where you want to go and back with power to spare.

Wirelessly integrated with Eeyo Smartwheel, the Eeyo app optimizes the ride, while displaying a simple and intuitive interface that delivers riding essentials that minimizes distractions.

Natural Riding Modes – To simplify the ride, Eeyo Smartwheel utilizes riding modes that provide varying levels of power assist based on rider preference. Each amplifies the rider’s own power, cadence, and riding style, so they can go faster or farther without a second thought.

  • Sport Mode – A highly responsive assist mode based on the rider’s effort. It provides speed and fun while still managing battery consumption for optimum efficiency.
  • Eco Mode – Extends range by limiting the power assist. Eeyo Smartwheel will automatically switch to Eco Mode when the battery gets low.

Over The Air Updates – Eeyo app enables over the air firmware and software updates to wirelessly deliver the latest features and refinements to the Smartwheel, ensuring the Eeyo experience gets better over time. Gogoro has delivered millions of over the air software updates to its existing Smartscooter™ customers.

Eeyo 1 is Gogoro’s first ebike project to demonstrate the potential of Gogoro’s Eeyo platform. The company will continue introducing new Eeyo products and solutions and work with other bike manufacturers and brands to accelerate their path to market by helping them quickly integrate Eeyo Smartwheel into a range of new ebikes.

Eeyo 1 – Ultralight And Agile For City Life

At 26.4 pounds, Eeyo 1s is designed with purpose and uncompromising innovation highlighted by Eeyo Smartwheel and an iconic open-frame design that eliminates the seat tube and uses Kevlar® reinforced carbon fiber to increase strength, shave weight, and deliver a smoother ride. With forward-leaning sport geometry, Eeyo 1 is aggressive and nimble, allowing riders to move speedily through city streets, bike lanes, and bridges with greater control. Inspired by city living as well, Eeyo 1’s unique design is optimized to be easily carried on a rider’s shoulder into an apartment, subway station, or wherever a bike can’t be ridden.

Commuter Range – The Eeyo 1 combines the power and efficiency of the Eeyo Smartwheel with its lightweight frame and components to provide ample range for any city rider. Sport Mode delivers 40 miles of range, the equivalent of three days of city commuting, or range can be extended to about 55 miles with Eco Mode.

Worry-Free – Eeyo 1 is easy to ride and simple to own. Every part has been chosen for durability and to be nearly maintenance-free. Using the industry-leading Gates Carbon Drive™ system means Eeyo 1 will last much longer than chain drives and is cleaner since it does not require lubrication. Eeyo 1 is simple to charge, there is no need to search for hidden charge ports, just snap the charger around the hub. The included charger is both rugged and small enough to carry with you. Additionally, there is a Stand Charger, sold separately, that allows the rider to simply drop the bike on and display it while charging. With proximity-based auto-lock, once the rider walks away from Eeyo 1, the motor locks, making it challenging to move or ride away.

Eeyo 1 Models

Eeyo 1 and Eeyo 1s utilize the same Smartwheel power and lightweight full carbon fiber frame and fork but come in different colors and are equipped with a different seat post, handlebars, and rims.

Eeyo 1s – $4599 

With the ‘warm white’ color, the Eeyo 1s is subtle but stands out in a crowd. It adds a carbon fiber seat post, handlebars, and rims to the full carbon fiber frame and fork for the ultimate lightweight experience. At only 26.4 pounds it rises above the competition.

Eeyo 1 – $3899

Bold and distinct, the Eeyo 1 comes in ‘cloud blue’ or ‘lobster orange’ colors and utilizes the same carbon fiber frame and fork as the 1s but comes with an alloy seat post, handlebars, and rims. At 27.5 pounds, Eeyo 1 is still half the weight of typical ebikes.

Available This Summer

Eeyo 1 will be available in the US and Taiwan in July and in Europe later this summer. To learn more about Eeyo 1, visit https://eeyo.bike. Also follow @eeyobike on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and details.

New £1m UKRI grant to support development of autonomous transport

Professor Ed Manley has been awarded a UKRI grant worth over £900,000 on the UK-Canada AI initiative to develop new models of autonomous transport for enhancing mobility in ageing populations.

The RAIM (Responsible Automation for Inclusive Mobility) project is one of ten UK-Canada projects which will support the responsible development of artificial intelligence (AI). The project aims to build a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing autonomous transport, and build these into novel AI-based methods for estimating future demand and optimising new services.

The project is funded under the Canada-UK AI Initiative, with a consortium of University of Leeds, UCL, and University of Manitoba, as well as local transport agencies and passenger advocacy groups.

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Professor Ed Manley, Professor of Urban Analytics

The project is led by Professor Ed Manley, Professor of Urban Analytics at the School of Geography and an affiliate of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, as well as Dr Babak Mehran, University of Manitoba and additional involvement at Leeds from Professor Susan Grant Muller, Institute for Transport Studies.

There is real potential for demand-responsive autonomous transport to have significant benefits for an ageing population, that go beyond accessibility alone.

PROFESSOR ED MANLEY, SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHY

Professor Manley said “There is real potential for demand-responsive autonomous transport to have significant benefits for an ageing population, that go beyond accessibility alone. During this project we’ll aim to not only improve our understanding of ageing mobility needs, but use novel AI-based methods to develop an AV system that fully meets those needs.

“It’ll be great to expand our research to the Canadian setting, which faces similar challenges to the UK, and develop new collaborations with the University of Manitoba.”

RAIM project will run from early 2020 to 2023.

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Autonomous Air Taxi trialed in North Carolina

EHang Conducts First-Ever U.S. Trial Flight of Pilotless Air Taxi at North Carolina Transportation Summit

EHang  the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, today conducted its first-ever U.S. trial flight of its two-seater passenger-grade AAV, the EHang 216, as part of the North Carolina Transportation Summit hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on January 8 and 9, 2020.

First-ever U.S. trial flight of EHang 216

This represents the first time that the EHang 216 has received flight approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While this was a non-passenger flight, EHang is working with the FAA to secure approval for a passenger trial flight of the EHang 216 in the near future.

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FAA issues flight approval for EHang

“Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone and this trial flight represents a significant step towards bringing our urban air mobility solutions to the U.S. market,” said EHang founder, chairman, and CEO Huazhi Hu. “Pilotless air taxis have the power to transform everyday life in urban areas since they can lessen pollution, expedite emergency services, and save individuals and businesses time and money through shorter travel times.”

Roy Cooper, the North Carolina Governor, said, “We are proud to have the first autonomous aerial vehicle flying in North America, in North Carolina. Obviously, they are beginning this all of the world and this technology and what it means for transportation, both cargo and passengers, is pretty astronomical. This gonna be very positive for the economy. We want North Carolina to be on the cutting edge of this technology and we’re proud to have EHang here to show and demonstrate to us what can be done with this technology. It’s taking off. We North Carolina has become the pilot that can help move this kind of business forward. We are excited about that.”

Pearlis Johnson, Deputy Regional Administrator, Southern Region, FAA

Derrick Xiong,Co-founder & CMO of EHang

James H. Trogdon III,Transportation Secretary

David Howard,Chief Deputy Secretary

Mr. Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina

To date, EHang has safely conducted over two thousand trial flights in the United States, China, Austria, the Netherlands, Qatar, and the UAE to ensure that its AAVs operate safely and reliably in different areas globally.

EHang is the first UAM company to realize commercialization for its passenger-grade AAVs, having already delivered 38 units to customers as of December 5, 2019.

 

Prior to this debut flight in the U.S., two EHang 216 AAVs completed simultaneous trial flights of their commercial sightseeing applications in Guangzhou, China on November 30, 2019. These trial flights are part of EHang’s joint initiative with the government of Guangzhou to develop Guangzhou to be EHang’s first urban air mobility pilot city. These trial flights will enable EHang to test flight routes and vertiports to implement the initiative.

 

In January 2019, EHang was selected by the Civil Aviation Administration of China as the country’s first and only pilot company for passenger-grade AAV operation programs. In May 2019, EHang launched trial operations of urban air cargo transportation in collaboration with the express delivery company DHL-Sinotrans along a customized flight route of approximately 5 miles (8km) in Donguan, China.

 

EHang has three main business pillars: urban air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media. These pillars are underpinned by a comprehensive suite of operational service support for AAV customers including training, maintenance, command-and-control system set-up, and flight monitoring.

Source: E-Hang.

Tim Cosgrove wins the Co-Star table football final

The 2019 Co-Star table football contest sponsored by Terry’s Chocolate Orange was won by Tim Cosgrove in an intense and pulsating grand final.

 Matt Hancock and Tim Cosgrove contested the final for the forth year in a row qualifying as group winners.

 Tim was representing Leeds United and Matt was playing on behalf off their very bitter rivals Manchester United.

 The final was keenly contested with both players on top of their games, Matt was dominant in midfield but Tim had the edge in defence and attack.

 Tim commented ” Contests between myself and Matt are always incredibily close and very keenly contested and I’m delighted to retain the trophy and getting one over on Man united makes it even sweeter! Hopefully this is a good omen for Leeds United too as they chase promotion back to the premier league”.

A hugely dissapointed Matt refused to comment.

 The final league was:

 1.Tim Cosgrove

2.Matt Hancock

3.Owen Berger

4.Laura Cosgrove

5.Vicky Grazulyte

6.Trudy Newby

Source: Co-Star