Bosch to showcase a driverless electric concept shuttle at CES 2019
Bosch will be showcasing a driverless ‘concept shuttle’ at CES 2019 in Las Vegas next month as part of smart home/mobility showcase.
Highlighting “innovative solutions and services for mobility of the future and smart homes, the company will also showcase a driverless electric concept shuttle with integrated services. The driverless shuttles will soon feature on streets in major cities around the world, according to Bosch and will be whisper-silent as they “seamlessly connected with their surroundings”.
CES will be running in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11 and Bosh’s program will be split between ‘mobility of the future’ and ‘intelligent assistants… for the smart home’.
Mobility of the future will demonstrate the Convenience Charging app, the mySPIN in-car smartphone and a cloud-based solution that sends a warning to wrong-way drivers and all road users at risk within ten seconds, along with a number of other smart solutions for the vehicles of the future.
In the run-up to CES 2019, Bosch received a total of six CES Innovation Awards run by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab
Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.
The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.
Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.
Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.
Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.
Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.
"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.
The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.