Google sister company makes 62.000 minivans to robot taxis

Google sister company makes 62.000 minivans to robot taxis

Google sister company waymo will expand its fleet of self-driving cars with up to 62.000 more minivans to be built by chrysler.

At the announcement late thursday, however, it remained open over what period these vehicles will be delivered. It only said that the first cars from the order should arrive by the end of the year.

The deal could be worth more than two billion dollars in total, the wall street journal reported, citing informed persons. The converted chrysler pacifica minivans already form the core of waymo’s fleet of several hundred vehicles.

Read more

Auto-test elektro-smart: fast on the road with a good conscience

Auto-test elektro-smart: fast on the road with a good conscience

It sounds tempting: you go to the office in the morning by car. During working hours, the car recharges itself very cost-effectively with electricity from a photovoltaic system, paid for by cell phone (app). Aunt frieda can be visited in the evening, and the son can be driven to training. Or it goes in pairs to the excursion in the green.

"This is what mobility will look like in the future," belectric managing director sebastian bachmann is convinced. 570 million euros in sales worldwide in 2012, the group is working on an "intelligent charging infrastructure" at the inno-park in kitzingen and has now reached the fine-tuning stage on this issue. But still – as shown in the everyday test – range and refueling time (= charging time) are in a rather bad relationship.

The driving characteristics of the electric smart are quite familiar: due to the high efficiency of the motor, the small car is a fast starter and, in terms of sound, a quiet performer. Those who don’t like it, who like it loud, can use a music system for decibel-heavy sound.

Read more

“Farmers need reliable framework conditions”

All farmers’ day visitors were aware of the hot topics such as "plate or tank", wind turbines and flat areas for photovoltaics were known and they had experienced some of the unrest in their communities. Member of the bundestag heinrich rudrof (CSU) commented on this issue in his opening speech at the jurabauerntag in konigsfeld and reminded the audience that the energy turnaround had been decided by the state and the federal government. Rudrof: "for me, agriculture is first and foremost about food, and the natural landscape must not be spoiled. But in addition, the questions of energy storage, base load and pipeline construction still need to be clarified. After that, it’s a matter of carefully removing the cars."

Other topics, namely current agricultural policy and agricultural reform, were addressed by the deputy president of the upper franconian farmers’ association, gerhard ehrlich from coburg, in his festive speech. Ehrlich sees two major problems for farmers with the 2014 agricultural reform: on the one hand, a drop in compensation payments and, on the other, exaggerated demands for animal welfare and environmental protection. "We farmers make an essential contribution in agriculture and forestry to the three major challenges in our globalized world: ensuring that people are fed with high-quality and healthy food, supplying energy and raw materials, and managing our land in a climate-friendly and sustainable way and with livestock farming that meets all requirements in a timely and economical manner", he said.

"Despite higher standards of environmental, animal and consumer protection, we must be able to compete with world market prices. In the future, despite all our efforts for regional products, we will not receive producer prices that give us a chance to exist without compensation payments! In addition to financial support, we farmers need reliable conditions that enable us not only to meet the demands of politics, but also to farm in such a way that we can live contentedly on our farms. For me, living contentedly means that ideological or exaggerated demands on the subject of animal welfare or environmental protection from a handful of extremists, who imagine they know something about agriculture, are not allowed to enter into agricultural policy."
The deputy county farmer marion link added a request to her closing remarks: "i would like to see more cooperation and togetherness". We should not only look for our own advantage, but rather cultivate the conversation in the family and in the village!"

Read more

Project in the area of bad rodach braugasse still causes headaches for city council members

project in the area of bad rodach braugasse still causes headaches for city council members

At its meeting in march 2017, the building and environment committee of the bad rodach city council had already discussed the damar project. The latter intends to completely demolish a former warehouse in the area of braugasse, in order to then be able to carry out reconstruction and renovation inspections on the residential and commercial building in heldburger strabe. At that time the building committee agreed that they would insist on detailed plans. At their meeting last october, the committee members considered a personal presentation by the builder and the architect to be necessary. So the project ended up on the committee’s agenda once again.

No parking spaces planned

Although the administration was able to present the plans to the city council, the two protagonists were not present at the meeting, so that the committee’s questions could not be answered. The city council is particularly concerned that a four-story building is to be erected in the braugasse, which will house ten apartments, without any parking spaces being provided for them.

Second mayor ernst-wilhelm geiling () pointed out that this was a change of use. "Without parking spaces, the plan is unrealistic and cannot be approved", he emphasized and added: "we must make it clear that this is not the way to do it."

Read more