China’s National Development and Reform Commission wants to implement artificial intelligence (AI) technology in at least half of all the nation’s new cars by 2020 and cover 90% of its big cities and highways with a wireless network that can support smart vehicles. China hopes to become a world leader in artificial intelligence by 2025. Smart vehicles are a key part of the plan. China’s quest is to have a global reputation for quality smart cars by 2035.

Hyundai Motor Company and Aurora Innovation, an autonomous vehicle technology firm, announced they will bring Level 4 self-driving Hyundai fuel cell vehicles to market by 2021. The project will incorporate Aurora’s self-driving technology into Hyundai vehicles starting with models custom-developed and launched in test programs and pilot cities. Level 4 autonomous vehicles can operate without human input or oversight under select conditions. Hyundai first began testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in  the US state of Nevada in 2015. The South Korean automaker said a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle will be able to provide a stable electric power supply without concerns about driving range, a worry for many potential electric vehicle owners.

IHS Markit forecasts that more than 33 million autonomous vehicles will be sold globally in 2040. The business information provider sees 51,000 of these vehicles sold in 2021 and 1 million by 2025. The rapid convergence of autonomous driving and driverless mobility services (such as ride-hailing) is projected to be the central driver of early deployment and growth. The US will lead the world in initial deployment and early adoption of production autonomous vehicles followed shortly by Europe and China. By 2040 IHS sees 14 million of these vehicles in China, 8 million in the US and 6 million in Europe.  Analyst Jeremy Carlson said:

“Autonomous mobility services can deliver newfound personal freedom to the young, old, disabled and others without reliable transportation for everyday needs, but the benefits don’t have to stop there. Fleet operators in big cities who better understand the lower operational costs of battery electric vehicles are more likely to employ them to drive higher amounts of vehicle and passenger miles traveled.”

Electric or hybrid vehicles accounted for more than half of all new cars sold in Norway in 2017. The Norwegian Road Federation reported all-electric and hydrogen cars accounted for 21% of total sales in 2017 while hybrid vehicles accounted for 31%, including 18% for plug-in hybrids, The Nordic country has set itself the goal of selling only new zero-emission cars starting from 2025. Norway has achieved this numbers through a very generous tax incentives coupled with providing zero emission cars with many perks including free city tolls, ferries, parking and recharging in public car parks, as well as having the right to drive in bus lanes.

German automaker BMW reported sales of its electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles increased 31% in 2017 to 21,208 units, accounting for 6.0% of total BMW Group sales in the US market.

India has chose eleven cities to run electric buses for public transportation. These cities include Delhi, Indore,  Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jammu and Guwahati. The initiative is part of a nationwide program to promote the use of electric vehicles in public transport to assist lower-income groups in large urban areas while at the same time reducing pollution.

 

 

 

 

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