News Article | May 25, 2017
« Volkswagen apprentices unveil 48V hybrid Golf GTI, enhanced Golf GTE PHEV at at Wörthersee meeting | Main | Platinum-yttrium nanoalloys 10x as effective as platinum nanoparticles in fuel cells » Groupe Renault signed a final agreement for the acquisition of Intel’s French embedded software R&D activity based in Toulouse and Sophia-Antipolis, France. With this acquisition, Groupe Renault will be bringing in a full spectrum of skills to reinforce developments in next-generation embedded vehicle software. This brings valuable experience in areas such as personalized services and remote, autonomous, realtime updates with no outside intervention. This acquisition is right in line with Groupe Renault’s strategy of offering new connected services and improving the experience of its customers. The Intel employees joining Renault hold highly relevant skills in what is a strong competitive technical field, where the Alliance is one of the world leaders. Groupe Renault thereby continues to support French innovation and economic development in France. Intel’s French R&D teams hold established software development expertise complementary to Renault’s. They’ll be bringing Renault expertise, advanced methods and tools, plus access to a sound network of suppliers, laboratories and partner companies. Some teams already have automotive-specific skills in multimedia and connectivity. The acquisition operation will proceed by Groupe Renault purchasing a company formed by Intel to take in the embedded software R&D activity at the Toulouse and Sophia Antipolis sites in France. The new company will be attached to the Groupe Renault Alliance Systems Engineering Department. Finalization of the acquisition is pending on the conditions normally applicable to this kind of operation, and should be completed by the second half of 2017.
News Article | May 25, 2017
At Volkswagen’s Wörthersee meeting this week, 13 apprentices from Volkswagen Wolfsburg and Sitech are presenting the first GTI that also features electric propulsion: the Golf GTI First Decade. A different team of 14 apprentices from Volkswagen Sachsen are also unveiling a Wörthersee show car, the Golf GTE Variant impulsE—a show version of the production plug-in hybrid featuring enhanced all-electric range. The Golf GTI First Decade combines a 410 PS (300 kW) gasoline engine driving the front wheels with a 48-volt electric motor that drives the rear wheels with a maximum output of 12 kW. The two drive systems can be used separately but also work hand-in-hand when required. The car can be operated conventionally (front-wheel drive), in purely electric mode (rear-wheel drive) and in combined mode (all-wheel drive. The mild electric propulsion system offers the benefits of zero-emission, silent driving during parking maneuvers and for short distances in residential areas or in stop-and-go traffic (electric mode). Through the recovery of braking energy (regenerative braking), two batteries in the rear of the vehicle are charged. This energy allows further carbon-neutral driving in electric mode. On more demanding surfaces, the combination of front and rear-wheel drive for starting assistance (electric all-wheel mode) comes into its own. The modes can be selected and controlled from a tablet PC using an app or from the infotainment display via Mirror Link. During the creation of their dream GTI, our apprentices learn about the complexity and future challenges of automobile production. They gain further experience in the use of digital technologies, the application of system technology and electro-mobility. This is why we choose our strongest talents and offer them the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors and experts from the entire company at an early stage. This year, the departments concerned included Design, Group Research Drive Systems, Technical Development, the pilot hall, the seat center, plastic parts production and the paint shop. Instead of rear seats and a luggage compartment, the rear of the vehicle accommodates a high-end sound system with 1,690 watts from 11 loudspeakers and a subwoofer as well as a special rear HIFI installation with LED lighting on a carbon-covered base plate. The batteries and control electronics for the electric rear-axle drive system are installed under the base plate. The Golf GTE Variant impulsE show car was assembled by 14 apprentices from the Zwickau vehicle plant, the Chemnitz engine plant and the Transparent Factory in Dresden focused on e-mobility together with their mentors. For them, it was important to combine dynamism, sporting character and skilled craftsmanship with hybrid vehicle technology. A highlight of the show car is the prototype battery with a capacity increased from 8.8 to 16.8 kWh. This doubles the car’s range in electric operation.
News Article | May 26, 2017
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. The 2017 Honda Civic Si has arrived, but instead of the powerful punch of pepper we'd hoped for, it’s a little on the tame side. Sure, it looks good, and there’s power when you need it, but the car seems to have lost some of its edge. Reinforced for sportier handling and injected with more horsepower, the Civic Si has been Honda’s entry in the often spicy arena of sporty compact cars for generations. Honda’s approach has traditionally been to outfit its efficient Civic with a high-revving engine, slick manual shifter, and tauter suspension. Now that the automaker is moving to a turbocharged engines, the formula changes. Does a turbo make the latest Si a mild, medium, or hot dish? We just bought Honda’s revamped 2017 Civic Si to find out. The Si comes as either a four-door sedan or a two-door coupe. The only transmission is a six-speed manual. The sedan starts at $23,900. The 1.5-liter turbo is boosted to 205 horsepower. Our red four-door sedan stickered at $24,775. Exterior identification marks include a not-so-subtle rear spoiler, Si badges, and 18-inch wheels. Inside, you'll find bolstered seats with red Si embroidery and a few extra instruments, such as a stopwatch and a G-meter. Gimmicks? Perhaps. On the road the Si’s little turbo supplies readily available power while turbo lag is hardly noticeable. In sharp contrast to the previous Si, which only came to life at the upper reaches of the rev range with an invigorating song, this Si’s thrust is much more accessible, but some might say its delivery is less exciting. The manual shifter is a delight with crisp, precise action. There’s a Sport button that first paints the instrument panel red, but it actually sharpens throttle response, tightens the dampers, and firms up the steering. Handling is ratcheted up with a lowered and stiffened suspension, making the Si corner with less roll than a normal Civic and with a quicker turn-in response. While the steering effort is on the firm side, that doesn't mean it communicates a whole lot of feedback. Clearly nimbler than an ordinary Civic, the Si is not going to challenge the Volkswagen GTi or Ford Focus ST in the fun-to-drive arena. As you might expect, ride comfort is compromised in the Si compared with the regular Civic. While the suspension offers some layer of comfort and absorption, the Si is stiff and choppy, even when Sport mode is off, particularly on corrugated pavement. Noise is inoffensive, but we think the exhaust sound could be a little more interesting, to better contribute to the sporty experience. Still, compared with the last Si, which was extremely loud and had an even stiffer ride, the new Si is less high-strung and doesn't beat you up as much. You spelunk into the low-slung Civic to be embraced by the bolstered seat. Be aware that there’s no lumbar support adjustment. The chrome-tipped shifter falls right into your palm. The Sport button also activates a row of lights that vary in color that change with the revs, à la a race car. And if you can figure out Honda’s convoluted multi-information display in the instrument cluster, you can use a stopwatch to time your zero-to-60 acceleration, or your lap times on the track. Other than the Si sporty tidbits, it’s the same Civic that benefits from a relatively roomy rear seat but suffers from a clunky infotainment system. The touchscreen isn’t always intuitive or quick to respond. Instead of a blind-spot monitoring system that covers both sides, you get Honda’s LaneWatch, which monopolizes the screen with an image of what’s on your right flank every time you have your right turn signal on. Advanced electronic safety features aren’t available on the Si as they are on the Civic, and that’s too bad. The Si comes across as mildly sporty, an incremental step on the sporty spectrum from a regular Civic, and can be the right car for someone looking for a sports sedan on a budget. Think of it as mild salsa as opposed to the upcoming Civic R, which might be the superhot stuff. The Si battles the Ford Focus ST, Subaru WRX, and Volkswagen GTI—well-credentialed, enthusiast-targeting cars that take different tacks to meld sporty performance, practicality, and affordability. Check back with us to see how the Civic Si ranks among its peers when we finish testing it. Until then, read the complete Honda Civic road test. More from Consumer Reports: Top pick tires for 2016 Best used cars for $25,000 and less 7 best mattresses for couples
News Article | May 25, 2017
« DOE awarding $72M in 73 Phase II SBIR/STTR grants | Main | Volkswagen apprentices unveil 48V hybrid Golf GTI, enhanced Golf GTE PHEV at at Wörthersee meeting » Ricardo demonstrated its new real-world driving emissions measurement service (earlier post), and discussed the first results from its road side vehicle monitoring research, at the Air Quality & Emissions Show (AQE) in the UK earlier this week. Ricardo launched its vehicle emission measurement service in April 2017. The system uses absorption spectroscopy to monitor and record emissions from a vehicle’s exhaust as it passes by a road-side sensor. It then matches these data to vehicle characteristics such as engine type and age. The system can measure emission from thousands of vehicles in a short space of time, without interfering with the vehicle being tested. This data promises to play an important role in providing cities and local authorities with the insight they need to develop Clean Air Zones and other air pollution mitigation measures. Ricardo has measured emissions from more than 20,000 vehicles during its preliminary measurement phase, a volume that far outweighs what can be achieved with laboratory based or portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS) in the same space of time. Experts from Ricardo’s air quality team will be on hand throughout the AQE show to discuss the initial outcomes of this research and what it means for air pollution mitigation planning. Early results include a direct comparison between Euro 5 and Euro 6 engines under real-world driving conditions, and the impact that cold-starts have on gasoline and diesel engine emissions in urban environments.
News Article | May 24, 2017
"We're very pleased that our team's hard work and dedication has been recognized by IDC in their latest industry survey," said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. "Over 100 million end users around the world have chosen our smartphones, and we expect that number to grow as we roll out new technologies and 5G-compatible features in future smartphone models." To drive future breakthroughs that will take their smartphones' performance and user experience to the next level, Vivo has established seven R&D centers worldwide, including two in Silicon Valley and San Diego, as well as five in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Beijing, China, where it will continue to develop in-house smartphone technologies including 5G, mobile camera, and Hi-Fi music technologies that appeal to its customers. "Our building of a research center network is the evidence of our focus on becoming an integrated smartphone technology innovator that is driven to meet customer needs," continued Feng. At Vivo's Beijing R&D center the company engages in the research of new 5G technologies. Engineers leverage their insights into more than 100 million of Vivo's global smartphone users' experience to develop 5G technology that offers an upgraded user experience. Some of the group's work was presented at the 2017 Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) Summit on Feb. 23 in Barcelona. The company disclosed its breakthrough high-power user equipment technology. Talking about the future of smartphones, Qin Fei, Director of Vivo's 5G research institute, said, "Vivo believes that as the computational abilities of smartphones increase, these devices will be capable of deep learning. Future smartphones will have enhanced communication abilities and will be able to cooperate with intelligent computing centers within the 5G network to provide intelligent services for consumers. The interaction of smartphones and the cloud computing center will require higher performance, higher speed and lower cost from 5G radio networks." The company's Hangzhou R&D center is responsible for photography technology research, while the institutes in Silicon Valley and San Diego are focused on core technologies that support Vivo's fundamental algorithm photography technology development. 3GPP plans to finalize the first release of 5G standards in 2018, and 5G is expected to be commercialized in 2020. "5G smartphones will be integrated with artificial intelligence technologies, becoming even more intelligent than the human brain. Vivo's 5G smartphone will be the users constant companion, learning his or her daily routine and habits, and becoming the ultimate personal assistant with excellent user experience." Qin said. A young global smartphone brand that is focused on providing its users with perfect sound quality and flawless photography with its cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops dynamic and stylish products for passionate young people. The company ranks among the top 5 smartphone brands worldwide according to IDC's Q1 2017 report. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/as-global-research-and-development-network-expands-vivo-smartphone-shipments-remain-among-top-5-worldwide-per-idc-report-300462936.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
SHENZHEN, China, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading smartphone manufacturer Vivo has been recognized as having the 5th-highest shipment volume among global smartphone manufacturers per IDC's 2017 Q1 report. This recognition comes as Vivo has been expanding its global research and development (R&D) capabilities, with a focus on 5G technologies and integrating them into its cutting-edge smartphones. IDC's full report can be viewed here: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS42507917 "We're very pleased that our team's hard work and dedication has been recognized by IDC in their latest industry survey," said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. "Over 100 million end users around the world have chosen our smartphones, and we expect that number to grow as we roll out new technologies and 5G-compatible features in future smartphone models." To drive future breakthroughs that will take their smartphones' performance and user experience to the next level, Vivo has established seven R&D centers worldwide, including two in Silicon Valley and San Diego, as well as five in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Beijing, China, where it will continue to develop in-house smartphone technologies including 5G, mobile camera, and Hi-Fi music technologies that appeal to its customers. "Our building of a research center network is the evidence of our focus on becoming an integrated smartphone technology innovator that is driven to meet customer needs," continued Feng. At Vivo's Beijing R&D center the company engages in the research of new 5G technologies. Engineers leverage their insights into more than 100 million of Vivo's global smartphone users' experience to develop 5G technology that offers an upgraded user experience. Some of the group's work was presented at the 2017 Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) Summit on Feb. 23 in Barcelona. The company disclosed its breakthrough high-power user equipment technology. Talking about the future of smartphones, Qin Fei, Director of Vivo's 5G research institute, said, "Vivo believes that as the computational abilities of smartphones increase, these devices will be capable of deep learning. Future smartphones will have enhanced communication abilities and will be able to cooperate with intelligent computing centers within the 5G network to provide intelligent services for consumers. The interaction of smartphones and the cloud computing center will require higher performance, higher speed and lower cost from 5G radio networks." The company's Hangzhou R&D center is responsible for photography technology research, while the institutes in Silicon Valley and San Diego are focused on core technologies that support Vivo's fundamental algorithm photography technology development. 3GPP plans to finalize the first release of 5G standards in 2018, and 5G is expected to be commercialized in 2020. "5G smartphones will be integrated with artificial intelligence technologies, becoming even more intelligent than the human brain. Vivo's 5G smartphone will be the users constant companion, learning his or her daily routine and habits, and becoming the ultimate personal assistant with excellent user experience," Qin said. A young global smartphone brand that is focused on providing its users with perfect sound quality and flawless photography with its cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops dynamic and stylish products for passionate young people. The company ranks among the top 5 smartphone brands worldwide according to IDC's Q1 2017 report.
News Article | May 25, 2017
Volkswagen already has the e-Golf and the Golf GTE, and now it's expanding its lineup of electrified Golfs ... for show, anyway. The German automakers' apprenticeship program has produced two new-look hybrid Golfs, the Golf GTI First Decade and Golf GTE Variant (Estate) impulsE. These new concept Golfs offset those longwinded names with punchy design and performance. One of the highlights of Volkswagen's Wörthersee gathering, the annual apprentice GTI sees its 10th iteration this year, and Volkswagen recognizes the event with the "First Decade" name. The new, blue Golf is also the first GTI to feature an electric drive. Volkswagen and its team of 13 apprentices dipped their toes into the electrified waters, adding a 16-hp (12-kW) electric motor at the rear. The small electric motor might seem underpowered, but since it's working with a 404-hp 2.0-liter engine up front, it shouldn't feel that way during sprinting and cruising, except, perhaps, when it's the only power plant doing work. The First Decade is designed to be driven under pure-electric rear-wheel drive, all-gas front-wheel drive or hybrid all-wheel drive, giving the driver plenty of choice in managing emissions, efficiency and performance. Modes can be selected from a tablet computer – always convenient when driving - or on the infotainment screen via MirrorLink. We're hoping anyone driving this show car will opt for the latter. The light electric drive can handle full driving responsibilities in low-demand situations like low-speed, short-distance commuting, parking maneuvers or city traffic, but the First Decade requires engine power for anything more demanding. Regenerative braking helps the two rear-mounted batteries last as long as possible. VW's apprentice team also worked to give the First Decade a special look, channeling the blue waters of the Wörthersee with Atlantic Blue Metallic, Satin Ocean Shimmer and other shades of blue mixing together in a series of segments, stripes, dashes and accents. A high-gloss black radiator grille, Clubsport rear spoiler and 20-in mb-Design alloy wheels with Ocean Shimmer hubs add more color contrast, and "First Decade" and "10" badges around the exterior finish the cosmetic package off. Inside, the two sports seats are hand-dressed in titanium black nappa leather and Alcantara and stitched with contrast blue. The driver's seat features multiple massage functions and is electronically adjustable via smartphone or tablet app. Satin Ocean Shimmer and Atlantic Blue trim and highlights appear throughout, as do "10" and "First Decade" badges. The real interior highlight, though, is in the back, where the seats and luggage compartment have been replaced with a hulking 1,690-watt, 11-speaker stereo system with subwoofer. A custom LED lighting display covers the base plate over top the batteries and electric control hardware, adding to the bass-thumping ambiance. The apprentices put the Golf GTI First Decade together in a matter of nine months, relying on technologies like CAD, graphic tablets and 3D printing and gaining specialist knowledge and experience along the way. A second group of VW apprentices is presenting the Golf GTE Variant impulsE at Wörthersee. A stretched version of the Golf GTE (or GTE version of the Variant, if you prefer), this show car features an upsized 16.8-kWh battery that provides about double the all-electric driving range of VW's 8.8-kWh GTE battery. The custom Golf wagon wears a special five-tone matte paint job consisting of Oryx White, Apassionata Blue, Anthracite, Hallmark and St. James Red, a theme that continues inside. The app-controlled door trim ambient lighting and indirect sunroof illumination add to the unique interior look and feel. These apprentice cars are joining other cars of Wörthersee, like the up! GTI Concept. The gathering got rolling on Wednesday and runs through Saturday.
News Article | June 19, 2017
"GTI is honored to be partnering with Yangquan, a Global Fortune 500 company, to mature this innovative gasification system," says Eddie Johnston, Senior Vice President, GTI Research and Technology Development. "This breakthrough technology provides significant economic and environmental benefits for Yangquan's coal-to chemical processes." The R-GAS™ technology has been successfully operated at pilot-scale (18 tons per day) on sub-bituminous coal, bituminous coal, high ash fusion temperature anthracite coal, and petroleum coke-all with excellent test results. This testing has been conducted at GTI's pilot-scale facility located on an 18-acre campus right outside of Chicago, IL with more than 1,300 hours of hot fire testing achieved since commission of the pilot plant in December 2009. The most recent long-duration testing was completed in December 2016 with a very high ash fusion temperature anthracite coal, which is predominant in China. This series of tests validated the robustness of the R-GAS™ process, demonstrating the capability to achieve >99% carbon conversion even with this low rank coal. "Yangquan is one of the largest coal producers in China. This technology offers a step-change improvement in efficiency and cost over current gasification technology and is uniquely capable of gasifying China's low-rank coal," notes Mr. Zhai Hong, Chairman of Yangquan Group. "Coal is a leading energy choice in China, and finding the most cost effective and environmentally-friendly ways of using it will help to maintain its role as a vital contributor to our economy." The demonstration plant will validate long-duration reliability, operability, and capital costs. Commercial versions of the new gasifier will be about one-tenth the size of competing entrained flow technologies, and the compact size and advanced design features drive higher efficiency and lower cost. Capital expenditures are estimated to be 15-25% lower than the most economical entrained flow technology. The design enables rapid start-up and shut-down, feedstock flexibility-able to operate with all ranks of coal-and process optimization capability. R-GAS™ also consumes up to 30% less water and the higher efficiency results in lower overall emissions. Cost for electricity generation, chemicals, and liquid fuels production are estimated to be 15% to 25% lower compared with existing technologies. About GTI: GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing the nation's energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for more than 75 years. http://www.gastechnology.org About Yangquan Coal Industry Group: Yangquan Coal Industry Group is the 3rd largest coal/chemical company in China. In 2016, Yangquan Group's coal production capacity exceeded 76 million tons and produced coal-derived products in over 80 categories including chemicals and fertilizers. The Group generated US$28B in revenue in 2016 and ranked 374th among the Fortune Global 500 companies in 2016.
News Article | March 1, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today won the 'Innovative Solution and Application Award' at the GTI Summit 2017 for its enhanced Wireless Broadband (eWBB) solution, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to eWBB solution innovation and deployment. As an influential organisation within the TDD and 5G industry, boasting more than 120 operator members and 103 vendor partners, GTI is committed to building a global industrial platform for TDD and 5G, thereby facilitating the formation of a prosperous ecological chain. ZTE's practical eWBB solution is mainly used in two typical scenarios in existing networks. One is to provide fibre-like last-mile wireless access, supporting rapid network deployment to guarantee high return on investment (ROI). The other is to reduce data traffic in metropolitan areas (namely, operators' value areas), to ensure operators' competitiveness in capacity. Compared with traditional WBB solutions, the eWBB solution involves a variety of new measures for capacity enhancement and interference cancellation, including 4×4 MIMO, Massive MIMO, high-order modulation, Neat Cell, and Carrier Aggregation (CA). The eWBB solution also supports VPN and IPsec functions for enterprise applications, as well as Band 38/39/40/41/42/43 CPEs, data cards, and Pocket WiFi. Bai Yanmin, VP of ZTE said, "So far, ZTE has received GTI Awards for four consecutive years. These awards proved ZTE's continuous innovation and driving force in the TD-LTE field. This award for the eWBB solution is ZTE's fourth GTI Award for 'Innovative Solution and Application' following previous wins for its TDD/FDD integration solution, Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) solution, and Comprehensive Uplink Enhancement Solution. These solutions are not all disruptively innovative but more of them are flexible and practical to solve the problems in the existing networks. We are happy to see that these efforts are well accepted by our customers and acknowledged by GTI. In the future, we will work together with our partners in GTI to further enhance the development of TD-LTE industry." As a leading supplier of TD-LTE solutions, by the end of 2016 ZTE had built TD-LTE trial and commercial networks for 102 mobile operators in 54 countries worldwide, serving customers in Japan, the United States, India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Romania, Italy, and many other countries. ZTE will make continuous efforts to establish a solid R&D foundation and industrial structure for the development of the TDD market and industry, thereby promoting the evolution of TDD technology for a better role in the 5G era. ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.
News Article | March 1, 2017
HONG KONG, March. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With shifted focus to joint innovation towards 5G, the GTI Summit 2017 was held on 28th Feb. at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, as a significant milestone for the GTI 2.0 that strives for further promoting 4G evolution and 5G...