ZF Friedrichshafen to invest €12bn in electric and autonomous vehicles

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen is set to invest €12bn in the development of technology for electric and autonomous vehicles.

The company plans to make the investment over the next five years.

Aimed at dealing with increasing delivery volumes while reducing traffic in city centres, the company will develop self-driving delivery trucks that will make package deliveries along the ‘last mile’ more efficient.

New Zealand unveils $11.17bn plan to improve transport infrastructure

The Government of New Zealand unveiled its plans to invest approximately NZD16.9bn ($11.17bn) in land-based transport systems over the next three years.

The $11.17bn investment marks an increase of 18% from the previous 2015-18 programme and a 44% increase from 2012-15.

A detailed investment plan, which has been narrated in the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), has been published by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

UK scientists discover new design for longer bridge spans

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Brunel University London in the UK identified a bridge design based on a new mathematical modelling technique that could enable significantly longer bridge spans than currently possible.

Researchers teamed up with British bridge expert Ian Firth of engineering consultant COWI on the modelling methodology used to identify optimal forms for very long-span bridges.

HERE launches Traffic Dashboard to visualise congestion levels

Dutch mapping and location data provider HERE Technologies rolled out the HERE Traffic Dashboard to track traffic and gain intelligent insights about congestion and incidents.

The new interactive online tool was designed to precisely envisage real-time and anticipated congestion levels during the day in more than 180 cities worldwide.

The HERE Traffic Dashboard also displays urban mobility by showing how far commuters can travel from a city’s centre within 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes based on traffic conditions at a specific time during the day.

Uber to invest $150m in autonomous car engineering hub in Canada

Uber Technologies unveiled plans to set up a new $150m engineering hub for autonomous cars in Toronto, Canada.

Investment in the centre will continue for five years and enable Uber to further expand its self-driving car operations despite recent setbacks.

With a focus on improving the company’s engineering capabilities, the new hub will fast-track its work in artificial intelligence.

NSW approves toll-free $1.8bn Sydney Gateway motorway

The Government of New South Wales (NSW) approved the Sydney Gateway motorway project worth up to A$2.6bn ($1.8bn) to reduce travel time to Sydney Airport and minimise the number of trucks on local roads.

The toll-free motorway will run from the WestConnex interchange at St Peters to Sydney Airport and closer to Port Botany.

It is expected to cut travel times from Parramatta to Sydney Airport by up to 40 minutes and from Campbelltown to the airport by up to 20 minutes.

Victoria releases designs for $11.2bn North East Link project

The Government of Victoria in Australia released detailed designs, including 3D videos, images and maps, for the A$15.8bn ($11.2bn) North East Link project.

The new design was updated according to community feedback. It features more open space with new green bridges, a new noise standard and 25km of new upgraded walking and cycling paths.

Affectiva and GreenRoad partner to improve road safety for drivers

Artificial emotional intelligence firm Affectiva partnered with GreenRoad Technologies to bring real-time driver impairment monitoring to the fleet management market.

The collaboration aims to enhance road safety by flagging dangerous driving and influencing positive behavioural change to help drivers continually improve.

Ringway Jacobs wins £600m highways contract from Cheshire East Council

UK’s Ringway Jacobs secured a £600m highways contract to manage Cheshire East Council’s services for up to 15 years.

The company has been offering highways services to Cheshire East Council since 2011 under the previous contract.

Ringway Jacobs managing director Mike O’Neill said: “We are delighted to be chosen to continue as Cheshire East Council’s partner for highways services.

“We look forward to building on our current relationship to deliver the very best outcomes for the residents and businesses in Cheshire East.”

Pony.ai introduces product-ready self-driving vehicle system

Chinese autonomous driving start-up Pony.ai debuted its first product-ready PonyAlpha autonomous vehicle system, marking a significant milestone for the autonomous driving industry in the country.

The new self-driving system features increased sensor coverage provided by additional LiDARs, radars, and cameras.

The system is fitted with an optimised hardware platform in a tightly integrated full-stack system to support these additional sensors.