EU “eyes car chips as next battleground with China”

Europe is widening its focus from high-tech to low-tech microchips as it fears a fresh challenge from Chinese subsidized firms to supply the electric vehicle boom. The European Commission will start to question microchip suppliers and customers about legacy chips and whether there is a dependency on China supplies, it told POLITICO in a statement, with […]

CO2 targets: EU needs 800% more charging points per year by 2030

A new report from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has revealed that the EU needs to increase its EV charging points eight-fold in order to meet it’s 2030 CO2 targets. EU electric car sales grew three times faster than charging point installation between 2017 and 2023, ACEA’s report shows. Looking ahead, the EU needs […]

Cars will “slow down if drivers are speeding” under EU safety tech in new cars

Cars will vibrate, sound an audible warning or slow down if drivers are speeding under new mandatory safety technology which comes into effect this summer. From July 6, new vehicles sold in the European Union and Northern Ireland will be fitted with intelligent speed assistance (ISA) to prevent accidents. Although the UK has opted out, meaning it will not […]

European Council adopts positions for safer road traffic

The European Council has adopted common positions on two proposals forming part of the so-called ‘road safety’ legislative package. The Commission’s proposal introduces four main new elements regarding to driving licences and cross-border exchange of information on road-safety-related traffic offences. For driving licences, there will be stricter conditions for drivers in the two years after […]

Aurrigo wins European grant for Living Lab for Autonomous Public Transport Project

The Coventry-based autonomous vehicle technology solutions company Aurrigo has been awarded a €275,820 (approx £240,000) grant from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology for its participation in the Living Lab for Autonomous Public Transport Project. The project sees Aurrigo’s Auto-Shuttle autonomous passenger transport vehicle running in Prague, Brno and Milton Keynes, initially with a […]

Irish cities of Cork and Dublin among best European cities for air quality

Cork and Dublin are among the best European cities for air quality but still rank as only “fair”, as 90% of city residents across the EU are exposed to harmful levels of pollution. According to an analysis from the European Environment Agency (EEA), children are especially vulnerable to air pollution levels across Europe, despite advances in cleaning […]

New rules to improve road safety and enable fully driverless vehicles in the EU

The new Vehicle General Safety Regulation starts applying today. It introduces a range of mandatory advanced driver assistant systems to improve road safety and establishes the legal framework for the approval of automated and fully driverless vehicles in the EU. The new safety measures will help to better protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists across the EU, expectedly […]

Intelligent Speed Assistance mandated on EU-sold cars next year

The European Union has announced that from next summer it’ll require all new cars to have technology fitted to stop people from speeding. It’s mandating that vehicles sold from May 2022 must have kit which uses GPS and cameras to determine whether a car is exceeding the speed limit, and then prompts the driver to […]

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