Market Research and Insight

Navy dreams of turning seawater into jet fuel
Refueling a Navy vessel in the middle of the Pacific ocean isn’t like topping off the tank of your Hyundai: there are no filling stations right around the corner and nowhere to hike with a gas can if the needle hits “Empty”. That’s why scientists at the US Naval... Read more
California paves way for testing of driverless cars
The roads of California could one day be teeming with self-driving cars, now that state lawmakers have given the idea their blessing. The state Senate recently approved a bill that will allow for testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads. Tests would require a human driver to be in... Read more
Real-life smart-car test a ‘game-changer’ for transport
It’s the largest smart-vehicle test of its kind ever conducted: some 3,000 cars, trucks and buses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are now “talking” to one another in an unprecedented test to see how wireless technology could help improve traffic safety. The just-launched Safety Pilot Model Deployment is designed to... Read more
A lot of discussion about low-carbon transport centers on vehicle technology, but that is only part of the solution. Zero-emission cars certainly have a part to play in terms of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and reducing environmental impacts but they don’t begin to address the issue of congestion.... Read more
What transportation lessons can we learn from some of the world’s top-ranking cities? Siemens’ series of “Green City Index” reports of different regions of the globe shows efficient-transport leaders share a few key, common threads: An emphasis on public transport, especially networks that can move high volumes of people... Read more
Friction is a fickle friend for motorists. On the one hand, you wouldn’t want to find yourself without it while barreling down the highway at 75 mph and suddenly needing to apply the brakes. On the other hand, it could be costing you up to $20 on every $60... Read more
Rising levels of obesity and the McMansion trend of the real-estate bubble era already provide evidence enough that the US has a “Super Size Me” problem. But the love of bigness has also derailed efforts to curb the nation’s thirst for imported oil. Between 1980 and 2006, cars sold... Read more
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the EcoCar2: Plugging into the Future competition, with 16 university teams selected to participate. EcoCar2 is a unique educational partnership between the DOE and General Motors aimed at helping prepare future engineers for opportunities in clean energy and advanced vehicle industries.... Read more
IBM will collaborate with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Centre for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) to develop an intelligent transportation solution to help commuters avoid congestion and enable transportation agencies to better understand, predict and manage traffic flow. The CCIT is a research institute at the... Read more
Siemens Mobility will unveil Inspiro, its brand-new mass transit train, at this week’s UITP World Congress and Exhibition in Dubai. Now in the development phase, the train was designed with a focus on environmental compatibility. The lightweight aluminum car body and demand-responsive control of the HVAC system both contribute... Read more