April 21, 2021
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Shanghai Auto Show features range of EVs
EQS (Mercedes-Benz USA)
The Shanghai Auto Show featured several new electric vehicle models, including the Audi A6 e-tron concept and China's BYD Han series. EV models ranged from the Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV, which retails for $4,230 in China, to the Mercedes electric luxury EQS sedan.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Mobility News & Trends
Dott, a Belgian e-scooter startup, raised $85 million in its Series B funding round. With the new capital it plans to enter new markets in the UK and Spain, and add bicycles to its offering.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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The New Horizons space probe crossed 50 astronomical units away from the sun over the weekend, and it marked the occasion by capturing an image of its fellow interstellar traveler Voyager 1, which is currently the farthest out of the long-distance probes. NASA scientists needed to mark the spot where Voyager 1 is within the star field in the image because it is so tiny.
Full Story: New Atlas (4/19) 
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Hybrid Tiger drone stayed aloft for 24-plus hours powered by solar panels in a demonstration by the US Naval Research Laboratory. This is the longest flight demonstration for the aircraft.
Full Story: FlightGlobal (U.K.) (4/19) 
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SES is the latest company pursuing better batteries for electric vehicles to get a major boost from an automaker. General Motors is leading a $139 million investment in the company's bid to develop lithium-metal batteries, following the path of Ford Motor and Volkswagen with their bets on separate EV battery pioneers.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Heavy Duty / Commercial Vehicle
Hyliion is planning to stress-test its Hypertruck Electric Range Extender, a Class 8 hybrid powertrain that the Texas company plans to begin producing next year. Hyliion's testing council has 11 fleets with 100,000 Class 8 trucks.
Full Story: IndustryWeek (4/16) 
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Locomation developed Autonomous Relay Convoying artificial intelligence technology to boost truck platooning, and it could allow autonomous trucks to be on the road sooner than expected because of fewer decisions that would need to be made. Locomation, based in Pittsburgh, is testing its truck-platooning technology on a stretch of Interstate 84 between Oregon and Idaho.
Full Story: SAE International (4/20) 
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Smart Cities
The global coronavirus pandemic was a key factor in driving adoption for internet of things technology in 65% of cities worldwide, ESI ThoughtLab found in a recent study. ESI's survey also revealed that artificial intelligence and the use of biometric data were among the main technologies cities have implemented or plan to adopt.
Full Story: RFID Journal (4/19) 
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Workforce Development & Leadership
A Texas high school is building new space for career and technical education. There will be a new robotics lab, mock hospital and space for students who are learning about the visual arts.
Full Story: KWTX-TV (Waco, Texas) (4/20) 
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Are you ready for it?
Streetwear label Pangaia is using ink made with toxic pollution particles on its clothes and accessories through a partnership with Graviky Labs. The idea of capturing carbon to transform it into a useful product first came to Graviky co-founder Anirudh Sharma, who hails from India, where industrial pollution is a serious problem, when he developed a method to filter and purify particulate matter extracted from the atmosphere to be safe to use while at MIT.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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