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By T Murrali| Oct 13, 2020

Tech Fusion

Research in digital communication has been growing rapidly along with computer technology fuelled by the rise of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Such innovations of late are a fusion of all these technologies that offer sustainable transportation solutions.

Taking the initiative based on the Korean Government’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Roadmap which outlines steps needed to commercialise the concept, Hyundai Motor Company joined Incheon International Airport Corp (IIAC), Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co and KT Corp. The partnership is aimed at accelerating the development of UAM and works together to conduct test flights. The four partners will align with the roadmap that includes the Korean UAM Grand Challenge. This public-private joint demonstration project provides the basis for jointly studying the construction-cum-operation of vertiports and airports for UAM development. Interestingly, Hyundai will push forward on developing the UAM business and securing business cases while IIAC will work to establish the infrastructure and study feasibility of utilising UAM as airport shuttles. Hyundai Construction will utilise its expertise to build vertiports as well as the transit hub that will connect UAM to other forms of public transportation. KT will set up the communications infrastructure and make business cases for UAM as a mobility service. All four parties will work on the four quadrants of the puzzle to give a fillip to urban mobility.


Recently Volvo Cars introduced the world’s first premium air-quality technology in its cars, allowing drivers to breathe clean and healthy air within their vehicles by improving air quality inside the cabin ahead of the journey. The sensor in its Advanced Air Cleaner measures PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin. The synthetic fibre-based filter and ionisation keeps up to 95 percent of all PM 2.5 particles out of the cabin. It optimises air quality in the car interior, limiting the adverse health effects that are associated with air pollution and fine particulates. Cleaner air in the car also helps advance safe driving as healthy and fresh air can help boost driver concentration.


Designed for real-world applications with the capability to detect road environments and autonomously adjust accordingly, HiPhi X will have several innovations to its credit. The Human Horizons’ premium, smart, all-electric vehicle brand will possess the world’s first customisable matrix lighting system, comprising of dual-core lighting modules with Programmable Matrix Lighting (PML) and Intelligent Signal Display (ISD) panels.

PML is equipped with a built-in Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that contains a chipset which can directly control the lamp and its micro-mirrors. When the infrared camera detects a pedestrian or vehicle, the ECU will compute a solution within milliseconds based on its intelligent algorithms. The path and brightness of the light are changed by modifying the angle of the micro-mirrors, thereby allowing more or less adaptive lighting, which ultimately provides for safer driving. The powerful night vision capability enables the PML to detect objects and people with more precision and allows the light to shine further. It can simultaneously perform real-time detection on up to six entities, including pedestrians and vehicles within 400 metres range at night.

The mechanism that controls the light and mirrors utilises voltage instead of the traditional hydraulic or mechanical method. PML also facilitates the projection of text, images, and video footage for various use cases, including festival light shows, user images, or movies.


To celebrate individuals who choose to do things differently and think outside the box Mitsubishi Motors North America, along with Nashville Entrepreneur Centre, created a first-of-its-kind Small Batch-Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network. The ideology not only speaks of its place as a small, challenger automotive brand in the US market, but also demonstrates that small companies can punch above their weight when they think differently, act nimbly and take risks. It is this spirit that Mitsubishi feels aligns the company with entrepreneurs. Interesting!


Skoda Auto has commissioned a new processing line for plasma coating to replace conventional cylinder liners with a powder coating of 0.15 mm thickness. To be used in the new EVO three-cylinder engines from the EA211 series it is expected to reduce internal friction, eventually making it even more efficient and further curtailing emissions. Developed at an investment of around 29 million Euros, this coating technology allows heat to be more evenly distributed within the cylinders and helps it dissipate more efficiently, thus optimising the thermal load. MT

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