Need for speed driving innovation


By Stuart Cleak

The latest innovations in the automotive industry include:

  1.  a blockchain based app rewarding drivers who drive in an eco-friendly manner;
  2.  vehicle to grid services;
  3.  autonomous shared vehicles for the cities of the future; and
  4.  air-cleaning tyres.

And these are only few of the initiatives that taking the industry by storm.

Our favourite – Goodyear's moss powered air cleaning tyres. The tyres are using the moss that is naturally developed within a wheel's sidewall causing photosynthesis to occur and releasing oxygen to the air. The tyre also uses the energy generated to power electronic devices embedded in the car.

The love of driving is not likely to fade but with environmental pressures building there is a genuine need to innovate.  This list includes great examples of the automotive industry adapting in light of climate concerns.

What is your favourite?

Nissan, pioneer of the electric vehicle (EV), used the Geneva Motor Show for a plethora of announcements. Firstly, comes the news that the carmaker has formed a strategic partnership with energy firm E.ON to pilot commercial vehicle-to-grid services. The two companies are already collaborating in Denmark and will now expand trials to combine renewable energy generation, battery storage solutions and vehicle-to-grid integration across European countries. The project will enable users to draw renewable electricity from grids to charge vehicles, or sell surplus energy back to the grid.
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