CarCharging has taken over the operations and maintenance of 27 Blink electric vehicle charging stations in Davidson County. The stations had been installed and owned by Ecotality, which filed for bankruptcy almost a year ago and then sold its Blink assets to Florida-based CarCharging.
The backers of the autoXLR8R automotive technology boot camp have partnered with the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research to flesh out the program's offerings. Clemson officials will put together the curriculum for two weeks of the 13-week autoXLR8R summer program and host the companies being developed.
“Our experience with autoXLR8R last year left us wanting to be involved even more in 2014,” said Suzanne Dickerson, CU-ICAR’s Director of International Business Development. “The partnership will benefit both organizations, and we look forward to putting our stamp on the accelerator for two full weeks. I am confident that CU-ICAR will provide some unique insight and training for everyone involved in this year’s autoXLR8R.”
The tighter relationship builds on a tech tour visit autoXLR8R participants took last summer. Check out the parties' release here and the incubator's website here. This year's cohort of companies will be unveiled shortly and start next month.
Nissan executives say they are two vehicle generations away from rolling out a number of cars that won't need a lot of help to get you where you need to go. The next big step toward "autonomous drive" is the completion next year of a dedicated proving ground in Japan.
Nissan's autonomous driving technology is an extension of its Safety Shield, which monitors a 360-degree view around a vehicle for risks, offers warnings to the driver and takes action if necessary. It is based on the philosophy that everything required should be on board the vehicle, rather than relying on detailed external data. The technology being demonstrated at Nissan 360 means the car could drive autonomously on a highway - sticking to or changing lanes and avoiding collisions - without a map. It can also be integrated with a standard in-car navigation system so the vehicle knows which turns to take to reach its destination.
Now this looks like it could get interesting.
An impressive group of universities, manufacturing industry associations and others are partnering to set up AutoXLR8R, a 13-week boot camp that will look to develop ideas to improve automotive technology into viable businesses. The effort will take place this summer in Spring Hill and is being run by Tullahoma-based entrepreneur and investor Dan Marcum, who also helps run the NEST-TN TNInvestco fund and Relevance Capital. Interested in applying? You have another month and change to get your info to Marcum and his team.
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