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Volkswagen Group soon to have autonomous parking ready for series vehicles

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Orientation is provided for them by simple pictorial markers installed in the multi-storey car park. Its advantage: this can be used in essentially any car park. The function is set to be available for the first customers in selected multi-storey car parks from the start of the next decade. Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group, says: “Autonomous parking can make an important contribution to creating convenient, stress-free mobility for our customers. We therefore want to democratise the technology and make it acces... Read More »

Samsung Smartphones Got Top 5 Positions in the ‘International Consumer Research and Testing’ and ‘Roskachestvo’ Study


“One of Samsung’s main goals is to create and produce mobile devices of exceptional quality and high-end consumer features. And Roskachestvo study proves that we are having success in it. We are especially glad that our flagship devices – S7 edge and S7 – took two highest positions. We will continue developing our product line in 2017, so our users will shortly see new outstanding Galaxy flagship devices,” commented Arkady Graf, head of Samsung Mobile Russia.   The evaluation was conducted according to such criteria as: ergonomics, d... Read More »

GM testing shows single key safe in recalled small cars


General Motors conducted more than 80 different tests over extremely challenging road conditions on vehicles subject to the ignition switch recall and found the vehicles are safe to drive with only a single key on the key ring and the key fob removed. In this video, Vice President of GM Global Vehicle Safety Jeff Boyer explains the testing and what to do if your vehicle is affected. ... Read More »

A350 XWB at McKinley Climatic Lab in Florida for more extreme weather tests


Over the next couple of weeks the aircraft and its various systems and cabin installations will be subjected to the extreme hot and cold temperatures that the unique facility can sustain in a testing environment. These tests come on top of those already performed earlier this year in the Middle East and Northern Canada to ensure maturity and full in-service readiness from Day 1 for all A350 XWB’s operators. There are currently four test aircraft flying in the A350 XWB programme. Together they have accumulated around 1,600 flight test hours i... Read More »

Thales awarded turnkey contract for personal rapid transit system at West Virginia University


Thales has been selected by West Virginia University to modernise the transportation systems of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network on the Morgantown, West Virginia campus. Under the terms of contract, Thales will supply a turnkey transport systems solution. The PRT Train Control and Upgraded Fare Collection Systems will replace the existing systems, which have been operational since 1975. The new Thales equipment will increase safety, improve system efficiency, and enhance the riders’ experience. Thales’s solution includes its world... Read More »

3M QS4 Integrated Splice for Medium Voltage Cables Installs Quickly

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Based on 3M’s field-proven QS-III Cold Shrink splice body, the new QS4 splice is specifically designed to meet IEEE standards. The QS4 splice includes new features like an integrated design that reduces parking space and simplifies installation, an easy-pulling, smooth-edged yellow core and a new, craft-friendly re-jacketing tube that eliminates additional core and the need for messy grease. A customizable, factory-installed ground braid and fewer components further reduce field prep time. Designed, tested and manufactured in the United Stat... Read More »

Boeing on schedule to deliver world’s 1st all-electric satellites


Boeing recently completed static qualification testing, verification and assembly of the primary structures for 702SP inaugural customers ABS and Eutelsat, with the spacecraft scheduled to be launched as a pair in a stacked configuration. The initial contract was signed in 2012 between Boeing and Satmex. Eutelsat acquired Satmex in January 2014. "We will be first to launch a commercial all-electric satellite, providing customers new flexibility and next-generation technology for increased performance," said Craig Cooning, vice president and ... Read More »

BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi completes official test days for the Blancpain GT Series.


With two intensive days of testing, BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi (IT) and ROAL Motorsport continued their preparations for the 2014 season. This week (11th and 12th March) they took part in the official test days for the Blancpain GT Series at “Circuit Paul Ricard” at Le Castellet (FR). The Blancpain GT Series consists of two championships, the Blancpain Sprint Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series. The official test days offered the first opportunity for Zanardi to share the track with his competitors in the 2014 Blancpain Sprint... Read More »

First Boeing built Inmarsat-5 satellite successfully completes on-orbit testing


"This is an important milestone for Global Xpress," said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat. "The testing of the Boeing built platform and payload has been completed and shown to meet all the specifications. This is a testament to the dedication of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress team and the skill and professionalism of our partners: Boeing and iDirect." The high-speed mobile broadband satellite, launched on Dec. 8, will support a wide range of government and commercial customer uses, including in-flight connectivity, communications for vessels at sea, s... Read More »

Alstom T&D India wins major 400 kV gas-insulated substation orders for Himachal Pradesh


The scope of the Wangtoo project, worth approximately INR 1550 million (€18 million), covers the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, testing, and commissioning of 400 kV, 220 kV and 66 kV gas-insulated switchgear, power transformers, instrument transformers and substation automation system. The Gumma project, worth INR 1433 million (€20 million), includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, commissioning and covers civil works of 400 kV and 220 kV GIS substation on a turnkey basis. All key equipment for both th... Read More »

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