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EV/AV Report: June 15, 2020

MEVS Postponed 

The Montreal Electric Vehicle Show (MEVS), the largest gathering of electric mobility industry professionals in Canada was postponed for the second time—it is now scheduled to take place on April 23 to 25, 2021 at the Olympic Stadium, located in Montreal.

The event that was originally scheduled to take place on April 24-26, 2020 but was postponed until June 13-15, 2020. However, due to the pandemic it was postponed until 2021.

The show includes conferences, demonstrations and special major events. It runs over three days and is the perfect way to see, test, analyse and compare the latest in electric mobility. 

Working Together

On June 10, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG signed agreements to work together to meet the needs of their respective customers by leveraging complementary strengths in midsize pickup trucks, commercial vehicles and electric vehicles.

“This alliance comes at a time of tremendous enthusiasm about the intersection of increasingly intelligent, connected vehicles in an ever-smarter world,” said Ford CEO Jim Hackett.

The partnership also granted Ford access to use Volkswagen’s electric vehicle architecture and Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB), which will allow them to design and build at least one high-volume fully electric vehicle—available to European customers in 2023.

TOO MUCH like humans 

Conventional thinking suggests self-driving vehicles could one day make car accidents a thing of the past. However, in reality it is not that simple.

According to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), if automated systems drive too much like people—prioritizing speed over safety—they may only prevent around a third of all crashes. 

To avoid the other two thirds of accidents cars would have to be programmed to drive at lower speeds, making them less convenient to passengers. 

“Our analysis shows that it will be crucial for designers to prioritize safety over rider preferences if autonomous vehicles are to live up to their promise to be safer than human drivers,” Mueller says.

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