Tag: SightGlass News Issue 13

The road to safe and reliable semi- and fully autonomous cars is littered with technological hurdles but, in Australia, kangaroos are further causing manufacturers problems. Volvo’s technical manager, David Pickett, speaking to ABC News regarding the problem, said: “We’ve noticed it with the kangaroo being in mid-flight – when it’s in the air it actually Continue reading KANGAROO CONFUSION BLIGHTS SELF-DRIVING CARS

CSIRO-backed organisation Data61 has partnered with Shanghai-based ZongMu Technology to develop more effective “computer vision” systems for self-driving vehicles. Dr Nick Barnes, leader of Data61’s Smart Vision Systems Group, said: “Computer vision is the technology that allows autonomous vehicles to determine the difference between what is pavement and what is a drivable road. “Unlike laser Continue reading BETTER “SIGHT” FOR AUTONOMOUS CARS

TRANSPORT refrigeration specialist Carrier Transicold has upgraded its Naturaline refrigeration units to deliver a sustainable -40°C climate using R744 (CO2) refrigerant. Jim Taeckens, senior product manager of Carrier Transicold’s global container refrigeration division, said: “The -40°C capability can help shipping lines – especially those seeking environmentally responsible solutions – to provide enhanced offerings for customers Continue reading CARRIER HITS -40°C WITH R744

THE new three-year refrigerant handling licence and trading authorisation permits from the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) have been welcomed by the industry, according to recently published figures. ARC states that since the option was made available on 1 January, more than 90 per cent of applicants have opted for the new three-year renewals – instead Continue reading LICENSING UPDATE

THE European Union’s pioneering HFC phasedown is experiencing unintended consequences, with reports circulating of a surge in illegal HFC sales and imports.  According to a story published by UK-based news outlet Cooling Post, an increasing quantity of illegal high-GWP refrigerant is being offered online. More often than not, these disreputable sellers simply ignore any regulations Continue reading EURO HFC PHASEDOWN SPARKS ILLEGAL SALES

THE advocate general of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has declared that Germany failed to meet legal obligations regarding HFC use in vehicles. In late 2015, the ECJ’s attention was drawn to the fact that German company Daimler AG had been using R134a in new cars. Under the European Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) directive, Continue reading GERMANY UNDER FIRE FOR DAIMLER’S ILLEGAL USE OF R134A

JAGUAR is the first established premium car manufacturer to launch an all-electric vehicle with the I-Pace, and has made a point of talking up the battery-powered SUV’s thermal management tech. Arriving in Australasian showrooms from around October this year, with an Australian price starting from $119,000 plus on-road costs, the I-Pace beats the likes of Continue reading PACE OF PROGRESS