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batteriesToyota has reduced the rare earth materials used in electric vehicle magnets by 50%

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Toyota has developed the world’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles, use of which is expected to increase rapidly in the future. The new …

businessChina’s mobile payments volume could exceed global credit card volume in 2018

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Digital payments in China are processed by scanning QR codes at the point of sales which link to the customer’s bank account in China. China’s mobile payments were 58.8 trillion yuan in 2016. Xinhua News reported that consumers in China’s …

economySoftbank Vision is to invest a trillion dollars in at least a thousand Unicorns over the next ten years

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Softbanks’s CEO Masayoshi Son is creating a mechanism to increase their funding ability from 10 trillion yen to 20 trillion yen to 100 trillion yen. The funds will probably have invested in at least 1,000 companies within 10 years. …

brainNissan unveils Brain to Car communication technology for half second faster controls

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Nissan unveiled research today that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars. The company’s Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, technology promises to speed up reaction times for drivers and will lead to …

futureSuper low altitude satellite to operate at 180 kilometers which is over two times closer than the Space Station

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Japan Tsubame, Super Low Altitude Test Satellite, is a JAXA satellite intended to demonstrate operations in very low Earth orbit (below 200 km), using ion engines to cancel out aerodynamic drag and equipped with sensors to determine atomic oxygen density, …

aircraftJapan and South Korea likely to add F35B fighters for aircraft carriers

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Japan will convert two helicopter carriers into aircraft carriers by enabling them to launch F35B stealth fighters. South Korea and Japan are considering having F-35B stealth aircraft launch from the deck of amphibious assault ships. The F-35B — a fighter …

asiaChina passing the USA by 2030 and India passing Japan in 2027

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The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) forecasts that China’s economy will pass the USA in exchange rate terms by 2030. The report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London sees India leapfrogging the U.K. and …

batteriesToyota reveals roadmap to 5.5 million electrified cars per year by 2030

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Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces today its plans toward the popularization of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Toyota’s electrified vehicle strategy centers on a significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid …

batteriesToyota and Panasonic investigating prismatic batteries to try to find an electric car advantage

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Toyota and Panasonic are launching a “feasibility study” to investigate the technological potential of batteries that use prismatic cells. The prismatic pouch cell makes most efficient use of space and achieves 90–95 percent packaging efficiency, the highest among battery packs. …

aseanAsian economies out to 2030, India third place world economy by 2028

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Japan Center for Economic Research has forecasted the Asian economies out to 2030. The center released its third Medium-Term Asian Economic Forecast for 2017 through 2030. The report, titled “Digital Asia 5.0 — Innovation changes economic power relationship,” puts the …