Casio G-SHOCK Unveils Latest Translucent Watches With New Clear Skeleton Series

Today, Casio G-SHOCK introduces new timepieces featuring the brand's popular translucent bands. Part of the latest Clear Skeleton Series, the new models nod to popular 90's trends with their clear elements including an all-clear case and band. The collection includes an updated take on the GA700 (GA700SK-1A) and DW5600 (DW5600SK-1) cases, boasting simple, yet edgy, metallic gray faces.

As one of G-SHOCK's original case designs, the DW5600 model boasts the brand's classic square shape and staple functions such as a built-in EL backlight and Flash Alert to provide easy use even in low-light conditions.

Additionally, the analog-digital GA700 boasts the brand's popular large front button and 3D bold hands on the face to create a multi-dimensional look. With a built-in Super Illuminator LED light and hand retract function on the dial, the watch provides maximum readability in any situation.

Both models also come equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:
200M water resistance and shock resistance
Countdown Timer
12/24 Hr formats

The GA700SK-1A will retail for $120 and the DW5600SK-1 will retail for $110, both available for purchase beginning in May at G-SHOCK retailers including Macy's, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and

SOURCE Casio America, Inc.
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LG SIGNATURE Presents Exquisite Art Installation At Milan Design Week 2019

LG SIGNATURE hosted an exhibition at Milan Design Week 2019, showcasing the uncompromising style and advanced functionality of the brand's innovative products. Making its European debut and captivating visitors with its changeable form factor, the groundbreaking LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R (model 65R9) served as the centerpiece of a stunning art installation named 'Redefining Space.'

Developed in collaboration with acclaimed British architecture and industrial design firm, Foster + Partners, the two-story installation highlighted LG SIGNATURE's unrivalled blend of cutting-edge technology and timeless elegance. Anchored by the world's first rollable TV, the artwork explored new concepts of spatial integration, combining image, light and sound to create a mesmerizing visual and auditory experience. As part of design week, the 65R9 was also seamlessly merged with an icon of modern furniture: the Basilica Table by design legend, Mario Bellini. Originally produced by Cassina in 1977, the table was reimagined and updated by Bellini and LG SIGNATURE to accommodate the unique OLED TV R.

The exhibition also allowed visitors to see the full range of sleek, minimalist LG SIGNATURE products in a premium lifestyle setting. Complementing the refined OLED TV were the latest LG SIGNATURE refrigerator, washing machine, air purifier and the soon-to-be-launched wine cellar. Equipped with Auto Lift Drawer for easy access and the Multi Temperature Control, which ensures the ideal conditions for different varieties of wine, the exclusive LG SIGNATURE Wine Cellar is the perfect storage solution for connoisseurs and collectors.

Additionally, a panel comprising brand ambassadors Stefan Diez and Hadi Teherani, and representatives from LG, discussed how technology is redefining interior design and the important role and influence of LG SIGNATURE in this shift. The informative talk was moderated by Alba Cappellieri, the Director of the Fashion Design Degree at the Politecnico di Milano.

"Innovation is the key to creating connections that were previously unthinkable," said Stefan Diez, internationally renowned industrial designer. "LG SIGNATURE products are innovative by nature. Going beyond mere functionality, they elevate any space with superior aesthetics and connect people to their environment in new ways."

"Today, we value the essentials – and this extends to both form and function," added award-winning architect, Hadi Teherani. "Stripping something back to only that which is necessary is fundamental to good design. LG SIGNATURE really succeeds in this and in delivering maximum usability and everyday convenience."

The LG representatives on the panel also shared their insight and vision for LG SIGNATURE. "Through minimalist design and ease-of-use, our products can blend seamlessly with a room's d├ęcor and the lifestyles of our customers," said WookJun Chung, head of Home Appliance & Air Solution Design Lab., LG Electronics.

"Our focus is on using design and technology to usher in a new era of spatial integration," noted Sung-Gu Joe, head of Home Entertainment Design Lab., LG Electronics. "This mission is embodied by LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R. The TV's ultra-thin screen disappears when not in use to open up the room, while the subtle base integrates effortlessly with its surroundings."

Participating in Milan Design Week again, LG SIGNATURE is a globally-recognized luxury brand that continues to reshape the market and push the boundaries of home appliance design.


5 Emerging Manufacturing Technologies Transforming The Industry

Due to ever-increasing customer expectations, the manufacturing industry is constantly evolving to meet the demands of businesses and customers. In order to boost productivity consistently, the industry continues to implement the latest manufacturing technologies. As a business owner who works with manufacturers, you need to familiarize yourself with these new technological trends in order to choose the best manufacturer. In this post, you will learn about the top emerging manufacturing technologies transforming the industry.

Industrial Sensors

While industrial sensors were used by manufacturers in the past, their technology is improving. Their technological advancements improve manufacturers' abilities to maintain appropriate environments for equipment. These new sensors can detect drops in temperature much more efficiently than other devices. As a result, issues can be fixed promptly, and your product quality will be higher. Your customers' satisfaction rates will increase, which will spark more sales. More so, manufacturers can now purchase industrial sensors at a more affordable rate. For customers, this could indicate a drop in your manufacturing costs as well. In this way, industrial sensors are transforming the manufacturing industry and benefiting companies simultaneously.

Warehouse Robotics

Within the top emerging manufacturing technologies lies warehouse robotics. Since highly successful e-commerce companies started implementing robotics in their manufacturing processes, the technology has improved and popularized. Some manufacturers utilize robotic arms. The technology assists in various tasks such as packaging products for selling and shipping. The robotic devices prepare products much more efficiently than humans can, expediting production and meeting customer demands. Thus, this manufacturing technology is transforming the industry.

Power-Dense Electric Motors

Another technology that is enhancing the manufacturing industry is the power-dense electric motor. These motors are much more energy-efficient than other motors the industry uses. Manufacturers who use power-dense electric motors reduce their motor losses significantly. Furthermore, manufacturers benefit from power-dense motors because they are smaller and lighter than other motor options. Thus, they can be easily relocated for convenience. Easy relocation enables faster manufacturing rates, which is an advantage for business owners with hungry customers. Keep your eyes peeled for manufacturers using these emerging manufacturing technologies.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing provides assistance for all types of manufacturers. They can improve their cybersecurity strategies with cloud computing. At the same time, manufacturers expedite their processes through the convenience that the cloud offers. It offers the ability to access information and act on processes via multiple devices. Certainly, a cloud based solution will lower your overhead maintenance and administration costs. More so, it allows workers from all over the world to access the same projects. Both features increase production rates, making the cloud one of the most praised manufacturing technologies emerging.

Advanced 3D Printers

Improvements in 3D printers are transforming the manufacturing industry as well. With 3D printing, manufacturers' production times expedite significantly. More so, manufacturers have more customization possibilities. Since 3D printers allow for a variety of materials to be used, manufacturers can be more innovative with their products. Such materials include plastic, composites, metals, and ceramics. According to, “You can find a wide range of modern 3D printing brands at affordable rates.” This gives manufacturers a full selection of machines for 3D printing. In addition to these advantages, 3D printing also decreases costs for producing materials for customers. Thus, advanced 3D printers are manufacturing technologies that are changing the industry for the better.

Holographic Measuring Tools
In addition, holographic measuring tools are also among the top emerging manufacturing technologies. When manufacturers utilize digital holography tools, their inspection processes expedite. With such technology, one can inspect every part of a machine in a few seconds. If manufacturers use holographic measuring tools, they no longer have to spend time measuring pieces of equipment and products by hand. With this in mind, you can conclude that this new technology is yet another invention that decreases manufacturing time and increases business owners' satisfaction.

The manufacturing industry cannot meet its customers needs without the latest manufacturing technologies. Therefore, business owners need to work with manufacturers who use industrial sensors to maintain appropriate environments. Warehouse robotic devices such as robotic arms increase manufacturing rates. Power-dense electric motors also save the industry time because they are light-weight and easy to move based on priority. Cloud computing assists manufacturers in updating security and working together with teams across the globe. Holographic measuring tools allow for quick measurements to be made. Finally, manufacturers quicken their processes and have more room for design innovation with advanced 3D printers. These are the top emerging manufacturing technologies transforming the industry.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Casio G-SHOCK Introduces A New Connected MT-G In Vibrant Red Colorway

Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces the latest timepiece to join its luxury men's MT-G line. The MTGB1000B-1A4 features an all-new bright red urethane band, as well as black IP case with silver and red accents on the dial to provide a combination of style, toughness and practicality.

G-SHOCK's premium MT-G line adds a hint of sophistication to any look, with the latest watch from the series offering striking red details, the brand's Tough Movement technology and a lightweight core guard structure, featuring box frame with a carbon-fiber reinforced resin case for a design that can comfortably be worn from day to night.

The MTGB1000B-1A4 includes Two-Way Time Sync technology, which combines self-adjusting Multi-Band 6 Atomic timekeeping and Bluetooth connectivity, which pairs with the G-SHOCK Connected App for an accurate hour/date display virtually anywhere on the globe. The timepiece also boasts tough solar technology for self-charging capabilities and premium features found within all MT-G models, including Triple G Resist to guard against shock, vibration and centrifugal forces, and sapphire crystal to enhance scratch resistance.

The MTGB1000B-1A4 comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:
200M water resistance and shock resistance
Super Illuminator
Dual Dial Display
Super Illuminator LED Light
Stopwatch and countdown timer
Daily alarm
Full auto calendar
World time (39 TZ + 27 cities)

The MTGB1000B-1A4 will retail for $900 and be available for purchase beginning in May at select high-end jewelers and

SOURCE Casio America, Inc.
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Xpeng Motors debuts at Auto Shanghai 2019, premiering the Xpeng P7 intelligent electric coupe

Xpeng Motors, a leading Chinese electric vehicle and technology company, today unveiled its new production model, the P7 intelligent electric coupe, during its debut at Auto Shanghai 2019, one of the world's most important auto trade shows.

The P7 four-door coupe redefines expectations for a production model in China's EV marketplace, with its 4s-to-100km/h acceleration, its high onboard intelligence running on the dual-chip SEPA (Smart Electric Platform Architecture) platform, and its elegant design, which combines a coupe's flair with a 3m wheelbase and generous interior space.

The P7 will be manufactured at Xpeng Motors' own factory in Zhaoqing, currently under construction. Delivery of the P7 is targeted for 2Q 2020. Purchase reservation started today at Auto Shanghai 2019.

A second-generation smart car, the P7 is built on the SEPA hardware foundation, which combines the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, the world's most advanced system-on-a-chip (SoC) for autonomous driving, with Qualcomm's top-of-the-line automotive processor, the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 820A. This scalable, future-proofed hardware architecture supports Xpeng's XPILOT 3.0 autonomous driving system, enabling progressive implementation of Level 3 autonomous driving. The XPILOT 3.0 is tailored for China's road conditions, with features adapted to often congested Chinese cities, cruise control and lane selection for highways, and automatic parking in most-used parking spaces at journey's end.

The P7 offers on-the-road performance and style to match its advanced intelligent features. With a length of 4.9m and a wheelbase of 3m, and dual-motor 4-wheel-drive, the P7 boasts sporty acceleration to 100km/h in 4 seconds, as well as a market-leading NEDC driving range of 600 km+. The sleek organic styling, with a low silhouette and smooth surfaces plus concealed door handles and futuristic lighting, reinforces the coupe design's spirit of dynamic natural energy. Meanwhile, savvy ergonomic design provides the opulent interior space that Chinese customers desire.

The P7's other advanced features include the fusion–based perception for Xpeng's user interface (XUI), which interacts with the driver through voice, touch, and even facial cues through emotional recognition, allied to deep learning capabilities that record and learn from drivers' habits, preferences, and even moods.

Designed from the start to fit seamlessly into today's intelligent connected lifestyle, the P7 also offers ultimate mobile connectivity and Internet integration to coordinate and manage drivers' work, travel, leisure and entertainment. Xpeng has also developed its own independent APP STORE, creating an open-ended online ecosystem for further upgrade and enhancement.

"Xpeng Motors' unique differentiation is its vision and corporate DNA. We intend to harness the power of AI, data integration and smart technology to jumpstart the evolution of the auto sector and enable it with ever greater intelligence," said He Xiaopeng, Xpeng Motors Chairman & CEO, on the unveiling of the P7.

"Our visually stunning and technologically groundbreaking models like the P7 demonstrate our determination and commitment to accelerate the development of smart mobility."

Also appearing from Xpeng at Auto Shanghai 2019 is the Xpeng G3 intelligent SUV, the company's current mass-production model, which is already a hit with Chinese consumers. Xpeng targets to deliver 10,000 G3s by the end July, and 40,000 by the end 2019.

Xpeng plans to have a sales network of more than 100 retail stores by the end of 2019, including both self-operated and authorized retail stores.

Xpeng Motors is exhibiting at Hall 4.1 - 4A08 throughout Auto Shanghai 2019.

For more information, please visit the official website of Xpeng Motors at:


Parrot Unveils Thermal Imaging Drone: ANAFI Thermal

Parrot, the leading European drone group, has launched ANAFI Thermal: a new drone capable of capturing both live and recorded 4K HD video and thermal imaging of surfaces, structures and potentially dangerous areas for professional uses.

The drone utilizes Parrot's highly successful ANAFI drone platform and equips it with a built-in 4K HDR camera with a 21-megapixel Sony sensor, as well as a FLIR® radiometric thermal-imaging camera, complete with 160x120 resolution and a temperature range of 14°F to 752°F (-10°C to 400°C). ANAFI Thermal's gimbal can tilt vertically 90° upward or downward, giving professionals an unprecedented field of view. A 3X digital zoom allows pilots to examine hard-to-access areas without taking unnecessary risks. The drone's visible and thermal light spectrum cameras are stabilized on three axes, allowing for sharp videos and clear pictures in any flight conditions. ANAFI Thermal is 10g lighter than previous ANAFI drones and 2cm smaller with an ultra-compact, folding design for easy storage and portability.

The ANAFI Thermal is designed to profoundly revolutionize the way individuals in a wide variety of industries and trades operate, offering professionals a complete solution that adapts perfectly to their required needs. From rescue service providers and experts in civil security to public works professionals, energy providers and environmental preservation organizations, the ANAFI Thermal offers a robust mix of features, performance and software capabilities to meet the growing needs of a wide variety of professional who can utilize drones to improve their operations and minimize risk.

The Parrot Skycontroller 3 remote control also provides a reliable Wi-Fi connection for over one mile1, meaning operators can use the drone while maintaining a safe distance from at-risk or difficult-to-access areas. Images from the visible and invisible light spectrum can be viewed, analyzed and even merged with the FreeFlight 6 app.

Additional performance features include:
A 78-minute cumulative flight time (three batteries lasting 26 minutes each per charge) – which is one minute longer than previous ANAFI drones.
The ability to reach a top speed of 34 mph.
Capabilities to withstand wind speeds of up to 31 mph, allowing the drone to operate in volatile conditions and environments.
All-in-one packaging – giving users everything they need to get started right out of the box.

Parrot's ANAFI Thermal is available beginning May 2019 at Drone Nerds, B&H, Adorama and for $1,900.

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NASA Highlights Science on 17th SpaceX Resupply Mission to International Space Station

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT Monday, April 22, to discuss select science investigations launching on the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station.

Audio of the teleconference will stream live online at:

SpaceX is targeting 5:55 a.m. Friday, April 26, for the launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Participants in the briefing will be:
Annmarie Eldering, project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who will discuss how the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3), to be installed on the Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility of the orbiting laboratory, observes the complex dynamics of the Earth's atmospheric carbon cycle.
Gisela Detrell, head of the Life Support System research group at the Institute of Space Systems - University of Stuttgart, Germany, who will talk about Photobioreactor, an investigation aimed at demonstrating the use of biological processes to create a hybrid life support system. On future long-duration missions, this approach could reduce the amount of food, water, and other essentials that crews have to bring from Earth.
Lucie Low of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, who will discuss tissue chips, or organs-on-chips. Tissue chips model the detailed physical structure of human tissue using cells grown on an artificial scaffold, enabling higher-accuracy disease modeling and drug testing.
Alan Grodzinsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who will discuss his team's tissue chip investigationthat will study the effects of spaceflight on musculoskeletal disease biology. The goal of this research is to treat the root cause of post-traumatic osteoarthritis disease and prevent permanent joint damage, rather than mask the symptoms with painkillers later in life.

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Joshua Finch at 202-358-1100 or by 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, for dial-in information.

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft also will carry crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory to support the Expedition 59 and 60 crews for the 17th mission under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract.

The space station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and enables research not possible on Earth. The orbiting laboratory has been occupied continuously since November 2000. In that time, more than 230 people, and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft, have visited the orbiting laboratory. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next great leap in exploration, including future missions to the Moon and eventually to Mars.

For launch countdown coverage, NASA's launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit:

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Karma Automotive Launches New Dawn Product Showcase At Auto Shanghai 2019

Southern California-based Karma Automotive chose Auto Shanghai 2019, the world's largest automotive show, to usher in a new era for the company and launch its New Dawn product showcase illustrating its immediate, mid-term and long-term future.

"This is the first major auto presence for Karma in China, and marks a significant moment by ushering in a new era for the company," said Karma CEO Dr. Lance Zhou. "Today, Karma is ready to move forward with bold steps, a chapter we call our New Dawn."

Karma's New Dawn Features "Shanghai Big Three"
The luxury electric vehicle automaker punctuated its design, customization and high-tech engineering capabilities by presenting three new products, a trio Karma calls its Shanghai Big Three:
A new 2020 Karma Revero GT luxury electric vehicle: it's fast, smart, stunning in design, and will be available for sale during the second half of this year. The new car offers improved technology, performance, interior and exterior options and customization capability. It features a TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder in-line engine supplied by BMW AG to power an on-board electric generator and enhance overall vehicle performance. Karma engineers created a world-class electric drive system that alongside a series of other technological advancements enables the new 2020 Revero to be as fast as it looks.
The Karma Pininfarina GT coupe: the first result of a partnership with Pininfarina, the iconic Italian design and engineering house. The Pininfarina team took a new 2020 Revero GT, retained the fundamental engineering parameters and then crafted a new body style, panels and interior, offering an alternative design interpretation. Typically, Pininfarina reserves the GT (Gran Turismo) designation for only in most exceptional in-house creations; this is the first time in its history that Pininfarina graced a collaborative project with its GT.
The Karma SC1 Vision Concept: a signpost to Karma's future – one that recognizes and embraces full electrification. The roadster reimagines Karma design language for tomorrow and soon-to-come customization options, and shows the brand's future direction based on full BEV offerings at the company's core. The Karma SC1 Vision Concept features the best of some of tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies with Karma's distinctive take on integration. At the core of SC1 Vision Concept's technological suite is a new infotainment architecture with 5G connectivity as well as a humanized communication system, which integrates touch, voice, eye, and graphical interfaces to enable seamless interaction with the roadster.

"Taken together, our Shanghai Big Three shows what Karma is today, what Karma can be tomorrow, and where Karma is heading in the future," Zhou said.

Karma Is More than Just a Car Company
As part of its Value Forward business strategy, Karma is pursuing an "open-platform" philosophy to attract partners, technology and know-how, create efficiency and enhance long-term brand value. Karma's luxury electric vehicle niche and in-house engineering resources offer innovators an excellent test bed to incubate, grow and prove their emerging technologies, creating opportunities for the company to generate new revenue streams for its customization and technology expertise.

"We are agile, nimble, and can move fast with a deep sense of urgency; that's Karma's big advantage," he explained. "We will use partnerships with like-minded collaborators to accelerate our progress by acquiring and developing key technologies important to connectivity, performance, artificial intelligence, shared mobility platforms and electrification."

Zhou's plan is fueled in part by partners like Pininfarina whose design expertise helps the company accelerate product development, differentiation, and personalized customization that allows every Karma to be special. Pininfarina is attracted to Karma, Zhou added, because its luxury electric vehicle platform can help advance their growth strategy in North America, especially after opening a new design center in Los Angeles.

"This kind of collaboration illustrates Karma's open-platform philosophy," Zhou said. "Partners can use our product platform as an incubator to test and prove their new innovations, and likewise, our engineering and design resources can be offered to help other partners advance their needs. So, yes, Karma is a car company but Karma is not just a car company."

Growing Good Karma
The Karma Automotive story started in 2014 when The Wanxiang Group, a multinational automotive components manufacturing company with headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, founded the business. Today, Karma employs nearly 1,000 people across four sites:
Global Headquarters: Irvine, Calif.
Karma Innovation & Customization Center: Moreno Valley, Calif.
Detroit Technical Center: Troy, Mich.
Karma China Design & Engineering Center: Hangzhou, China

"We have the advantage of private equity backing from extremely supportive owners who are allowing us to grow the business progressively and smartly," Zhou said. "We are focused on a gradual, but progressive rollout strategy aimed at putting the building blocks of a car company in place – a growing dealer network, committed supply chain, craft center and a talented workforce."

By establishing Karma in the U.S. first – the world's most demanding luxury market – Zhou said he believes the company can succeed anywhere. "Karma will be live in Europe and the Middle East next year and then Asia," he added. "We will be in China by 2021. By gradually expanding our presence this way I am confident our company – and our products – will be well prepared for the discerning Chinese luxury buyer of the future."

The Karma Innovation and Customization Center (KICC)
Karma chose to headquarter and build a craft production facility just 60 miles from its global headquarters in Irvine, Calif., to purposely and meticulously build one-of-a-kind cars..

Representing a total investment of more than $100 million, Karma's innovation and customization hub first came to life in 2015 and now comprises the very latest in automotive technology and tooling over a sprawling 556,000 square feet under one roof in Moreno Valley, Calif.

"The name, Karma Innovation and Customization Center, reflects our future focus and growing skillset centered on innovation, customization and technology integration," Zhou said. "KICC's skilled workforce take great pride in delivering distinctive luxury electric vehicles with world-class design, technology and personalization."

Karma's exclusive design and craftsmanship allows it to take customization to a new level enabling every Revero to be special, and supports a fundamental commitment to unrivaled customer treatment. KICC will also house a VIP Customer Experience Center offering every Karma owner a personalized look into the company's focus on luxury, high technology, customization and special treatment.

California's Shining Star
With the Shanghai Big Three, especially the new 2020 Revero GT, Karma seeks to firmly establish itself as an authentic and credible player in the luxury electric vehicle segment – the only automaker, Zhou notes, who is actually designing, engineering, marketing and handcrafting vehicles in Southern California.

"While many other business have left our region in search of less regulation and easier paths, Karma chose to do business in California for the long term," Zhou said. "Karma and California are united in spirit. This is home to innovators, entrepreneurs and big thinkers; a land where anything is possible and where the next generation of luxury will come from. That's why I want Karma to become California's shining star."

Editor's Note: The larger design, customization and engineering story behind the new 2020 Karma Revero GT, Karma Pininfarina GT and Karma SC1 Vision Concept can be found at the Karma Newsroom:

Meet Karma Automotive and Karma Revero
Karma Automotive designs, engineers, and markets luxury electric vehicles, all from its Southern California base of operations. Founded in 2014 and employing nearly 1,000 people worldwide, Karma Automotive is committed to elevating and growing the luxury mobility experience for its customers and draws on global relationships and technology partners to achieve this. The Karma Revero is a luxury electric vehicle powered by dual electric motors that embodies Karma's goals of offering leading automotive design, technology, customization and an outstanding customer experience. Every Revero is created with great individual care and world-class craftsmanship at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center in Moreno Valley, Calif.

Learn more about Karma Automotive and Revero at or visit the password-free Karma Newsroom at for the latest press releases, videos and images.

SOURCE Karma Automotive
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Connecting the Bigger Picture: Volvo Presents the Future of Sustainable Transport Solutions at ACT Expo 2019

Sustainability initiatives are rapidly changing the transportation industry, with increased focus on major technological advancements to create these opportunities. At the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, April 23-26, 2019, Volvo Trucks (Booth #1634) will demonstrate The Bigger Picture – going beyond the truck to explore the future of trucking and sustainable transport solutions through electromobility, automation and connectivity.

"Because the industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it is no longer enough for Volvo to solely focus on developing and offering state-of-the-art trucks and services. The challenges we are facing demand a far more holistic approach," said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America. "We are prepared for this shift and are already collaborating with key stakeholders to develop, test and bring new sustainable transport solutions to the market through connected vehicle technologies, electromobility and automation."

Volvo Trucks' evolution from a truck and services provider to a key driver in connecting multiple partners has enabled the company to develop innovative end-to-end solutions that will drive emission reductions, increase transportation efficiency, and improve road safety and quality of life for our communities.

Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) is a public-private partnership that serves as a proof point of the company's industry-leading mindset. The project involves 16 partners working together to transform freight operations at the facilities of two of the United States' top trucking fleets. Volvo LIGHTS is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. Within Volvo LIGHTS, the all-electric Volvo VNR regional-haul demonstrator trucks will be put into operation in California in late 2019, ahead of a planned commercial North American roll-out in 2020.

"While demonstrating electric trucks being used in real-world applications, the Volvo LIGHTS project also exhibits the need for an interconnected approach of OEMs, governments, energy providers, charging infrastructure, fleet owners and others collaborating to further sustainable urban development," says Keith Brandis, vice president of product planning with Volvo Trucks. "This is an excellent opportunity to show the end-to-end potential of electrification."

Volvo Trucks is a frontrunner in the development of automation technology, having recently introduced the first commercial customer pilot providing a fully autonomous transport solution. These advancements come in many forms and applications, designed to enhance safety, increase productivity, reduce fuel costs and optimize traffic management and route planning. "We see autonomous solutions as a complement to today's transportation systems with implementation in confined areas such as mines, ports and mega-distribution centers but also on public roads in specific hub-to-hub applications," said Sasko Cuklev, director of autonomous solutions at Volvo Trucks.

Connectivity, real-time data and machine learning is another technological area undergoing rapid development. Volvo Trucks is spearheading the development of truck connectivity and meeting the demands of increased uptime within the transport industry. Remote diagnostics provide operators with real-time information on vehicle status and monitors a variety of potential fault codes. Remote programming allows fleets to perform over-the-air updates within minutes, allowing trucks to change parameter settings remotely and thereby easily switching between operating modes for a variety of optimizations including maximizing fuel efficiency and truck performance.

The drive and the purpose behind Volvo Trucks' role in developing sustainable end-to-end solutions will be showcased at ACT Expo Booth #1634, where senior experts from Volvo Trucks will be providing a demonstration of The Bigger Picture at re-occurring times.

In addition to these planned presentations, executive leadership from Volvo will be discussing how the technologies and transport solutions, which are becoming technically and commercially viable through stakeholder collaborations, brings together the environment, cities and people, turning products into services and forms ecosystems enabling societies to function sustainably. See times below:
Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America – Trending: The State of Alternative Fuels and Connected Tech on Wednesday, April 24 from 11:00am – 12:30pm
Keith Brandis, Vice President, Product Planning, Volvo 3P – Volvo Group Trucks Technology – BO 2.1 Near Zero Emission & Zero Emission Freight Facilities Projects on Thursday, April 25 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Aravind Kailas – Research and Innovation Manager, Volvo Group – Connected Vehicle Technology Workshop 2.0 – Connected Vehicle Technology 1 – OEM Technology Across All Weight Classes on Tuesday, April 23 from 10:10am – 11:30am

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EU Approves Controversial Copyright Directive

Today the Council of the European Union gave its green light to the new Copyright Directive which will bring concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions.

The reform will adapt copyright rules to today's world, where music streaming services, video-on-demand platforms, news aggregators and user-uploaded-content platforms have become the main gateways to access creative works and press articles. It was proposed by the Commission in September 2016 and voted by the European Parliament in March 2019.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “With today's agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age. Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms. When it comes to completing Europe's digital single market, the copyright reform is the missing piece of the puzzle.”

The new Directive will boost high-quality journalism in the EU and offer better protection for European authors and performers. Users will benefit from the new rules, which will allow them to upload copyright protected content on platforms legally. Moreover, they will benefit from enhanced safeguards linked to the freedom of expression when they upload videos that contain rights holders' content, i.e. in memes or parodies.

The Copyright Directive is a part of a broader initiative to adapt EU copyright rules to the digital age. Also today, EU Member States finally adopted new rules to make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes on their online services available across borders. Furthermore, since 1 April 2018, Europeans who buy or subscribe to films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books and games in their home Member State are able to access this content when they travel or stay temporarily in another EU country.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Five Nikola Products To Be Revealed Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m. PDT; Global Live Stream Available

Nikola Motor Company will unveil its highly anticipated zero-emission product lineup and make significant industry announcements tomorrow, April 16, at Nikola World 2019. The event will be attended live by more than 4,000 members of the media, industry partners, customers and government leaders at WestWorld in Scottsdale. For those not in attendance, the event will be globally live streamed on Nikola's website:, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

The event on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning is dedicated to industry-related participants. On Wednesday afternoon, the general public is invited to attend. Registration is required at

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Kia Stinger Receives First-ever J.D. Power Engineering Award For Highest Rated All-New Vehicle

After ushering in a dynamic new era for Kia Motors, the 2018 Stinger sportback has been awarded the first-ever J.D. Power Engineering Award for Highest-Rated All-New Vehicle. Based on combined consumer evaluations included in the J.D. Power Initial Quality SM and APEALSM Studies, Kia is the first OEM to be recognized by J.D. Power for delivering the highest-rated new entry into the market for a model year.

"The Stinger is the result of years of hard work and dedication from the industry's top designers and engineers. We turned what was once considered a dream car into a startling and enthralling new reality," said Michael Cole, chief operating officer & EVP, Kia Motors America. "Being the first auto manufacturer to receive this prestigious award from J.D. Power, an organization known for excellence in research, is a true testament to Kia's 'Give It Everything' philosophy."

The J.D. Power Engineering Award for Highest-Rated All-New Vehicle combines the results of two well-known J.D. Power studies, the Initial Quality Study (IQS) which measures new-vehicle quality by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) as reported by consumers during the first 90 days of ownership; and the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) award, which measures new-vehicle owners' overall satisfaction with their vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership. Categories evaluated include exterior, interior, storage, audio, seats, heating and ventilation, driving dynamics, powertrain, visibility, and fuel economy.

"This is the first time J.D. Power has analyzed customer data in order to identify a remarkable achievement by a vehicle development team," said Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. "This is feedback on both the quality and the performance of the vehicle taken straight from the owners of the vehicle. What we are seeing is a team of designers, R&D engineers and a manufacturing team that are working very effectively together to launch something quite exceptional."

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