Mobility & Space

Mobility For The Disabled: Ideas from Japan

December 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Mobility & Space, TechWatch Japan

Mobility For The Disabled: Ideas from Japan

When it comes to mobility solutions for the disabled and handicapped, Japan’s car manufacturers are leading the world. In no other country,  even heavily handicapped costumers have such a wide choice of models and solutions directly from the car makers than in Japan. One reason is, that Japan is one of the fastest ageing societies. […]

Car Test: The Silent Death or: Electric Toyota: How do the EV, the PHV and the FCV compare?

November 19th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Gadget Review, Mobility & Space

Car Test: The Silent Death or: Electric Toyota: How do the EV, the PHV and the FCV compare?

On Thursday, Toyota had a small test event of the electrified cars at the showroom Toyota Megaweb in Tokyo on Thursday. The company made three models available for a short test ride: 1. A prototype of the coming iQ-based battery-electric vehicle (EV), that will be launched in the USA, Europa, Japan and maybe even China […]

Jaxa: Hayabusa brought back space dust / The longest round-trip of mankind ends in success

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan

Jaxa: Hayabusa brought back space dust / The longest round-trip of mankind ends in success

After months of careful analysis the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has claimed a total success of the longest round-trip ever of a man-made spacecraft. Today Jaxa announced, that its asteroid exploration spacecraft “Hayabusa” (Falcon) really brought back dust from the asteroid Itokawa. Quote: “Based on the results of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations […]

World premiere: Drive your truck like your Porsche / Mitsubishi Fuso introduces first truck with a double-clutch

November 12th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan

World premiere: Drive your truck like your Porsche / Mitsubishi Fuso introduces first truck with a double-clutch

So far, dual clutch transmissions (DCT) were used in super-sports cars for super-fast and super-smooth manual gear shifting. On Thursday, Mitsubishi Fuso, the Japanese subsidiary of the world’s largest truck manufacturer Daimler the first DCT in a truck, actually in its new Canter, the world’s best selling small truck with five million units sold since […]

Nissan: New Mobility Concept

November 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, TechWatch Japan

Nissan: New Mobility Concept

Nissan presendet on Monday a “New Mobility” Concept Car: A two-seater EV. Judging from the photographs of the device, the company wants to fix four wheels, an electrical engine, two seats and wind and rain protection to a giant rechargeable battery. The TechWatcher thinks, that this is just another step towards the gadgetisation of the […]

The iCar: How The Car Becomes Just Another App

November 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan, Uncategorized

The iCar: How The Car Becomes Just Another App

With the launch of the first mass produced eCars the gadgetisation of automobiles shifts to another gear as Nissan demonstrated today. The TechWatcher wrote about this trend already in his column for the German edition of Technology Review (My iPhone, my iPad, my iCar). Now on Monday, Nissan finally introduced its interactive information and communication […]

Mazda: New Engine for Survival

October 20th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan

Mazda: New Engine for Survival

As next step as independent car manufacturer Mazda presented today new technologies to reduce the fuel efficiency of its cars by 30 percent by 2015. As first step Mazda will introduce two new internal combustion engines (ICE) under the project name „Skyactiv“, a gasoline engine with the world`s highest compression ratio and a diesel engine […]

Media: Ford wants to reduce stake in Mazda

October 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media, Mobility & Space, TechWatch Japan

Media: Ford wants to reduce stake in Mazda

A further reduction of Ford’s stake in Mazda from 11 to 3 percent would not come as a surprise, the TechWatcher writes in the Austrian daily “Der Standard”. After the outbreak of the financial crisis Ford had already started to reduce its stake from 33,4 percent to 13,4. A further capital increase by Mazda diluted […]

TechWatcher Asia

October 3rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Eco & Industry, Gadget Review, In the Media, Martin Köllings Japan-Notizen, Mobility & Space, Networked Life, On the TechWatch, Robots & Home

TechWatcher Asia

Work in Progress: TechWatcher Asia, more than just gadgets. On this site Martin Koelling, East Asia Correspondent with the German financial daily Financial Times Deutschland and self-proclaimed Tech Watcher Asia, will report occasionally on technological trends in Asia, and how they impact your life. Stay tuned.