CES 2015: Driverless cars will be on our roads by 2020, predicts Ford chief exec
Ford CEO Mark Fields has predicted that there will be fully autonomous vehicles on our roads within five years. Speaking at CES 2015, Fields said that Ford has set its sights on becoming the first vehicle manufacturer to produce self-driving cars for the mass market, instead of being the first company to develop one.
During his keynote speech, Fields discussed how Ford is looking to become a company focused on mobility to provide solutions to consumers, as opposed to simply manufacturing cars.
Fields added that when Ford releases a self-driving car, it would be unlike luxury brands that are simply looking to develop one first. Ford plans to release an autonomous vehicle that will be affordable and accessible to all consumers.
The earliest prototypes that are being released for self-driving vehicles are coming from luxury car companies such as Mercedes-Benz, which unveiled its F015 Luxury in Motion concept car at the show.
Electric car company Tesla Motors previously claimed that it will be the first company to release a driverless car to the public, but has not provided details on its plans as yet.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk previously stated that he too believes there will be self-driving vehicles on our roads within five years.
Ford was the first automotive manufacturer to offer autonomous safety technology such as lane warnings and possible collision alerts in its cars. Fields said that Ford is currently working on a number of ‘experiments’, which include services to detect open parking spaces through a driver's mobile phone, companies for sharing and swapping cars, and map services for unpaved roads.
According to Fields, the company has been studying how to use innovation to improve mobility as a solution to important congestion and transportation issues worldwide.
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.