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STELLA vs STELLA vs STELLA

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Yesterday a unique race was held at Rio Linda Preparatory Academy in Rio Linda, California. Three Stella generations were put to the test and raced against each other: STELLA (2013), STELLA LUX (2015) and STELLA VIE (2017).

In three Semi Finale heats the best from each generation were advanced to the FINAL. In the final the seven best raced against each other: two Stella’s, three Lux’s and two Vie’s.

Who do you think won the first Mini Stella race in the world featuring all Stella generations?

Check out the video below…

Go Green Stella Team!

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Last week Peter van Deventer visited the Rio Linda Preparatory Acadamy in Rio Linda near Sacramento, California for children 10-13 years old. It was this Middle School where in October 2014 the first Stella Team, led by Lex Hoefsloot (now the CEO of Lightyear!) made a wonderful connection and later on won a Tech Crunch Award with great support from the school.

Ever since 2014, Rio Linda has been involved with the three Stella teams through design competitions, video conferences and pitch presentations at the Consulate General in San Francisco and at the Governor’s Office in Sacramento. Their teacher, Ms. Sharon Glover, has been the driving force and inspiration for these young students to choose technology careers and make positive life choices.

The “STELLA goes USA” initiative in 2014 and “STELLA LUX goes USA” initiative in 2016/2017 was made possible by various members of the Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility Alliance: NXP, TU/e, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Alliander/Allego and many others like IBM, Ericsson, Gefco and Provincie Noord-Brabant.

 

The Netherlands, Contra Costa and GoMentum partner up

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A partnership to accelerate autonomous vehicle development between the Netherlands and California. With Contra Costa Transport Authority (CCTA) and testing site GoMentum, Dutch-Californian Coast to Coast Smart e-Mobility program signed a Letter of Intent to join forces and move forward Smart e-Mobility innovation and business development. Autonomous car-sharing platform Amber will be the first Dutch business using the GoMentum testing site at the former naval stations in Concord, CA. Parties have agreed to a partnership in which they share information, launch Amber in California and look for opportunities for GoMentum to launch in the Netherlands. The signing ceremony, led by Ms. Djoeke Adimi, deputy Consul General, took place at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.

Innovation

“Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility is very excited to join forces with CCTA and GoMentum and to see that Amber which was part of the successful mission with Minister Kamp and His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn in January, will launch the innovative smart e-mobility solution in California and the US at large”, says Peter van Deventer, Diplomatic Liaison of the Netherlands. “GoMentum and CCTA are leaders in the world on autonomous transportation testing and are very successful in stimulating Smart e-Mobility innovation. They also strongly focus on research and development. They are a great partner to the transatlantic cooperation between the Netherlands and California and their ambitions to accelerate the introduction of smarter and cleaner transportation.”

“Innovation knows no boundaries,” CCTA Executive Director Randell Iwasaki said. “As the managing entity for GoMentum Station, CCTA is excited to partner with The Netherlands and its Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility Program for research and testing. GoMentum Station is a secure, 5,000-acre test site—a premiere location to try out driverless technology.”

Hans de Penning (Amber): “We see a lot of similarities between the Eindhoven Brainport Region and the Bay Area. Both in the mobility problems we face and the will to innovate. In working together coast to coast we can create safer, greener and more convenient mobility solutions.”

Climate Action

This partnership agreement is just one of several actions taken by California State and Dutch Agencies since 2013, in an effort to advance innovation that will help combat climate change. The Netherlands and California have committed to stringent climate change action programs to meet or exceed.

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Contra Costa Transportation Authority announces international partnership to test autonomous vehicles

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Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Executive Director Randell Iwasaki announced today CCTA’s intent to partner with The Netherlands to use the GoMentum Station proving grounds to move the smart e-mobility market forward. Representatives from CCTA and The Netherlands met on July 6, 2017, to sign a letter of intent to test its autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station, located at the former naval weapons station in Concord.

“Innovation knows no boundaries,” CCTA Executive Director Randell Iwasaki said. “As the managing entity for GoMentum Station, CCTA is excited to partner with The Netherlands and its Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility Program for research and testing. GoMentum Station is a secure, 5,000-acre test site—a premiere location to try out driverless technology.”

“Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility is very excited to join forces with CCTA and GoMentum and to see that Amber Mobility which was part of the successful mission with Minister Kamp and High Royal Highness Prince Constantijn in January, will launch the innovative smart e-mobility solution in California and the US at large,” says Peter van Deventer, Diplomatic Liaison, “GoMentum and CCTA are leaders on the world of autonomous transportation testing and are very successful in stimulating Smart e-Mobility innovation. They also strongly focus on research and development. They are a great partner to the transatlantic cooperation between The Netherlands and California and their ambitions to accelerate the introduction of smarter and cleaner transportation.”

This partnership agreement is just one of several actions taken by California State and Dutch Agencies since 2013, in an effort to advance innovation that will help combat climate change. The Netherlands and California have committed to stringent climate change action programs to meet or exceed 2050 goals in terms of greenhouse gas reductions, sustainable energy generation and transport safety.

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About GoMentum Station:

GoMentum Station in Concord, California is where the Contra Costa Transportation Authority leads and facilitates a collaborative partnership among multiple automobile manufacturers; original equipment manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers; communications suppliers; technology companies; researchers and academia; public agencies and other partners. At GoMentum Station, technology, innovation and commercialization will converge to define the next generation of transportation network infrastructure. More information about GoMentum Station is available at gomentumstation.net.

About the Contra Costa Transportation Authority:

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency formed by Contra Costa voters in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and oversee countywide transportation planning efforts. CCTA is responsible for planning, funding and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. CCTA also serves as the county’s designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable. More information about CCTA is available at ccta.net.