Estonians inviting developers of autonomous vehicles to Estonia
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Vice-President of the Riigikogu and former Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, and the Deputy Chairman of the E-Estonia Support Group and the Environment Committee Kalle Palling sent a letter to five leading manufacturers of autonomous cars on March 7. In their letter, they are inviting major international companies to invest in the development projects of autonomous cars in Estonia.
The virtual factory of electric elements for US electric car manufacturer Tesla built by Lithuanians shows that the Baltic state features talented specialists, and the name of Lithuania was put on the map after the US company noticed their work, says businessman Vladas Lašas.
As part of his dream of a traffic-free future, Elon Musk has been talking for a while now about boring a tunnel under Los Angeles from the HQ of his SpaceX company to LAX, the city’s airport. In fact, he has actually started taking the first steps towards making this seemingly crazy idea come true.
A day after the Tesla Motors lithium accumulator factory opened in Nevada, government and business representatives met for a discussion of the potential to build such a gigafactory in Lithuania as well.
Lithuanian company Idėjų Parkas has started negotiations with US electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors over the possibility to install electric car charging station near Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania.
The Baltic States are among the best locations in Central and Western Europe. According to the economic survey conducted in 2017 by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are outperforming the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce announced in a press release.
Russian media outlets in Moscow and in the Baltic countries have stepped up their efforts to generate opposition among Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These media sources have been putting out fake news stories suggesting that NATO was recruiting Russian speakers, especially in Latvia, to use “as guinea pigs” to test new “physical, biological and other techniques.” The goal of such “experimentation” is purportedly to prepare the Balts to help the Western alliance invade the Russian Federation.
The prime ministers of the three Baltic countries and Poland on Monday reached a preliminary agreement on synchronizing the power grids of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with the continental European network via the existing interconnection between Lithuania and Poland, known as LitPol Link, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.
The prime ministers of the three Baltic countries and Poland reiterated on Monday that the planned second Nord Stream gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea is a political project and underlined their opposition to the project.