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Euro Truck Simulator 2 revamping Germany now, rest of the map later

As SCS Software continue to add to Europe with Euro Truck Simulator 2 (the next expansion focuses on the Baltics), older parts are starting to look a little scrappy. The latest update added more life to its roads but now SCS are thinking bigger.

They’re currently working on revamping Germany for a free update overhauling its autobahns, touching up its cities, replanting its forests, and generally making it a nicer place to chill out. This process will take some time but SCS today shared a few peeks at the impressive improvements. They’ll overhaul more countries later too.[1][2][3]

SCS said in today’s blost post[4] that they have “a small but passionate team of map designers” working on refreshing base game’s map “to bring it up to or at least close to our current standard of visual quality”. The oldest regions being the most run-down, they’re starting with dear ol’ Deutschland. Here, check out this stretch of autobahn as it currently stands:

Euro Truck Simulator 2 revamping Germany now, rest of the map later And how it’ll look post-fancification: Euro Truck Simulator 2 revamping Germany now, rest of the map later

Wunderbar! The blog post has more shots to coo over too. “As you can see in the screenshots, the touches to the German autobahns are considerable,” SCS say. “Some cities are altered in a major way, some will only get a bit of polish for now with new textures, vegetation, and cleanups of the worst visual sins.”

They are still working on new expansions for both Euro Truck and American Truck, mind, so they’ll need a separate team for this. And it won’t be quick. Germany’s overhaul alone will be split across multiple updates, and with their plan “to eventually revisit the whole of core game map”… quite a while.

I’d guess that the UK might be next in line for a refresh, as it’s another transplant from an even older game. ETS2’s Germany and UK were largely brought over from German Truck Simulator and UK Truck Simulator, see, so they’re the oldest regions of the map. I’m glad they’re doing this.

If sales let them keep updating Europe forever, over and over, hey go wild.

They do keep adding and overhauling the gameguts and I’ll take eternal renewal and expansion over buying sequels which would almost inevitably be smaller.

Consider how weird it always feels when a new Civilization sequel arrives, feeling slight compared to its heavily-expanded predecessor.

References

  1. ^ Euro Truck Simulator 2 (www.rockpapershotgun.com)
  2. ^ focuses on the Baltics (www.rockpapershotgun.com)
  3. ^ added more life to its roads (www.rockpapershotgun.com)
  4. ^ today’s blost post (blog.scssoft.com)

Master’s theses indicate: Nordic countries will not reach their road transport emissions targets based on current scenarios

The work carried out by three Aalto students gave St1 the tools it needed for its emissions discussions.Will the world be saved if everyone drives electric cars? Will climate change be halted if we put biofuel in our tanks instead of petrol?‘There are, of course, many different indicators, but often the arguments made when discussing emissions are quite closely connected with who happens to be speaking at the time’, says Mika Aho, Director of Public Affairs and Communication at St1. One year ago, he was involved in initiating together with three Aalto students a master’s thesis project aimed at producing decent tools to serve as a foundation for emissions discussions.Matteo Giacosa and Mathias Westerholm joined the project having only general energy sector expertise, and Eero Kilpelainen came from the School of Business’s Department of Finance.

It was great to follow their learning process’, Aho says.‘As supervising professor it was great to witness their joint effort: the students got support from each other and the result was outstanding,’ says Professor Martti Larmi from Aalto University.The master’s theses examined scenarios for heavy goods traffic in Finland, Sweden and Norway and the differences between different forms of propulsion for personal transport, and involved constructing a quantitative model into which different assumptions and parameters can be input.Three main reasonsThe main outcome of the master’s thesis work was clear: based on current scenarios, none of the three countries will reach the emissions targets they have set for road traffic.‘There are three main reasons’, Mika Aho explains.‘The first is the strong growth in the amount of traffic, both for personal vehicles and goods traffic. The second is a slowing in energy efficiency improvements – SUVs, which consume more fuel, are popular with consumers, and so more and more car brands are offering them. The third reason is the slow uptake of alternative forms of propulsion.

At the moment, there are a couple of thousand electric cars in Finland, while the target is to have 250 000 electric cars here by 2030. This is not a realistic target. In practice, this would mean that 20-30% of all cars sold would need to be electric cars.

In Finland, around 125 000 new cars are sold per year.’Finland’s goal is also to raise the biofuel mandate to 30%, with the figure currently standing at 10%. Aho thinks it is most unlikely that raising the proportion of biofuel will be a viable solution, as the limits of sustainable production will soon be reached. Finland, Sweden and Norway already use 40% of the world’s HVO production, and if the 2030 goal will be reached, this share would rise to 70%.‘In that case, others would have just the leftovers’, Aho concludes.‘According to our calculations, sustainable production of biofuels that are not derived from edible crops could reach a maximum of 50 million tonnes a year by 2030, which is only half of the annual increase in demand for crude oil.’Fortunately, there are many other things that can be done.

For example, St1 is involved in a global afforestation programme. Aho also believes that emissions reductions would be furthered by support for public transport and for bicycle and pedestrian traffic and by limiting maximum speeds for cars to 120-130 kph.‘Cars do not need to be designed for German motorways. With smaller motors, less materials will be needed and cars would be lighter, which would in turn reduce dust on the road, tarmac erosion and traffic deaths.

Nothing but positive results than – but of course hardly likely to be doable, as it would mean facing up to Europe’s largest industrial sector.’Master’s thesesAttachmentsOriginal document[1]Permalink[2]DisclaimerAalto University published this content on 21 May 2018 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.

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References

  1. ^ Original document (www.aalto.fi)
  2. ^ Permalink (www.publicnow.com)

Road Haulage Update

The Department for Transport[1] is today updating the house on our work to improve on the current Operation Stack[2] arrangements and ensure that traffic can keep flowing on the M20[3] even in the event of serious disruption to cross-Channel transport. At the same time, we are announcing a package of measures to tackle the blight of fly-parking across the south-east and other parts of the country, including plans to increase overnight lorry parking capacity which could potentially add an additional 1,500 spaces. Further to the Secretary of State[4]‘s statement of 15 November 2017[5], Highways England[6] will soon be starting the consultation process on a permanent solution for holding lorries in the event of cross-Channel disruption, with a full public information exercise launching in June.

The consultation will consider the broad solutions rather than specific sites. It will also seek views on the potential use of any future lorry park or parks for ‘business as usual’ overnight lorry parking; while remaining sensitive to the Government’s desire not to deter any planned private investment. In his November announcement, the Secretary of State[7] also asked Highways England to develop an improved interim arrangement for holding lorries on the M20, whilst allowing traffic to continue to flow in both directions and keeping junctions open.

The Department has now agreed with Highways England that this arrangement should take the form of a contraflow system which would see lorries for the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel held on the coast-bound carriageway between junctions 8-9 of the M20, while other traffic will use a contraflow to continue their journey on the other side of the motorway. Highways England are starting the preparatory works for the scheme now and it will be available from early 2019. As well as improving the contingency arrangements as to lorry parking, the Government is also focused on improving the situation for business-as-usual lorry parking.

We have published the results of an in-depth survey carried out on the national picture of overnight lorry parking in England. The detailed information in the report will help local planning authorities to understand the nature of the issue better, at both a regional and local level. However, it is important to note that developers are already responding to what is currently a mismatch between supply and demand.

There are planning applications in the pipeline which it is estimated would, if delivered, equate to over 1,000 additional spaces across the country. Given the evident need for further parking spaces, the Government will be taking three steps on its side: First, Highways England have begun to analyse their landholdings in order to identify sites with the potential to be developed into lorry parks.

Initial work suggests that this might facilitate a total of around 1,500 additional parking spaces nationwide. Detailed feasibility work will be undertaken in the next six months. More generally, Highways England intend in future to give increased priority to the provision of lorry parking across the Strategic Road Network[8].

Its initial report for the second Road Investment Strategy period (2020-2025) Highways England propose funding to support the provision of better roadside facilities, which would include lorry parking. The Department has consulted on this proposal and is carefully considering the responses received. Secondly, I have written with Planning Minister[9] Dominic Raab[10] to local planning authorities to draw their attention to the survey results, which show a strategic national need for more lorry parking and highlight shortages in specific areas.

In addition, I am asking Highways England to develop their existing role as a statutory consultee on all proposed developments that are on or that directly affect the strategic road network. In future, Highways England will seek to use their unique network-wide perspective to assist local authorities in actively identifying areas of lorry parking need and potential solutions, including in the context of specific planning applications where these might help alleviate the situation. Thirdly, the Department will consider further steps to make it easier for local authorities to take enforcement action against hauliers who park inappropriately.

In Kent the trial on a stretch of the A20[11] of innovative enforcement approaches has had considerable success in its first six months of operation, with a significant fall in the number of vehicles parked overnight, and increased use of commercial parking facilities in the area, especially at weekends.

Subject to the findings of this 18-month trial, we will be looking to promote the wider application of such measures elsewhere.

References

  1. ^ Department for Transport (en.wikipedia.org)
  2. ^ Operation Stack (en.wikipedia.org)
  3. ^ M20 (en.wikipedia.org)
  4. ^ Secretary of State was originally the title given to the two officials who… (www.theyworkforyou.com)
  5. ^ November 2017 (en.wikipedia.org)
  6. ^ Highways England (en.wikipedia.org)
  7. ^ Secretary of State (en.wikipedia.org)
  8. ^ Strategic Road Network (en.wikipedia.org)
  9. ^ Ministers make up the Government and almost all are members of the House of… (www.theyworkforyou.com)
  10. ^ Dominic Raab (en.wikipedia.org)
  11. ^ A20 (en.wikipedia.org)

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