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Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market | Reuters

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce (RR.L) has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade.<p>FILE PHOTO: PR agent Elsa Goette sits in a …

Aviation

Ford is saying goodbye to cars and hello to batteries

Ford made waves recently when it announced it would stop producing cars (except for the iconic Mustang) -- in favor of SUVs, trucks and other large vehicles -- for the United States. It wasn't a big surprise and if anything it was expected since SUV and truck sales are growing while car sales …

Electric Vehicles

Anthony Levandowski is back with a new self-driving startup, called Kache.ai

This is a comeback story. Or at least the first chapter to one.<p>Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, is back. And he is connected to an autonomous trucking company that is still in stealth …

Autonomous Vehicle

Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock

Skeptics say full autonomy could be farther away than the industry admits<p>If you believe the CEOs, a fully autonomous car could be only months away. In 2015, Elon Musk predicted a fully autonomous Tesla by 2018; so did Google. Delphi and MobileEye’s Level 4 system is currently slated for 2019, the …

Google Search

Uber and Lyft are forcing Southern California parking companies to adapt or die

The rapid rise of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft has taken a big bite out of businesses that rely on people who need to park their cars. Now they’re facing a choice: keep dwindling, or innovate.<p>Proper Parking, based in Woodland Hills, has seen a 70% drop in nightclub valet traffic …

Southern California

A Racing Robocar Takes On England's Swankiest Track

Once a year, the bucolic grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England, are consumed by the smell of exhaust fumes, the sound of engines revving, …

Goodwood

ZF and e.Go form e.Go Moove JV for electric vans

German supplier ZF and Aachen-based startup e.Go Mobile, that also worked with DP/DHL on the StreetScooter, have set up their planned joint venture …

Autonomous Tech

The newest ISS 'crew member' will be a flying robot with AI (updated)

A curious robot is heading to the ISS aboard the next SpaceX resupply mission. It's shaped like a ball with a flattened surface where its face is drawn on a screen -- plus, it can speak, respond to spoken commands and fly. The machine called CIMON, which is short for Crew Interactive Mobile …

Handsfree

DARPA is literally reinventing the wheel

The military’s radical GXV-T program is rethinking what military vehicles look like.<p>It’s a guiding design principle for combat vehicles: to increase safety, increase the armor. But the advanced research arm of the United States Department of Defense, DARPA, wants to rethink how military vehicles …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Volkswagen forms alliance to deal with flood of data from self-driving cars

Self-driving cars eventually won't need a human operator — but what the vehicles will need is a network powerful enough to handle the massive amount …

Autonomous Tech

This is the Secret Trick Carmakers Allegedly Use to Get You To Pay More (It's Really Quite Clever)

Did you ever suspect?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>How often do you look at your car repair bill and understand all the costs?<p>How often do you look at all the numbers and marvel at just how expensive a new radiator might be?<p>At …

Automotive Industry

It’s a little scary how smart Google’s DeepMind just got

Oh joy – Alphabet Inc.’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has taken another step forward in understanding the world the way humans do.<p>The company that has …

Artificial Intelligence

Nuro’s Driverless Cars Don’t Have to Worry About Passenger Safety

In an abandoned lot on the outskirts of Sacramento, R1, a domed gray vehicle half the size of a Toyota Corolla, is practicing driving itself. It …

Better Batteries and Supercapacitors Will Speed the Electrification of Road Vehicles

The EV of 2028: quiet, safe, and efficient Illustration: Bryan Christie Design Illustration: MCKIBILLOSmil Says…Electric vehicles are now less than …

Elon Musk Says Tesla Self-Driving Features Will Start Arriving in August

Tesla CEO Elon Musk disclosed on Twitter Sunday that the company plans to roll out its “Version 9” software in August of this year, and that the …

Uber is set to join the San Francisco scooter craze

Uber reportedly wants a piece of the growing scooter-sharing biz in San Francisco: according to <i>Axios</i>, the ride-hailing giant has submitted an application for the city's upcoming scooter-sharing program. San Francisco created the year-long program in an effort to regulate the new means of …

Uber’s Jump electric bicycle rentals invade Europe, with Berlin first

Uber, the popular ride-hailing app company, has now set its sights on European electric bicycle riders.<p>The company announced earlier today that their electric bicycle rental service Jump will be debuting in Berlin later this summer. Afterwards, Uber plans to continue their rental e-bike rollout …

Tesla might have achieved battery energy density and cost breakthroughs

There was a lot of news that came out of Tesla shareholder meeting this week, but there was one important statement that sort of went under the radar.<p>Elon Musk is generally careful not to use the term “breakthrough” when describing advancements in battery technology but he has used it this week to …

Tesla

My Line lets Colombians call Google Assistant

At one time, Google Assistant could only be found on a handful of smartphones. Today, Google Assistant is available on 500 million devices — smartphones, smart speakers, smart watches, tablets, smart televisions, and a broad range of home appliances and cars.<p>But what about the billions of people in …

Lyft Weighs Purchase of Citi Bike Operator Motivate

Lyft Inc. is in discussions to acquire Citi Bike operator Motivate for $250 million, a person familiar with the matter said. The talks, first …

This Planned Electric Three-Wheeler Looks Fantastic And Has A Novel Solution For Charging

I get emails about concepts and proposals and grand automotive schemes all the time. It’s pretty rare that any of them actually come to fruition. But …

Volvo cars and trucks can now share real-time traffic information

Starting in Norway and Sweden, vehicles from Volvo cars and Volvo trucks are now able to share traffic information through Volvo’s Connected Cloud. Let’s say car A runs into a road hazard. Car A will then upload that information to the Volvo Connected Cloud where it will broadcast the information …

FT Future of the Car Summit 2018 report

Last week the Financial Times held its 2018 Future of the Car Summit in London, a two-day event assembling high profile speakers from automotive …

Tesla's success ushers in a new era of electric flight

Reddit Email Comments<p>Electric flight may not be as far away as we once thought. In the next decade, aircraft are set to see dramatic changes as …

Automakers Are Making Car Ownership Optional

People seeking a set of wheels traditionally had two options: buy or lease. But the advent of ride hailing turned the next generation of drivers into …

Electric Cars Feel a Little Competition

Powered bicycles are quickly filling the needs of urban commuters, especially in Europe and China.<p>Electric cars topped the 1 million sales milestone in 2017, a 57 percent increase over 2016. Chinese consumers alone purchased more than half a million electric cars. And Bloomberg New Energy Finance …

Uber to open Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on flying taxis

S’envoler<p>Uber’s plan to fill the skies above cities with swarms of electric-powered flying taxis is getting its own dedicated laboratory. The company announced Thursday that it will build a new Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on its ambitious Uber Elevate project, the ride-hail …

Air Traffic

MIT and BMW are building the stretchy, inflatable future of cars

Imagine being able to change your car’s interior at the press of a button. Thanks to MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds.<p>“Air is pretty cheap,” says Skylar Tibbits, the co-director and founder of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT’s International Design Center. He’s making a …

Engineering

Apple and Volkswagen joining forces to make autonomous shuttles, report claims

Not too long ago, we reported on we reported on Apple's increase in self-driving test vehicles without an apparent direction for its testing program. We wondered what the Cupertino company was up to and now, thanks to a report by the New York Times, we have some idea. It's allegedly shacking up …

Jony Ive

Mercedes-Benz to build Tesla-rivaling electric compact car in France

Car will be first in an onslaught of EVs from MB<p>FRANKFURT — Daimler will invest 500 million euros ($589 million) in Hambach, France, to start producing a small electric Mercedes-Benz, the first of more than 10 EVs it plans by 2022 to go up against U.S. rival Tesla and its Model 3.<p>Hambach is where …

Mercedes-Benz