Pierre Frederic Mombeleur

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Wrench acquires rival Otobots to expand mobile car repair service nationwide

Wrench is swooping up a rival company as it plans to expand nationwide.<p>The Seattle car repair startup today announced the acquisition of Otobots, a …

Los Angeles

9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation

From planning for walkable neighborhoods to autonomous transit, how some U.S. cities plan to upgrade public transit<p>Transportation systems don’t just move people around—they can also be catalysts for moving cities forward. But too often, between state-level inertia (see: New York’s inability to cope …

Santa Monica

Europe To Be The Tortoise In The Self-Driving Car Race

<i>This is second article in a two-part series on the state of autonomous vehicles (AV) in Europe. The previous article can be found here: Self-Driving Cars: Will Europe Miss Another Disruption?</i><p>While there are reasons to doubt Europe’s standing in the race, there are different reasons entirely to …

Transit

Polestars Will Change How Customers Buy Cars In U.S.

You’ll be able to research, configure, and order cars online.<p>Changing the car-buying experience is no easy task thanks to franchise laws and …

Customers

Stuck In Traffic? You're Not Alone. New Data Show American Commute Times Are Longer

If you feel like your commute is taking longer, that's because it is.<p>New survey data show the average American's commute inched up to 26.9 minutes from 26.6 minutes the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey.<p>That 18-second increase may seem small, but it …

Commuting

Lunewave is pitching a new sensor offering better vision for autonomous vehicles

The investment arms of BMW and the Chinese search technology giant, Baidu, along with a large original equipment manufacturer for the auto industry and a slew of technology investors, have all come together to back Lunewave, a startup developing new sensor technologies for autonomous vehicles.<p>The …

Autonomous Vehicle

Toyota's Idea of Driverless Cars Still Includes a Driver

The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?<p>Toyota’s driverless vision, the UAW corruption probe …

Palm Springs

Top Toyota expert throws cold water on the driverless car hype

Despite the hype, the road to safe self-driving cars will be a long and winding one.<p>Few technology transitions that are so potentially consequential …

Autonomous Vehicle

Tesla Model X owner says car ‘saved’ them after a plane crashed into his electric SUV

We have reported on a bunch of accidents where Tesla owners credited their vehicles for saving them from serious harm but probably none as strange as this one.<p>A Tesla Model X owner in Texas credited his car for ‘saving’ him and a passenger as the electric SUV was struck by a crashing plane.<p>It …

Electric SUV

BMW Car-Sharing ReachNow Rewards Members with Alaska Airlines Frequent Flier Miles

BMW’s ReachNow car sharing program is looking to attract new members by partnering with Alaska Airlines. According to <i>Forbes</i>, Alaska Airlines became a …

Carsharing

Tesla increases Supercharger idle fees to decrease wait times

Tesla doesn’t want cars sitting at Superchargers for too long once they are fully charged. It’s why the automaker introduced “idle fees” two years ago.<p>Now Tesla is increasing those fees to discourage the practice even more.<p>Back in December 2016, Tesla introduced a $0.40/minute idle fee at …

Superchargers

Data Confirms That Handbrakes Are Dying, Slowly and Painfully

Handbrakes used to have a real function outside of sick bootlegger’s turns, back decades ago when car brakes weren’t terribly reliable and you did …

Great Britain

Lyft users reach 1 billion trips in six years, all in US and Canada

In the six years since the ride-sharing company was founded, Lyft has crested one billion rides.<p>According to <i>The Verge</i>, while it took Uber about the …

Ridesharing

Electric bus maker Proterra secures $155 million investment led by Daimler

Daimler has many different heavy-duty electric vehicle efforts, including electric buses, but now the Germany automaker is also investing in U.S. electric bus maker Proterra.<p>The startup has secured a new massive $155 million round of investment.<p>The company has been accumulating orders over the past …

Renault's Weird Driverless Car – Bloomberg

Renault's Weird Driverless Car<p>Renault's Weird Driverless Car<p>Renault's Weird Driverless …

Autonomous Cars

Amazon is going to sell electric car chargers with installation as a turn-key solution

Amazon sells pretty much everything and it already sells electric car home chargers, but now the company also wants to get involved in the installation process with a full “turn-key” solution – starting with the Audi e-tron quattro.<p>If you are like me and your daily mileage is fairly low, you can …

Audi E-Tron

This Is the Weirdest Driverless Vehicle You've Ever Seen

It looks scary and weird, and is designed to come knocking at your door.<p>French carmaker Renault SA unveiled on Wednesday the EZ-Pro, an autonomous …

Automotive Industry

Parts Supplier to Challenge VW, Ford With $14 Billion Push Into Self-Driving Cars

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are set for more competition in the race to role out self-driving vehicles as parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG …

Autonomous Cars

Lyft brings its electric scooters to Santa Monica

It's the second city to get the two-wheeled transports.<p>You no longer have to be a Denver resident to try Lyft's electric scooters. The two-wheeled transports are now available in Santa Monica, California under a city pilot program. As usual, it'll cost you $1 to unlock a scooter and 15 cents for …

Santa Monica

Audi reveals E-Tron electric SUV with $74,800 starting price

Audi has announced its first production all-electric vehicle, the E-Tron midsize SUV. While we've seen the "E-Tron" moniker for Audi's prior plug-in hybrid offerings, not to mention a whole bunch of concepts, this full-fledged EV promises to give the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace, to say nothing …

Electric SUV

Self-driving pods are slow, boring, and weird-looking — and that’s a good thing

Driverless pods, retirement communities, and grocery delivery are the early hallmarks of a huge paradigm shift<p>It’s 2018, and you may be asking yourself, “Where are all the driverless cars?” Well, they’re already here, driving at extremely low speeds in tightly geofenced areas in over a dozen …

Autonomous Cars

Ola raises $50M at a $4.3B valuation from two Chinese funds

Ola, the arch-rival of Uber in India, has raised $50 million at a valuation of about $4.3 billion from Sailing Capital, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, and the China-Eurasian Economic Cooperation Fund (CEECF), a state-backed Chinese fund. The funding was disclosed in regulatory documents …

SoftBank Group

Elon Musk extends Tesla’s free supercharging for life offer

Tesla has been phasing out free unlimited access to its network of fast-chargers for a couple of years now. The last vestige of that program was a referral system that was supposed to expire at midnight Sunday. But it’s been given new life for at least one more day, and perhaps even longer to …

Audi Plans a Dozen Electric Vehicles to Take on Tesla Lineup

Audi wants electric-car shoppers to know they’ll soon have much more to choose from than Teslas.<p>The Volkswagen AG-owned luxury automaker plans to …

Automotive Industry

The Audi e-tron SUV is an electric shot at Tesla

This is the Audi e-tron. The electric SUV seats five, starts at $74,800 and in official Audi testing, experienced a range of well over 300 miles on a charge. The e-tron will hit Audi dealerships in the middle of 2019, and prospective buyers can reserve one right now for $1,000.<p>This is Audi’s first …

Audi E-Tron

Lucid Motors secures $1 billion from Saudi wealth fund to launch the Air

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is investing $1 billion into Lucid Motors, capital that will finance the commercial launch of the startup’s first electric vehicle.<p>The agreement comes just six weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 a share …

Startup inks ‘world’s largest deal’ for driverless grocery deliveries

Whether or not your grocery delivery arrives in a van with a driver behind the wheel may not matter much to you, but an increasing number of …

Technology

Elon Musk wants to fix your banged-up Tesla in under an hour

Taking a car to the body shop is usually an exercise in patience and metered expectations. But Elon Musk wants to turn the whole experience into a turbocharged hustle that results in as little downtime as possible.<p>As the Tesla CEO is wont to do, Musk took to Twitter Sunday to publicize his desire …

Tesla

Why Uber should become a car insurer

What’s the next big thing for Uber? In its early years, a lot of people thought that it would slowly become a global logistics company, moving stuff …

Car Insurance

Daimler and Bosch jointly premiere Automated Valet Parking in China

Daimler and Bosch announced the successful premiere of their joint Automated Valet Parking pilot in Beijing. The infrastructure-supported driverless …

Mercedes-Benz E-Class