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Amazon

Who's driving this bus? Nobody

Commentary: Autonomous cars are all well and good. But if you want to make everyone's life better, look to your city's buses.<p>Commuting into a city can be a nightmare, am I right?<p>Maybe you're drumming your fingers through a traffic jam or squeezing onto an overcrowded train. Me, I live in London and …

Transportation

Tesla recruiting engineers in Mexico for California plant

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on robotics and other automated equipment at its California factory, according to LinkedIn postings viewed by Reuters, part of a hiring push to ready the plant for mass production of the upcoming Model 3.<p>The …

Tesla

BMW’s plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance will get wireless charging

BMW revealed its newest electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid called the 530e iPerformance. The variant’s options include a forthcoming wireless charging pad, targeting a 2018 release window, which will include a charging pad drivers can install in their garage and drive over to provide a power supply …

Electric Vehicles

Santa Monica approves pedestrian-friendly makeover for Lincoln Boulevard

More crossings, better crossings, and a rush-hour bus lane<p>City officials in Santa Monica are betting on a streetscape makeover to make one of its main thoroughfares, Lincoln Boulevard, less of a mess, especially for people on foot and on bikes.<p>Santa Monica’s City Council approved plans Tuesday for …

Los Angeles

Henrik Fisker teases more pictures of the EMotion EV

Luxe-green-vehicle pioneer Henrik Fisker said earlier this week that he will unveil a prototype of his EMotion electric vehicle this summer. He also reiterated that the car will have at least a 400-mile single-charge range. And he tweeted an image showing off the sedan's dihedral (also known as …

Electric Vehicles

Want Electric Airplanes? Try Starting Small and Boring

When the all-electric Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Abu Dhabi last summer after an around-the-world voyage, it trumpeted a future of fossil …

Aviation

Battery-boosted mountain bikes charge onto the trails

Electric mountain bikes will help propel you farther into the wilderness and faster up the hills. But is it really bicycling?<p>As I stood in the shade of a California live oak tree, breathing dust and trying to avoid the poison oak, I watched dozens of electric mountain bikes roll, clatter and even …

Mountain Biking

Take a look at the first boring machine for Elon Musk’s Boring Company

Elon Musk’s tunnel boring company still isn’t quite as well-articulated as his other three companies, which include the well-established SpaceX and Tesla, as well as the newly minted Neurolink brain interface company. The Boring Company has by far the punniest name, however, and now it also has …

Elon Musk

Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019

<b>A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019.</b><p>The Driven group also plans to try out a fleet of autonomous vehicles between London and Oxford.<p>The cars will communicate with each other about any hazards and should operate with almost …

Driverless Cars

An 'ocean of auto big data' is coming, says Barclays

As cars increasingly become another "thing" in the internet of things, an ocean of data will inundate companies, pose engineering challenges, and …

Big Data

Old car, new tricks: Adding safety tech to an older car

For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology — like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras — to older cars. Forward …

Transportation

Firewall Pioneer Stakes Position as Car-Hack Guardian - Bloomberg

The Israeli cybersecurity company that pioneered corporate firewalls is making deeper inroads with the auto industry.<p>Check Point Software …

Cybersecurity

9 radical changes that are coming to transportation

We’ve gotten used to transportation technology improving at a glacial pace. Today’s cars and airplanes look and work about the same as they did 25 and even 50 years ago. But two announcements this week made it clear that the pace of innovation in transportation is about to accelerate …

Transportation

Uber’s Flying Taxis Will First Take To The Skies In Dallas-Fort Worth And Dubai

The ride-hailing giant exclusively shared details of its ambitious program to start testing sky cabs by 2020 and putting them into service as soon as 2023.<p>Look, up in the sky. It’s…a taxi! That could become reality in six to 10 years if Uber fulfills its vision of a flying cab system. Ahead of its …

Uber

Forget self-driving tech — Apple CarPlay is already disrupting the auto industry

Automakers have given up fighting Apple and Google and are now joining the tech giants.<p>General Motors has made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on its entire model lineup, and other automakers are quickly following that lead.<p>This is all happening at a time when Apple, Google, and other tech …

Transportation

The 50 Worst Cars of All Time

Horsey Horseless (1899)<p>Somewhere between an early car and the head-in-the-bed scene in <i>The Godfather,</i> the Horsey Horseless, the brainfart of inventor …

Autos

The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It's Coming - Bloomberg

Electric cars are coming fast -- and that’s not just the opinion of car makers anymore. Total SA, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now …

Oil

Volkswagen shows off its vision for a driverless future

Back in March, the Volkswagen Group dropped rendered concept images of its futuristic Sedric, an autonomous vehicle that would take riders to their destination at the touch of a button -- no human driving required. At Auto Shanghai 2017, VW showed off a real version of its autonomous concept …

Transportation

Waymo begins first public on-demand self-driving service test in Arizona

Waymo has already been offering members of the public access to its self-driving fleet – for two months, during a limited trial in Phoenix, Arizona. The Alphabet-owned company quietly kicked off public availability of its Fiat-Chrysler Pacifica minivans and other autonomous vehicles, equipped with …

Transportation

Tesla’s new Supercharger strategy is a major shift that will enable urban EV ownership

When Tesla first introduced the Supercharger network in 2012, it was to enable long-distance travel for Tesla owners through truly high-speed DC fast-charging. They managed a 120 kW charge rate while most other electric vehicles were capped at ~50 kW.<p>Tesla’s update to its Supercharger expansion …

Electric Vehicles

Driverless pods plot new course to overtake humans

Autonomous cars used at Heathrow and being trialled in south-east London now beg the question - should humans be banned from driving?<p>In a little over two years, a fleet of driverless cars will make its way from Oxford to London, completing the entire journey from start to finish without human …

Transportation
Concept Cars

MINI to Unveil Fifth Superhero Model of the Range by 2019, Will Be an EV

Ever since Peter Schwartzenberg announced that MINI will be changing the way it does business and focus on five so-called ‘superhero’ models, the …

Electric Vehicles

Legendary car designer Fisker unveils his new luxury EV in August

Henrik Fisker has already dropped a few hints about his EMotion luxury electric car, but you now know when you'll get to hear the rest. The automotive design legend has revealed that his namesake company will formally unveil the EMotion on August 17th. Not that you'll have to wait too long to know …

Electric Vehicles

In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit

After years of talk about smart cities, people are wondering when — and where — will we start to see them really begin to take shape. What will they look like? How will we interact with them?<p>A smart city is more than the sum of its parts. With a street light here, a sensor there — when solutions …

Innovation

Just Two of These $11 Gadgets Can Steal a Car

For years, automakers and hackers have known about a clever attack that spoofs the signal from a wireless car key fob to open a vehicle’s doors, and …

Information Security

Watch this Larry Page-backed flying car take to the sky above a lake

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of the first aircraft from Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk, a startup taking aim at creating real, usable flying cars. The company, which is also led by CEO and former Google self-driving car project originator Sebastian Thrun, wants to begin selling the Flyer you see in …

Transportation

Which is the better sports car: BMW i8 or Porsche 911?

When BMW first developed its i8, the meeting rooms were likely not filled with engineers trying to take own the Porsche 911, the sports car …

BMW