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Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities

You don’t look for the essence of a city in its monuments or its museums. You look for it in its streets, where the covenant at the core of urban …

Urban Design

Ferrari Quietly—Very Quietly—Tests Electric Car

Two years ago, Sergio Marchionne dubbed the notion of a Ferrari that can run without the aggressive growl of its 12-cylinder engines “obscene.” …

Amazon’s new blockchain service competes with similar products from Oracle and IBM

Amazon Web Services announced Blockchain Templates late last week, a “blockchain-as-a-service” offering that competes with similar products from Oracle and IBM. The launch shows how eager the biggest enterprise players are to get ahead in the blockchain game, even if their customers are still …

The Truth About Electric Vehicles

There something distinctly American about our relationship with our cars and the open road. The freedom to go where we want, when we want, and on our own schedule. Aside from the flag, there’s probably no greater symbol of freedom in America than the automobile. The freedom and individuality …

Hey Tesla, how hard can it be to actually make a car?

Elon Musk looks tired. There are bags under his eyes and an embattled admittance of disappointment has replaced the billionaire entrepreneur’s …

BMW and Daimler are putting their differences aside to beat Uber

Daimler’s Car2Go and BMW’s ReachNow car-sharing businesses would operate in tandem<p>BMW and Daimler, once bitter rivals, announced that they would merge their mobility businesses in an effort to stave off competition from tech upstarts like Waymo and Uber.<p>The new company will include businesses in …

Volvo Launches a VC Fund to Invest Its Way Into the Future

Startups looking to cash checks had better start learning Swedish and get ready for meetings at the IKEA cafeteria. Today, Volvo announced it has …

Venture Capital

Tesla motor designer explains Model 3’s transition to permanent magnet motor

Tesla made a significant change to its electric motor strategy with the introduction of the Model 3, switching from an AC induction motor to a permanent magnet motor.<p>Now, Tesla’s principal motor designer, Konstantinos Laskaris, explains the logic behind the move.<p>We recently reported on Laskaris …

Engineering

These are the 5 leaders in the self-driving-car race

Tech companies and auto companies are all racing to be the first to roll out self-driving cars onto the road.<p>The stakes are high for everyone involved. The self-driving revolution and the prevalence of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft threatens to reduce individual car ownership, which …

Tim Cook

Waymo and Uber reach a surprise settlement

After five days of trial, the two tech giants call it quits<p>After months of buildup and nearly a full week of courtroom wrangling, the two sides in the <i>Waymo v. Uber</i> lawsuit have reached a settlement, and the case is being dismissed with prejudice. An attorney for Waymo announced the settlement this …

Why Tesla's Autopilot Can't See a Stopped Firetruck

On Monday, a Tesla Model S slammed into the back of a stopped firetruck on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles County. The driver apparently told the fire …

Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX in-car assistant and smart UI rocks

It’s rare that I pay much attention to automaker infotainment and multimedia system updates at CES – usually there’s too much going on with autonomy, electrification and mobility services to give it much thought. This year, however, Mercedes-Benz had one of the most interesting announcements at the …

GM just revealed a fully autonomous electric car — and it doesn't have a steering wheel

No driver. No pedals. No steering wheel. Just seats and screens and doors that can close themselves. That's what riders will see when they get into one of General Motors' Cruise self-driving electric vehicles, scheduled to hit the road in 2019.<p>On Thursday, the automaker also stressed that the fully …

Out of juice: Canada's electric car problem

Not long ago, electric cars were curiosities — auto show novelties, toys for the rich, outliers in oil-demand forecasts. But like the iPhone, Netflix …

Electric Vehicles

Norway is already abandoning its plan for a “Tesla tax” on electric cars

Norway is miles ahead of the rest of the world in its adoption of electric cars, thanks to a series of generous government subsidies. But policymakers have often worried that the subsidies are too good amid criticism that they simply allow rich households to buy expensive electric cars on the cheap.<p>…

Tesla’s Newest Promises Break the Laws of Batteries

Elon Musk knows how to make promises. Even by his own standards, the promises made last week while introducing two new Tesla vehicles—the heavy-duty …

Is the Entire Car Industry Really Doomed?

Bob Lutz drops a nuclear bomb on everything we know and love. But is he right?<p>DailyTech.com<p>Alex RoyView Alex Roy's …

Mercedes is quietly becoming Tesla’s biggest rival

Tesla has had a meteoric rise as an underdog company, but the next five years could be its biggest challenge yet.<p>Major automakers from across the globe are preparing massive electric-car rollouts, perhaps none as large as Daimler, Mercedes' parent company. The German automaker plans to electrify …

Electric cars, battery materials and disruptive technology

by Alf Stewart<p>Will Battery Powered Vehicles (BEVs) displace Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles (ICEVs) as the preferred choice for personal …

Uber, NASA Team Up on Flying Taxis

Driverless air traffic management system in the works<p>Uber will join NASA in developing software to manage “flying taxi” routes, the ride-hailing company announced this week.<p>The plan calls for Uber to begin testing flying taxi services across the Dallas-Fort Worth area and then in Los Angeles by …

Tesla Model 3 production reached ~440 units to date last month, sources say

As Tesla CEO Elon Musk made clear during the company’s conference call with financial analysts last week, Model 3 production is still very much in “production hell” – so much so that Musk refused to confirm how many Model 3 vehicles they produced in October.<p>He said that “people would just read too …

Tesla buys automated manufacturing firm as it struggles with production

Another acquisition to help Tesla ‘build the machine that makes the machine’<p>Tesla has announced it’s buying Perbix, a private machining firm that makes automated equipment for factories. According to a report from <i>CNBC</i>, Perbix has been a Tesla supplier for almost three years, but the acquisition …

Self-driving bus involved in crash less than two hours after Las Vegas launch

It took less than two hours for Las Vegas’s brand new self-driving shuttle to end up in a crash on Wednesday – thanks to a human.<p>The autonomous bus made its debut on public roads around the so called Innovation District in downtown Las Vegas in front of cameras and celebrities, dubbed America’s …

Las Vegas

Carlos Ghosn Does It Again

Is it already time for Carlos Ghosn's victory lap?<p>The auto patriarch who last year folded troubled Mitsubishi Motors Corp. into the Groupe …

Ford, Chinese partner form electric car venture

DETROIT – In the latest sign of the increasing influence of the Chinese consumer market, Ford has signed a joint venture agreement with a Chinese automaker, Zotye Auto, to build, market and distribute all-electric passenger vehicles in China.<p>They will be marketed under a new brand, Zotye Ford …

The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is a futuristic EV supercar without a battery

The brilliance of the Tesla Model S is that it emphatically demonstrated that an electric car didn’t need to look like, well, an overtly electric …

Navya unveils autonomous, electric cab, which will operate in Las Vegas in 2018

The driverless Autonom Cabs, which lack a cockpit or steering wheel, will be on the road in January in time for the Consumer Electronics Show<p>During a press conference today in Paris, the French autonomous vehicle company Navya introduced what it called a “mobility revolution.” Coming on the heels …

Las Vegas

It’s Not Tesla That’s Pushing Europe in Electric-Car Race

Electric-car production in the European Union got a spur on Wednesday as EU regulators acted to close a technological gap with China by seeking …

Electric Vehicles

Waymo’s driverless taxi service will open to the public soon

The only humans in the car will be you and yours.<p>Waymo is working on an autonomous taxi fleet, modeled after the pilot program it currently offers outside of Phoenix. The big difference here is that once fully launched, Waymo's service won't have a driver behind the wheel. Additionally, the company …

Waymo

Carmakers rushing to defend the EV tax credit in face of proposed cut

The electric vehicle tax credit won’t die without a stirring defense — major automakers are moving their considerable lobbying might behind defending the credit, according to Automotive News, in the face of its proposed elimination in the new tax plan laid out by Republicans last week.<p>Carmakers …