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By Tom Grounds | A Tech Blog on Energy, Communications, Location, Transportation and Logistics.

Insurance Companies Are Now Offering Discounts if You Let Your Tesla Drive Itself

As reported by Futurism: While accidents have happened, one of the most appealing things about autonomous vehicles is their capacity to make our …

SpaceX will use the first Falcon Heavy to send a Tesla Roadster to Mars, Elon Musk says

As reported by The Verge: Always willing to up the stakes of an already difficult situation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the first flight of his …

US Supreme Court Considers if Your Privacy Rights Include Location Data

As reported by Engadget: With all the attention focused on the FCC's upcoming vote to dismantle net neutrality protections, it's easy to have missed …

Velodyne’s Latest LIDAR lets Driverless Cars Handle High-Speed Situations

As reported by The Verge: Self-driving cars from Alphabet’s Waymo are currently cruising the streets of suburban Arizona, navigating around with no …

Elon Musk Reveals New Details About Tesla Roadster

As reported by Futurism: In a surprise move at the official launch of the Tesla electric semi on Nov. 17, Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Roadster. …

What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

As reported by Wired: On Thursday night, Elon Musk rolled out Tesla's biggest gizmo yet: a fully electric semitruck. The Semi can go <b>a whopping 500</b> …

Honda’s Connected Cars will Communicate Over 5G

As reported by Engadget: When it's not busy making billion-dollar acquisitions to expand its roboticsline-up, Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank is …

A US Freeway May Get Self-Driving Car and Truck Lanes Thanks to Foxconn

As reported by Engadget: Wisconsin highway planners are studying the possibility of placing driverless vehicle lanes on I-94 to serve Foxconn's mega …

Embark's Semi-Autonomous Trucks are Hauling Frigidaire Appliances

As reported by Engadget: Last year, Otto made a 120-mile beer run. Now Frigidaire and Ryder have partnered with autonomous trucking company Embark to …

UPS is Converting Diesel Trucks to Electric for NYC Deliveries

As reported by Engadget: UPS is investing more seriously in electric vehicles, testing out new EV delivery vans in California and snagging some of …

Daimler's Electric School Bus Will Have a 100 Mile Range

Most school buses don't scream "high-tech," but they're actually perfect candidates for electrification -- most run two short routes and have long …

Uber Works with NASA to get Flying Taxis Ready by 2020

As reported by Engadget: They say the best revenge is living well, and so in the midst of its ongoing and messy breakup with London, Uber has proven …

A Company Hacked a Tesla So It Drives on Hydrogen

As reported by Futurism: The Tesla model S is one of the most renowned electric vehicles on the market. The cheapest, 75D model, boasts an impressive …

The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is a Brutally Fantastic EV Supercar Concept

As reported by Engadget: Supercapacitors, not batteries, power this wild creation.Lamborghini isn't known for bowing to convention. Ever since …

Former General Motors Executive: “We Are Approaching the End of the Automotive Era”

Saying that autonomous cars are slowly increasing in popularity is a bit of an understatement. An idea once relegated to works of sci-fi is slowing …

The Future Of The Transport Industry - IoT, Big Data, AI And Autonomous Vehicles

As reported by Forbes: Tremendous strides by innovators have resulted in some fascinating and intriguing enhancements to the transportation industry. …

Ford Made a Trucker Hat that Might Save Drivers' Lives

As reported by Engadget: Truck driving is an exhausting job that requires constant attention to the road. Falling asleep during long stretches is an …

Colorado Is Moving Forward With Plans for a $24 Billion Hyperloop

As reported by Futurism: The Colorado Department of Transport (CDOT) is trying to figure out how to bring a Colorado hyperloop proposal to life. …

US Set to Drop Proposed Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications Mandate

As reported by The Verge: The proposed mandate to add vehicle-to-vehicle communications to all new cars appears to have been killed by the Trump …

Waymo Cars Won't Ask for Human Help During Emergencies

As reported by Engadget: Waymo has begun testing truly autonomous vehicles that don't even need to hand off control to human drivers in dangerous …

Tesla Supercharger’s Powerpacks Undaunted by Power Outage

As reported by Futurism: Tesla fans and pundits alike were pleasantly surprised when CEO Elon Musk announced the coming addition of Powerpacks to …

SpaceX Aces Another Rocket Landing After Launching Korean Satellite

As reported by Space.com: Another day, another rocket launch and landing for SpaceX. <br>A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Koreasat-5A …

Elon Musk Shares First Look at Boring Company’s Tunnel Under L.A.

As reported by Futurism: After almost five months, Elon Musk’s Boring Company has finally finished a portion of the tunnel they’re digging under Los …

Alphabet’s Waymo Will Test Self-Driving Cars in Snowy Detroit - But Colorado Would be a Better Location

Based on reporting from BloombergTechnology: The self-driving cars Google designed are going to the snow -- and the seat of the car industry. …

NVIDIA CEO Says We’re 4 Years Away From Fully Autonomous Cars

As reported by Futurism: Earlier this month, computer systems developer and chip manufacturer NVIDIA announced a new artificially intelligent (AI) …

Tesla is Officially Restoring Power to Hospitals in Puerto Rico

As reported by Futurism: The first of Elon Musk’s solar energy-Powerwall projects has successfully restored power to a local hospital in Puerto Rico, …

Tesla Lands Deal to Build an EV Factory in Shanghai

As reported by Engadget: It's difficult for foreign car makers to crack the Chinese market. Unless they're willing to partner with a local brand (and …

This Material Could Allow NASA Planes to Cross the Country in Under an Hour

As reported by Futurism: Within the next decade, planes could be capable of traveling across the country by hypersonic flight in less than an …