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  • Self-driving cars

    Bosch and Daimler, two of Germany's biggest automotive firms, announced Wednesday that they have selected Nvidia's Drive Pegasus artificial intelligence computer chip and supporting software to power their future self-driving systems. The computer chip can handle over 320 trillion operations per second and a terabyte of data bandwidth each and every second, which is enough for fully self-driving systems, i.e. Level 5 capability. We're talking a lot of data. Just one video sensor, such as Bosch’s stereo video camera, generates 100 gigabytes of data in just 0.6 miles of travel. The chip...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S in China
    Tesla reveals plans for Chinese plant as new tariffs start to bite

    Tesla has been hinting at a Chinese plant since 2014 and now the automaker has finally confirmed one. Following a meeting Tuesday with Chinese officials, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Shanghai would become the first location for one of its so-called Gigafactories outside the United States. The new plant...

  • BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
    BMW adding SUV production in China, increasing prices on US-built SUVs in response to Trump’s tariffs

    BMW said on Monday that it will add production of some of its SUVs in China and increase prices on vehicles built in its Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant sold in China, according to a report from The Post and Courier. A BMW spokesman told Motor Authority on Monday that the German automaker is...

  • BMW Concept iX3
    Chinese-made BMW iX3 electric SUV will be sold globally

    BMW and its Chinese partner Brilliance on Monday announced plans to further expand their joint manufacturing operations in China, known as BMW Brilliance Automotive, or BBA for short. Namely, the automakers said they planned to increase capacity at their jointly run plants in order to build as many...

  • Toyota sponsors Energy Observer autonomous hydrogen-powered boat
    Toyota supports hydrogen-powered autonomous boat

    Toyota is one of a few major automakers that has thrown its weight behind hydrogen as a future fuel source, and the Japanese firm is taking its learnings around the globe and to the open seas. Toyota announced last week that it will support the Energy Observer, a hydrogen-powered autonomous boat...

  • 2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive
    Report: Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz no longer working on joint compact car project

    In 2010, Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler agreed to a share-trading partnership that was rumored to birth a new luxury-compact car. Eight years later, a new report claims that vehicle is dead. Following a report from the daily business publication Nikkan Kogyo claiming the...

  • FCA creates new aluminum alloy for turbo engines

    It's a common engineering practice: find ways to improve performance without sacrificing efficiency. In the automotive world, it means more horsepower and better fuel economy. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has a solution in a new aluminum alloy that can better withstand heat as the boost is cranked up and compression ratio rises in turbocharged engines. It's called ACMZ, and it uses copper as a strengthening component. Most aluminum alloy mixes feature silicon, which offers heat protection in cylinder heads up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit. With ACMZ, a cylinder head can withstand temperatures up to...

  • Volvo launches M mobility brand
    Volvo launching M brand, but this one stands for "mobility"

    Volvo Car Group announced on Wednesday it is launching a new brand, and it's called M. Not to be confused with BMW's legendary M division, Volvo's M brand simply stands for "mobility." M's mission will be to provide "on-demand access" to cars and services through a smartphone application. However...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla chief vehicle engineer not returning from leave of absence

    Tesla has lost one of its top engineers in Doug Field, who will not return after taking a leave of absence from the electric-car maker in May. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Field's departure on Monday, the same day Tesla announced it had reached its goal of 5,000 Model 3 electric cars...

  • Lyft
    Fresh funding pushes Lyft's value to $15.1B

    After the company's latest round of investor funding, Lyft is now worth an estimated $15.1 billion. Fresh cash in the amount of $600 million pushed the ride-sharing company to its latest heights. Tech Crunch reported on Thursday that Fidelity Management & Research Company led the investments...

  • GM Cruise AV self-driving car
    Will GM's first self-driving car be called AV1?

    General Motors has filed to trademark a potential name for its first self-driving car. Filed on June 21, GM moved to protect the "AV1" name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Some may find similarities with the AV1 name to EV1—GM's first electric car. The EV1 bowed in 1996...

  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
    Waymo needs “large number” of cars for European self-driving fleet

    Waymo CEO John Krafcik has revealed that the mobility company will need to add a “large number” of additional cars to its growing fleet of self-driving cars as it prepares to enter Europe. In an interview with Handelsblatt published Thursday, Krafcik explained that all announcements so...

  • Faraday Future FF 91

    Remember Faraday Future? The cash-strapped electric car startup hasn't been in the headlines of late but it isn't dead yet. In fact, the company may have been thrown a lifeline in the form of a stake sale to Hong Kong firm Evergrande Health Industry Group, a subsidiary of property developer China Evergrande Group, which is looking to diversify into new sectors. In a filing made on Monday, Evergrande Health Industry said it would buy the shares of Season Smart Ltd, which owns 45 percent of Faraday Future. Season Smart originally agreed to pay $2 billion for the stake but has only paid $800...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace S
    Jaguar Land Rover increase electrification investment to $18B

    Jaguar Land Rover plans to increase its investment into electrification for future electric cars by 25 percent, the automaker said in an investor presentation Monday. The added investment will see the figure climb to $18 billion total by 2025, Bloomberg reported. JLR cited poor demand for diesel...

  • Volkswagen MOIA electric ride-pooling van
    VW's MOIA mobility group wants to take on Uber and Lyft

    The Volkswagen Group has lagged behind in the mobility segment, but the automaker jumped in with both feet in 2016 with the launch of the MOIA mobility unit, which last December rolled out an electric ride-sharing concept. But VW doesn't want MOIA to just provide ride-sharing and carpooling...

  • Wolfgang Hatz
    Former Audi and Porsche exec Wolfgang Hatz released from jail

    Veteran Volkswagen Group engineer Wolfgang Hatz has been released after nine months in jail after providing $3.5 million in bail money, German prosecutors have confirmed. He was arrested last September during investigations into the VW Group's diesel scandal. Although he is yet to be charged, the...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW, suppliers form alliance to help standardize self-driving car tech

    As numerous automakers and technology companies continue to race toward the commercialization of self-driving cars, some fear a lack of standardization will harm innovation. The Volkswagen Group and a number of suppliers hope to remedy that with a new alliance. Called the Networking for Autonomous...

  • Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive
    McLaren CEO calls for "weight race" instead of power race

    If you're a fan of horsepower, then you are living in a golden age. For example, there's a Dodge sedan out there with over 700 horsepower. If you're playing in the hypercar space, then you are also playing near the four-figure power club. McLaren is no stranger here, as its P1 produces 903 total...

  • Ford and Volkswagen logos

    Ford and the Volkswagen Group announced last week plans to discuss various partnerships, including the joint development of vehicles. The two auto giants specifically mentioned joint development of a range of commercial vehicles, which has led to rumors that next-generation versions of the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok mid-size pickups may share a platform. Such an outcome wouldn't be unique. In fact, the current Ranger's platform is used by Mazda for the BT-50 pickup. The platform of Nissan's NP300 Navara pickup is also used by Mercedes-Benz and Renault for their respective X-Class and...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
    VW targets solid-state battery production by 2025

    Solid-state batteries have the potential to realize a major step up in performance and safety of electric cars, which is why every major automaker worth its salt is investigating the technology. The latest to make its endevors known is the Volkswagen Group, which on Thursday announced a $100...

  • Pop.Up Next concept
    Germany plans to test Audi-Airbus flying taxi

    At this year's Geneva auto show, Audi joined Airbus and Italdesign to show off the Pop.Up Next concept. But, the flying taxi may not be a concept for long. The German government signed a letter of intent to test the flying taxi in Ingolstadt, Audi's hometown, according to an Engadget report. The...

  • 2019 Volvo XC40
    Volvo's Netflix-like subscription plan is finally delivering cars

    Volvo announced its car-subscription plan, Care by Volvo, last year, but the service has been held up, frustrating some customers. Now it appears that hold-up has been regulatory in nature. Those issues have mostly been ironed out and subscribers are finally able to take delivery of cars through...

  • 2019 Cadillac CT6, 2018 New York auto show
    GM pumps $175M into manufacturing next-generation Cadillac sedans

    Cadillac will roll out a new vehicle every six months through 2021, and parent automaker General Motors has just ponied up the funds to build two of them. The automaker's Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan received a $175 million investment for next-generation Cadillac sedan production...

  • 2018 Genesis G90
    Genesis, Kia, Hyundai top 2018 J.D. Power quality study

    For the first time ever, the three major Korean auto brands in the United States topped the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. For 2018, Genesis took the number one spot, followed by Kia in second, and Hyundai in third. The 2018 results knock Porsche from the top three for the first time in years...

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