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Automaker Kia is Said to Be Reviewing Plans to Build EVs with Multiple Firms, Hinting at Ongoing Talks with Tech Giant Apple

Automaker Kia is Said to Be Reviewing Plans to Build EVs with Multiple Firms, Hinting at Ongoing Talks with Tech Giant Apple

South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corp. is reportedly reviewing plans from multiple foreign firms to work together on building self-driving electric cars, Reuters reported on Wednesday. In addition, Kia’s parent, Hyundai Motor Group, has decided that its Kia brand would be in charge of any proposed cooperation with Apple on electric cars, the sources said.

FutureCar Staff Jan 20, 2021 4:00 PM PT     

Trump Pardons Ex-Google Engineer Who Plead Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets Related to Lidar Technology

Trump Pardons Ex-Google Engineer Who Plead Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets Related to Lidar Technology

In the final hours of his presidency, President Trump pardoned former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski who was one of most high profile engineers working on self-driving cars in Silicon Valley. Levandowski was accused of stealing trade secrets and other IP from Google then taking them to rival Uber in the days before his resignation. The U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges against Levandowski in Aug 2019 for the theft.

Eric WalzJan 20, 2021 9:30 AM PT      

The Electric Mercedes-Benz EQA Crossover Will Make its Global Debut on Jan 20

The Electric Mercedes-Benz EQA Crossover Will Make its Global Debut on Jan 20

The global unveil of the fully-electric Mercedes Benz EQA crossover is scheduled for January 20, 2021. Mercedes-Benz will introduce its electric crossover via an online event, which has become a standard practice in the industry because of the ongoing global pandemic.

Manish KharintaJan 19, 2021 9:45 PM PT

Amazon-backed EV Startup Rivian Raises $2.6 Billion Led By T. Rowe Price

Amazon-backed EV Startup Rivian Raises $2.6 Billion Led By T. Rowe Price

​Rivian, the electric vehicle startup backed by Amazon and Ford Motor Co announced Tuesday said it closed on a $2.65 billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price as the company moves closer to production of its R1T fully-electric pickup and companion R1S SUV. The company’s post-money valuation is now over $25 billion as Rivian looks to compete against trucks from Ford Motor Co and General Motors.

Eric WalzJan 19, 2021 2:05 PM PT       

General Motors, Microsoft & Cruise to Work Together on the Development of Commercial Self-driving Vehicles

General Motors, Microsoft & Cruise to Work Together on the Development of Commercial Self-driving Vehicles

Cruise, General Motors and Microsoft have announced a long term strategic partnership on the accelerate the development of commercial self-driving vehicles. San Francisco-based Cruise is the self-driving subsidiary of GM. Microsoft and Cruise will bring their software, hardware and cloud computing capabilities to the partnership, while GM will provide is expertise in vehicle manufacturing at scale.

Eric WalzJan 19, 2021 10:00 AM PT       

Audi to Build Electric Vehicles in China in a New Joint Venture with Automaker FAW Group

Audi to Build Electric Vehicles in China in a New Joint Venture with Automaker FAW Group

​German automaker Audi is expanding its presence in China, which is the world’s biggest auto market. Audi announced on Monday a new company with Chinese automaker FAW Group for the future production of electric vehicles in Changchun in the northeast of China. The new joint venture company is named Audi-FAW.

FutureCar Staff Jan 18, 2021 3:30 PM PT      

Newly Formed Auto Group 'Stellantis' Debuts on European Stock Markets, Shares Rise Nearly 8%

Newly Formed Auto Group 'Stellantis' Debuts on European Stock Markets, Shares Rise Nearly 8%

Shares of newly created auto conglomerate Stellantis NV began trading on the European stock markets in Paris and Milan on Monday and the new company is off to a strong start. Milan-listed shares of Stellantis started trading at 12.758 euros ($15.40) and rose nearly 8% to 13.55 euros ($16.36), giving the automaker a market cap of 39.2 billion euros ($47.3 billion).

Eric WalzJan 18, 2021 12:15 PM PT        

Kia Gains a New Logo, Teases Upcoming Electric Vehicles

Kia Gains a New Logo, Teases Upcoming Electric Vehicles

While most of the electric concepts are still shrouded in mystery, we’ve learned a little more information about the South Korea brand’s upcoming electric vehicles.

Vineeth Joel PatelJan 18, 2021 7:10 AM PT   

NHTSA Issues New Rules for Autonomous Cars to Skip Some Safety Standards

NHTSA Issues New Rules for Autonomous Cars to Skip Some Safety Standards

To bring autonomous vehicles to market quicker, the NHTSA has updated its rules to allow self-driving vehicles to skip specific federal crash safety requirements. The new rules only pertain to vehicles that won’t carry people.

Vineeth Joel PatelJan 17, 2021 7:20 AM PT    

General Motors Launches New Startup 'BrightDrop' for Electric Delivery Vehicles

General Motors Launches New Startup 'BrightDrop' for Electric Delivery Vehicles

The new startup company will focus on making electric delivery vehicles and offer other services to companies like FedEx and UPS.

Vineeth Joel PatelJan 16, 2021 8:00 AM PT    

China’s EV Startup Xpeng Unveils the Beta Version of its Advanced Self-Driving Feature Called ‘Navigation Guided Pilot’

China’s EV Startup Xpeng Unveils the Beta Version of its Advanced Self-Driving Feature Called ‘Navigation Guided Pilot’

Chinese EV startup and Tesla competitor Xpeng is one step closer to goal for self-driving cars. The company unveiled the beta version of its autonomous driving feature called Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP), which is similar to Tesla’s Autopilot and its Full Self-Driving feature. NGP is a key feature of Xpeng’s XPILOT 3.0 autonomous driving platform.

Eric WalzJan 15, 2021 3:25 PM PT        

Automakers Are Scaling Back Production Due to Growing Semiconductor Shortages

Automakers Are Scaling Back Production Due to Growing Semiconductor Shortages

There is a shortage of semiconductor and other electronic components for motor vehicles as auto sales rebound from the global pandemic. The global pandemic forced suppliers to scale back production, and the rising demand from automakers as auto sales rebound from the lows of 2020 is leading to chip shortages in the U.S. and Europe.

Eric WalzJan 15, 2021 11:40 AM PT     

Tesla's More Affordable Standard Range Model Y is a Recipe for Success

Tesla's More Affordable Standard Range Model Y is a Recipe for Success

​Electric automaker Tesla kicks off in the New Year by launching one of the most anticipated variants of its Model Y crossover. The Model Y has been on sale for almost a year now, but this is the first time that Tesla is offering a third-row 7-seat option for the electric crossover.

Manish KharintaJan 14, 2021 8:30 AM PT   

BMW’s ‘Digital Key Plus’ With Ultra-Wideband Technology is Coming to the Electric iX SUV

BMW’s ‘Digital Key Plus’ With Ultra-Wideband Technology is Coming to the Electric iX SUV

Automaker BMW announced that its new Digital Key Plus, which uses ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, will launch with the upcoming BMW iX​ for the Apple iPhone. It replaces the common RFID key fob for the vehicle. Apple’s U1 chip also supports ultra-wideband positioning, so the BMW iX and iPhone have the ability to determine each other's precise location once they are in close proximity.

FutureCar Staff Jan 13, 2021 5:15 PM PT     

HERE Technologies Creates Detailed 3D Models of 75 City Centers to Help Drivers Better Navigate

HERE Technologies Creates Detailed 3D Models of 75 City Centers to Help Drivers Better Navigate

Mapping company HERE Technologies announced that it created highly detailed 3D models of 75 major cities centers around the world to help drivers find their way around. The models are called “HERE Premier 3D Cities” and are used to visualize cities in 3D. The 3D city models can be accessed via a vehicle's navigation system, giving drivers a real world view of their surroundings while traveling in dense urban areas.

Eric WalzJan 13, 2021 12:10 PM PT     

General Motors Provides an Update on its Plans for a ‘Zero Emissions’ Electric Future at CES 2021

General Motors Provides an Update on its Plans for a ‘Zero Emissions’ Electric Future at CES 2021

With its first new logo in 50 years unveiled last week, U.S. automaker General Motors is getting ready for its electrified future. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra delivered the opening keynote at this year's virtual CES where she shared some updates on the company's vision of an electrified future. The automaker want to put everyone into an electric vehicle.

Eric WalzJan 12, 2021 4:50 PM PT     

Chinese EV Startup Xpeng Secures $2 Billion Credit Line to Expand its Operations as it Takes on Tesla

Chinese EV Startup Xpeng Secures $2 Billion Credit Line to Expand its Operations as it Takes on Tesla

Chinese electric vehicles startup Xpeng Inc. announced on Tuesday that it secured a $2 billion (12.8 billion yuan) line of credit from five state-owned Chinese banks. The startup electric automaker will use the funds to expand its operations as it looks to take on Tesla in its home country.

FutureCar Staff Jan 12, 2021 10:50 AM PT      

Intel-owned Mobileye Unveils its New Lidar and Radar Technology for Autonomous Vehicles at CES

Intel-owned Mobileye Unveils its New Lidar and Radar Technology for Autonomous Vehicles at CES

​As automakers race to develop self-driving vehicles, they are turning to tech companies and chipmakers for help in designing and developing the hardware that will support future electric and self-driving vehicles. One such company is Intel subsidiary Mobileye. During two sessions at CES on Monday, Mobileye president and chief executive officer Amnon Shashua explained how the company is planning to become a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology.

Eric WalzJan 11, 2021 5:15 PM PT        

China’s Baidu Plans to Launch an 'Intelligent' Electric Vehicle Co. in a Partnership With Volvo Owner Geely

China’s Baidu Plans to Launch an 'Intelligent' Electric Vehicle Co. in a Partnership With Volvo Owner Geely

Baidu Inc., which is the equivalent of Google in China, announced on Sunday it plans to establish a company to produce “intelligent” electric vehicles (EVs) and has entered into a strategic partnership with Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (“Geely”), the parent company of Swedish automaker Volvo.

Eric WalzJan 11, 2021 11:50 AM PT      

Quick EV Comparison: Ford's Mach-E vs. the Tesla Model Y

Quick EV Comparison: Ford's Mach-E vs. the Tesla Model Y

Tesla’s newest vehicle the Model Y crossover is one of the most popular vehicles in the company’s portfolio thanks to the growing popularity of the crossover/SUV segment, especially in the U.S. Therefore it’s not surprising that U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co has positioned its first electrified offering the Mustang Mach-E SUV as a direct rival to Tesla’s battery-powered Model Y. So et’s take a quick look at how the two electric vehicles fare against each other.

Manish KharintaJan 11, 2021 11:05 AM PT   

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