Hyundai Motor Group, which includes Hyundai and Kia, announced plans to invest $7.4 billion into the U.S. by 2025 to produce future electric vehicles at its plant in Alabama. The investment will also go toward smart mobility solutions.
Vineeth Joel PatelMay 15, 2021 7:45 AM PT
China’s tech giant Baidu is expanding its Apollo autonomous driving platform by adding vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications technology in which autonomous vehicles communicate with roadside sensors using ultra-fast 5G cellular networks. The new connected platform is called “Apollo Air." It’s one of the most advanced V2X projects to provide reliable safety redundancy for autonomous driving, according to Baidu.
Eric WalzMay 14, 2021 1:45 PM PT
Italy's competition regulator has fined U.S. tech giant Google 102 million euros (US$123 million) for excluding an e-mobility app developed by energy company Enel from the U.S. tech giant's open Android platform. Google has not allowed Enel's JuicePass smartphone app to operate on Google's Android Auto app for the past two years.
FutureCar Staff May 14, 2021 7:30 AM PT
Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Xiaopeng Motors ("XPeng") announced its first quarter results on Thursday, which included a big jump in vehicle deliveries and gross revenue. The company reported total revenues were RMB2,950.9 million (US$450.4 million) for the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 616.1% from the same period last year and a 3.5% increase from Q4 2020.
Eric WalzMay 13, 2021 3:30 PM PT
Ger Dwyer, the Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet's autonomous driving unit Waymo, is leaving the company following the unexpected departure of CEO John Krafcik last month. Also leaving is Chief Automotive Office Adam Frost, who first began working for Google's self-driving car project in 2013, which spun out as Waymo.
FutureCar Staff May 13, 2021 11:30 AM PT
China-based autonomous driving startup WeRide, a company backed by automakers Nissan Renault and Mitsubishi Motors said it raised "hundreds of millions" of dollars in its latest funding round. The new funding values the startup at roughly $3.3 billion. WeRide is working on SAE Level 4 autonomous driving for commercial deployment at scale.
Eric WalzMay 13, 2021 9:15 AM PT
Automaker Volkswagen will begin testing its first autonomous commercial vehicles this summer in a new partnership with Argo AI. The automaker’s Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles division will launch trials for the upcoming ID. BUZZ electric van outfitted with self-driving technology developed by Argo AI for a ride-hailing pilot in Germany.
Eric WalzMay 12, 2021 2:40 PM PT
Hyundai’s Luxury Division Genesis is bringing back the luxury station wagon, which will go on sale in Europe. It's the first wagon model from Genesis, which is a vehicle category that fell out of favor with car buyers in the U.S. as consumers prefer SUVs and crossovers. The G70 Shooting Brake is based on the new Genesis G70 luxury sedan that was released last year.
FutureCar Staff May 12, 2021 10:00 AM PT
California automaker Tesla Inc. is putting its expansion plans in China on hold due to rising tensions between the U.S. and China. in March, Tesla refrained from bidding on a plot of land across the road from its Shanghai factory, as it's no longer aiming to boost China production capacity significantly, at least for now, Reuters reports. The sources declined to be named as the discussions were private.
Eric WalzMay 11, 2021 10:25 AM PT
After an investigation into a Tesla Model S crash in Texas that killed two passengers, the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) determined that Autopilot could not have been active without a driver behind the wheel. Local police claimed there was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, fueling rumors that Tesla's Autopilot could be somehow engaged without a driver behind the wheel.
FutureCar Staff May 10, 2021 4:00 PM PT
Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai announced its newly designed perception platform in collaboration with Volvo-backed Luminar Technologies. The next-generation fleet of self-driving Pony.ai robotaxi vehicles will integrate Luminar’s new Iris lidar sensor. The company plans to deploy its robotaxi vehicles equipped with Luminar lidar by 2023.
Eric WalzMay 10, 2021 2:00 PM PT
Mercedes Benz revealed the Concept EQT on Monday, its first premium electric vehicle in the compact van segment. With the popularity of SUVs and crossovers at an all time high, minivans remain a popular category. The Concept EQT is aimed at active families and fans of sports or outdoor recreational activities. It will join the Mercedes EQ lineup of EVs, which includes the fully-electric EQC sedan and EQS SUV.
Eric WalzMay 10, 2021 10:15 AM PT
Electrify America’s next 30-month investment round will include Green City projects for Long Beach-Wilmington in California and see the company build charging stations in numerous metro areas.
Vineeth Joel PatelMay 09, 2021 9:00 PM PT
The 2022 IONIQ 5 marks a very pivotal milestone for automaker Hyundai, as the company embarks on a new era of electrification. Here's a look at what the upcoming electric crossover has to offer.
Manish KharintaMay 09, 2021 3:00 PM PT
Arrival, a UK-based electric-vehicle startup has partnered with technology company Uber to come out with a purpose-built ride-hailing car that will be electric.
Vineeth Joel PatelMay 09, 2021 7:45 AM PT
According to a new study by Autolist, range has become the most important thing for electric-vehicle shoppers, with price and charging infrastructure rounding out the top three.
Vineeth Joel PatelMay 08, 2021 7:00 AM PT
During a Tesla earnings call in January, Musk said that he was "highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year." But Musk’s tweet does not reflect that of Tesla’s own Autopilot engineers, a new memo confirms. After an early March conference call with Tesla representatives and the California DMV, Tesla Autopilot engineer CJ Moore wrote in a memo that "Elon's tweet does not match engineering reality.”
FutureCar Staff May 07, 2021 3:30 PM PT
On Thursday, Tesla said it's developing a platform for car owners in China that will allow them to access data generated by their vehicles. Tesla aims to launch the platform by this year. This is the first time an automaker has announced plans to allow customers access car data in China, the world's biggest car market.
FutureCar Staff May 07, 2021 11:30 AM PT
French photonics company Outsight announced today the launch of what it calls a game-changing product named the Augmented LiDAR Box (ALB), which is a lidar-agnostic plug & play edge computing device. The ALB is the first real-time lidar software engine that allows developers to seamlessly use lidar data from any hardware supplier.
Eric WalzMay 06, 2021 3:30 PM PT
Electric-performance brand Polestar, which is jointly owned by Swedish automaker Volvo and its parent company Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely), has developed its own video streaming app for its Polestar 2, the company's first mass-market electric vehicle. The beta app, which is available now in all European markets, offers web-based streaming content from various providers directly to the vehicle's 11-inch center-mounted touchscreen display.
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