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Toyota Begins Autonomous Driving Tests on Public Roads in Europe

Toyota Begins Autonomous Driving Tests on Public Roads in Europe

After successful test runs in the U.S. and Japan, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announced the beginning of autonomous driving (AD) on public roads in Europe. TME is testing its in-house developed autonomous driving technology in the city center of Brussels, Belgium.

FutureCar Staff Jul 16, 2019 6:30 PM PT     

Tesla Drops its Lower-Priced Model S, X Variants, Cuts Price of Model 3 Sedan

Tesla Drops its Lower-Priced Model S, X Variants, Cuts Price of Model 3 Sedan

In order to streamline its pricing strategy and boost sales of its lineup, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the lower priced variants of the Model X and S will be discontinued. Along with the changes, Tesla announced that it is adjusting prices across the board to simply options for customers.

FutureCar Staff Jul 16, 2019 1:54 PM PT    

Continental AG to Showcase a Low-Voltage 48V Full-Hybrid Solution

Continental AG to Showcase a Low-Voltage 48V Full-Hybrid Solution

Leading German automotive component supplier Continental AG announced that it will use Ford’s Focus hatchback to showcase its all-new 48V full-hybrid technology.

Manish KharintaJul 16, 2019 10:00 AM PT   

BMW China and Beijing-based Mapping Company NavInfo to Develop HD Maps for Autonomous Driving

BMW China and Beijing-based Mapping Company NavInfo to Develop HD Maps for Autonomous Driving

BMW China is looking to expand its autonomous driving in China and is partnering with Beijing-based navigation company NavInfo to develop high-precision maps necessary for driverless cars.

FutureCar Staff Jul 15, 2019 4:30 PM PT     

Lidar Startup Luminar Raises $100 Million in Latest Funding Round, Is Working with 12 of the World’s Largest Automotive Companies

Lidar Startup Luminar Raises $100 Million in Latest Funding Round, Is Working with 12 of the World’s Largest Automotive Companies

Lidar startup Luminar Technologies announced a new $100 million investment and unveiled its new lidar platform called “Iris” for the automotive and commercial truck markets. Iris is a automotive grade low cost lidar solution designed specifically for high-volume production.

Eric WalzJul 15, 2019 1:00 PM PT       

California Bill Could Increase EV Rebates up to $7,500

California Bill Could Increase EV Rebates up to $7,500

Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting’s proposed bill could see rebates for zero-emissions cars trips up to $7,500.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 15, 2019 5:00 AM PT    

An Electric BMW iX3 Might be Launched in the U.S. with a 75 kWh Battery

An Electric BMW iX3 Might be Launched in the U.S. with a 75 kWh Battery

BMW plans on kicking off the expansion of its electrified portfolio with the introduction of its first-ever all-electric SUV next year

Manish KharintaJul 14, 2019 12:20 PM PT

Toyota Testing New Solar Panels to Increase EV Range

Toyota Testing New Solar Panels to Increase EV Range

Toyota, with some help from Sharp and Japanese national research organization NEDO, covered a Prius with its latest solar panels that increase range by 27.7 miles a day.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 14, 2019 7:00 AM PT   

Elon Musk Believes Tesla’s Prices Will Rise When Autonomous Tech Increases

Elon Musk Believes Tesla’s Prices Will Rise When Autonomous Tech Increases

Musk recently took to Twitter to announce that prices for Tesla’s electric cars will “rise significantly” when the vehicles become fully autonomous.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 13, 2019 5:00 AM PT    

Electrify America to Offer Free Charging to Buyers of Harley Davidson’s Electric Livewire Motorcycle

Electrify America to Offer Free Charging to Buyers of Harley Davidson’s Electric Livewire Motorcycle

Electrify America, the company that was formed as restitution for the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S., is opening its EV charging network to buyers of Harley Davidson’s new Livewire electric motorcycle beginning next month.

FutureCar Staff Jul 12, 2019 4:00 PM PT

Volkswagen Investing $2.6 Billion in Ford’s Self-Driving Arm Argo AI and Will Collaborate On Electric & Autonomous Vehicles

Volkswagen Investing $2.6 Billion in Ford’s Self-Driving Arm Argo AI and Will Collaborate On Electric & Autonomous Vehicles

In one of the biggest collaborations between two global automakers and a tech startup, the Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen AG announced today that they will work together on electric and self-driving cars.

Eric WalzJul 12, 2019 10:10 AM PT      

Ford, Volkswagen Promise Details on Electric & Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

Ford, Volkswagen Promise Details on Electric & Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

Automakers Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen AG said on Thursday they are expanding their global alliance. Further details on a technology-sharing agreement are expected to be announced at New York press conference on Friday.

FutureCar Staff Jul 11, 2019 5:42 PM PT   

Ford, VW Tie the Knot to Work on EVs and Autonomous Cars

Ford, VW Tie the Knot to Work on EVs and Autonomous Cars

According to reports, Ford and Volkswagen could expand on their current alliance to include electric cars and self-driving technology.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 11, 2019 4:00 PM PT     

Tesla Rival Xpeng Motors Launches a More Advanced Version of its G3 Electric SUV

Tesla Rival Xpeng Motors Launches a More Advanced Version of its G3 Electric SUV

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng Motors unveiled its new G3 sport utility vehicle today, which offers a longer range and other technology improvements from the previous model. Xpeng is aiming to compete with Tesla and other domestic automakers in China with its more affordable lineup of advanced electric vehicles.

Eric WalzJul 10, 2019 2:44 PM PT        

BMW Unveils the Fully-Electric MINI Cooper With a Long List of Tech and Not Much Range

BMW Unveils the Fully-Electric MINI Cooper With a Long List of Tech and Not Much Range

BMW is the latest global automaker to unveil a fully-electric model as the auto industry continues its gradual transition to battery-powered cars. The automaker revealed today the fully-electric version of the iconic MINI Cooper. It was the world’s first look at the compact electric car.

Eric WalzJul 09, 2019 6:40 PM PT    

BMW Installs 100 EV Charging Stations at U.S. National Parks

BMW Installs 100 EV Charging Stations at U.S. National Parks

Automaker BMW donated 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near some of the country’s most popular national parks. BMW announced yesterday that more than 90 of the charging stations have been completed with the remainder set to open later this month.

Eric WalzJul 09, 2019 12:03 PM PT    

Automakers Toyota & Geely Join Baidu’s Open Apollo Autonomous Driving Platform

Automakers Toyota & Geely Join Baidu’s Open Apollo Autonomous Driving Platform

China’s internet search giant Baidu is partnering with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp on areas related to artificial intelligence (AI) for self-driving cars.

FutureCar Staff Jul 08, 2019 6:49 PM PT     

Waymo is Offering Free WiFi in its Robo-Taxis to Lure in Riders

Waymo is Offering Free WiFi in its Robo-Taxis to Lure in Riders

Waymo is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its autonomous taxis in the Phoenix area where it is currently testing its Waymo One service.

Eric WalzJul 08, 2019 1:53 PM PT     

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Compact 2020 Honda E Prototype

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Compact 2020 Honda E Prototype

Honda generated substantial hype for its upcoming "Honda E" small electric car which comes with a premium price tag.

Manish KharintaJul 08, 2019 11:06 AM PT

World Economic Forum Executive Believes Autonomous Vehicles Face Two Challenges

World Economic Forum Executive Believes Autonomous Vehicles Face Two Challenges

Michelle Avary, the head of autonomous mobility at the World Economic Forum, claims that the self-driving industry has two challenges that it needs to overcome: technology and business models that are profitable.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 07, 2019 9:00 AM PT   

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