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Montana-based startup Blackmore raised $3.5 million to build better lidar for driverless cars

Montana-based startup Blackmore raised $3.5 million to build better lidar for driverless cars

Blackmore in Bozeman, Montana recently completed a successful Series-A funding round of $3.5 million, to develop a more advanced lidar system for autonomous vehicles.

ClaireDec 22, 2016 11:16 PM PT

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Talks EVs and Demand

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Talks EVs and Demand

He wouldn’t say how many cars the company expects to build this year or when it will reach the one-million per year mark, but he did note the brand built more than 500,000 cars last year.

Timothy Healey Dec 22, 2016 7:33 PM PT

Could Legacy Automakers be Threatened by Self-Driving Cars?

Could Legacy Automakers be Threatened by Self-Driving Cars?

In other words, will it matter if you own a Ford or Chevy if you aren’t driving it yourself? After all, brands differentiate themselves on image as much as anything else.

Timothy Healey Dec 22, 2016 11:35 AM PT

Hyundai Ioniq: Affordable, Smart and Autonomous

Hyundai Ioniq: Affordable, Smart and Autonomous

Based on results of the test drive, which included a three-mile loop around the Las Vegas Convention Center, it’s very clear that the Ioniq is the real deal.

Michael ChengDec 22, 2016 6:57 AM PT

BMW, IBM Team Up on Driver-Assist Tech

BMW, IBM Team Up on Driver-Assist Tech

You’ve heard of driver-assist tech in cars and you’ve heard of IBM supercomputer Watson. Now, be prepared to think of Watson in a new light.

Timothy Healey Dec 21, 2016 5:13 PM PT

BMW to leverage IBM’s Watson to improve AI driver-assist features

BMW to leverage IBM’s Watson to improve AI driver-assist features

Germany luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW announced recently that it will partner with IBM Watson research center, to help develop its line of next-generation cars.

ClaireDec 21, 2016 12:26 PM PT

BlackBerry Eyes Driverless Car Program in Canada for Growth

BlackBerry Eyes Driverless Car Program in Canada for Growth

What many people don’t know is that BlackBerry has a handful of other products it can rely on for growth.

Michael ChengDec 21, 2016 5:45 AM PT

China’s eye-catching "straddling bus" now facing financial trouble and abandoned

China’s eye-catching "straddling bus" now facing financial trouble and abandoned

Recent reports suggest that China's futuristic Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been deserted due to financial shortage.

ClaireDec 20, 2016 3:46 PM PT

Why is Ford Interested in Using Drones with Driverless Cars?

Why is Ford Interested in Using Drones with Driverless Cars?

By using a drone that can see over tall trees, large bushes and rolling hills, the vehicle could map its surroundings with greater accuracy. Ford mentioned that passengers will be able to control the quadcopter via the vessel’s infotainment or navigation components.

Michael ChengDec 20, 2016 6:19 AM PT

Mercedes launched its “Croove” app for peer-to-peer car renting

Mercedes launched its “Croove” app for peer-to-peer car renting

The German auto giant Mercedes Benz recently launched its app “Croove”, to let any vehicle owner - not confined by Benz drivers, to rent their car when they’re not using it.

ClaireDec 19, 2016 5:54 PM PT

GM Expands Testing and Deployment of Self-Driving Cars in Michigan

GM Expands Testing and Deployment of Self-Driving Cars in Michigan

Michigan, with unpredictable weather and dilapidating roads, presents several challenges for engineers. These new obstacles in development may help groups in the area hone their autonomous driving products more effectively to thrive in such undesirable conditions.

Michael ChengDec 19, 2016 12:06 PM PT

Six Auto Tech Trends to Watch Next Year

Six Auto Tech Trends to Watch Next Year

Cars that can talk to each other is the first item on the list. This technology, also known as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, has been in development for some time, but Cadillac will actually bring it to market in 2017.

Timothy Healey Dec 18, 2016 10:40 AM PT

Faraday Future keeps teasing with its mystery new car

Faraday Future keeps teasing with its mystery new car

Amid all the controversies and financial trouble, Faraday Future seems unshaken about its plan. A few recent teasers made people curious about how the EV company will debut its first car.

ClaireDec 18, 2016 9:30 AM PT

Elon Musk Among Tech Titans Who Met With Trump

Elon Musk Among Tech Titans Who Met With Trump

Musk will be advising Trump as part of his Strategic and Policy Forum, according to the Washington Post. The Tesla head also represents the automotive community in a different way than the CEOs of legacy automakers do, given that Musk and Tesla have approached the industry differently (with factory-direct sales for instance).

Timothy Healey Dec 17, 2016 1:50 PM PT

Smart technologies you need to know about for next-gen vehicles

Smart technologies you need to know about for next-gen vehicles

We know the future of cars will be sustainable, energy-efficient, convenient and robustly functional. But what exactly are the technologies that the auto industry is delving into, to equip next-gen cars with such capabilities? Here are some that you need to know about.

ClaireDec 17, 2016 10:10 AM PT

Intel Invests in Autonomous Driving Tech

Intel Invests in Autonomous Driving Tech

A report from last month shows that the company plans to invest $250 million in two years on research and development for autonomous-driving and connected-car technologies.

Timothy Healey Dec 16, 2016 4:30 PM PT

CarTube for London traffic? Some say it’s too fancy to be realistic

CarTube for London traffic? Some say it’s too fancy to be realistic

London-based PLP Architecture Company puts forward the bold idea of digging a tunnel under London to allow the passage of self-driving cars.

ClaireDec 16, 2016 4:10 PM PT

NVIDIA Takes Drive PX2 Driverless Platform Testing to the Next Phase

NVIDIA Takes Drive PX2 Driverless Platform Testing to the Next Phase

Its Drive PX2 autonomous driving platform, which is being used by cars participating in the highly anticipated Roborace circuit, utilizes a special form of deep learning, called convolutional neural network (CNN).

Michael ChengDec 16, 2016 6:32 AM PT

More Automotive Investments Focus on Autonomous Driving

More Automotive Investments Focus on Autonomous Driving

All automakers are investing in new technologies, including autonomous tech, and so are many non-automotive companies.

Timothy Healey Dec 15, 2016 6:56 PM PT

Mitsubishi’s Ambitious Plan to Develop Advanced Maps for Driverless Cars

Mitsubishi’s Ambitious Plan to Develop Advanced Maps for Driverless Cars

To ensure accuracy, the mapping system receives up to 27,100 light points per second. This figure goes up exponentially when high-density laser scanning units are used, enabling the platform to collect millions of light points and generate clearer images.

Michael ChengDec 15, 2016 9:45 AM PT