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May 16th, 2017 Car News of the Day: BMW tops Chinese luxury market, SolarCity founder leaving Tesla

May 16th, 2017 Car News of the Day: BMW tops Chinese luxury market, SolarCity founder leaving Tesla

Car News of the Day for May 16th, 2017.

ClaireMay 16, 2017 4:32 PM PT

GM goes “green” for millions of its tires

GM goes “green” for millions of its tires

U.S. auto giant General Motors announced Monday that it will be committed to buying sustainable natural rubber for its 49 million tires annually.

ClaireMay 16, 2017 11:00 AM PT

Report: Consumers Willing to Pay $3,500 More for Semi-autonomous Cars - $4,900 for Full

Report: Consumers Willing to Pay $3,500 More for Semi-autonomous Cars - $4,900 for Full

Interestingly, the report also highlights that individuals who are familiar with self-driving technology and its potential are ready to fork out up to $10,000 more to acquire the modern vehicles.

Michael ChengMay 16, 2017 6:10 AM PT

A look at Nvidia’s DRIVE PX Platform

A look at Nvidia’s DRIVE PX Platform

NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX 2 is the open AI car computing platform that enables automakers and their tier 1 suppliers to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles.

Eric WalzMay 15, 2017 6:35 PM PT      

May 15th, 2017 Car News of the Day: Waymo teams up with Lyft, Uber continues its driverless program

May 15th, 2017 Car News of the Day: Waymo teams up with Lyft, Uber continues its driverless program

Car News of the Day for May 15th, 2017.

ClaireMay 15, 2017 5:10 PM PT

Toyota invests in flying car company Cartivator

Toyota invests in flying car company Cartivator

Toyota is making investment in a local startup called Cartivator, which plans to build a flying car for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

ClaireMay 15, 2017 4:00 PM PT 

Audi and Volvo will use Android powered telematics in their new models

Audi and Volvo will use Android powered telematics in their new models

Google has just announced that that it will partner with Volvo and Audi on Android based, vehicle telematics systems. The embedded system will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and will work without requiring an Android phone present.

Eric WalzMay 15, 2017 12:12 PM PT      

Investors Like Delphi’s Work on Connected Cars and EVs

Investors Like Delphi’s Work on Connected Cars and EVs

Delphi's market moves make investors happy.

Timothy Healey May 15, 2017 8:00 AM PT

Model X Road Test: Tesla Autopilot 2.0

Model X Road Test: Tesla Autopilot 2.0

Recently, FutureCar was provided the opportunity to perform a real-world road test of Tesla’s Model X SUV. Although the Model X has many features, FutureCar was especially interested in trying out Tesla’s self-driving technology, Autopilot 2.0.

Eric WalzMay 14, 2017 5:31 PM PT 

Uber Aims to Open Research Hub for Autonomous Car Tech in Toronto

Uber Aims to Open Research Hub for Autonomous Car Tech in Toronto

Uber has set its sights on the north as its new location for a research hub, which will be led by a computer science professor at the University of Toronto.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 14, 2017 9:00 AM PT

Volans-i’s delivery drone can fly 100 miles, carry heavy-lifting

Volans-i’s delivery drone can fly 100 miles, carry heavy-lifting

San Francisco startup Volans-i has recently finished its drone testing of 100 miles in Austin, Texas. It lifted a 4.7 pound semiconductor water-lifting arm to an Applied Materials factory successfully.

ClaireMay 13, 2017 10:30 AM PT

Report: Car Ownership Could Decrease by 80% in 15 Years

Report: Car Ownership Could Decrease by 80% in 15 Years

Based on the rate transportation technologies are being developed, the report predicts that the number of cars on the road will decrease to 247 million by 2020. These are all assertions made using standard economic models.

Michael ChengMay 13, 2017 9:05 AM PT

Tesla Model X 'Range Anxiety'

Tesla Model X 'Range Anxiety'

A Model X owner I spoke with said his lifetime power consumption on the vehicle over the course of a year is 420 watts/mile, which roughly translates to a real-world range of 170 miles on a full charge, about 30% less than what Tesla advertises.

Eric WalzMay 12, 2017 6:31 PM PT 

Tesla Updates its Autopilot 2.0 to version 8.1 (17.17.4)

Tesla Updates its Autopilot 2.0 to version 8.1 (17.17.4)

Tesla has begun to roll out an updated version of Autopilot which brings incremental improvements to its Autopilot 2.0 driving-assist feature on Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with self-driving hardware.

Eric WalzMay 12, 2017 5:47 PM PT 

 May 12th, 2017 Car News of the Day: South Korea recalls cars, Uber Waymo case going to trial

May 12th, 2017 Car News of the Day: South Korea recalls cars, Uber Waymo case going to trial

Car News of the Day for May 12th, 2017.

ClaireMay 12, 2017 3:11 PM PT

An Update on Tesla’s Gigafactory

An Update on Tesla’s Gigafactory

Tesla's Gigafactory started producing a high performance cylindrical '2170 cell' in January of this year which was jointly designed and engineered by Tesla and Panasonic to offer the best performance at the lowest production cost in an optimal form factor for both electric vehicles and energy products.

Eric WalzMay 12, 2017 1:45 PM PT 

Bicyclists on the surge in China: where bike rental startups are heading to

Bicyclists on the surge in China: where bike rental startups are heading to

A series of bike rental startups have popped up in the recent two years in China. With a simple Uber-like business model, they are facing problems that need to be dealt with.

ClaireMay 12, 2017 11:55 AM PT

Israeli Drivers Leading Tech Charge

Israeli Drivers Leading Tech Charge

Israel is a hot new tech center.

Timothy Healey May 12, 2017 11:00 AM PT

Qualcomm White Paper Outlines Economic Impact of 5G in the Automotive Industry

Qualcomm White Paper Outlines Economic Impact of 5G in the Automotive Industry

Compared to 4G, 5G offers ultra-low latency (up to five times lower), increased network coverage and blazing download speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Qualcomm doesn’t have to convince automakers that 5G will pave the way for driverless cars.

Michael ChengMay 12, 2017 6:05 AM PT 

Volvo and Autoliv Form Autonomous Driving Venture Zenuity

Volvo and Autoliv Form Autonomous Driving Venture Zenuity

Zenuity, the joint venture between Volvo and Autoliv has started its operations. The new company is a joint venture in the growing global market for autonomous driving software systems. At the company’s presentation at the 2017 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, Zenuity stated its goal is to only focus on autonomous systems that are capable of “unsupervised driving”.

Eric WalzMay 11, 2017 4:20 PM PT