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Michigan’s Willow Run Driverless Testing Facility Signifies a Fresh Start for the State

Michigan’s Willow Run Driverless Testing Facility Signifies a Fresh Start for the State

Construction for the new testing site on the former General Motors (GM) factory and World War II bomber production plant is already in the works. The first phase of the facility could be open to developers as early as December 2017.

Michael ChengNov 30, 2016 6:42 AM PT

NHTSA proposed new guidelines to curb driver distraction while using mobile devices

NHTSA proposed new guidelines to curb driver distraction while using mobile devices

On November 23rd, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a voluntary guidelines to curb driver distraction from using mobile devices in car, and extend the reach to tech companies and app developers.

ClaireNov 29, 2016 9:45 PM PT

Car Industry Leads Adoption of Industrial Robots, More Jobs for Humans

Car Industry Leads Adoption of Industrial Robots, More Jobs for Humans

Why is the car industry increasing its use of robots? The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) suggests it could be due to new developments in electric and autonomous vehicles.

Michael ChengNov 29, 2016 6:35 AM PT

Tech start-ups to watch in the nation of Israel

Tech start-ups to watch in the nation of Israel

​Israel has earned a reputation as “Startup Nation”. There are quite a few startups on automotive field that are worth eyeing on.

ClaireNov 28, 2016 7:10 PM PT

Dashbot Will Turn Your Old Car Into a Smart One for $49

Dashbot Will Turn Your Old Car Into a Smart One for $49

Dashbot was created by Next Thing Co., an Oakland, California and Shenzhen, China-based startup responsible for the release of CHIP and compact Linux computer PocketCHIP. The device is a rectangular dongle that is designed to sit on top of the car’s dashboard.

Michael ChengNov 28, 2016 6:12 AM PT

NextEV launches new brand "NIO" and world’s fastest electric car

NextEV launches new brand "NIO" and world’s fastest electric car

The Chinese electric car company NextEV recently launched its new brand NIO at Saatchi Gallery in London, and also debuted its Nio EP9 electric vehicle which is claimed to be the world’s fastest EV.

ClaireNov 27, 2016 7:05 PM PT

Toyota Streamlines Self-Driving Car Development via WRC Race Circuit

Toyota Streamlines Self-Driving Car Development via WRC Race Circuit

Toyota President Akio Toyoda, a huge WRC fan, announced during the September Paris Motor Show that the Toyota Yaris WRC car that is due to compete in next year’s WRC 2017 circuit will be used as a medium for the advancement of autonomous driving research.

Michael ChengNov 25, 2016 6:44 AM PT

Volvo’s new app allows you to control your car remotely

Volvo’s new app allows you to control your car remotely

Volvo launched a new app called Volvo Concierge that can “take care of washing, fueling or servicing your vehicle without interrupting your life.”

ClaireNov 24, 2016 6:07 PM PT

Mixed Automation: US Regulator Maps Timeline for Self-Driving Cars

Mixed Automation: US Regulator Maps Timeline for Self-Driving Cars

While many car manufacturers are racing to meet the “2021 deadline” for releasing a self-driving car to consumers (some businesses are aiming for much earlier release dates), the full proliferation of the industry won’t actually happen until 2040 – according to Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Michael ChengNov 24, 2016 7:13 AM PT

NHTSA establishes “quiet car” rule - an EV must make noise after 2019

NHTSA establishes “quiet car” rule - an EV must make noise after 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new rule to require that EV and hybrid cars must make noise after 2019.

ClaireNov 23, 2016 7:25 PM PT

What Would a Driverless World Look Like?

What Would a Driverless World Look Like?

A TED talk held by Wanis Kabbaj, the director of global strategy for healthcare logistics at UPS.

AmandaNov 23, 2016 10:57 AM PT

HEVO Power Wants to Revolutionize Urban Design with Wireless EV Chargers

HEVO Power Wants to Revolutionize Urban Design with Wireless EV Chargers

HEVO Power (stands for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Optimization), a New York-based startup, wants to change the way people charge their EVs using wireless charging pods.

Michael ChengNov 23, 2016 6:23 AM PT

Samsung to acquire audio powerhouse Harman to push its connected car business

Samsung to acquire audio powerhouse Harman to push its connected car business

South Korean electronics giant Samsung announced on November 14th that it will buy Harman International Industries with an all-cash deal—a whopping $8 billion’s worth.

ClaireNov 22, 2016 11:30 PM PT

Search Engine Giant Baidu Starts Testing Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads in Wuzhen, China

Search Engine Giant Baidu Starts Testing Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads in Wuzhen, China

In Wuzhen, Baidu has brought out its fleet of autonomous cars from closed stimulations to public roads. To date, the program has transported over 200 people in the testing area, which includes a two-mile route that has been “mapped with centimeter accuracy.”

Michael ChengNov 21, 2016 11:25 PM PT

Amazon is now selling cars online - but not in the United States

Amazon is now selling cars online - but not in the United States

US e-commerce giant Amazon is partnering with Italian automaker Fiat Chrysler, to sell three most popular car models of its brand on Amazon.it, with a great discount of up to 33 percent.

ClaireNov 21, 2016 10:25 PM PT

Driverless Cars Could Make Residential Garages Obsolete in the Future

Driverless Cars Could Make Residential Garages Obsolete in the Future

Gregg Nelson, co-founder of California-based Trumark Homes, believes that this level of disruption will resonate to residential construction businesses worldwide and may eventually lead to new home designs without garages.

Michael ChengNov 21, 2016 6:44 AM PT

LeEco secures $600 million from Y.T. Jia’s classmates

LeEco secures $600 million from Y.T. Jia’s classmates

With the leak of an internal letter from LeEco written by its CEO Yueting Jia, the billionaire cautioned about the company’s too-quick international expansion, and noted that a new fund of $600 million is on its way.

ClaireNov 20, 2016 5:30 PM PT

Roborace Could Help Test Driverless Technology in Extreme Conditions

Roborace Could Help Test Driverless Technology in Extreme Conditions

On the software development side of the industry, keeping smart vehicles in their comfort zone does not help reinforce its autonomous features. In order to improve reliability (and safety), the vessels must be exposed to a myriad of unfavorable elements that today’s human-driven cars encounter on a daily basis.

Michael ChengNov 19, 2016 5:30 PM PT

How Will Autonomous Cars Impact the Insurance Sector?

How Will Autonomous Cars Impact the Insurance Sector?

The introduction of driverless cars is expected to reduce collisions by up to 90 percent. And considering that most people living in urban locations leave their cars parked 95 percent of the time (according to Paul Barter, transportation adviser); insurance providers may need to revamp traditional models of insurance to stay relevant.

Michael ChengNov 18, 2016 9:20 PM PT

Tesla’s Gigafactory grows rapidly in size - but what does that mean for EV's?

Tesla’s Gigafactory grows rapidly in size - but what does that mean for EV's?

Tesla recently obtained permits for over $60 million in construction projects at the Gigafactory. The big battery production factory will expand in a fast way, to meet up the company’s aim to finish the construction project by 2020, and start battery cell production in 2017.

ClaireNov 18, 2016 6:25 PM PT