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BMW to Equip Vehicles With Tactical Sensing Software in 2021 With a New Partnership

BMW to Equip Vehicles With Tactical Sensing Software in 2021 With a New Partnership

German automaker BMW has signed a commercial agreement with Israel-based tactile data and sensing company Tactile Mobility. As part of the partnership, BMW will equip its vehicles with software technology from Tactical Mobility beginning in 2021. The collaboration is one of the first commercial integrations of tactile sensing technology and data by a major automaker.

Eric WalzSep 15, 2020 6:45 PM PT      

China’s Baidu Demonstrates its Apollo Robotaxi Without a Safety Driver Using its 5G-Powered ‘Remote Driving Service’

China’s Baidu Demonstrates its Apollo Robotaxi Without a Safety Driver Using its 5G-Powered ‘Remote Driving Service’

China's tech giant Baidu held its annual Baidu World 2020 conference on Tuesday. The annual event highlights some of the ground breaking technologies that the company has been working on throughout the year. This year’s focus was on how Baidu’s cutting-edge AI technologies and autonomous driving are transforming industries and improving people's everyday lives.

Eric WalzSep 15, 2020 1:00 PM PT       

Mapping Company HERE Technologies Adds AccuWeather to its Maps, EV Drivers Can Now Better Estimate Range Based on Weather Data

Mapping Company HERE Technologies Adds AccuWeather to its Maps, EV Drivers Can Now Better Estimate Range Based on Weather Data

Netherlands-based HERE Technologies, a leading location data and mapping company, today announced that AccuWeather has joined its HERE Marketplace and will offer its weather-related information on HERE's open mapping platform.

FutureCar Staff Sep 14, 2020 6:00 PM PT     

BMW to Double its EV Battery Production in China, Opens a New High-Voltage Battery Center

BMW to Double its EV Battery Production in China, Opens a New High-Voltage Battery Center

German automaker BMW is increasing its battery production capacity in China to meet the growing demand for its partial and fully-electric vehicles, as the automaker gears up to build new fully electric models. The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture has expanded its battery factory in Tiexi with the establishment of a new “High-Voltage Battery Center.”

Eric WalzSep 14, 2020 12:20 PM PT      

A 740 HP Electrified Porsche Panamera May Join the Current Lineup

A 740 HP Electrified Porsche Panamera May Join the Current Lineup

According to industry speculations, German sports car maker Porsche is working on revamping its Panamera nameplate on a major scale. Thomas Friemuth, Vice President of the Porsche Panamera Product Line, recently divulged that a battery-electric version of the luxury sedan could be put in production.

Manish KharintaSep 14, 2020 8:30 AM PT

Waymo Was Able to Test Autonomous Vehicles at Its Fake City During COVID-19

Waymo Was Able to Test Autonomous Vehicles at Its Fake City During COVID-19

It’s one of those times Waymo was probably incredibly happy about its extensive 113-acre self-driving car facility.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 13, 2020 7:45 PM PT  

General Motors Ultium EV Batteries to Feature Wireless Management System

General Motors Ultium EV Batteries to Feature Wireless Management System

The American automaker’s high-tech batteries will feature a new wireless battery management system that should make things easier for GM to manufacture multiple EVs.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 13, 2020 7:30 AM PT    

Panasonic Expanding Footing at Tesla Gigafactory for Improved Battery Capacity

Panasonic Expanding Footing at Tesla Gigafactory for Improved Battery Capacity

Tesla and longtime partner Panasonic are taking another step, as reports indicate that the battery manufacturer is looking to add an additional production line to the automaker’s facility in Nevada.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 12, 2020 7:30 AM PT   

Tesla Plans to Export its China-made Model 3s to Asia & Europe, Sources Say

Tesla Plans to Export its China-made Model 3s to Asia & Europe, Sources Say

Electric automaker Tesla is planning to export Model 3 sedans built at its Shanghai factory to Asia and Europe, according to sources. The first China-built Model 3s for delivery outside the country likely will start mass production in the fourth quarter, Bloomberg reports.

FutureCar Staff Sep 11, 2020 3:15 PM PT     

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development to Form $800 Million Investment Fund for Advanced Mobility

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development to Form $800 Million Investment Fund for Advanced Mobility

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development, Inc. (TRI-AD) announced that it will create an $800 million global growth-stage investment fund called Woven Capital L.P. The new fund will invest in growth-stage companies that are developing innovative technologies and mobility related business models, including autonomous driving technology, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and analytics, connectivity, and smart cities.

Eric WalzSep 11, 2020 11:15 AM PT      

Tesla Launches its New V3 Superchargers in Berlin, With More to Come

Tesla Launches its New V3 Superchargers in Berlin, With More to Come

Tesla demonstrated new V3 supercharger equipment on a Berlin research campus on Thursday. Managers at Tesla said they were looking at more target cities to attract potential buyers in Germany worried about access to EV charging. The more powerful chargers can add 75 miles (120 km) of range to a Model 3 in five minutes.

FutureCar Staff Sep 10, 2020 4:55 PM PT       

Baidu Launches its ‘Apollo Go’ Robotaxi Service in China’s Capital City of Beijing

Baidu Launches its ‘Apollo Go’ Robotaxi Service in China’s Capital City of Beijing

Three weeks after launching its Apollo Go robotaxi service in the Chinese city of Cangzhou, China’s tech giant Baidu Inc. announced that the service has officially launched in the capital city of Beijing. Baidu becomes the first company in Beijing to deploy autonomous robotaxis that are picking up passengers.

Eric WalzSep 10, 2020 1:45 PM PT     

CpK Interior Products is Researching the Use of Graphene to Protect Vehicle Interiors From Extreme Hot & Cold

CpK Interior Products is Researching the Use of Graphene to Protect Vehicle Interiors From Extreme Hot & Cold

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) subsidiary CpK Interior Products Inc is developing light-weight, advanced composites for the next-generation of automotive Interiors. The company is experimenting with the use of graphene in its products for its ability to better withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Eric WalzSep 10, 2020 9:30 AM PT     

Lucid Motors Officially Launches its High-Performance Air Sedan

Lucid Motors Officially Launches its High-Performance Air Sedan

California luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors has officially revealed its Lucid Air high-performance sedan in a global web broadcast from the company’s headquarters in Newark, California. Lucid says its ultra-luxurious Air sedan is the "world's most advanced electric car" and it will define Lucid as a company.

FutureCar Staff Sep 09, 2020 5:00 PM PT    

Volkswagen’s New ID.3 Electric Car Given Low Marks by German Auto Test Publication

Volkswagen’s New ID.3 Electric Car Given Low Marks by German Auto Test Publication

Germany’s leading automotive test publication Auto Motor und Sport​ wrote that Volkswagen's ID.3, the company's first mass market electric car, falls short in some key areas after testing a pre production model. Although the publication praised the ID.3’s ride characteristics and powertrain, it wrote that the ID.3 needs considerable improvements in other areas.

Eric WalzSep 09, 2020 11:50 AM PT   

Tesla Shares Fall 21% After S&P 500 Exclusion & GM Acquires a Stake in Rival Nikola Motor

Tesla Shares Fall 21% After S&P 500 Exclusion & GM Acquires a Stake in Rival Nikola Motor

Tesla's rising stock price has been hit by the unpredictable realities of the financial markets. On Tuesday, U.S. automaker General Motors announced its taking a $2 billion stake in electric truck startup and Tesla rival Nikola Motor Company. The announcement follows last Friday's news that Tesla missed out on being included in the elite S&P 500 stock index, sending its shares down 21.6% today, the biggest one day drop in Tesla's history.

FutureCar Staff Sep 08, 2020 5:00 PM PT     

General Motors Takes $2 Billion Equity Stake in Nikola Motor Co., Will Build its Electric/Fuel Cell Badger Pickup

General Motors Takes $2 Billion Equity Stake in Nikola Motor Co., Will Build its Electric/Fuel Cell Badger Pickup

Electric truck startup and Tesla rival Nikola Motor Company has signed a strategic partnership with U.S. automaker General Motors to build its Badger electric and fuel cell pickup truck. The Nikola Badger is the world's first truck with a hydrogen fuel cell or battery-power option.

Eric WalzSep 08, 2020 12:15 PM PT    

Here’s What You Need to Know About Volkswagen’s All-New Golf eHybrid & GTE

Here’s What You Need to Know About Volkswagen’s All-New Golf eHybrid & GTE

Volkswagen introduced two new plug-in hybrid variants of the upcoming MK8 Golf hatchback—the GTE and eHybrid. Here's what you need to know.

Manish KharintaSep 08, 2020 9:00 AM PT

IIHS Study Finds AEB Reduces Semi-Truck Rear-End Crashes by Over 40 Percent


IIHS Study Finds AEB Reduces Semi-Truck Rear-End Crashes by Over 40 Percent


Automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning proved to be incredibly helpful for semi-trucks, as an IIHS study found that they could eliminate two out of five crashes.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 07, 2020 7:25 AM PT  

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Comes With Built-In Level 3 Autonomy

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Comes With Built-In Level 3 Autonomy

In traditional fashion, Mercedes-Benz has packed its all-new 2021 S-Class with cutting-edge features, which includes a Level 3 autonomous system that’s called Drive Pilot.

Vineeth Joel PatelSep 06, 2020 7:00 AM PT   

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