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Amazon-owned Self-driving Startup Zoox Reveals its Compact 4-Passenger Robotaxi

Amazon-owned Self-driving Startup Zoox Reveals its Compact 4-Passenger Robotaxi

Amazon owned self-driving startup Zoox has unveiled its autonomous passenger shuttle. The fully-functional, futuristic self-driving vehicle was purposefully built from the ground up by Zoox for commercial use as part of a robotaxi service.

Eric WalzDec 14, 2020 4:15 PM PT      

Mercedes Benz Shares Product Roadmap for its New Electric EQ Brand, 6 New Battery-powered Models Coming by 2022

Mercedes Benz Shares Product Roadmap for its New Electric EQ Brand, 6 New Battery-powered Models Coming by 2022

On Monday, German automaker Mercedes Benz provided an update of its electrification plans and where each of the new battery-powered models will be built. The EV portfolio will include six new electric Mercedes-EQ models by 2022, which will be built in Germany, the U.S. and China. Production of the new EQA SUV is already underway, the company said.

Eric WalzDec 14, 2020 10:15 AM PT    

Toyota Confirms a New Battery-Powered EV Coming for Europe

Toyota Confirms a New Battery-Powered EV Coming for Europe

This very well could be the electric vehicle that Toyota will build in partnership with Subaru.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 14, 2020 6:40 AM PT    

Amazon-backed Rivian Announces Plans to Build its Own EV Charging Network

Amazon-backed Rivian Announces Plans to Build its Own EV Charging Network

Unlike other automakers and major electric charging companies, Rivian is looking to introduce new charging stations in adventurous locations for owners looking to take their EVs off-road. 

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 13, 2020 7:45 AM PT   

GM's Super Cruise Hands-Free Driving Feature Coming to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

GM's Super Cruise Hands-Free Driving Feature Coming to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

With Ford announcing that the F-150 is going to get similar hands-off technology, it looks like General Motors doesn’t want to fall behind in the pickup truck wars.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 12, 2020 7:45 AM PT    

U.S.-listed Electric Vehicle Startup NIO Inc. to Offer 60 Million American Depositary Shares

U.S.-listed Electric Vehicle Startup NIO Inc. to Offer 60 Million American Depositary Shares

​Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO Inc. plans to issue another 60 million American depositary shares (ADSs). Each ADS represents one Class A ordinary share. The company intends to grant the underwriters in the ADS offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 9 million ADSs. The company's share are listed on the NYSE under the symbol "NIO".

FutureCar Staff Dec 11, 2020 3:00 PM PT      

Lidar Startup Innoviz Technologies to Go Public in a $1.4 Billion SPAC Deal, Shares Will be Listed on the NASDAQ

Lidar Startup Innoviz Technologies to Go Public in a $1.4 Billion SPAC Deal, Shares Will be Listed on the NASDAQ

Lidar startup Innoviz Technologies is set to become the third lidar company to go public in recent months in a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Collective Growth Corporation. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. The combined company is expected to have an estimated equity value of approximately $1.4 billion and to be listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “INVZ”.

Eric WalzDec 11, 2020 12:30 PM PT      

Hyundai Announces its Updated ‘Strategy 2025’, a Bold Plan Which Includes Supplying Up to 10% of the World’s EVs

Hyundai Announces its Updated ‘Strategy 2025’, a Bold Plan Which Includes Supplying Up to 10% of the World’s EVs

South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co announced its updated five-year plan called “Strategy 2025” that will transform the company into one of the world’s leading mobility providers and largest manufacturers of electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. Hyundai aggressive plans include supplying 8-10% of the world’s electric vehicles by 2025.

FutureCar Staff Dec 10, 2020 4:30 PM PT      

Silicon Valley-based DSP Concepts Announces Investment from SUBARU-SBI Innovation Fund to Accelerate In-Vehicle Audio & Voice Controls

Silicon Valley-based DSP Concepts Announces Investment from SUBARU-SBI Innovation Fund to Accelerate In-Vehicle Audio & Voice Controls

Silicon Valley-based digital audio processing company DSP Concepts announced an investment from the SUBARU-SBI Innovation Fund, a joint venture between automaker Subaru and Japan’s SBI Investment Co. The company is most recognized for its Audio Weaver software platform, which is designed to help to automakers create audio interfaces or add custom sounds to vehicles, including EVs.

Eric WalzDec 10, 2020 12:45 PM PT      

GM’s Autonomous Driving Division Cruise Deploys its Self-driving Vehicles in San Francisco Without Human Backup

GM’s Autonomous Driving Division Cruise Deploys its Self-driving Vehicles in San Francisco Without Human Backup

GM’s Autonomous Driving Division Cruise said it was deploying five self-driving vehicles in San Francisco without human backup drivers. Cruise chief executive Dan Ammann made the announcement in a conference call Wednesday morning. Cruise was granted a permit in October that allows it to test autonomous vehicles in the city without a driver behind the wheel.

Eric WalzDec 09, 2020 4:05 PM PT      

Tesla’s Autopilot is Rated as the Best Advanced Driver Assistance System in China

Tesla’s Autopilot is Rated as the Best Advanced Driver Assistance System in China

A recent survey conducted by the automotive test outlet 42HOW in China has declared Tesla’s Autopilot feature as the best automated driving system on the market in China with a total score of 283 out of a 335. The Model 3 managed to set a substantial lead over the first runner-up the BMW X5, which received 208 points respectively. Seventh place was the Cadillac CT6 with a score of 129.5.

Manish KharintaDec 09, 2020 2:50 PM PT      

Toyota Launches the Redesigned Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan, Reaffirming the Company’s Commitment to Hydrogen Power

Toyota Launches the Redesigned Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan, Reaffirming the Company’s Commitment to Hydrogen Power

On Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp launched the completely redesigned hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and its available from Toyota dealers in Japan starting today. The redesigned Toyota Mirai sedan was first unveiled as a concept vehicle at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. At the event, Toyota provided an early glimpse of the advances it has made with the new Mirai, including technical design improvements, a longer range and a more spacious interior.

FutureCar Staff Dec 09, 2020 11:45 AM PT     

Electric Vehicle Startup Xpeng Motors Plans to Sell Another 40 Million American Depositary Shares as Investor Interest Remains High

Electric Vehicle Startup Xpeng Motors Plans to Sell Another 40 Million American Depositary Shares as Investor Interest Remains High

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng Motors plans to sell another 40 million American Depositary Shares (ADS) to the public, which represent 80 million Class A ordinary shares. The offering comes as companies developing electric vehicles and other related technology continue to be hot stocks for investors. Xpeng launched its U.S. IPO in August. The company’s shares are listed on the NYSE under the stock symbol "XPEV”.

FutureCar Staff Dec 08, 2020 5:30 PM PT       

 Volkswagen-backed Battery Startup QuantumScape Develops Solid State Technology With the Potential to Increase EV Range by 80%

Volkswagen-backed Battery Startup QuantumScape Develops Solid State Technology With the Potential to Increase EV Range by 80%

Silicon Valley-based solid state developer and newly listed public company QuantumScape Corp. has shared the performance data of its advanced solid-state lithium-metal EV battery design for the first time on Tuesday. The company’s solid state batteries have the potential to increase an EVs range by 80% from the current lithium ion batteries in use today, as well as offering 15-minute charging times.

Eric WalzDec 08, 2020 1:05 PM PT

Uber Sells its Autonomous Driving Unit to Aurora for $4 Billion

Uber Sells its Autonomous Driving Unit to Aurora for $4 Billion

Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. is abandoning its internal efforts to develop self-driving vehicles and selling off its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) division and assets to California autonomous driving startup Aurora for $4 billion. As part of the deal, Uber will transfer its entire 1,200-employee ATG unit to Aurora. Uber will also invest $400 million in Aurora.

Eric WalzDec 07, 2020 6:40 PM PT       

China’s Baidu Granted Permit to Deploy Self-Driving Vehicles in Beijing Without Human Backup

China’s Baidu Granted Permit to Deploy Self-Driving Vehicles in Beijing Without Human Backup

On Friday, China's Baidu said it was granted a permit to deploy self-driving vehicles on public roads in Beijing without human backup drivers. The vehicles are being tested for Baidu’s planned commercial robotaxi service called “Apollo Go.” Baidu said obtaining the driverless testing permit in Beijing is a breakthrough that will help the company accelerate the large-scale deployment of autonomous driving technology across China.

Eric WalzDec 07, 2020 1:00 PM PT      

Waymo to Open New Autonomous Testing Facility in Ohio

Waymo to Open New Autonomous Testing Facility in Ohio

The facility is being built in partnership with the Transportation Research Center and will help the company test its vehicles in more diverse weather conditions and complex urban situations.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 07, 2020 7:15 AM PT   

Ford Wants Other Automakers to Back California's Emission Regulations

Ford Wants Other Automakers to Back California's Emission Regulations

After General Motors made an unexpected U-turn last month, Ford is now telling other automakers to back a possible California emissions deal before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 06, 2020 7:30 AM PT    

Honda to Stop Selling Gasoline-Only-Powered Cars in Europe by 2022

Honda to Stop Selling Gasoline-Only-Powered Cars in Europe by 2022

Honda is aiming to have its entire lineup of vehicles in Europe to offer some type of electrification by the end of 2022. The automaker hasn’t stated whether it will take the same steps in the U.S.

Vineeth Joel PatelDec 05, 2020 7:55 AM PT   

Nissan Joins General Motors in Backing California’s Stricter Emission Rules for Motor Vehicles

Nissan Joins General Motors in Backing California’s Stricter Emission Rules for Motor Vehicles

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. has joined General Motors in exiting a group of automakers that had backed U.S. President Donald Trump in his bid to prevent California from imposing its own vehicle emissions rules. Nissan initially sided with the Trump administration on loosening the fuel economy standards, but after GM reversed its stance last week, Nissan is following the company's lead.

FutureCar Staff Dec 04, 2020 5:00 PM PT      

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