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How Mercedes Benz is Keeping Drivers Safe Using ‘Car-to-X’ Communication Technology

How Mercedes Benz is Keeping Drivers Safe Using ‘Car-to-X’ Communication Technology

One of the more recent technologies to emerge for passenger cars is vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communications. Beginning in 2017, all Mercedes-Benz E-Class models have come standard with the automaker’s Car-to-X communication technology. The feature is now showing up in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.

Eric WalzMay 28, 2020 1:15 PM PT       

Amazon in Advanced Talks to Buy Silicon Valley Self-Driving Startup Zoox, Reports Say

Amazon in Advanced Talks to Buy Silicon Valley Self-Driving Startup Zoox, Reports Say

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy self-driving startup Zoox, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. If completed, the deal would set the stage for Amazon to develop its own autonomous delivery platform instead of relying on UPS, FedEX or the United States Postal Service (USPS) to deliver the bulk of its online orders.

FutureCar Staff May 27, 2020 3:30 PM PT     

China’s Baidu Completes its ‘Apollo Park’, the World’s Largest Autonomous Driving & Intelligent Vehicle Testing Site

China’s Baidu Completes its ‘Apollo Park’, the World’s Largest Autonomous Driving & Intelligent Vehicle Testing Site

The world’s largest intelligent vehicle infrastructure cooperative System (IVICS) has been completed in China, internet giant Baidu announced on Tuesday. The comprehensive test site is called “Apollo Park” and will support the development of autonomous vehicles as part of Baidu's open Apollo platform.

Eric WalzMay 27, 2020 12:15 PM PT       

Tesla is Cutting its Vehicle Prices in North America & China, Model 3 Now Starts at $37,990 in the U.S.

Tesla is Cutting its Vehicle Prices in North America & China, Model 3 Now Starts at $37,990 in the U.S.

California electric automaker Tesla said on Wednesday it will cut prices of its electric vehicles in North America and China as the company ramps up production at its Fremont, California, factory after the easing of coronavirus lockdowns.

Eric WalzMay 27, 2020 7:00 AM PT     

Continental Signs Agreement With Pioneer to Develop an Integrated High-Performance Vehicle Cockpit

Continental Signs Agreement With Pioneer to Develop an Integrated High-Performance Vehicle Cockpit

One of the world’s biggest automotive component suppliers Continental is teaming up with electronics company Pioneer to develop a high-performance cockpit computer that integrates all of the driver information and infotainment systems in a single unit. As part of the partnership, Pioneer will provide the entire infotainment subdomain and Continental will integrate it into a high-performance cockpit for production vehicles.

Eric WalzMay 26, 2020 12:45 PM PT     

The First 'Polestar Spaces' in the U.S. Are Opening in California & New York City

The First 'Polestar Spaces' in the U.S. Are Opening in California & New York City

Volvo's new electric performance brand Polestar announced that the first of its physical retail stores called "Polestar Spaces" will be coming to the U.S. in New York City and California.

Manish KharintaMay 25, 2020 11:30 AM PT    

Production of Mazda MX-30 EV Begins in Japan

Production of Mazda MX-30 EV Begins in Japan

Mazda has officially started production on its first electric car, the MX-30 crossover.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 24, 2020 9:00 AM PT   

Ford Delays Launches of Bronco, Mustang Mach-E, and F-150

Ford Delays Launches of Bronco, Mustang Mach-E, and F-150

Because of delays brought on by the coronavirus, Ford has had to delay the release of a few of its important vehicles by a few months – the same amount of time plants were idle because of the pandemic.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 23, 2020 1:00 AM PT   

Waymo’s Chief Safety Officer is Stepping Down From Her Role

Waymo’s Chief Safety Officer is Stepping Down From Her Role

Debbie Hersman, is stepping down from her role as Waymo’s Chief Safety Officer, a position she's held since 2019. However, Waymo said that she will remain as a consultant to the autonomous driving arm of parent Alphabet Inc.

FutureCar Staff May 22, 2020 4:00 PM PT    

Pony.ai Given Green Light to Carry Passengers in its Robotaxis in China

Pony.ai Given Green Light to Carry Passengers in its Robotaxis in China

Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai, which was founded in Fremont, California with the goal of building the safest and most reliable autonomous driving technology, has been granted permission by local authorities in Beijing to pick up passengers in its robotaxis.

Eric WalzMay 22, 2020 11:00 AM PT    

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is Providing ‘Aerospace Ride-Sharing’ to San Francisco-based Earth Imaging Company Planet Labs

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is Providing ‘Aerospace Ride-Sharing’ to San Francisco-based Earth Imaging Company Planet Labs

San Francisco-based private Earth-imaging company Planet Labs is using SpaceX’s "aerospace ride-share" launch service to deploy its next 6 SkySat satellites into Low Earth Orbit.

Manish KharintaMay 21, 2020 12:30 PM PT     

Just Days After Reopening, Ford Motor Co Temporarily Closes 2 Assembly Plants

Just Days After Reopening, Ford Motor Co Temporarily Closes 2 Assembly Plants

Ford Motor Co temporarily closed its Dearborn, Michigan, plant due to a positive COVID-19 test by one worker, while its Chicago assembly plant was closed due to a parts shortage, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said to Reuters on Wednesday.

Eric WalzMay 21, 2020 7:00 AM PT

General Motors Begins Site Prep on its $2.3 Billion Joint Venture EV Battery Plant in Ohio

General Motors Begins Site Prep on its $2.3 Billion Joint Venture EV Battery Plant in Ohio

General Motors has started site preparations for its new joint venture electric vehicle battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio. The plant will produce the advanced Ultium battery cells for GM’s future electric vehicles together with South Korean battery maker LG Chem.

FutureCar Staff May 20, 2020 2:00 PM PT      

Electric Vehicle Sales Are Expected to Fall by 18% in 2020, But the Long Term Outlook Remains Positive

Electric Vehicle Sales Are Expected to Fall by 18% in 2020, But the Long Term Outlook Remains Positive

The recent ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a dent in the sales of EVs for the first time in a decade, disrupting the upward sales trend. According to new research from BloombergNEF (BNEF), sales of electric passenger vehicles are forecast to fall by 18% in 2020, to 1.7 million vehicles worldwide. However, the long-term electrification of transport is projected to accelerate in the next decade and beyond as battery technology improves and the price of electric vehicles falls.

FutureCar Staff May 19, 2020 4:30 PM PT   

CEO of Intel-Owned Mobileye Expects a Big Consolidation of Autonomous Driving Technology

CEO of Intel-Owned Mobileye Expects a Big Consolidation of Autonomous Driving Technology

In the race to develop autonomous driving technology, it might be more beneficial if companies collaborate, instead of trying to compete with one another developing overlapping technology, according to Amnon Shashua, CEO of Mobileye, the computer vision company purchased by chipmaker Intel for $15.3 billion in 2017.

Eric WalzMay 19, 2020 11:00 AM PT     

U.S. Automakers Resume Vehicle Production, with New Safety Protocols in Place

U.S. Automakers Resume Vehicle Production, with New Safety Protocols in Place

​On Monday, General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) resumed production at their U.S. factories for the first time in nearly two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eric WalzMay 18, 2020 3:00 PM PT       

Ford Mustang Mach-E Coming With Over-the-Air Updates

Ford Mustang Mach-E Coming With Over-the-Air Updates

To ensure owners of the Mach-E always have an up-to-date vehicle, Ford will introduce over-the-air updates for the electric SUV.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 17, 2020 7:00 AM PT  

FCA’s Plan to Restart Factories Includes Extensive Safety Measures

FCA’s Plan to Restart Factories Includes Extensive Safety Measures

When FCA workers return to factories on May 18, they’ll be put through more safety measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Vineeth Joel PatelMay 16, 2020 12:00 PM PT   

Ford Announces Improved Ranges for the Mach-E Electric SUV After 10 Minutes of DC Fast Charging

Ford Announces Improved Ranges for the Mach-E Electric SUV After 10 Minutes of DC Fast Charging

The estimated range after DC fast-charging times of approximately 10 minutes have been updated by around 30% for Ford's fully-electric Mustang-inspired Mach-E SUV.

FutureCar Staff May 15, 2020 10:30 AM PT      

Waymo Develops a Machine Learning Model to Predict the Behavior of Other Road Users for its Self-Driving Vehicles

Waymo Develops a Machine Learning Model to Predict the Behavior of Other Road Users for its Self-Driving Vehicles

To help Waymo's driving vehicles make better predictions, the company developed a new machine learning model called “VectorNet”, that provides more accurate behavior predictions than a traditional convolutional neural network, the company says. VectorNet essentially takes a highly complex scene and simplifies it using vectors so it can be processed with less computing power.

Eric WalzMay 14, 2020 5:30 PM PT      

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