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BMW, Tencent to Open Computing Center in China For Self-Driving Cars

BMW, Tencent to Open Computing Center in China For Self-Driving Cars

German automaker BMW and Chinese internet technology giant Tencent Holdings are teaming up to launch a computing center in China that will help support self-driving cars in the world’s biggest auto market, the companies said on Friday.

Eric WalzJul 19, 2019 1:35 PM PT       

Cars Are Being Reinvented to Keep Up With Autonomous Tech

Cars Are Being Reinvented to Keep Up With Autonomous Tech

Tires, seats, windows, headlights, these are just a few features on cars that are drastically changing to ensure autonomous vehicles are intelligent as possible.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 19, 2019 8:00 AM PT   

Hyundai Develops the World's First Active Shift Control for Hybrid Vehicles

Hyundai Develops the World's First Active Shift Control for Hybrid Vehicles

Hyundai Motor Group has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology. The innovation optimizes transmission efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second, precisely adjusting the transmission rotation speed to for faster shift times.

Eric WalzJul 18, 2019 6:05 PM PT    

BMW Appoints Oliver Zipse as its New CEO as the Carmaker Shifts Focus to Electric & Self-Driving Cars

BMW Appoints Oliver Zipse as its New CEO as the Carmaker Shifts Focus to Electric & Self-Driving Cars

German automaker BMW appointed a new CEO, with hopes that he will guide the company’s future as it shifts its focus to building more electric models and develop advanced technologies such as autonomous driving. Oliver Zipse will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG effective on Aug 16, 2019.

Eric WalzJul 18, 2019 2:50 PM PT

Toyota to Team Up with China’s CATL to Develop Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Toyota to Team Up with China’s CATL to Develop Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp has agreed to partner with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) to supply and develop batteries for new energy vehicles, which in fully-electric and plug-in hybrid models.

FutureCar Staff Jul 17, 2019 4:50 PM PT      

Car-Sharing Platform Turo Raises $250 Million From Media Company IAC

Car-Sharing Platform Turo Raises $250 Million From Media Company IAC

Mobility startup Turo, which allows private owners to rent their vehicles on its car-sharing platform, has raised $250 million in Series E funding from internet and media holding company, IAC (NASDAQ: IAC). IAC said Wednesday the investment would make it the largest shareholder in Turo.

Eric WalzJul 17, 2019 11:20 AM PT     

Toyota Begins Autonomous Driving Tests on Public Roads in Europe

Toyota Begins Autonomous Driving Tests on Public Roads in Europe

After successful test runs in the U.S. and Japan, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announced the beginning of autonomous driving (AD) on public roads in Europe. TME is testing its in-house developed autonomous driving technology in the city center of Brussels, Belgium.

FutureCar Staff Jul 16, 2019 6:30 PM PT     

Tesla Drops its Lower-Priced Model S, X Variants, Cuts Price of Model 3 Sedan

Tesla Drops its Lower-Priced Model S, X Variants, Cuts Price of Model 3 Sedan

In order to streamline its pricing strategy and boost sales of its lineup, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the lower priced variants of the Model X and S will be discontinued. Along with the changes, Tesla announced that it is adjusting prices across the board to simply options for customers.

FutureCar Staff Jul 16, 2019 1:54 PM PT    

Continental AG to Showcase a Low-Voltage 48V Full-Hybrid Solution

Continental AG to Showcase a Low-Voltage 48V Full-Hybrid Solution

Leading German automotive component supplier Continental AG announced that it will use Ford’s Focus hatchback to showcase its all-new 48V full-hybrid technology.

Manish KharintaJul 16, 2019 10:00 AM PT   

BMW China and Beijing-based Mapping Company NavInfo to Develop HD Maps for Autonomous Driving

BMW China and Beijing-based Mapping Company NavInfo to Develop HD Maps for Autonomous Driving

BMW China is looking to expand its autonomous driving in China and is partnering with Beijing-based navigation company NavInfo to develop high-precision maps necessary for driverless cars.

FutureCar Staff Jul 15, 2019 4:30 PM PT     

Lidar Startup Luminar Raises $100 Million in Latest Funding Round, Is Working with 12 of the World’s Largest Automotive Companies

Lidar Startup Luminar Raises $100 Million in Latest Funding Round, Is Working with 12 of the World’s Largest Automotive Companies

Lidar startup Luminar Technologies announced a new $100 million investment and unveiled its new lidar platform called “Iris” for the automotive and commercial truck markets. Iris is a automotive grade low cost lidar solution designed specifically for high-volume production.

Eric WalzJul 15, 2019 1:00 PM PT       

California Bill Could Increase EV Rebates up to $7,500

California Bill Could Increase EV Rebates up to $7,500

Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting’s proposed bill could see rebates for zero-emissions cars trips up to $7,500.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 15, 2019 5:00 AM PT    

An Electric BMW iX3 Might be Launched in the U.S. with a 75 kWh Battery

An Electric BMW iX3 Might be Launched in the U.S. with a 75 kWh Battery

BMW plans on kicking off the expansion of its electrified portfolio with the introduction of its first-ever all-electric SUV next year

Manish KharintaJul 14, 2019 12:20 PM PT

Toyota Testing New Solar Panels to Increase EV Range

Toyota Testing New Solar Panels to Increase EV Range

Toyota, with some help from Sharp and Japanese national research organization NEDO, covered a Prius with its latest solar panels that increase range by 27.7 miles a day.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 14, 2019 7:00 AM PT   

Elon Musk Believes Tesla’s Prices Will Rise When Autonomous Tech Increases

Elon Musk Believes Tesla’s Prices Will Rise When Autonomous Tech Increases

Musk recently took to Twitter to announce that prices for Tesla’s electric cars will “rise significantly” when the vehicles become fully autonomous.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 13, 2019 5:00 AM PT    

Electrify America to Offer Free Charging to Buyers of Harley Davidson’s Electric Livewire Motorcycle

Electrify America to Offer Free Charging to Buyers of Harley Davidson’s Electric Livewire Motorcycle

Electrify America, the company that was formed as restitution for the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S., is opening its EV charging network to buyers of Harley Davidson’s new Livewire electric motorcycle beginning next month.

FutureCar Staff Jul 12, 2019 4:00 PM PT

Volkswagen Investing $2.6 Billion in Ford’s Self-Driving Arm Argo AI and Will Collaborate On Electric & Autonomous Vehicles

Volkswagen Investing $2.6 Billion in Ford’s Self-Driving Arm Argo AI and Will Collaborate On Electric & Autonomous Vehicles

In one of the biggest collaborations between two global automakers and a tech startup, the Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen AG announced today that they will work together on electric and self-driving cars.

Eric WalzJul 12, 2019 10:10 AM PT      

Ford, Volkswagen Promise Details on Electric & Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

Ford, Volkswagen Promise Details on Electric & Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

Automakers Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen AG said on Thursday they are expanding their global alliance. Further details on a technology-sharing agreement are expected to be announced at New York press conference on Friday.

FutureCar Staff Jul 11, 2019 5:42 PM PT   

Ford, VW Tie the Knot to Work on EVs and Autonomous Cars

Ford, VW Tie the Knot to Work on EVs and Autonomous Cars

According to reports, Ford and Volkswagen could expand on their current alliance to include electric cars and self-driving technology.

Vineeth Joel PatelJul 11, 2019 4:00 PM PT     

Tesla Rival Xpeng Motors Launches a More Advanced Version of its G3 Electric SUV

Tesla Rival Xpeng Motors Launches a More Advanced Version of its G3 Electric SUV

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng Motors unveiled its new G3 sport utility vehicle today, which offers a longer range and other technology improvements from the previous model. Xpeng is aiming to compete with Tesla and other domestic automakers in China with its more affordable lineup of advanced electric vehicles.

Eric WalzJul 10, 2019 2:44 PM PT        

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