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Ford Motor Company is Using Simulation to Design the Passenger Experience for its Future Self-Driving Vehicles

Ford Motor Company is Using Simulation to Design the Passenger Experience for its Future Self-Driving Vehicles

In the industry's race to develop self-driving vehicles, most legacy automakers are getting a little extra help from tech companies. One company is Quantum Signal AI. The Michigan-based Ford subsidiary is building simulation tools that are helping Ford understand, test and validate its autonomous vehicles.

Eric WalzMar 05, 2020 5:45 PM PT

Luxury Electric Car Startup Lucid Motors Shares its Direct to Customer Sales Strategy

Luxury Electric Car Startup Lucid Motors Shares its Direct to Customer Sales Strategy

California electric luxury car startup Lucid Motors continues its plans to take on Tesla with its high tech and luxurious Lucid Air sedan. The company is preparing its retail sales and service network, which will consist of “Lucid Studio” showrooms where customers can experience the Air sedan in virtual reality and have questions answered by Lucid product experts.

FutureCar Staff Mar 05, 2020 11:00 AM PT      

The Former Head of Uber ATG Must Pay Google $179 Million to Settle Dispute Over Stolen Trade Secrets

The Former Head of Uber ATG Must Pay Google $179 Million to Settle Dispute Over Stolen Trade Secrets

Anthony Levandowski, the former head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, was ordered to pay $179 million to settle a dispute with Google over stolen trade secrets, according to a court order on Wednesday.

FutureCar Staff Mar 04, 2020 4:55 PM PT      

General Motors Announces a $20 Billion Investment Electrification and Reveals its New Global EV Platform as the Automaker Looks to Take on Tesla

General Motors Announces a $20 Billion Investment Electrification and Reveals its New Global EV Platform as the Automaker Looks to Take on Tesla

U.S. automaker General Motors announced today it’s making a $20 billion investment by 2025 in electrification, including new EV architecture, new models and battery cell development. The announcement was part of the automaker’s “EV Day”, an event where GM shared its strategy to grow its electric vehicle sales and transition towards an electric future.

Eric WalzMar 04, 2020 12:00 PM PT      

Ford Motor Company Announces a Fully-Electric Transit Van, it Will Debut as a 2022 Model

Ford Motor Company Announces a Fully-Electric Transit Van, it Will Debut as a 2022 Model

Ford Motor Company's Transit van is going fully-electric and will join the upcoming electric Mustang-inspired Mach-E SUV and F-150 pickup as Ford’s latest fully-electric models in development.

FutureCar Staff Mar 03, 2020 5:00 PM PT     

BMW Reveals its Fully-Electric 530 HP Concept i4 Sedan, the First of Many New Electrified Models

BMW Reveals its Fully-Electric 530 HP Concept i4 Sedan, the First of Many New Electrified Models

The fully-electric BMW Concept i4 was unveiled in a “virtual world premier” in Munich on Tuesday. The i4 one of the most anticipated new electric models from any automaker and will be available in 2021.

Eric WalzMar 03, 2020 10:30 AM PT    

Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo, the self-driving division of Parent Alphabet, announced on Monday it raised $2.25 billion in its first ever external funding round. Waymo spun out of Google’s early self-driving car project, which was one of the first efforts to develop self-driving cars over a decade ago.

Eric WalzMar 02, 2020 3:30 PM PT     

EV Charging Operator EVgo Announces the Opening of its 800th Fast Charging Location

EV Charging Operator EVgo Announces the Opening of its 800th Fast Charging Location

EV charging infrastructure operator EVgo announced today the opening of its 800th fast charging location in the U.S. with more on the way. All 800 fast chargers are currently online and open to the public.

Eric WalzMar 02, 2020 1:00 PM PT    

MIT Researchers Working on Way to Make Autonomous Cars Better in Inclement Weather

MIT Researchers Working on Way to Make Autonomous Cars Better in Inclement Weather

LiDAR, cameras, and sensors can be rendered useless by poor weather, but researchers at MIT believe that they have a new system that can fix the issue.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 02, 2020 6:00 AM PT  

Hyundai's Kona Electric SUV Will Get a Range Boost to 301 Miles Starting This Month

Hyundai's Kona Electric SUV Will Get a Range Boost to 301 Miles Starting This Month

The range of the Hyundai Kona electric with the 64 kWh battery will be increased to 301 miles for all units manufactured after March 2020.

Manish KharintaMar 01, 2020 3:00 PM PT

University of Michigan Finds Ways to Maximize Lithium-Ion Battery Life

University of Michigan Finds Ways to Maximize Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Looking to get the most out of your electric vehicle’s battery pack? Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study that ended up with a list of best practices to preserve a lithium-ion battery as long as possible.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 01, 2020 6:00 AM PT   

Tesla’s New Mega Battery Pack Could Boost Range to 400 Miles

Tesla’s New Mega Battery Pack Could Boost Range to 400 Miles

Tesla already leads the entire industry when it comes to electric-vehicle range, but the electric automaker’s currently working on a 110-kWh battery pack that would bring even more range to its vehicles. 

Vineeth Joel PatelFeb 29, 2020 6:00 AM PT    

Coronavirus Fears Lead to the Cancellation of the Geneva Auto Show, Leaving Automakers Scrambling for Alternative Ways to Show Off Their New Models

Coronavirus Fears Lead to the Cancellation of the Geneva Auto Show, Leaving Automakers Scrambling for Alternative Ways to Show Off Their New Models

The outbreak of the Coronavirus prompted the cancellation of this year’s Geneva auto show, as countries around the world work to contain the virus. On Friday, Switzerland banned large events expected to draw more than 1,000 people in an effort to control the virus.

FutureCar Staff Feb 28, 2020 4:45 PM PT     

Porsche Invests in Audio Processing Company DSP Concepts to Create Signature Sounds for its Vehicles

Porsche Invests in Audio Processing Company DSP Concepts to Create Signature Sounds for its Vehicles

Porsche has purchased a stake in Silicon Valley-based audio processing company DSP Concepts, Inc. The company specializes in developing software for audio signal processing and audio algorithms that lets automakers digitally enhance the sound of their vehicles.

Eric WalzFeb 28, 2020 1:00 PM PT       

Lexus is Working on a Driver Assist System to Rival Cadillac’s Super Cruise

Lexus is Working on a Driver Assist System to Rival Cadillac’s Super Cruise

Tired of falling behind the competition that already has advanced driver-assist systems on luxury vehicles, Lexus President Koji Sato laid out what’s coming in the automaker’s future.

Vineeth Joel PatelFeb 28, 2020 10:15 AM PT   

GM’s Self-Driving Arm Cruise Granted Permit to Pick Up Passengers in its Robotaxis in California

GM’s Self-Driving Arm Cruise Granted Permit to Pick Up Passengers in its Robotaxis in California

Cruise LLC, the self-driving arm of General Motors, was granted a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission to carry passengers in its self-driving vehicles in the state. Cruise joins six other companies with a permit in California to carry passengers in self-driving vehicles, including Waymo, the company that spun out of Google’s self-driving car project.

FutureCar Staff Feb 27, 2020 4:05 PM PT      

Einride is Hiring the First ‘Remote Autonomous Truck Operator’ in the Industry

Einride is Hiring the First ‘Remote Autonomous Truck Operator’ in the Industry

While advances in technology and automation are replacing jobs once performed by humans, progress also creates new opportunities, offering people a chance to learn and apply new skills to take on high-tech roles. Swedish autonomous transport startup Einride believes that autonomous driving technology will create entirely new job categories and the company announced today that it hired the first “remote autonomous truck operator” in the freight mobility space.

Eric WalzFeb 27, 2020 10:15 AM PT    

Autonomous Driving Startup Pony.ai Receives $400 Million Investment from Toyota

Autonomous Driving Startup Pony.ai Receives $400 Million Investment from Toyota

Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai announced today it received a $400 million investment from Toyota. The investment will help to strengthen and expand its collaboration with Toyota on self-driving cars.

FutureCar Staff Feb 26, 2020 3:45 PM PT     

Electric Truck Startup Lordstown Motors Gets its First Order From Utility Company FirstEnergy

Electric Truck Startup Lordstown Motors Gets its First Order From Utility Company FirstEnergy

Electric truck startup Lordstown Motors already has a customer its first vehicle—a fully-electric pickup. Electric utility company FirstEnergy has agreed to buy 250 Endurance pickup trucks from the company.

Eric WalzFeb 26, 2020 11:15 AM PT     

The NHTSA Orders Self-Driving Shuttle Operator EasyMile to Cease Operations in 10 U.S. States Over Safety Concerns

The NHTSA Orders Self-Driving Shuttle Operator EasyMile to Cease Operations in 10 U.S. States Over Safety Concerns

Self-driving startup EasyMile was ordered to suspend its autonomous shuttle operations in the U.S. today after a passenger was injured last summer after one of the company’s vehicles made a sudden stop. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered French-based EasyMile to suspend its operations while the agency investigates the incident.

FutureCar Staff Feb 25, 2020 3:45 PM PT     

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