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TuSimple Develops a Long-Range Camera for Autonomous Trucks That Works at Night

TuSimple Develops a Long-Range Camera for Autonomous Trucks That Works at Night

At this week’s Nvidia’s annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose the company announced a night vision upgrade to its long-range camera-based perception system. The new feature will allow autonomous trucks to operate day and night, increasing the utilization and safety of truck fleets.

FutureCar Staff Mar 20, 2019 10:37 AM PT       

Lidar Startups Innoviz & Ouster Raise Millions to Supply Tech for Self-Driving Cars

Lidar Startups Innoviz & Ouster Raise Millions to Supply Tech for Self-Driving Cars

While much of the auto and tech industry focuses on developing self-driving cars, demand for the hardware components that make autonomous driving possible is also increasing. Two emerging lidar startups announced this week they raised millions in new funding to supply the laser technology.

Eric WalzMar 19, 2019 7:10 PM PT

NVIDIA to Partner with Toyota Research Institute AD to Develop Self-Driving Vehicles

NVIDIA to Partner with Toyota Research Institute AD to Develop Self-Driving Vehicles

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang delivered the opening keynote at Nvidia’s annual GTC conference in Silicon Valley on Monday to share some of the advanced projects his company is working on. Among yesterday's major announcements is a new partnership between Nvidia and the Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development (TRI-AD) to develop, train and validate self-driving vehicles.

FutureCar Staff Mar 19, 2019 11:23 AM PT        

Ford Develops Lighting Signals for Driverless Cars to ‘Speak’ to Pedestrians

Ford Develops Lighting Signals for Driverless Cars to ‘Speak’ to Pedestrians

During the trials, researchers manually drove the vehicles and concealed themselves as a car seat (in order to mimic driverless cars on public roads). The most effective light color that emerged from the study was turquoise.

Michael ChengMar 19, 2019 6:00 AM PT

A New Startup Aims to be a ‘Designated Driver’ for Autonomous Vehicles in Need of Assistance

A New Startup Aims to be a ‘Designated Driver’ for Autonomous Vehicles in Need of Assistance

A new startup has emerged from stealth today called Designated Driver. The company offers roadside assistance to self-driving vehicles by using a remote teleoperator that is able to control a vehicle from miles away.

Eric WalzMar 18, 2019 8:00 AM PT    

Fisker to Announce $40,000 Electric Vehicle

Fisker to Announce $40,000 Electric Vehicle

The Danish auto designer’s taste for clean features and quality exterior builds suggest its upcoming EV will incorporate sleek automotive components.

Michael ChengMar 17, 2019 6:00 AM PT

Tesla Model S Wagon Displayed in Geneva

Tesla Model S Wagon Displayed in Geneva

A custom Tesla Model S Wagon (aka Shooting Brake) draws stares at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mia BevacquaMar 16, 2019 12:55 PM PT

Ford to Expand Autonomous Program to Texas Before Launching Taxi Service

Ford to Expand Autonomous Program to Texas Before Launching Taxi Service

The American automaker already has autonomous cars testing in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Miami, but will soon spread to Austin, Texas.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 16, 2019 10:00 AM PT     

Tesla’s Model Y Launch Completes the Company’s 'S3XY' Lineup

Tesla’s Model Y Launch Completes the Company’s 'S3XY' Lineup

Tesla has officially unveiled its highly anticipated electric crossover SUV, the Model Y.

Manish KharintaMar 16, 2019 6:00 AM PT

U.S. Regulators Seeking Public Opinion on Driverless Cars Without Steering Wheels or Brake Pedals

U.S. Regulators Seeking Public Opinion on Driverless Cars Without Steering Wheels or Brake Pedals

Will the general public feel safe sharing the road with driverless vehicles without steering wheels or brake pedals, including being a passenger in one of these autonomous vehicles? More importantly, are these cars actually safe? These are some of the questions regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want answered and the agency is asking the public for their comments.

FutureCar Staff Mar 15, 2019 12:49 PM PT    

Next-Gen Fiat 500 Poised to Go All Electric

Next-Gen Fiat 500 Poised to Go All Electric

After seven long model years, Fiat is finally planning to replace the Fiat 500e with an all-new model.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 15, 2019 6:00 AM PT      

Tesla Unveils the Model Y, the Company’s First Electric Crossover SUV

Tesla Unveils the Model Y, the Company’s First Electric Crossover SUV

Tesla will unveil its much anticipated Model Y electric crossover SUV tonight at the company’s design center in California. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised that a crossover model will join its lineup and the wait to see it is finally over.

Eric WalzMar 14, 2019 5:18 PM PT    

Toyota to Invest $13 Billion in U.S. Manufacturing Over 5 Years with a Focus on Electric & Hybrid Technology

Toyota to Invest $13 Billion in U.S. Manufacturing Over 5 Years with a Focus on Electric & Hybrid Technology

Toyota is investing billions to expand its U.S. production to support new models. The world's biggest automaker announced it will invest $13 billion over five years with a new commitment to new technologies such as electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

FutureCar Staff Mar 14, 2019 1:30 PM PT     

Report Claims Uber’s Autonomous Car Program Was Going Through $20 Million per Month

Report Claims Uber’s Autonomous Car Program Was Going Through $20 Million per Month

In order to reach its lofty goals, Uber’s self-driving arm was burning through $20 million a month – all in the name of developing technology for autonomous vehicles.

Vineeth Joel PatelMar 14, 2019 6:00 AM PT    

The Trump Administration Says Ending the EV Tax Credit Will Save Taxpayers $2.5 Billion, Automakers Want it Extended

The Trump Administration Says Ending the EV Tax Credit Will Save Taxpayers $2.5 Billion, Automakers Want it Extended

The Trump administration’s new budget proposal is seeking to eliminate the federal EV tax credit on the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles in the U.S. Critics say the move will cause electric vehicles sales in to fall in the U.S.

Eric WalzMar 13, 2019 5:44 PM PT     

Drones Vital to Effective Emergency Response in Disaster Zones

Drones Vital to Effective Emergency Response in Disaster Zones

Like autonomous vehicles, drones have the potential to enhance a myriad of essential services – from last-mile deliveries to law enforcement surveillance and emergency services.

Michael ChengMar 13, 2019 6:00 AM PT

Volkswagen CEO Says Software Will Be the Next Innovation in the Auto Industry

Volkswagen CEO Says Software Will Be the Next Innovation in the Auto Industry

In the future, software will become the heart of a vehicle, according to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Deiss. Speaking at Volkswagen’s annual press conference in Wolfsburg, the VW CEO said that “Software will account for 90 percent of future innovations in the car.”

Eric WalzMar 12, 2019 5:30 PM PT     

Kandi's Electric K22 and EX3 Approved for $7,500 Federal EV Tax Credit in 2020

Kandi's Electric K22 and EX3 Approved for $7,500 Federal EV Tax Credit in 2020

Chinese electric automaker Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI) announced that the company's fully-electric K22 and EX3 models will be eligible for the U.S. federal EV tax credit of up to $7,500 beginning next year. Kandi builds its electric vehicles in a joint venture with China’s Geely, the parent company of Swedish automaker Volvo.

FutureCar Staff Mar 12, 2019 11:06 AM PT        

GM’s Self-Driving Division Cruise Plans to Double in Size by Year End

GM’s Self-Driving Division Cruise Plans to Double in Size by Year End

Cruise Automation​, the San-Francisco startup acquired by General Motors in 2016, has plans to double in size this year. To help with its expansion, the self-driving arm of GM hired Arden Hoffman, who previously worked at file-hosting company Dropbox and helped guide the company to its 2018 IPO.

FutureCar Staff Mar 11, 2019 7:05 PM PT

Tesla Reverses Decision to Shut Down All of its Retail Stores, Will Keep Some Open & Raise Prices

Tesla Reverses Decision to Shut Down All of its Retail Stores, Will Keep Some Open & Raise Prices

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a surprising announcement the the electric automaker would close all of its retail locations and move vehicle sales to online-only in a cost cutting move. Now Tesla is backtracking on its decision. Tesla said it will keep half of its retail locations open and raise prices by 3 percent for its high-end models.

FutureCar Staff Mar 11, 2019 2:29 PM PT      

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