Originally hailing from New Jersey, Eric is a automotive & technology reporter covering the high-tech industry here in Silicon Valley. He has over 15 years of automotive experience and a bachelors degree in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the auto industry and beyond. He has worked at Uber on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology.
China’s EV Startup Xpeng Unveils the Beta Version of its Advanced Self-Driving Feature Called ‘Navigation Guided Pilot’Jan 15, 2021 3:25 PM WST
Chinese EV startup and Tesla competitor Xpeng is one step closer to goal for self-driving cars. The company unveiled the beta version of its autonomous driving feature called Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP), which is similar to Tesla’s Autopilot and its Full Self-Driving feature. NGP is a key feature of Xpeng’s XPILOT 3.0 autonomous driving platform.
Jan 15, 2021 11:40 AM WST
There is a shortage of semiconductor and other electronic components for motor vehicles as auto sales rebound from the global pandemic. The global pandemic forced suppliers to scale back production, and the rising demand from automakers as auto sales rebound from the lows of 2020 is leading to chip shortages in the U.S. and Europe.
Jan 13, 2021 12:10 PM WST
Mapping company HERE Technologies announced that it created highly detailed 3D models of 75 major cities centers around the world to help drivers find their way around. The models are called “HERE Premier 3D Cities” and are used to visualize cities in 3D. The 3D city models can be accessed via a vehicle's navigation system, giving drivers a real world view of their surroundings while traveling in dense urban areas.
Jan 12, 2021 4:50 PM WST
With its first new logo in 50 years unveiled last week, U.S. automaker General Motors is getting ready for its electrified future. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra delivered the opening keynote at this year's virtual CES where she shared some updates on the company's vision of an electrified future. The automaker want to put everyone into an electric vehicle.
Jan 11, 2021 5:15 PM WST
As automakers race to develop self-driving vehicles, they are turning to tech companies and chipmakers for help in designing and developing the hardware that will support future electric and self-driving vehicles. One such company is Intel subsidiary Mobileye. During two sessions at CES on Monday, Mobileye president and chief executive officer Amnon Shashua explained how the company is planning to become a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology.
China’s Baidu Plans to Launch an 'Intelligent' Electric Vehicle Co. in a Partnership With Volvo Owner GeelyJan 11, 2021 11:50 AM WST
Baidu Inc., which is the equivalent of Google in China, announced on Sunday it plans to establish a company to produce “intelligent” electric vehicles (EVs) and has entered into a strategic partnership with Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (“Geely”), the parent company of Swedish automaker Volvo.
Tesla’s Market Value Tops $800 Billion for the First Time, But Can the Company Sell Another 500,000 Vehicles in 2021?Jan 08, 2021 12:15 PM WST
Electric automaker Tesla became the world’s most valuable car company in 2020. But Tesla’s meteoric rise did not end there. The company's stock has continued to climb and now for the first time Tesla’s market cap has surpassed $800 billion. However, in order to justify Tesla’s soaring value, the company will need to sustain its sales momentum throughout 2021 and beyond. But there are indications that Tesla will have a difficult time matching the success in 2020.
Jan 07, 2021 11:00 AM WST
Beijing-based Horizon Robotics announced on Jan. 7 it raised $400 million in its Series C2 financing, which is led by Chinese battery manufacturer CATL, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of electric vehicle batteries to the auto industry, including Tesla. The startup is seeking to dominate the market for powerful embedded AI-powered chips for the millions of autonomous driving vehicles that the company expects to be on the road in China by 2025.
Jan 05, 2021 12:35 PM WST
Norway became the first country in the world where the sale of electric cars has overtaken those powered by fossil fuels. In 2020, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) made up 54.3% of all new car sales in the Nordic country, which is a global record. The figure is up from 42.4% in 2019, according to the Norwegian Road Federation.
Jan 04, 2021 3:00 PM WST
Taiwan-based iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group will add electric vehicles to the growing list of products it assembles. Foxconn has signed a strategic cooperation deal with Chinese electric-vehicle startup Byton Ltd to mass produce the startup’s electric M-Byte SUV. Production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2022.