Originally from New Jersey, Eric is an automotive and technology reporter specializing in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Eric has over fifteen years of automotive experience and a B.A. 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 automotive industry and beyond. He has worked on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology. Outside of work, Eric likes to travel to new places, play guitar, and explore the outdoors.
May 15, 2017 12:12 PM WST
Google has just announced that that it will partner with Volvo and Audi on Android based, vehicle telematics systems. The embedded system will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and will work without requiring an Android phone present.
May 14, 2017 5:31 PM WST
Recently, FutureCar was provided the opportunity to perform a real-world road test of Tesla’s Model X SUV. Although the Model X has many features, FutureCar was especially interested in trying out Tesla’s self-driving technology, Autopilot 2.0.
May 12, 2017 6:31 PM WST
A Model X owner I spoke with said his lifetime power consumption on the vehicle over the course of a year is 420 watts/mile, which roughly translates to a real-world range of 170 miles on a full charge, about 30% less than what Tesla advertises.
May 12, 2017 5:47 PM WST
Tesla has begun to roll out an updated version of Autopilot which brings incremental improvements to its Autopilot 2.0 driving-assist feature on Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with self-driving hardware.
May 12, 2017 1:45 PM WST
Tesla's Gigafactory started producing a high performance cylindrical '2170 cell' in January of this year which was jointly designed and engineered by Tesla and Panasonic to offer the best performance at the lowest production cost in an optimal form factor for both electric vehicles and energy products.
May 11, 2017 4:20 PM WST
Zenuity, the joint venture between Volvo and Autoliv has started its operations. The new company is a joint venture in the growing global market for autonomous driving software systems. At the company’s presentation at the 2017 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, Zenuity stated its goal is to only focus on autonomous systems that are capable of “unsupervised driving”.
May 10, 2017 11:39 AM WST
In its efforts to accelerate the development of self-driving technology, Tesla has started collecting videos from its huge fleet of vehicles as part of a new software update. Tesla says the data will help continue its advancements of vehicles equipped with the second-generation Autopilot (Autopilot 2.0) hardware introduced last year.
May 09, 2017 4:21 PM WST
Optimus Ride is developing self-driving technologies specifically for electric vehicles.The company hopes to introduce level 4 autonomy electric vehicle fleets. In a presentation at the 2017 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California on May 9th, the company's co-founder Sertac Karaman detailed its future plans.
SiFive, the start-up that raised $13.5 million for its open source silicon chip architecture RISC -VMay 08, 2017 6:10 PM WST
SiFive, the company creating a new open source model in the semiconductor business raises $13.5 million. The San Francisco-based company was founded in 2015, and its goal is to manufacture open source, custom designed silicon chips.
May 06, 2017 10:25 AM WST
Menlo Park, California based Lucid Motors has recently unveiled its Lucid Air at the New York Auto Show last month. The Air is a sophisticated, ultra luxurious, high-performance vehicle that it hopes will compete with Tesla in the luxury all-electric vehicle category.