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.
Apr 06, 2020 12:30 PM WST
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. automakers including General Motors, Ford and Tesla are pitching in by offering to help build ventilators using their vast supplier networks or various car parts. Engineers at Tesla have already built a working prototype, which includes parts from the Model 3, including the electric car’s center-mounted touchscreen display.
Autonomous Vehicle Startup Phantom AI Raises $22 Million in Series A Funding for its Advanced Driver Assistance SystemApr 03, 2020 11:55 AM WST
Autonomous vehicle startup Phantom AI announced it has raised $22 million in Series A financing led by Celeres Investments, U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. and others. Phantom AI developed a robust, yet low cost solution that allows automakers to add advanced driver assist systems to their vehicles at scale.
Apr 02, 2020 11:45 AM WST
Toyota Motor Corp announced today that if officially launched its new joint venture company with Chinese automaker BYD. The new company will focus on the research and development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in China, the world’s biggest auto market.
Electric Vehicle Startup Rivian Shares an Update on its Illinois Factory That Was Once Owned by Mitsubishi MotorsApr 01, 2020 2:15 PM WST
In the midst of the coronavirus shutdown of the auto industry, Electric vehicle startup Rivian shared a video of the construction progress at its factory in Normal, Illinois. The new factory is where Rivian will build its electric pickup truck and SUV.
Amid the Coronavirus Crisis in the U.S., the Trump Administration Moves Forward on Rolling Back Vehicle Fuel Economy StandardsMar 31, 2020 1:15 PM WST
While the United States along with the rest of the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, which has already resulted in over 3,000 deaths in the U.S. and the virtual shutdown of the economy, President Trump is moving forward with plans to roll back fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles.
Mar 30, 2020 10:40 AM WST
New York City-based on-demand and shared transportation provider Via announced it received a $200 million investment from Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, the business dynasty founded by Giovanni Agnelli, one of the original founders of Italian automaker Fiat.
Mar 27, 2020 10:15 AM WST
Aviation startup Lilium announced this week a new internal funding round of more than $240 million. The Munich-based company is developing all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for air mobility services.
Self-Driving Truck Startup TuSimple Announced Partnership with Auto Supplier ZF for the Production of Autonomous TrucksMar 26, 2020 10:30 AM WST
California-based self-driving truck startup TuSimple announced today today that it established a partnership with global automotive supplier ZF. ZF will serve as TuSimple’s default supplier for the hardware components required for autonomous driving. TuSimple plans to have its autonomous trucks on the road in commercial operations by 2021.
Baidu is Building a 5G-Powered, 20 Square Kilometer Test Site for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles in Chongqing, ChinaMar 25, 2020 1:05 PM WST
China’s tech giant Baidu announced it received a RMB 52.8 million ($7.3 million) government contract to build an autonomous vehicle testing area within the Chinese municipality of Chongqing. The Chinese city of 30 million residents plans to be a leader in smart city technology powered by 5G cellular networks.
Mar 24, 2020 3:00 PM WST
Polestar announced today that production of the Polestar 2 is underway in Luqiao, China. Polestar is the new electric performance car brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely). The company is operated by Sweden-based Volvo Cars as a standalone performance EV brand.