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.
Xilinx & Continental Create the Auto Industry’s First Production-Ready 4D Imaging Radar for Autonomous VehiclesSep 24, 2020 12:30 PM WST
Silicon Valley chipmaker Xilinx Inc. and automotive supplier Continental have teamed up to create the first production ready 4D radar for autonomous vehicles, the companies announced. The new advanced radar sensor (ARS) from Continental is called the “ASR540” and it was built on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale multiprocessor system on a chip (MPSoC).
California Governor Signs Executive Order Banning the Sale of New Combustion Engine Vehicles by 2035Sep 23, 2020 1:30 PM WST
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles in the state to be zero-emission by 2035, as well as additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector. The order will aggressively move the state away from its reliance on fossil fuels while creating jobs and spurring economic growth in the clean energy sector. It will also lead to cleaner air for millions of California residents.
California Self-driving Startup TuSimple Partners Volkswagen’s Truck Unit Traton Group to Develop Driverless TrucksSep 23, 2020 10:55 AM WST
The Traton Group, which is the commercial truck division of German automaker Volkswagen, is partnering with California self-driving truck startup TuSimple on the development of Level 4 self-driving trucks for the European market. The collaboration is the first of its kind in Europe. As part of the partnership, the Traton Group will take a minority stake in TuSimple.
Sep 22, 2020 11:45 AM WST
Backed by strong government support and inspired by the success of U.S. electric automaker Tesla in China, a new crop of well-funded EV startups is emerging. The latest well-funded Tesla challenger in China is EV startup WM Motor. The automaker announced on Tuesday the completion of its Series D round financing, which raised 10 billion yuan, the highest amount ever for a single round of fundraising launched by a Chinese EV startup.
Tesla Wins Defamation Suit Filed by a Former Employee Accused of Hacking at the Automaker’s Nevada GigafactorySep 18, 2020 12:15 PM WST
Electric automaker Tesla won its defamation case filed by former employee Martin Tripp, who was fired for hacking and sharing intellectual property, according to court documents filed on Thursday. Tesla sued Tripp in June 2018 over the incident. Tesla’s lawyers accused him of writing software that hacked the company’s internal manufacturing operating system at Tesla's Nevada gigafactory, then transferring several gigabytes of the data to third parties.
Sep 17, 2020 10:30 AM WST
Daimler Trucks unveiled its new lineup fuel cell concept trucks, including one that can travel up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) between hydrogen fill ups, which is equal to the range of a conventional diesel-powered truck. The 1,000 kilometer range fuel cell Mercedes Benz GenH2 is being designed for long-haul transport, while the fully-electric eActros LongHaul will have a range of 300 miles.
Sep 15, 2020 6:45 PM WST
German automaker BMW has signed a commercial agreement with Israel-based tactile data and sensing company Tactile Mobility. As part of the partnership, BMW will equip its vehicles with software technology from Tactical Mobility beginning in 2021. The collaboration is one of the first commercial integrations of tactile sensing technology and data by a major automaker.
China’s Baidu Demonstrates its Apollo Robotaxi Without a Safety Driver Using its 5G-Powered ‘Remote Driving Service’Sep 15, 2020 1:00 PM WST
China's tech giant Baidu held its annual Baidu World 2020 conference on Tuesday. The annual event highlights some of the ground breaking technologies that the company has been working on throughout the year. This year’s focus was on how Baidu’s cutting-edge AI technologies and autonomous driving are transforming industries and improving people's everyday lives.
Sep 14, 2020 12:20 PM WST
German automaker BMW is increasing its battery production capacity in China to meet the growing demand for its partial and fully-electric vehicles, as the automaker gears up to build new fully electric models. The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture has expanded its battery factory in Tiexi with the establishment of a new “High-Voltage Battery Center.”
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development to Form $800 Million Investment Fund for Advanced MobilitySep 11, 2020 11:15 AM WST
Toyota Motor Corp.’s Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development, Inc. (TRI-AD) announced that it will create an $800 million global growth-stage investment fund called Woven Capital L.P. The new fund will invest in growth-stage companies that are developing innovative technologies and mobility related business models, including autonomous driving technology, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and analytics, connectivity, and smart cities.