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 23, 2019 6:19 PM WST
Aurora, a well-funded Silicon Valley-based autonomous driving startup, announced that it is acquiring lidar company Blackmore. Aurora said that it chose Blackmore because of its pioneering work in Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar, a next generation lidar technology that can improve the perception capabilities of self-driving vehicles.
May 22, 2019 5:03 PM WST
GM requested that U.S. regulators waive some automobile safety standards, including deploying autonomous vehicles without a steering wheel or pedals, to make it possible to deploy a ride-sharing fleet of driverless cars.
May 22, 2019 12:22 PM WST
Consumer watchdog organization Consumer Reports (CR) recently conducted its own test of Tesla’s new “Navigate on Autopilot” update and concluded that it doesn’t work as well as Musk claims. In fact, using it could be a potential safety risks for drivers.
May 21, 2019 3:09 PM WST
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) began a two-week trial on Tuesday transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks in a partnership with San Diego-based TuSimple. The pilot program will test the driverless truck technology to see how it might improve delivery times and operating costs.
May 20, 2019 12:12 PM WST
Following the footsteps of electric automaker Tesla, General Motors said on Monday that all of its future models will be able to receive over-the-air updates by 2023.
May 17, 2019 12:55 PM WST
German startup Lilium and the aviation startup just staged the first successful maiden flight of a five-seater VTOL prototype that it aims to bring into service by 2025.
Hyundai Develops a ‘Smart Air Purification’ System That Uses a Laser-based Sensor to Monitor Air QualityMay 15, 2019 5:00 PM WST
Hyundai Motor Group announced it developed an intelligent “Smart Air Purification” system that monitors interior air quality and automatically filters the air inside the vehicle's cabin using a laser-based sensor.
U.S. Lawmakers Are Supporting a Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Policy to Help Secure Raw Materials for EV BatteriesMay 15, 2019 10:00 AM WST
As more electric vehicles enter the market from global automakers, there are concerns about securing an ample supply of raw materials, including cobalt and lithium used in EV battery cell production. On Tuesday, U.S. lawmakers moved closer to developing a national electric vehicle supply chain policy, with senators voicing bipartisan support for legislation designed to counter China's dominance in metals production and EV battery manufacturing.
May 14, 2019 2:08 PM WST
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to vote next month on launching a new review of a key band of the 5.9 Ghz spectrum that has been reserved for automakers that could boost Wi-Fi use, a person briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. According to the FCC, the increase in spectrum will allow automakers to improve advanced driver assist systems.
May 13, 2019 2:58 PM WST
After dozens of fatal accidents a decade ago involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles that were initially blamed on faulty electronics leading to "unintended acceleration", the NHTSA proposed regulations that would have required that all motor vehicles have a brake pedal that can override the accelerator pedal in emergency situations. On Monday, the NHTSA said that since automakers have voluntarily installed these systems on all new vehicles, it's dropping plans mandate it.