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.
Jul 01, 2020 1:15 PM WST
Toyota Motor Corp is an industry leader in developing advanced automotive safety systems and its latest technology will reduce the chance of an accident and vehicle damage if a driver misapplies the accelerator pedal. The feature is called “Acceleration Suppression System” and its is being introduced on the Toyota Prius and Prius PHV models in Japan starting July 1.
Jun 30, 2020 1:00 PM WST
Electric vehicle startup Byton, which hoped to bring its futuristic M-Byte SUV to the market by this year, announced that it is suspending its operations for the next 6 months, beginning on July 1. Byton is suspending operations to review its business operations amid China’s cooling auto market. However, sources inside and outside of the company said that the chances Byton will emerge from its self-imposed hiatus seems unlikely.
Xpeng Motors Begins Deliveries of its Electric P7 ‘Smart Sedan’, Creates New Competition for Tesla in ChinaJun 29, 2020 12:45 PM WST
Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla rival Xpeng Motors has started country-wide deliveries of its new flagship P7 electric sedan China. The P7, which is dubbed as a “smart sedan”, is a strong competitor to the Tesla Model S in China, offering a similar level of high tech features and electric performance for about half the price.
Jun 26, 2020 9:00 AM WST
E-commerce giant Amazon is making its first big investment in self-driving technology and announced it signed an agreement to purchase Silicon Valley-based self-driving startup Zoox. The company developed an autonomous bi-directional vehicle from the ground up, as well as the entire software stack that controls it.
Jun 25, 2020 12:00 PM WST
At a livestream event today in Ohio, electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors officially revealed its first vehicle, the fully-electric Endurance pickup truck. The Endurance is targeting a commercial market segment currently dominated by the popular Ford F-Series pickups and trucks from General Motors and its truck division GMC.
Jun 24, 2020 2:00 PM WST
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Tuesday it had opened an investigation into 63,000 Tesla Model S electric sedans after owner reports of media-control unit failures that led to the loss of the use of center-mounted touchscreens.
Lyft is Tapping its Drivers to Collect Data for Improving its Self-Driving Vehicles and Build HD MapsJun 23, 2020 4:30 PM WST
Ride-hailing company Lyft, is turning to its drivers for assistance in gathering data to improve its self-driving technology. Some drivers on Lyft’s ride-hailing platform are using small, low-cost dash cameras to collect footage of intersections, bicyclists, pedestrians, as well as the behavior of other drivers while a Lyft driver is out and about picking up passengers.
Mercedes Benz & NVIDIA Are Developing a New Software-Based Vehicle Architecture That Supports OTA UpdatesJun 23, 2020 10:30 AM WST
A new partnership between German automaker Mercedes Benz and chipmaker NVIDIA will give owners the ability to add new software to their vehicles, keeping them up always to date with new features, including software that support higher levels of automated driving.
Tesla To Hold its Battery Day on Sept 15th, Elon Musk Touts it as ‘One of the Most of Exciting Days in Tesla’s History’Jun 22, 2020 1:00 PM WST
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has been hinting at a new game-changing battery technology since last year. Musk wrote in a tweet on Sunday night that September 15th is the tentative date for Tesla’s much anticipated “Battery Day”, at which the electric-car maker is expected to reveal significant advances in its EV battery technology.
Jun 19, 2020 3:30 PM WST
German automaker Volkswagen AG is ramping up its efforts to develop the software and operating system (OS) for its future vehicles. However, rather than relying on third parties to develop the majority of code that will underpin millions of future Volkswagen vehicles, the automaker is looking to develop a bigger percentage of it in-house.