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.
China’s Baidu Announces ‘Apollo Air’ Which Supports Self-driving Vehicles Using Real-time Data From 5G-Connected Roadside UnitsMay 14, 2021 1:45 PM WST
China’s tech giant Baidu is expanding its Apollo autonomous driving platform by adding vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications technology in which autonomous vehicles communicate with roadside sensors using ultra-fast 5G cellular networks. The new connected platform is called “Apollo Air." It’s one of the most advanced V2X projects to provide reliable safety redundancy for autonomous driving, according to Baidu.
China’s EV Startup XPeng Reports Record Q1 Earnings as it Takes on Tesla in the World's Biggest Auto MarketMay 13, 2021 3:30 PM WST
Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Xiaopeng Motors ("XPeng") announced its first quarter results on Thursday, which included a big jump in vehicle deliveries and gross revenue. The company reported total revenues were RMB2,950.9 million (US$450.4 million) for the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 616.1% from the same period last year and a 3.5% increase from Q4 2020.
Nissan-backed Autonomous Driving Startup WeRide Raises ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in its Latest Funding RoundMay 13, 2021 9:15 AM WST
China-based autonomous driving startup WeRide, a company backed by automakers Nissan Renault and Mitsubishi Motors said it raised "hundreds of millions" of dollars in its latest funding round. The new funding values the startup at roughly $3.3 billion. WeRide is working on SAE Level 4 autonomous driving for commercial deployment at scale.
Volkswagen & Argo AI to Test the ID. BUZZ Electric Van in Germany This Summer for an Autonomous Ride-Hailing ServiceMay 12, 2021 2:40 PM WST
Automaker Volkswagen will begin testing its first autonomous commercial vehicles this summer in a new partnership with Argo AI. The automaker’s Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles division will launch trials for the upcoming ID. BUZZ electric van outfitted with self-driving technology developed by Argo AI for a ride-hailing pilot in Germany.
With the F-150 Lightning, it’s Ford, Not Tesla or GM, That’s Poised Dominate the Electric Truck MarketMay 11, 2021 2:50 PM WST
On Monday, Ford Motor Co surprised the industry by announcing that the all-new F-150 Lightning electric pickup will be revealed on May 19 at a global live-streamed event from the company’s global headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. The Lightning will be the first battery-powered F-150 pickup, and its potential is huge, not just for electric vehicles, but for the highly profitable truck and SUV segment that so far electrification has not touched.
May 11, 2021 10:25 AM WST
California automaker Tesla Inc. is putting its expansion plans in China on hold due to rising tensions between the U.S. and China. in March, Tesla refrained from bidding on a plot of land across the road from its Shanghai factory, as it's no longer aiming to boost China production capacity significantly, at least for now, Reuters reports. The sources declined to be named as the discussions were private.
Autonomous Driving Startup Pony.ai Will Use Lidar Sensors From Luminar for its Next-Gen Robotaxi VehiclesMay 10, 2021 2:00 PM WST
Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai announced its newly designed perception platform in collaboration with Volvo-backed Luminar Technologies. The next-generation fleet of self-driving Pony.ai robotaxi vehicles will integrate Luminar’s new Iris lidar sensor. The company plans to deploy its robotaxi vehicles equipped with Luminar lidar by 2023.
May 10, 2021 10:15 AM WST
Mercedes Benz revealed the Concept EQT on Monday, its first premium electric vehicle in the compact van segment. With the popularity of SUVs and crossovers at an all time high, minivans remain a popular category. The Concept EQT is aimed at active families and fans of sports or outdoor recreational activities. It will join the Mercedes EQ lineup of EVs, which includes the fully-electric EQC sedan and EQS SUV.
Outsight Develops a Edge Computing Device That Can Pre-processes 3D Lidar Data From Sensors Built by Different ManufacturersMay 06, 2021 3:30 PM WST
French photonics company Outsight announced today the launch of what it calls a game-changing product named the Augmented LiDAR Box (ALB), which is a lidar-agnostic plug & play edge computing device. The ALB is the first real-time lidar software engine that allows developers to seamlessly use lidar data from any hardware supplier.
May 06, 2021 9:15 AM WST
Electric-performance brand Polestar, which is jointly owned by Swedish automaker Volvo and its parent company Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely), has developed its own video streaming app for its Polestar 2, the company's first mass-market electric vehicle. The beta app, which is available now in all European markets, offers web-based streaming content from various providers directly to the vehicle's 11-inch center-mounted touchscreen display.