May 14, 2021 7:30 AM WST
Italy's competition regulator has fined U.S. tech giant Google 102 million euros (US$123 million) for excluding an e-mobility app developed by energy company Enel from the U.S. tech giant's open Android platform. Google has not allowed Enel's JuicePass smartphone app to operate on Google's Android Auto app for the past two years.
May 13, 2021 11:30 AM WST
Ger Dwyer, the Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet's autonomous driving unit Waymo, is leaving the company following the unexpected departure of CEO John Krafcik last month. Also leaving is Chief Automotive Office Adam Frost, who first began working for Google's self-driving car project in 2013, which spun out as Waymo.
May 12, 2021 10:00 AM WST
Hyundai’s Luxury Division Genesis is bringing back the luxury station wagon, which will go on sale in Europe. It's the first wagon model from Genesis, which is a vehicle category that fell out of favor with car buyers in the U.S. as consumers prefer SUVs and crossovers. The G70 Shooting Brake is based on the new Genesis G70 luxury sedan that was released last year.
The NTSB Determines That Tesla’s Autopilot Was Not Active in a Fatal Crash in Texas After Investigators Claimed ‘No One Was in the Driver’s Seat’May 10, 2021 4:00 PM WST
After an investigation into a Tesla Model S crash in Texas that killed two passengers, the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) determined that Autopilot could not have been active without a driver behind the wheel. Local police claimed there was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, fueling rumors that Tesla's Autopilot could be somehow engaged without a driver behind the wheel.
Tesla Engineer Tells the California DMV That Elon Musk’s Goal of Achieving Full Self-Driving by the End of 2021 Does Not ‘Match Engineering Reality’May 07, 2021 3:30 PM WST
During a Tesla earnings call in January, Musk said that he was "highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year." But Musk’s tweet does not reflect that of Tesla’s own Autopilot engineers, a new memo confirms. After an early March conference call with Tesla representatives and the California DMV, Tesla Autopilot engineer CJ Moore wrote in a memo that "Elon's tweet does not match engineering reality.”
May 07, 2021 11:30 AM WST
On Thursday, Tesla said it's developing a platform for car owners in China that will allow them to access data generated by their vehicles. Tesla aims to launch the platform by this year. This is the first time an automaker has announced plans to allow customers access car data in China, the world's biggest car market.
Tesla to Lose Around $240 Million in Revenue in 2021 as Automaker Stellantis Says it Will No Longer Need to Buy Emission CreditsMay 05, 2021 12:30 PM WST
Stellantis announced on Wednesday that it will no longer need to purchase emissions credits from Tesla as the European automaker expects to reach its emission targets this year. The emission credits purchased by Stellantis would have given Tesla an additional $240 in revenue this year.
May 04, 2021 3:15 PM WST
The 2021 A7 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) from Volkswagen’s ’s luxury brand Audi has been recognized as the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Luxury Plug-in Hybrid of 2021. Other vehicles that made the list include the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV, which was crowned the best electric car, and Tesla Model Y as best luxury electric vehicle.
The SEC Opened Inquiry into Volkswagen Over its Marketing Stunt of Changing its Name to ‘Voltswagen’Apr 30, 2021 3:30 PM WST
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission opened an inquiry into automaker Volkswagen over a marketing stunt last month suggesting that the company was changing its name to "Voltswagen" to reflect its future commitment to producing electric vehicles. The false report pushed up VW’s preferred shares, common shares and ADRs on the day it was announced, which led to the SEC probe of the company.
General Motors Faces Backlash From the UAW Over its Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Build EVs in MexicoApr 30, 2021 10:45 AM WST
U.S. automaker General Motors is being criticized by the United Auto Workers Union (UAW), which represents U.S. auto workers, over plans to invest $1 billion in a new EV manufacturing facility in Mexico. In a statement, GM said the investments are to prepare the site for "an expansion of the assembly and Global Propulsion Systems plants, to make Ramos Arizpe Complex the fifth GM manufacturing facility to produce electric vehicles."