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Coronavirus Fears Lead to the Cancellation of the Geneva Auto Show, Leaving Automakers Scrambling for Alternative Ways to Show Off Their New Models

Coronavirus Fears Lead to the Cancellation of the Geneva Auto Show, Leaving Automakers Scrambling for Alternative Ways to Show Off Their New Models

The outbreak of the Coronavirus prompted the cancellation of this year’s Geneva auto show, as countries around the world work to contain the virus. On Friday, Switzerland banned large events expected to draw more than 1,000 people in an effort to control the virus.

FutureCar Staff 2020-02-28 16:45 PT

BMW i3 Urban Suite Concept is a Miniature Luxury Car

BMW i3 Urban Suite Concept is a Miniature Luxury Car

Who says luxury only has to come in large packages? BMW’s i3 Urban Suite Concept is bringing chauffeur levels of luxury to pint-sized cars.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-12-30 07:00 PT

BMW Shares Some of its AI Algorithms Used in Vehicle Production on GitHub

BMW Shares Some of its AI Algorithms Used in Vehicle Production on GitHub

German automaker BMW operates some of the world’s most advanced vehicle production and logistics facilities and the company announced its sharing some of its AI-powered algorithms with the developer community.

Eric Walz2019-12-13 11:15 PT

BMW to Build a New Auto Plant in China with Great Wall Motor to Produce the Electric MINI

BMW to Build a New Auto Plant in China with Great Wall Motor to Produce the Electric MINI

German automaker BMW and its Chinese partner Great Wall Motor said they plan to build a plant in China with a capacity of 160,000 cars per year. The new plant will produce the BMW electric MINI and Great Wall Motor models.

Eric Walz2019-11-29 10:45 PT

Magna International to Supply Dual-Clutch & Hybrid Transmissions to BMW

Magna International to Supply Dual-Clutch & Hybrid Transmissions to BMW

BMW Group has awarded automotive parts supplier Magna International the largest production order for transmission technologies in the company’s history. The transmission technologies will be used in more than 170 different BMW vehicle applications.

Eric Walz2019-10-30 10:45 PT

Tesla Given Green Light to Start Building Vehicles at its Shanghai Gigafactory

Tesla Given Green Light to Start Building Vehicles at its Shanghai Gigafactory

Tesla was added to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, China’s industry ministry said on Thursday, as it granted the electric-vehicle maker a certificate to start production in the country.

FutureCar Staff 2019-10-17 14:45 PT

Motiv Power Systems Raises $60 Million, Company is Converting Ford Trucks to Zero Emission EVs

Motiv Power Systems Raises $60 Million, Company is Converting Ford Trucks to Zero Emission EVs

The San Francisco Bay Area company Motiv Power Systems announced today it has secured $60 Million in new equity funding. The company is a provider of an all-electric medium-duty chassis for buses and trucks, which is used to convert the vehicles to run on battery power.

Eric Walz2019-10-15 16:30 PT

U.S. Launches Antitrust Probe into California Automaker Emissions Agreement

U.S. Launches Antitrust Probe into California Automaker Emissions Agreement

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the decision of four automakers in July to reach a voluntary agreement with California to adopt state emissions standards violated antitrust law, people briefed on the matter said on Friday.

FutureCar Staff 2019-09-06 09:00 PT

Renewed Chinese Auto Tariffs Would Cost U.S. Jobs, Industry Coalition Warns

Renewed Chinese Auto Tariffs Would Cost U.S. Jobs, Industry Coalition Warns

The head of a broad coalition of Japanese, German and South Korean automakers warned on Friday that renewed punitive Chinese tariffs on U.S. autos would hurt U.S. vehicle exports to China and put U.S. jobs at risk.

FutureCar Staff 2019-08-23 16:02 PT

Trump Criticizes Automakers for Not Backing Fuel Economy Rollback

Trump Criticizes Automakers for Not Backing Fuel Economy Rollback

After some of the world’s biggest automaker reached a voluntary agreement with California on fuel efficiency rules, the White House is urging other automakers not to back the agreement.

FutureCar Staff 2019-08-21 11:05 PT

Israeli Lidar Company Innoviz Technologies Raises an Additional $170 Million

Israeli Lidar Company Innoviz Technologies Raises an Additional $170 Million

Venture capital firms continue to pour money into lidar companies, as the laser beam technology is quickly becoming an essential perception tool for driverless cars and other autonomous applications. Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli maker of advanced lidar sensors for self-driving cars, said it raised an additional $170 million in its latest investment round.

FutureCar Staff 2019-06-11 15:08 PT

Daimler Acquires Stake in Sila Technologies to Develop Next-Gen EV Batteries

Daimler Acquires Stake in Sila Technologies to Develop Next-Gen EV Batteries

Daimler AG has acquired a minority equity stake in U.S. battery materials company Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. (Sila Nano) as part of its research and development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles.

Eric Walz2019-04-16 15:45 PT

Daimler, Volkswagen & BMW Face Big Fines After Being Charged With Emissions Collusion

Daimler, Volkswagen & BMW Face Big Fines After Being Charged With Emissions Collusion

The European Union (EU) said German automaker Volkswagen along with Daimler and BMW broke antitrust rules by acting together to delay the introduction of two emission cleaning systems between 2006 and 2014. The emission reducing technology would have lowered harmful emissions if installed in production vehicles.

FutureCar Staff 2019-04-05 18:53 PT

BMW Builds its Own IT Platform to Process Data From its Autonomous Vehicles

BMW Builds its Own IT Platform to Process Data From its Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving vehicles generate terabytes of data, which needs to be analyzed during the development process, so that deep-learning algorithms can make safer driving decisions and improve over time. The challenge for automakers is how to sort and analyze all of this data so it can be used more efficiently for self-driving vehicles. To address this problem, BMW is built its own IT platform it calls D3.

Eric Walz2019-03-27 17:15 PT

Lidar Startups Innoviz & Ouster Raise Millions to Supply Tech for Self-Driving Cars

Lidar Startups Innoviz & Ouster Raise Millions to Supply Tech for Self-Driving Cars

One of the most important pieces of hardware for self-driving vehicles is lidar and two emerging lidar startups announced this week they raised millions in new funding to supply the technology. Israeli startup Innoviz Technologies said on Tuesday it raised $132 million, bringing its total funding to $214 million, while San Francisco-based Ouster said on Monday it raised $60 million.

Eric Walz2019-03-26 19:07 PT

U.S. Commerce Dept Sends Auto Tariff Report to the White House for Review

U.S. Commerce Dept Sends Auto Tariff Report to the White House for Review

The U.S. Commerce Department sent its report on auto tariffs late Sunday evening to U.S. President Donald Trump, hours before the end of the 270-day deadline. The report’s recommendations can potentially lead to steeper tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.

FutureCar Staff 2019-02-18 16:43 PT

China to Suspend Tariff Hikes on U.S.-built Cars in 90 Day Truce in the Trade War

China to Suspend Tariff Hikes on U.S.-built Cars in 90 Day Truce in the Trade War

China will temporarily suspend additional 25 percent tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts the finance ministry said on Friday, following a truce in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. China agreed to suspend the tariff on 144 U.S. vehicle and auto parts.

FutureCar Staff 2018-12-14 12:41 PT

The BMW Vision iNEXT Gets its World Premiere at the LA Auto Show

The BMW Vision iNEXT Gets its World Premiere at the LA Auto Show

BMW offered the world’s first look of its Vision iNEXT vehicle today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The futuristic iNEXT just might become the future of personal mobility.

Eric Walz2018-11-28 14:05 PT

Germany's Varta Makes Plans to Mass Produce EV Battery Cells

Germany's Varta Makes Plans to Mass Produce EV Battery Cells

German battery maker Varta​ has reached a research agreement to lay the groundwork for mass production of lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars.

Eric Walz2018-11-19 11:31 PT

NHTSA Moving to Allow Adaptive Headlamps on Motor Vehicles in the U.S.

NHTSA Moving to Allow Adaptive Headlamps on Motor Vehicles in the U.S.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday said it was moving to allow advanced headlights known as “adaptive driving beams” to be used in vehicles on U.S. roads that could help prevent crashes at night.

Eric Walz2018-10-12 17:53 PT

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