Tag Archives: Car Tech

Feds look to loosen rules holding back self-driving car development

Companies in the self-driving car space have been clamoring for a loosening of road rules originally designed for cars with human drivers, which the companies say are impeding the development of the technology—the main one being the requirement for a human onboard at all times. Regulators are starting to respond, including the Department of...

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Honda will invest $2.75B in GM’s Cruise self-driving car business

In the race to develop the world's first safe, reliable and robust driverless ride-hailing service, General Motors and its Cruise self-driving car unit just received major backing from rival automaker Honda. The companies announced Wednesday that Honda will invest $2.75 billion in the Cruise unit over the next 12 years, with $750 million of the investment...

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Ex-Apple engineers create next-gen lidar for self-driving cars

Lidar is an essential component of self-driving cars, and a company by the name of Aeva believes it has something breakthrough. The company's lidar system fits in a small box and creates more vivid mapping to help a self-driving car see like never before. The Verge reported Monday that Aeva is the brainchild of two ex-Apple engineers. Neither would admit...

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VW chooses Microsoft as tech partner for digital services, mobility

Volkswagen plans to invest $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025, and it has named Microsoft as its partner for future endeavors. VW announced Friday it has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft for all future digital services and mobility efforts. Microsoft will advise and work alongside VW as it implements its connected vehicle fleet and...

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Volkswagen developing virtual test drivers for self-driving tech

Volkswagen wants to one day forego real-world testing for self-driving technology. As a result, the German auto giant announced it is developing virtual "test drivers" of the sort to validate self-driving technology. The brand calls it "virtual validation," and the process could help technologies come to market quicker than ever. It's something Ford is also...

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GM filed 2 aero-related patents for a mid-engine hybrid supercar

General Motors has filed yet again for more patents regarding active aerodynamics, and this time they're clearly for a mid-engined car. The automaker has filed two new patents surrounding control systems for active aerodynamic systems, and one lends itself to a hybrid system. The two new patents, first discovered by Jalopnik, follow patents from the past...

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Amazon Echo Auto gives nearly any car Alexa capability

Amazon's family of Alexa-connected devices is ready for a road trip. The online retailer and technology company announced Thursday its Echo Auto, which brings Alexa and its voice controls to the car. Some automakers offer Alexa voice control built-in to their infotainment systems, but for millions of drivers with older vehicles, Echo Auto turns any car into...

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Porsche, Hyundai investing in holographic augmented reality tech company

Porsche led a round of Series C investments into WayRay, a Swiss company working toward bringing holographic augmented reality (AR) displays to production, WayRay announced on Tuesday. Hyundai also joined in on the investment, which raised $80 million. Since 2012, WayRay has raised more than $100 million, and it aims to be a $1 billion company next year as...

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Nissan, Mitsubishi next-gen infotainment to be powered by Google’s Android

Google's Android operating system will be at the core of next-generation infotainment systems from Mitsubishi and Nissan arriving on the market in 2021. The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance announced Tuesday that future infotainment systems will feature the Android operating system to outfit its cars with a host of Google apps, which many users will...

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VW Group will have 27 EVs based on MEB platform by 2022

The Volkswagen Group on Monday gave an update on progress of its modular platform for non-premium cars, known as MEB, an acronym for the German translation of “Modular Electric Toolkit.” The automaker said 27 models spread across four brands (likely Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat and Audi) will be available by the end of 2022, ranging from compact cars...

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