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Would you mind terribly if I tapped the regenerative brakes a minute on the industry’s downhill run to an all-electric future? We’re speeding up in exactly the wrong direction, and without a slight course correction, we’re going to wind up on one of those runaway truck ramps with our wheels buried up to the axles
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Volvo has signed an agreement to provide cars to the autonomous driving technology unit of China’s top ride-hailing firm, Didi Chuxing, for its self-driving test fleet. Volvo will provide XC90 crossovers equipped with backup steering and braking systems that DiDi Autonomous Driving will integrate with DiDi Gemini, its new self-driving hardware platform, the automaker said
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TOKYO — Beyond its sleek space shuttle-like profile and minimalistic, Apple-gadget design aura, Hyundai’s new Staria people mover offers a peek at the automaker’s future. The van also captures Hyundai’s strategy for repositioning itself as a “smart mobility solution provider” for an era of ride-sharing, on-the-go workspaces, eco- delivery models and a whole new segment
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SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group said Friday it has formed a new mobility division to launch more service models and named an outsider as its chief following his tenure with global tech giants such as Apple Inc and Microsoft. Song Chang-hyeon will lead the newly established Transportation-as-a-Service division, which will oversee mobility business for Hyundai
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Software-defined vehicles are becoming more and more commonplace — particularly as automakers seek to integrate more advanced driver-assistance systems and higher levels of automation in today’s cars. With that, Continental and Amazon Web Services are teaming up on a new, open automotive software development platform that they say will expedite the development of these automated
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Collaboration between the public and private sectors will be key to advancing smart cities of the future, industry leaders said during a panel portion of SAE International’s WCX Digital Summit this week. Public-private partnerships are key for mutually beneficial technology deployments and can help expedite these deployments, said Blaine Leonard, transportation technology engineer at the
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s upcoming hands-free driver-assist system has a new name: BlueCruise. Previously referred to as Active Drive Assist, the feature will go live in the third quarter on Ford’s Mustang Mach-E crossover and F-150 pickup. Ford said Wednesday that BlueCruise software, activated through an over-the-air-update, will cost $600 for a three-year subscription,
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DETROIT — The electric pickup wars are getting juiced. General Motors has confirmed plans to introduce a battery-powered version of its top-selling U.S. nameplate — the Chevrolet Silverado, also one of the nation’s most popular light vehicles. This Silverado will be designed and engineered as an electric vehicle from the ground up, GM said last
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Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are spending millions of dollars to provide drivers with access to COVID-19 vaccines and offering tens of millions of free or discounted rides to vaccination sites for people in communities that lack access to transportation and healthcare services. The effort is both public-spirited, and self-interested. Ride-hailing demand is ramping
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NTSB: We’re still waiting for tech that can prevent car crashes A quarter-century has passed since the National Transportation Safety Board first recommended that collision-avoidance technology be required on all vehicles. The federal agency hasn’t given up hope that someday becomes a reality. NTSB members unveiled their annual “Most Wanted” list of transportation-related safety improvements
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DETROIT — General Motors plans to build a battery-powered version of its top-selling U.S. nameplate — the Chevrolet Silverado — at an electric-vehicle plant in Detroit. The pickup — designed as an EV from the ground up — will be powered by the automaker’s Ultium batteries with a GM-estimated range of more than 400 miles
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Even as vehicles are equipped with more advanced driver-assistance systems and detection technologies, pedestrian fatalities are growing exponentially, particularly in the dark. From 2010 to 2019, nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 54 percent, compared with a 16 percent increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities, according to a report last month from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
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After five years as CEO of autonomous technology company Waymo, John Krafcik is stepping down. Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov will succeed Krafcik as co-CEOs of the Mountain View, Calif.,-based Google subsidiary, Krafcik said in a LinkedIn statement Friday. Mawakana and Dolgov currently serve as Waymo chief operating officer and chief technology officer, respectively. “My
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Optimus Ride and Polaris Inc. plan to bring fully autonomous GEM vehicles to market by the second half of 2023 — a move that expands upon the two companies’ standing collaboration. Optimus, the Boston self-driving shuttle company, and Polaris Commercial, a Minneapolis unit of the maker of snowmobiles and off-road vehicles, will jointly develop Polaris
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Aurora’s self-driving truck program continues rolling. Two months after inking one big partnership, the company has added another. On Tuesday morning, Aurora and Volvo Group unveiled plans to commercialize trucks in a hub-to-hub service operating across North America. There is not yet a specific time frame for deploying fleets of the Class 8 trucks. Volvo
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Electric vehicle batteries cannot be recharged at consistently high rates of power because of a phenomenon that occurs when a cell is stressed, known as lithium plating. Nanoscopic needlelike formations called dendrites grow, and over time they can puncture the separator, causing a short circuit in lithium ion batteries that use conventional liquid-based electrolytes. StoreDot,
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Taco Bell running out of Nacho Fries is a bad reason to dial 911, as a recent TikTok video showed. But police in Ann Arbor, Mich., say residents can go ahead and call if someone abandons a rental scooter in front of their home. A City Council member said he’s heard complaints about electric scooters
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