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When riders fled public transit during the early throes of the pandemic, Local Motors suffered from shelved orders for its 3D-printed autonomous Olli shuttle. When orders returned and then proliferated, the ongoing chip shortage stymied the company’s ability to fulfill them. The double whammy of the coronavirus and supply chain constraints emerged as two central
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Lidar technology startup Luminar said Thursday that it has established its latest automotive partnership with Mercedes-Benz. It will involve series production of sensors, enhancing the automaker’s automated highway driving systems. There’s not yet a timetable for when Luminar’s “Iris” lidar will be installed in passenger vehicles, nor specific vehicle models chosen. As part of the
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The mobility company Cerence showcased new technology at CES this month that reimagines the idea of an in-car voice assistant. The technology, Cerence Co-Pilot, uses artificial intelligence and continuous learning to provide more intuitive in-vehicle assistance, with the ability to even anticipate a driver’s needs before being prompted for assistance. Cerence Chief Technology Officer Prateek
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Automotive tech company Aptiv showcased at CES how it is positioned for the wider adoption of software-based vehicle technologies. Aptiv’s virtual and on-site presentation at the Las Vegas event included a demonstration of several use cases for the company’s software applications in vehicle architecture, such as using artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance Aptiv’s
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Cadillac’s vision for the future is a reputation based on the experience of the journey rather than the vehicle itself. “We were designing cars, but now we design experiences,” Frank Saucedo, director of General Motors’ Advanced Design Studio in California, told Automotive News. “The technology is making this [customer] experience basically effortless.” Cadillac showcased the
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has set six guiding principles for balancing the federal government’s role with ongoing innovation in the transportation sector. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg unveiled the principles Thursday during a virtual keynote at CES. “As policymakers, we have to prioritize,” Buttigieg said. “We need to assess which important innovations will develop
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CES, the annual technology showcase in Las Vegas, makes an in-person return this year, at least partially. Several companies have switched to online reveals and briefings due to the rise of the omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Here are the automotive and mobility technology updates from the show, both live and virtual:
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Mercedes-Benz has revealed a 620-mile-plus EV concept that the luxury automaker claims is its “most efficient and aerodynamic vehicle.” The Vision EQXX, which Mercedes said can drive from New York to Cincinnati on a single charge and is as aerodynamic as a football, showcases long-distance efficiency through advancements in energy density, aerodynamics and lightweight design.
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DeepRoute.ai — an autonomous technology startup based in China — is mapping out a strategy in the U.S. market centered on deploying self-driving medium-duty trucks to make commercial deliveries at night. The plan, explains founder and CEO Maxwell Zhou, seeks to address two primary issues in the commercial delivery sector: the logistical efficiency of deliveries
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Dan Ammann, CEO of Cruise, is leaving the autonomous vehicle developer, General Motors said in statement Thursday. The self-driving vehicle company majority-owned by GM will be run by Kyle Vogt, co-founder, president and chief technical officer, for now. GM did not say why Ammann, CEO of the San Francisco startup since 2019, was leaving or
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Getty Images UK car production dropped by more than 40% last month to the lowest level recorded for October since 1956. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the fall was due to “a global shortage of semiconductors which led to production stoppages”. It added that the decline, compared to last year, was
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