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Tesla Model Y orders are now open

Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. Tesla requires a $2,500 deposit to complete the order for the all-electric vehicle, according to information posted on its website. A disclaimer on the order form states that “production is expected to begin late next year.” Under that timeline, deliveries wouldn’t begin until late 2020 or possibly early 2021. There are other clues on the order page, including that t...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Hyperloop, Tesla Model 3, Model Y, The Boring Company, Tesla Design Studio


How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

Tesla is scheduled to reveal the Model Y — the next electric vehicle in electric automaker’s lineup — tonight at an event in Los Angeles after, not months, but years of teasers and hints from CEO Elon Musk . Tesla will live stream the Model Y unveiling event at 8 pm PT via its website. However, folks who want to watch the event should head over to the site (https://www.tesla.com/modely) prior to the 8 pm start time. There is a registration process. Once completed, a new page pops up with th...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Hyperloop, Musk, Tesla Model X, Elon Musk Tesla, The Boring Company


Tesla issues $13.8M in stock to buy trailers in bid to improve electric vehicle deliveries

Tesla is using more than $13 million worth of stock to buy trucks and trailers that will transport its electric vehicles to customers, the latest effort by the automaker to improve its logistics and delivery services. Instead of using cash, Tesla  issued $13.8 million in stock, a new securities filing posted Monday shows. Tesla used 49,967 shares at a maximum price of $277.05 a share as of Feb. 12 to buy the trailers from Central Valley Auto Transport. The California-based company specializes...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, Tesla Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Central Valley Auto Transport, Central Valley Auto Transport Inc


Transportation Weekly: Waymo unleashes laser bear, Bird spreads its wings, Lyft tightens its belt

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fifth edition of our newsletter and we love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here, here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming).  This week, we explore the world of light detec...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, California, France, China, Samsung, Sacramento, Articles, Tech, Tesla


Zero Motorcycles leads in electric motorcycles as BRP scoops up Alta’s remains

As the mobility world awaits Harley Davidson’s EV debut, there’s plenty of motion in the e-moto startup space. Zero Motorcycles unveiled its new 110 horsepower SR/F model in New York this week, offering a 200 mile range, one hour charge capability, and top speed of 124 mph. The California based startup—whose investors include New York VC firm Invus—wired the SR/F with Zero’s new Cypher III operating system and Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control. Both combine to offer remotely synced mobile co...
Tags: TC, New York, California, Tech, Ceo, United States, Motorcycles, Ski, Lightning, Honda, Operating System, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Bosch, Zero, Harley


Tesla halts online sales ahead of Elon Musk announcement

Tesla buyers might have a hard time ordering a vehicle through its website for the next several hours. The “order” webpages for the Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicle all redirect to show nebulous  message that reads “”The wait is almost over.” Below the main message, it reads “Great things are launching at 2 pm.” Updated: Musk’s Twitter page has changed just slightly. His profile photo now has a Tesla vehicle, and not the Mars shot. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Feb. 27 “Some Tesla news,” ...
Tags: Transportation, Twitter, Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, SEC, Mars, Tesla Model S, Musk, Reuters, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, California Some Tesla news Elon Musk


Elon Musk finally hosted meme review with the co-creator of Rick and Morty

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been teasing — and his fanbase has been making pleas — to host a meme review. And after tweeted hints, meme review has arrived via YouTube star PewDiePie. Musk tweeted last month a photo and a question “Host meme review?” Host meme review? pic.twitter.com/k2SFtIUh1k — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2019 On Friday, Musk and Justin Roiland, one of the creators of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, appeared on YouTuber PewDiePie’s show for a meme revi...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Youtube, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Pewdiepie, Musk, Meme, Morty, Rick, Rick And Morty


Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal invests $92M in Ola

The money is starting to flow from India’s largest startup exit. Ola has added a major name to its ongoing financing round after it confirmed that Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has invested 650 crore INR (around $92 million) into the Indian ride-hailing business. The deal rumored in January when Paper.vc, an intelligence service that sifts through company filings in India, noticed that Bansal had committed to investing 150 crore. Today, eight-year-old Ola not only confirmed the pairing...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Uber, Asia, India, Funding, Entrepreneur, Tech, Walmart, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Automotive, United States, Asia Pacific, Retailers


Tesla says the Model Y is coming in 2020

The Tesla Model Y — the SUV electric vehicle that CEO Elon Musk has been teasing and talking about since 2015 — will begin volume production by the end of 2020, the company said Wednesday in a letter to shareholders. The automaker, which has yet to show a prototype of the vehicle, said it will begin tooling for the Model Y this year. And unlike Tesla’s other electric vehicles, the Model Y will most likely be produced at the company’s massive “gigafactory” in Nevada, Musk said during an earnin...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Nevada, Tesla Model S, Musk, Tesla Model 3, Gigafactory


Apple cuts 200 staff from its Project Titan autonomous car division

Apple’s secretive efforts to develop a self-driving car — its so-called ‘Project Titan’ — have taken a hard turn in 2019 after it emerged that the iPhone-maker has reassigned 200 employees previously involved in its development. That’s according to CNBC which, citing sources, reported that a portion of the 200 staff were moved to other projects inside Apple, while others — and it isn’t clear how many — were let go altogether. The news was enough to prompt Apple to respond with a confirmation ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Technology, Steve Jobs, China, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, Macintosh, Automotive, Tim Cook, Computing, Machine Learning, Apple Store, Cnbc


Elon Musk says Tesla vehicles will soon get a ‘Sentry Mode’

Tesla owners may soon have a way to see (and record) damage that happens to their vehicles when they’re unattended. Tesla will roll out “Tesla Sentry Mode” for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet Tuesday. Musk didn’t provide anymore information about when this feature might be available and how it might work. TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla for more details. The name suggests that this feature would stand guard, so to speak by either keeping the dash cam on ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, Tesla Model S, Tesla Autopilot


VW investing $800M in Tennessee factory to make next-generation electric vehicles

Volkswagen will spend $800 million to expand a U.S. factory that will produce the automaker’s next generation of electric vehicles. The factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company’s North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles, VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said during a presentation at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. The expansion is expected to create 1,000 jobs at the plant. VW’s Chattanooga expansion is just a piece of the automaker’s broader plan to move away from diesel in the...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, China, Germany, Cars, US, America, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Vw, Tennessee, Transport, Manufacturing, Volkswagen


Mobileye is using its sensors to create detailed maps of the UK

Mobileye, the Israeli-based automotive sensor company acquired by Intel in 2017, is leveraging the huge amounts of data it can collect to help build precise maps of the UK’s roads and infrastructure. The company announced at CES 2019 that it has reached an agreement with Ordnance Survey to help the UK mapping agency bring high-precision location data to businesses in the country. Under the agreement, Mobileye’s sensors will be retrofitted onto Ordnance’s utility fleets to collect volumes o...
Tags: TC, UK, Technology, Utilities, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Intel, Car, Britain, Telecommunications, United Kingdom, Survey, Self-driving Cars, Ordnance Survey, Mobileye


Harley Davidson reveals more about its push into electric vehicles

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Venture capital, global expansion, blockchain and drones characterize African tech in 2018 Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service Harley Davidson released new specs for its electric motorcycle and pulled the covers off the conc...
Tags: Column, Asia, California, China, Milwaukee, New York City, Africa, US, Tech, Ceo, Smartphone, United States, Transport, Silicon Valley, Gps, Electric


Tesla breaks ground on Shanghai factory which will product Model 3 EVs for China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s first overseas factory in Shanghai will focus on producing Model 3 vehicles for the Chinese market only. Musk is currently in China to break ground on the new factory today, which is being developed in partnership with the Shanghai government — an ally that is likely to be incredibly useful. The deal was announced by Tesla in July and it was followed quickly by the opening of Model 3 pre-orders for China-based customers in November. Initial...
Tags: Asia, Elon Musk, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Shanghai, Transport, Bmw, Infiniti, Hyperloop


Tesla breaks ground on Shanghai factory which will produce Model 3 EVs for China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s first overseas factory in Shanghai will focus on producing Model 3 vehicles for the Chinese market only. Musk is currently in China to break ground on the new factory today, which is being developed in partnership with the Shanghai government — an ally that is likely to be incredibly useful. The deal was announced by Tesla in July and it was followed quickly by the opening of Model 3 pre-orders for China-based customers in November. Initial...
Tags: Asia, Elon Musk, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Shanghai, Transport, Bmw, Infiniti, Hyperloop


China’s Didi adds driver training program to counter sharp decline in rides

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company by number of users, has been struggling to recover from a major setback following the deaths of two passengers earlier this year. On Wednesday, its founder and CEO Cheng Wei released a letter detailing the company’s moves to step up safety oversight and meet new government rules, including a training program for drivers. The Softbank-backed transportation giant, which acquired Uber’s China-based service in 2016 and was last valued at $56 bill...
Tags: Uber, Asia, China, Softbank, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Alibaba, Transport, Carsharing, Ridesharing, Meituan-dianping, Cheng, Didi, Ministry of Transportation, SoftBank Group


Tesla picks telco executive Robyn Denholm to replace Elon Musk as chairman

Elon Musk’s replacement as the chair of Tesla has been named and it is Robyn Denholm, an Australian executive who has been a director with the electric vehicle firm since 2014. Denholm is currently CFO of Australia-based telco Telstra and she’ll step into the breach once a six-month notice period is served, Tesla said in an announcement released late Wednesday evening U.S. time. There’s been plenty of speculation as to who will replace Musk — the figurehead of Tesla’s business — after h...
Tags: Startups, TC, Elon Musk, Australia, Cars, Tesla, Ceo, SEC, Toyota, Telstra, Sustainable Energy, Director, Chairman, Executive, Juniper Networks, Tesla Model S


As Dr. Z Prepares to Move On, Daimler Taps a Swede for CEO Job

Daimler AG and its Mercedes-Benz division won’t have Dieter Zetsche at the helm for much longer. The mustachioed, jeans-loving chief executive, who’s headed the automaker since 2000, leaves the position in May, the automaker announced Wednesday. Dr. Z isn’t leaving the company — come May, the 65-year-old will accept the role of chairman of the group’s supervisory […] The post As Dr. Z Prepares to Move On, Daimler Taps a Swede for CEO Job appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ceo, People, Autos, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, Daimler AG, Dieter Zetsche, Ola Kallenius, News Blog


A Post-Marchionne FCA Gets Ready to Name a Dream Team

After the sudden illness of industry titan Sergio Marchionne in late July, Fiat Chrysler enacted some quick changes in order to name a new CEO. Mike Manley, who had helmed powerhouse FCA brands, was installed into the role on July 21st, just four days before Mr. Marchionne’s passing. Reuters reported this morning that Manley will […] The post A Post-Marchionne FCA Gets Ready to Name a Dream Team appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Management, Ceo, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler, Reuters, Marchionne, Sergio Marchionne, Mike Manley, Manley, Dream Team, News Blog


Uber’s Indian rival Ola is aiming for an IPO in 3-4 years

Ola, Uber’s chief rival in India, is planning to go public potentially as soon as in three years time, according to its CEO. Co-founder and chief executive officer Bhavish Aggarwal told the audience at an event in Bengaluru last week that seven-year-old Ola is poised to become a cash flow positive business — having recently hit operational profitability — and that’s a key driver towards a listing. That’s despite intense rumors of a tie-up with Uber following a spree of global exits from th...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Asia, Internet, Ipo, Southeast Asia, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Transport, Commuting, Judge


Ford’s plan to turn Detroit’s oldest neighborhood into an electric, AV hub

Ford will spend the next four years transforming at least 1.2 million square feet of space in Corktown — Detroit’s oldest neighborhood — into a hub for its electric and autonomous vehicles businesses. But the automaker’s ultimate aim goes beyond just building a new campus. The goal is to create a “mobility corridor,” — Ford’s version of its own Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley — that ties hubs of research, testing and development in the academic hub of Ann Arbor to Ford’s Dearborn headquarter...
Tags: Real Estate, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Silicon Valley, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Detroit, Operating System, Henry Ford, Sand Hill Road, Ann Arbor, Corktown, Detroit Ford


Here is Ford’s plan for Detroit

Ford will spend the next four years transforming at least 1.2 million square feet of space in Corktown — Detroit’s oldest neighborhood — into a hub for its electric and autonomous vehicles businesses. But the automaker’s ultimate aim goes beyond just building a new campus. The goal is to create a “mobility corridor,” — Ford’s version of its own Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley — that ties hubs of research, testing and development in the academic hub of Ann Arbor to Ford’s Dearborn headquarters, ...
Tags: Real Estate, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Silicon Valley, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Detroit, Operating System, Henry Ford, Sand Hill Road, Ann Arbor, Corktown, Detroit Ford


This is the first look at Uber’s air taxi concept

Uber sees a future where users can request a flying uber. And it’s what, as CEO Dara Khosrowshahi calls it, a big, bold bet. He says in an interview with CBS This Morning that big bold bets are what built Uber. “We want to create the network around those vehicles so regular people can take these taxis in the air for longer distances when they want to avoid traffic at affordable prices,” said Khosrowshahi. The goal is for the flying taxis to be driverless and hold four riders per vehicle to ke...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, Commuting, Cbs, Carsharing, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Elevate


Here’s when Ford will stop making most of its cars

Over coming years Ford intends to stop selling most of its cars in North America. This plan would leave just the Mustang and upcoming Focus Active as the only traditional car it sells while crossovers, SUVs and trucks make up the rest of its lineup. The news was abruptly revealed in Ford’s latest quarterly financial release and left many questions and here’s the answer to at least one of them. The Focus, Taurus and Fiesta will be the first to go. Ford will end production on the Focus in May 2018...
Tags: China, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Ford, Transport, North America, Mustang, Hackett, Fiesta, Sedans, United States Ford, Bob Shanks Ford


Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen unexpectedly departs amid tumult at luxury brand

General Motors unexpectedly announced that Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is leaving, effective immediately. He is being succeeded by Steve Carlisle, who had been GM Canada's president and managing director. The post Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen unexpectedly departs amid tumult at luxury brand appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, General Motors, Ceo, Gm, Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen, GM Canada, Steve Carlisle


Carvana acquires Car360 for $22M to improve its car buying platform

Carvana is already an innovative way to shop for a car and it could get better thanks to Car360. The two companies share an interest in improving the car buying experience through enhanced imagery. Car360’s approach is different from Carvana’s as it’s focused on photos shot with a mobile device. This approach could allow Carvana to accelerate and scale its operations as it currently leans on expensive DSLR rigs to capture most of its imagery. The deal cost Carvana $6.7M in cash and issued $15...
Tags: Tech, Ceo, Smartphone, Automotive, Mark Cuban, Machine Learning, Dslr, Mobile Device, Shark Tank, John Hanger, Carvana, Ernie Garcia, Bruno Francois, Carvana Car360


Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang clarifies Uber is not using its Drive platform

While Uber makes use of Nvidia hardware in its own self-driving automotive technology, it does not employ Nvidia’s Drive autonomous computing platform, which includes the GPU-makers own real-time sensor fusion, HD mapping and path planning. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang shared this information today during a Q&A session attended by reporters at the company’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. “Uber does not use Nvidia’s Drive technology,” Huang said. “Uber develops their own sensing and driv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Tech, Ceo, Intel, Automotive, Computing, Transport, Nvidia, Drive, Commuting, San Jose, Toyota, Autonomous Cars, Gpu


Nvidia’s Jensen Huang cautions patience in judging Uber AV engineers

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang faced a number of questions regarding Uber’s recent self-driving test vehicle accident, in which an SUV equipped with Uber’s autonomous technology struck and killed 49-year old Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona. Earlier on Tuesday, Reuters broke the news that Nvidia was suspending its own autonomous testing programs around the world. Huang didn’t address the suspension on stage, but he did express sympathy for the victim during the keynote, which he reiterated du...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Arizona, Transport, Nvidia, Commuting, Judge, Car Sharing, Autonomous Car, Huang, Jensen Huang


Nvidia previews next-generation Drive Orin self-driving computer

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed a forthcoming generation of the company’s self-driving Drive PX supercomputers for use in vehicles – the successor to the current Drive Pegasus, which will be called the Drive Orin and which will use essentially two Drive Pegasus computers combined into one, much smaller packages. This should ramp up the self-driving computing capability of vehicles in general, since Pegasus, when revealed in October of last year, contains two Xavier computers and two po...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Computing, Nvidia, Pegasus, Orin, GPGPU, Jensen Huang, PX Pegasus, Drive Orin



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