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How Nuro plans to spend Softbank’s $940 million

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is bursting with ideas since SoftBank invested nearly $1 billion in February, new filings reveal. A recent patent application details how its R1 self-driving vehicle could carry smaller robots to cross lawns or climb stairs to drop off packages. The company has even taken the step of trademarking the name “Fido” for delivery services. “We think there’s something neat about that name,” Nuro founder Dave Ferguson told TechCrunch. “It’s friendly, neigh...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Amazon, Anthony Levandowski, Automation, China, Continental, Delaware, E-commerce, Fedex, Google, Kroger, Lyft, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Netease, Nuro


Courtroom Face-off Ends in a Win for Jaguar Land Rover; China Declares the Landwind X7 a Copycat

A legal battle waged since 2016 ended with a historic win for Jaguar Land Rover on Friday. In 2015, China’s Jiangling Motor Corporation debuted the Landwind X7, a compact crossover that looked a lot like the Range Rover Evoque. Okay, not “a lot” — the near was damn near identical, but priced well below the […] The post Courtroom Face-off Ends in a Win for Jaguar Land Rover; China Declares the Landwind X7 a Copycat appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: News Blog, China, Copycat, Court Cases, Design, Jaguar Land Rover, Jiangling Motor, Landwind X7, Lawsuit


Hot Take: You Probably Wouldn’t Have Wanted the New Ford Taurus, Anyway

Despite having risen from the grave in 2007, following its brief stint as the Ford Five Hundred, the Taurus has been reburied. The last example rolled out of Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant a few weeks ago (to make room for SUVs), though the car lives on in China. However, we doubt you’d be interested if the […] The post Hot Take: You Probably Wouldn’t Have Wanted the New Ford Taurus, Anyway appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Editorials, News Blog, Product Planning, Changan Ford, China, Ford, Ford Motor Co, Ford Taurus, Sedans


Honda Crider gets a twin model in China - the Honda Envix

Twin models from different joint ventures is common in China. Honda sells...
Tags: China, Autos, China Honda, Honda Crider


China’s New Buick Encore: Unusually Strong Visual Appeal, and Not Coming Here

The pint-sized Buick Encore subcompact crossover came to China in 2012, and, judging by the photo directly above, the launch of an updated model in 2016 was a splashy affair, indeed. Back in the days when General Motors was looking to rapidly grow its market share in the world’s largest car market, Chinese and American […] The post China’s New Buick Encore: Unusually Strong Visual Appeal, and Not Coming Here appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, General Motors, Autos, Overseas, Buick, Buick Encore, News Blog, Product Planning, 2020 Buick Encore


Uber Freight is expanding into Europe

Uber Freight, the newly spun out Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, is kicking off its global expansion plans. The company said Wednesday it is launching the app in Europe, starting with the Netherlands. Local carriers and drivers will be able to book and move their first loads with Uber Freight in the next few weeks, CEO Lior Ron wrote in a blog posted Wednesday. Uber Freight plans to expand to more European countries this year. The EU and U....
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Europe, Texas, China, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, European Union, Automotive, Airbnb, Carsharing, Ron, Andrew Smith, Lior Ron, Uber Freight


Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for its Mobis OEM division

On the heels of becoming the latest investor in Ola, today Hyundai announced another key deal to further its ambitions in next-generation automotive services. Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems. This is Yandex’s first partnership with a carmaker, and specifically, Yandex will be working with Hyundai Mobis, the car giant’s OEM parts and service di...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, China, Russia, India, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Toyota, Estonia, Las Vegas, Autonomous Cars, Baidu, Hyundai, Kia


2019 Honda XR-V (facelift) leaked

The Honda XR-V, a China-only reskinned Honda Vezel (Honda HR-V), is about to...
Tags: China, Autos, Honda, Honda Vezel Honda


What Does the 5G Rollout Mean for Drivers?

The objects that we interact with every day are becoming increasingly connected. As technology advances, we hear about more devices becoming “smart” – TVs, watches, glasses, homes and, yes, cars too. Remember when smart cars were a mind-blowing revelation? Now, the smart cars of today are in their mere infancy compared to what lies ahead – and the 5G rollout will accelerate the evolution. At Openbay , we like to keep our fingers on the pulse of automotive and technology advancements, so ...
Tags: Lyft, China, Ford, Autos, Cnet, Tim Berners Lee, Antuan Goodwin, Openbay, 5G Automotive Association


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


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


Drivezy, India’s vehicle sharing startup, is raising $100M+ at a $400M valuation, eyes US expansion

Drivezy — the startup out of India that wants to turn private car usage on its head through a car-sharing network where people lend their cars and two-wheeled vehicles but also have options to use vehicles from a fleet managed by Drivezy — said it is raising more money as it gears up for the next stage of its expansion, including a launch in the US in coming weeks. The company is in the process of raising $100 million in equity funding, plus another $400 million in asset financing, with the l...
Tags: Google, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Funding, Cars, US, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley


World’s Largest Car Market Continues Tanking

After rising steadily for almost three decades, China’s end of the economic seesaw seemed to hit its maximum elevation early last year, thus kicking off a swift plunge. For foreign automakers hoping to cash in on a burgeoning middle class hungry for cars, lofty dreams were pared back. New vehicle sales in the world’s most […] The post World’s Largest Car Market Continues Tanking appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Sales, Autos, Auto Sales, Overseas, News Blog, Foreign Markets


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


BMW Takes Its EVs-from-China Plan Off the Burner

Unlike another German automaker, BMW isn’t jumping into “electromobility” (gag) with both feet. There’s an element of restraint in the automaker’s electrification plans, unlike Volkswagen’s bid to put 1 billion EVs on the moon by next week. Thanks to this cautious blend of profit-mindedness and environmental consideration, we now have high-margin vehicles positioned above the […] The post BMW Takes Its EVs-from-China Plan Off the Burner appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Production, Electric Vehicles, Exports, Autos, Bmw, Volkswagen, EVs, News Blog, BMW iX3


VW’s futuristic all-electric dune buggy embraces its 1960s’ roots

Volkswagen has added another member to its ever-expanding I.D. line of concept electric vehicles that’s meant to showcase the automaker’s electric future. This time it’s the I.D. Buggy, an all-electric dune buggy with some 1960s California subculture flair. The I.D. Buggy, which made its global debut Monday at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show, is meant to show the versatility of the automaker’s modular electric drive toolkit chassis, or MEB. The MEB, which was introduced in 2016, is a fl...
Tags: Transportation, California, China, Germany, Cars, Tech, Automotive, United States, Vw, Tennessee, Transport, Volkswagen, EVs, Chattanooga, Hanover, North American International Auto Show


Transportation Weekly: Polestar CEO speaks, Tesla terminology, and a tribute

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fourth edition of our newsletter, a weekly jaunt into the wonderful world of transportation and how we (and our packages) move. This week we chat with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, dig into Lyft’s S-1, take note of an emerging trend in AV development, and check out an experiment with paving. Oh, and how could we forget Tesla. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transp...
Tags: Google, Android, Transportation, Lyft, New York, China, India, Cars, Toronto, Tech, Tesla, Car, Austin, Netflix, Canada, Automotive


Did The Polestar 2 Just Challenge The Tesla Model 3?

Polestar will reveal their next model at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Polestar 2 will compete with other high performance EVs, including the Tesla Model 3.  BOOM! That sound you heard was a huge warning shot right across the bow of Elon Musk’s yacht. To quote directly from Polestar: “Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros.” You best get your ducks in a row Elon. First Audi...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, UK, China, Tesla, Porsche, Autos, Bmw, Google Maps, Audi, Volvo, Chevy Bolt, Merc, Brembo, Europe North America, Ohlins


Chinese Auto Market Not As Hot As Everyone Thought

China might not be the kind of market everyone thought it was — one without a ceiling, boasting unlimited potential for growth. One by one, automakers find themselves having to confront economic reality. Despite amassing a network of factories that could theoretically outproduce the rest of the world, the Asian country’s automotive sector only operates at […] The post Chinese Auto Market Not As Hot As Everyone Thought appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Autos


Polestar 2 Debut: China’s Response to the Tesla Model 3

Polestar, Volvo’s former performance division (which parent company Geely insisted be spun off as its own electric car brand), announced its second automobile on Wednesday. Whereas the Polestar 1 was a 600-horsepower hybrid coupe, Polestar 2 adds a set of rear doors and does away with internal combustion altogether. For all the “Tesla fighters” out there, […] The post Polestar 2 Debut: China’s Response to the Tesla Model 3 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Volvo, New Cars, Tesla Model 3, Geely, News Blog, Polestar, Future Models, Polestar Volvo, Polestar 2


Matrix Alpha Streetfighter Helmet Hands-On Review

Some Less Than Pleasant Surprises I was really looking forward to testing this helmet due to the lightness. I am religious about wearing a full face helmet and the lighter the better. I also was very interested in the airflow thinking that the Matrix Alpha Streetfighter had the potential to be my go-to helmet for the hot summers here in Phoenix. The Alpha Streetfighter offers a large chin bar with two large vent openings on each side of the helmet. Most helmets offer a single vent in the center...
Tags: UK, China, United States, Motorcycles, Vietnam, Phoenix, Chin, Matrix, Alpha Streetfighter


Polestar unveils its all-electric response to the Tesla Model 3

Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand Polestar introduced Wednesday its first all-electric vehicle — a five-door fastback that is gunning for the Tesla Model 3. In the past few years, every time an electric vehicle — concept, prototype, or production version — has been unveiled, the term “Tesla killer” has been tossed about regardless of whether that car will ever even come to market. In the case of Polestar 2, it’s unclear if it will be the “Tesla killer.” It’s possible that an entir...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, Transportation, Europe, UK, China, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Automotive, Linux, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Volvo, Car Sharing


From Model to Make: Volkswagen Launches JETTA Brand

There’s a reason for the use of upper-case letters — the Volkswagen Jetta is still a car model sold in China, and a quite popular one at that, while JETTA is a new brand aimed at entry-level consumers in that mega market. VW is an incredibly big deal in the world’s most car-hungry country, eating up […] The post From Model to Make: Volkswagen Launches JETTA Brand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Overseas, Branding, Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta, News Blog, Product Planning, Foreign Markets


NIO Builds Luxury Electric SUVs and Sells a Luxury Lifestyle

NIO sells luxury electric SUVs in China for about US$60,000 each. NIO is at the intersection of several high growth markets in China. The high-growth markets are electric cars, luxury goods and a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Technology, News, China, Cars, US, Wealth, World, Innovation, Electric Cars, NIO, NIO Builds Luxury Electric


Alibaba hits the gas on mobility as its bike sharing service adds carpooling

Carpooling is heralded to be environmentally friendly and money-saving, but in smog-stricken China, the transportation option became a source of public concerns after two female passengers got murdered during their lifts with Didi Chuxing drivers. The ride-hailing app has suspended its Hitch service to this date under government command, and its peers were also directed to step up safety measures for their own offerings. The regulatory crackdown led to a shortage of cheap rides with strangers in...
Tags: Transportation, Messenger, Asia, China, Tech, Automotive, Alibaba, Transport, Tencent, Mobile Payments, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Online Payments, Jack Ma, Carsharing


Tesla’s top attorney leaves after two months on job due to ‘poor cultural fit’

Tesla’s general counsel, a veteran trial lawyer, has been replaced with a company insider just two months after taking the post. Dane Butswinkas, who was named Tesla general counsel in December, is leaving the company, Tesla confirmed. Jonathan Chang, who was most recently vice president of legal at Tesla, has taken over the general counsel position. Butswinkas is returning to the Washington D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly, where he had worked for nearly 30 years. Wednesday is his last day ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Europe, Washington, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Automotive Industry, Vice President, Financial Services, Musk, Chang, Jonathan


Buick’s U.S. Lineup May Need More Help From China

With official confirmation that the Buick Cascada will eventually be joining the Lacrosse for an extended dirt nap, General Motors’ “lesser” luxury brand has to make a decision. Will Buick press onward with a limited lineup or will it try and find replacements for North America? Considering Buick’s crossover volume moved from around 30 percent of its […] The post Buick’s U.S. Lineup May Need More Help From China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, General Motors, Gm, Autos, North America, Buick, Buick Cascada, News Blog, Buick Lacrosse, GM-SAIC


ON THE GAS. Tattoo Customs’ ‘Blue Velvet’ BMW R80RT Cafe Brat

Written by Martin Hodgson Forget the disco-era 1970s or even the golden age of the Renaissance, turns out men have been strutting the streets wearing colourful velvet since 200 BC in China. Personally I’ve never got the trend; unless you’re the legendary American pimp, Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan, then you’re probably best leaving the velvet in the draw! Thankfully there’s no goblets, canes or seedy side streets here, just a perfect stripped down and sleek 1985 BMW R80RT. From the creatives minds...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, China, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Rudy, North Carolina, Classic, Pirelli, Don Juan, CNC, CB, Brat, Ohlins, Café Racer


Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round

Another autonomous vehicle unicorn has joined the herd. TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup running daily routes for customers in Arizona, has raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp. as the company prepares to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June. The startup, which launched in 2015 and has operations in San Diego and Tucson, Arizona, has a post-money of $1.095 billion (aka unicorn status). TuSimple has raised $178 million to date...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Nvidia, Self-driving Cars, Weibo


East vs. West: Why General Motors Is Obsessed With China

Last month, General Motors announced a plan to introduce more than 20 new and refreshed models in China in 2019 to “maintain its growth momentum in the world’s largest vehicle market” and pump EVs into what is probably the most electric-friendly region on the planet. GM appears to love China and not without good reason. As […] The post East vs. West: Why General Motors Is Obsessed With China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, General Motors, Editorials, Gm, Autos, GM China, News Blog, Automotive Sales, Sales Stats, Chinese Sales



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