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Automakers have a choice: Become data companies or become irrelevant

Jeff Peters Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Peters, PhD is a principal at Autotech Ventures, investing in transportation startups. He has published academic and media articles on transportation, optimization, autonomous driving and AI. More posts by this contributor Will self-driving cars kill parking? The AI in your non-autonomous car While Bezos amassed billions, Apple took over our culture,...
Tags: Automotive, Column, Aurora, Automation, Big Data, Car Dealership, Commuting, Ford, General-Motors, Intel, Lyft, Mobileye, Samsung, Self-driving Cars, Technology, Toyota


Rarest And Oldest Porsche: Yours For About $20 Million

Sotheby’s The rarest and oldest Porsche of them all will go sale in August, expecting to fetch about $20 million at auction. The 1939 Porsche Type 64 was the personal vehicle of German car designer and manufacturer Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche. It’s currently on display as part of a press preview at Sotheby’s auction house in London. This is the only surviving example of the Type... Source
Tags: Design, Technology, London, Cars, Sale, Porsche, Auction, Retro, Sotheby's, Ferdinand, Sotheby


How It Works: Vehicle Fluids

There's a lot of liquid in your vehicle besides just gasoline. Many have scheduled maintenance changes -- brake and transmission, for example -- that will keep your vehicle running longer. And electric cars have an important one, too. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Maintenance, Autos, Jil McIntosh


Consumer Reports Slams Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot Update, Calls System ‘Far Less Competent’ Than a Human Driver

In this writer’s opinion, one of the greatest things to happen to high-speed motoring is the blind spot monitoring system. Try as we might to religiously check our mirrors and peer over our shoulders before each lane change, there’ll always be that time we half-ass it, just as an unseen car creeps up in the […] The post Consumer Reports Slams Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot Update, Calls System ‘Far Less Competent’ Than a Human Driver appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Tesla, Autos, Autopilot, News Blog, Navigate On Autopilot, Driver-assist Technologies


Ford CTO Ken Washington at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

A conference dedicated to transportation and mobility wouldn’t be complete without hearing from Ford, the U.S. automaker with a storied 116-year history. We’re excited to announce that Ford CTO Ken Washington will participate in TechCrunch’s inaugural TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on July 10, 2019 in San Jose, Calif., that’s bringing the best and brightest minds — founders, investors and technologists — who are determined to invent a future Henry Ford might never have imagined. Or maybe...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, California, Los Angeles, Events, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Bird, San Jose, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars


Ford will slash 7,000 salaried jobs by August

Ford Motor is laying off 7,000 salaried employees as part of CEO Jim Hackett’s restructuring plan to reduce bureaucracy, cut costs and turn the automaker into a more agile company prepared for a future that extends beyond its traditional business of producing and selling cars and trucks. The cuts represent about 10 percent of the automaker’s salaried employees. Some buyouts and layoffs have already occurred, according to an email sent to employees by Hackett. The contents of the email were in...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Vehicles, Transport, Driving, Detroit, Qualcomm, Wireless Networking, Emerging-technologies, Ann Arbor, Jim Hackett, Layoff


Tesla’s Shanghai Factory Building Has Been Completed

Tesla’s Shanghai factory building has been completed on May 19, 2019. This was a record breaker in terms of the shortest time needed to construct a very large factory building. This will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Elon Musk, Technology, Cars, Tesla, World, Innovation, Shanghai, Electric Cars


Lotus to Serve As Geely’s Tech Pioneer; Group CEO Aims at Porsche

After Chinese auto giant Geely took a controlling stake in Lotus two years ago, the British brand has prepared itself for a turnaround. With a more stable financial footing secured, Lotus can be whatever it wants to be. Enthusiasts want it to remain Lotus, only with an actual range of vehicles on offer. Group Lotus’ […] The post Lotus to Serve As Geely’s Tech Pioneer; Group CEO Aims at Porsche appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Brands, Porsche, Autos, Lotus, Geely, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Feng Qingfeng, Tech Pioneer


Nissan’s ProPilot Aims to Get Your Hands Off the Wheel, but Only Just

Will online videos soon emerge showing Nissan drivers taking naps or hopping into the backseat while underway? Maybe, but Nissan hasn’t been as cavalier as Tesla in playing up the abilities of its driver-assist technology. Now that an upgraded system that’s on par with General Motors’ Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot is on the way, […] The post Nissan’s ProPilot Aims to Get Your Hands Off the Wheel, but Only Just appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Tesla, Autos, Nissan, News Blog, ProPilot, Driver-assist Technologies, ProPilot 2.0, General Motors Super Cruise


Tesla Shanghai Factory Building is Nearly Complete

The Tesla Shanghai Factory building is nearing construction completion as seen in several videos filmed of the site. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Elon Musk, Technology, China, Cars, Tesla, World, Innovation, Tesla Shanghai Factory Building, Tesla Shanghai Factory


The Design Intelligence Award accelerates good project into world-class product designs

Design awards are often a mechanism to discover good design. A panel of judges help identify designs with potential, and reward them for being a good concept, or having a good execution. China’s premiere awards program, the Design Intelligence Award (DIA) operates on a slightly different path. It doesn’t just discover good design. It develops it. Working in part like an award program and in part like a product accelerator, the DIA Awards have a long, arduous, meticulous process. They identify go...
Tags: Design, Technology, China, Awards, Automotive, Popular, Sdk, Mono, Product Design, Random, Yamaha, Hexa, Zanwen Li, Marion Pinaffo, Raphaël Pluvinage, Heng Balance Lamp


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Designing an Italian icon, a mirrored hot air ballon, 3D-printed organs and plenty more inspiration and oddities The Impending Death of the Password Thanks to companies like MobileIron, device passwords (believed to date back to the 1960s, thanks to an MIT time-shared computer) may be on their way out once and for all. Since most people use weak passwords for the majority of their logins …
Tags: Psychology, Coffee, Art, Music, Science, Design, Technology, Internet, Cars, Tech, Computers, Architecture, 3d Printing, Italy, Public Art, Linkaboutit


Let’s Talk About Six: Mazda Confirms New Inline Engine in Development

Much of the news surrounding Mazda this past year has concerned powerplants: a new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-banger for the CX-5 crossover and 6 sedan, a sort-of sparkless Skyactiv-X mill that still doesn’t have a North American arrival date, a lackluster diesel that took its sweet time getting here, and the brand’s continued lack of electric […] The post Let’s Talk About Six: Mazda Confirms New Inline Engine in Development appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, Crossovers, Engines, Mazda, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Inline Six, Skyactiv-X, Engine Development


Reserve your student ticket to TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

The future of mobility is the big topic driving TC Sessions: Mobility 2019, which takes place July 10 in San Jose, Calif. Will it include flying cars? Space tourism? Transporter beams? Before we can go where no person has gone before, we need to foster a deep bench of thinkers, makers and technologists. Students are essential to the future of mobility. If you’re in high school or college and have a passion for mobility tech, take advantage of our deeply discounted student tickets. Come to TC Ses...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Technology, California, Articles, Events, Tech, Automotive, Transport, San Jose, Mobility, Robotics, Ambassador, Self-driving Car, Cto


Trade War Watch: New Tariffs Coming Down the Pipe After China Pulls U-turn

The United States could impose a 25 percent import tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods by the end of this week — the result of threats issued by President Donald Trump following a reported about-face on the part of Chinese officials negotiating a new trade deal with the U.S. At the core of […] The post Trade War Watch: New Tariffs Coming Down the Pipe After China Pulls U-turn appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, China, United States, Tariffs, Trade, Autos, Intellectual Property, Donald Trump, News Blog, Trade War Watch, Import Tariffs


Chevrolet Volt Postmortem: How Not to Market a Car With a Gasoline Engine

February 15th was a sad day, even for those who hate cars. On that day, General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant produced the last Chevrolet Volt — a green car born at the dawn of a new era that didn’t take off exactly as envisioned. In the truck-loving land of (relatively) cheap gasoline, electric vehicles are […] The post Chevrolet Volt Postmortem: How Not to Market a Car With a Gasoline Engine appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Marketing, General Motors, Plug-In Hybrids, Gm, Autos, Hybrids, PHEVs, Volt, Chevrolet Volt, News Blog, Public Perception, General Motors Detroit Hamtramck assembly, Chevrolet Volt Postmortem


Batwoman, Failed Airlines, and Height Enhancement Scams: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been a busy week for our friends at Facebook: Amid showing a bunch of loser far-right trolls and also Louis Farrakhan the door, kicking off an unhinged Twitter spree by the president, the company announced a confusing pivot towards being a privacy-first platform while also announcing other features designed to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Facebook, Wearables, Twitter, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Air Travel, Medicine, Labor, Environment, Cars, Social Media, Brands


How It Works: Modular Vehicle Platforms

A "platform" used to mean a frame, but today, it's primarily an engineering tool for building more than one vehicle on the same basic design. Find out how and why in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

Long before there was an autonomous vehicle industry, there was Project Chauffeur — a secret endeavor staffed by about a dozen engineers and housed under Google’s moonshot factory X. That venture, popularly known as the Google self-driving car project, would eventually graduate from its project status to become a standalone company called Waymo in 2016 — along the way helping launch an entire industry and numerous careers. And Waymo’s CTO and VP of engineering Dmitri Dolgov has been the...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Technology, California, Tech, Intel, Companies, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, San Jose, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Cto, Henry Ford, Emerging-technologies


On ICE: Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Wonder Engine Isn’t in a Hurry to Get Stateside

Much-touted engines seem to take a while to arrive in North America, at least when it comes to Mazda. To the brand’s credit, those engines, at least in the case of the Skyactiv-D diesel, do eventually make it to these shores — though many wonder whether Mazda should have even bothered. The Skyactiv-X is a […] The post On ICE: Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Wonder Engine Isn’t in a Hurry to Get Stateside appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, North America, Engines, Mazda, News Blog, Product Planning, Mazda 3, Skyactiv-X


China Quality Tesla Model S Spontaneously Combusts

A China quality vehicle (specifically a Tesla Model S) has spontaneously burst into flames in a Shanghai parking garage, prompting an investigation by Tesla and making many curious what sparked the fire. Surveillance cameras captured the car billowing smoke before becoming engulfed in fire, reducing two nearby cars into blackened heaps as well – thankfully […]
Tags: Technology, China, Accidents, Cars, International, Tesla, Fires, Shanghai, Anime, Made In China


Electric Truck and SUV Maker Rivian Gets $500 Million From Ford

Rivian, electric truck and SUV maker, has a $500 million strategic partnership deal with Ford [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Business, Technology, Future, Cars, Ford, Innovation, Batteries, Electric Cars, Electric Truck


How It Works: Variable all-wheel drive

By the sound of it, you'd think all-wheel drive is...well, all wheels driving, but that isn't always the case. Most vehicles use variable AWD, which determines how much power to send to the wheels depending on driving conditions. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, All-wheel Drive, Jil McIntosh


Waymo Picks Detroit Plant for Self-driving Vehicle Conversions

It’s a long way from the company’s fledgling, Phoenix-area autonomous ride-hailing service, but Detroit has enough available space and local talent for Waymo to sign a lease. On Tuesday, the self-driving tech company announced a deal to mate Chrysler Pacificas and Jaguar I-Paces with autonomous hardware in an abandoned assembly plant sitting in the heart […] The post Waymo Picks Detroit Plant for Self-driving Vehicle Conversions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autonomous, Autos, Jaguar, Detroit, Phoenix, News Blog, Self-Driving Vehicles, Waymo, Chrysler Pacificas, Waymo Picks Detroit Plant


Horses and Guinea Pigs: Elon Musk’s Lofty Promises Raise Safety Advocates’ Ire, Sink Stock

Did you miss Autonomy Day yesterday? If you’re unaware, that’s the name given to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s promise-filled, self-driving-focused speech to investors yesterday in the cradle of dreams (also known as Silicon Valley). There, Musk promised cars a driver can sleep in; cars that will make its owner money. Cars that, despite their self-driving […] The post Horses and Guinea Pigs: Elon Musk’s Lofty Promises Raise Safety Advocates’ Ire, Sink Stock appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, Autos, Silicon Valley, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Musk, News Blog


Stuff Elon Musk Said About Tesla Autonomous Cars on Monday, Ranked

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke at a company investor day focused on autonomy, relaying news that Tesla had switched to a self-driving computer designed by in-house engineers and dropping some big promises about what, exactly, the future of its Autopilot feature and autonomous driving will look like.Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Cars, Tesla, Automation, Robots, Nvidia, Driving, Autonomous Vehicles, Ridesharing, Self Driving Cars, Elon Musk Said About Tesla Autonomous Cars


Tesla Autonomy Software

Tesla Autonomy Investor Day described their software. Tesla has a shadow mode where they can compare alternative software algorithms against the current software. Tesla will only proceed from shadow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Future, Cars, Tesla, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Self Driving Cars, Tesla Autonomy Software


Promise Hour: Tesla Broadcasts Self-driving Tech to Perk Up Investors

Tesla celebrated “Autonomy Day” on Monday, broadcasting a web presentation to investors touting its self-driving strategy — part of CEO Elon Musk’s attempt to prove that the manufacturer’s longstanding commitment to the technology will bear fruit. While the mood was undercut by news of one of its vehicles spontaneously combusting in a Shanghai parking garage, the company […] The post Promise Hour: Tesla Broadcasts Self-driving Tech to Perk Up Investors appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, Shanghai, Autos, Machine Learning, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Chips, Neural Networks, Tesla Motors, Automotive Technology, Avs, FSD, News Blog, Autonomy Day


A motorcycle-compatible bionic arm that lets the disabled ride motorbikes

Combining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or ...
Tags: Design, Technology, Medical, Automotive, Motorbike, Honda, ARM, Bionic, Product Design, Motorcycle, Prosthetic, Tom Hylton


Economic Impact of Self-driving Trucks

Trucks are the backbone of the supply-chain delivery system. 70% of goods are delivered by truck. The U.S. trucking industry generated $700.3 billion in economic activity in 2017. Self-driving trucks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Gadgets, Business, Science, Technology, Jobs, Future, Cars, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Robotics, Self Driving Cars, Economic Impact



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