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The Station: Volvo evolves, Skip trips and touchscreen tech

The Station is back for another week of news and analysis on all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future. As always, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior reporter at TechCrunch. Portions of the newsletter will be published as an article on the main site after it has been emailed to subscribers (that’s what you’re reading now). To get everything, you have to sign up. And it’s free. To subscribe, go to our newsletters page and click on The Station. This we...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Aicha Evans, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive Industry, Byton, China, Cityscoot, DBL Partners, Dmitry Shevelenko, Electric Vehicles, Ike Robotics, Information technology, Jess Lee, Michigan, Micromobility


Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users

Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people’s account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz’ connected car app was pulling in information from other accounts and not their own, allowing them to see other car owners’ names, recent activity, phone numbers, and more. The apparent security lapse happened late-Friday before the app went offline “due to site mainten...
Tags: Apps, Automotive, Privacy, Security, Automotive Industry, Los Angeles, Mercedes-Benz, Online Marketplaces, Operating Systems, Photo Sharing, Seattle, Smartphone, Social Media, Software, Spokesperson


Harley-Davidson has resumed production of the LiveWire

Harley-Davidson has resumed production and deliveries of its electric LiveWire motorcycle after determining an issue with charging was isolated to a single vehicle. HD halted production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle earlier this week after discovering what it described at the time as a “non-standard condition.” Harley-Davidson didn’t recall any of the LiveWire motorcycles already on the road. But it did stop production and deliveries and began additional testing and analysis. At ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Harley Davidson, TechCrunch Customers


Who will own the future of transportation?

Autonomous vehicles are often painted as a utopian-like technology that will transform parking lots into parks and eliminate traffic fatalities — a number that reached 1.35 million globally in 2018. Even if, as many predict, autonomous vehicles are deployed en masse, the road to that future promises to be long, chaotic and complex. The emergence of ride-hailing, car-sharing and micromobility hints at some of the speed bumps between today’s modes of transportation and more futuristic means, like ...
Tags: Transportation, Electric Vehicle, China, Tech, AV, Automotive, Vw, Ford, Silicon Valley, Evans, Michigan, Bmw, Self-driving Cars, Audi, Detroit, Daimler


Volvo creates a dedicated business for autonomous industrial and commercial transport

Volvo Group has established a new dedicated business group focused on autonomous transportation, with a mandate that covers industry segments like mining, ports and moving goods between logistics hubs of all kinds. The vehicle maker has already been active in putting autonomous technology to work in these industries, with self-driving projects including at a few quarries and mines, and in the busy port located at Gothenburg, Sweden. The company sees demand for this kind of autonomous technology ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, Sweden, Tech, Mining, Automotive, Automation, Mobility, Robotics, Volvo, Here, Emerging-technologies, Autonomous Car, Gothenburg Sweden, Volvo Cars


Tesla gets green light to start producing EVs in China

China’s industry ministry has add Tesla to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, a designation that allows the electric automaker to begin producing vehicles in the country. Tesla’s inclusion on the list published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was reported by Reuters. Tech Sina also reported the news and provided a screenshot of MIIT’s approved automakers. Tesla is the first automaker listed. TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla and will update whe...
Tags: Transportation, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Shanghai, Tesla Model S, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Fremont Calif, Gigafactory Shanghai, Reuters Tech Sina


Every angle of Volvo’s first electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge

Volvo Cars introduced Wednesday the XC40 Recharge, an all-electric vehicle that CTO Henrik Green described as “a car of firsts and a car of the future.” The XC40 Recharge is hardly the first electric vehicle on the market. But for Volvo the XC40 is a “car of firsts.” This is the company’s first all-electric vehicle. It’s also the first Volvo to have an infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system as well as have the ability to make over-the-air software updates. Before we ...
Tags: Google, Android, Electric Vehicle, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Transport, Epa, Hyundai, Kia, Environmental Protection Agency, Volvo, Operating System, Energy Consumption, Volvo Cars


Volvo unveils its first electric car, the XC40 Recharge

Volvo Cars introduced Wednesday the XC40 Recharge, its first electric car under a new EV-focused brand that kicks off a company-wide shift toward electrification. “It’s a car of firsts and it’s a car of the future,” CTO Henrik Green said. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the first electric vehicle in the automaker’s portfolio. It’s also the first Volvo to have an infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system as well as have the ability to make over-the-air software updates. Th...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, Tech, Tesla, Green, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Gm, Linux, Epa, Green Vehicles, Environmental Protection Agency, Volvo, Google-Maps


Flash Memory on Some Tesla Cars Is Reportedly Burning Out, Causing Major Issues

Displays on older models of Tesla electric vehicles are bricking because of shoddy flash memory, according to reports in Inside EVs and Motherboard.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Cars, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automobiles, Smart Cars


The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round

If you haven’t heard, TechCrunch has officially launched a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, flying car, robotaxi or rocket. Heck, maybe even via hyperloop. Earlier this year, we piloted a weekly transportation newsletter. Now, we’re back with a new name and a format that will be delivered into your inbox every Saturday morning. We’re calling it The Station, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Lyft, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, China, Africa, Cars, Tech, Tesla, AV, Mit


For $164, Jaguar will let you co-pilot its I-Pace race taxi around the Nürburgring 

The Green Hell, as the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife was nicknamed back in the late 1960s, is a 73-corner nearly 13-mile track in Germany that can challenge even the most accomplished professional race car drivers. Now, for about $164, thrill seekers can be a passenger for one lap. Jaguar announced a RACE eTAXI promotion that customers can buy a ride around the Nürburgring in an all-electric I-Pace vehicle piloted by a professional race car driver. The promotion lasts through the end of Novembe...
Tags: Elon Musk, Germany, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Porsche, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Electric Car, Nurburgring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Nurburgring Nordschleife, NIO, I-Pace


Bathroom Humor and High-End Executive Cars

Bathroom Humor and High-End Executive Cars Enough already with the Fart jokes! Said every father to his sons. I am not sure why boys get so much enjoyment from this topic, but now it is going a little far with the businessman Elon Musk adding a farting noise to the horn repertoire included in the...
Tags: Updates, Transportation, Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, Sem, Automotive, Vehicles, Automation, Humor, Patents, Liability, Navigation, Operating Systems, Radio_Show, Said


Electric moped startup Revel could expand to Texas next

Revel, the New York-based shared electric moped startup, appears to be preparing to expand into Texas, according to job listings first spotted and reported by Thinknum Alternative Data. The expansion into Texas would be Revel’s fourth market and its first west of the Mississippi River, a move that would be consistent with comments CEO and co-founder Frank Reig made earlier this week to TechCrunch. Revel, which launched in 2018, has more than 1,400 mopeds in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn and Que...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Florida, New York, Texas, California, Washington, Tech, Automotive, Brooklyn, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Revel, Scooter, Electric Scooters, Mississippi River


Waymo and Renault to explore autonomous mobility route in Paris region

Waymo and Renault are working with the Paris region to explore the possibility of establishing an autonomous transportation route between Charles De Gaulle airport and La Défense, a neighbourhood just outside of Paris city limits that plays host to a large number of businesses and skyscrapers, including a large shopping center. This is part of the deal that Renault and Nissan signed with Waymo earlier this year, to work together on potential autonomous vehicle services in both Japan and Franc...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Japan, France, Tech, Automotive, Paris, Transport, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Olympic Games, Nissan, Renault, Ile de France, Charles de Gaulle Airport, La Defense


Autonomous trucking startup Einride eyes U.S. market with $25 million in new funding

Einride, the Swedish autonomous vehicle startup known for its futuristic pods designed to haul freight, has raised $25 million in a Series A round that will be used to fund its expansion into the United States. The round was co-led by the EQT Ventures fund and NordicNinja VC, a  fund backed by Panasonic, Honda, Omron and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Other investors joining the round include Ericsson Ventures, Norrsken Foundation, Plum Alley Investments and Plug and Play Ve...
Tags: Business, Tech, Economy, Companies, Automotive, United States, Panasonic, Pod, Honda, Startup Company, Deliv, EQT, EQT Ventures, Omron, DB Schenker, Plug And Play


Autonomous trucking startup Einride eyes US market with $25 million in new funding

Einride, the Swedish autonomous vehicle startup known for its futuristic pods designed to haul freight, has raised $25 million in a Series A round that will be used to fund its expansion into the United States. The round was co-led by EQT Ventures and NordicNinja VC, a fund backed by Panasonic, Honda, Omron and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Other investors joining the round include Ericsson Ventures, Norrsken Foundation, Plum Alley Investments and Plug and Play Ventures. The s...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, US, Tech, Automotive, United States, Panasonic, Pod, Honda, Deliv, EQT, EQT Ventures, Omron, Autonomous Trucks, DB Schenker, Plug And Play


Dyson kills its electric car project and turns to solid-state batteries

Dyson said it will end its electric vehicle project after determining it could not make the car commercially viable or find a buyer. The company, known for its high-tech vacuum cleaners and fans, said in a statement Thursday that its automotive team had developed a fantastic car, but decided to close the project. Dyson also sought a buyer for the project, but has been unsuccessful so far, the company said in the statement. Dyson announced in September 2017 that it was working on a battery ele...
Tags: Singapore, Tech, Industrial Design, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, United Kingdom, Batteries, Machine Learning, James Dyson, Dyson, Singapore Dyson


Holoride makes its in-car VR available to the public for the first time

Audi spin-out Holoride is launching to the general public for the first time, though a collaboration with Ford and Universal Pictures . The young company is focused on a unique twist on virtual reality: In-car VR, to be experienced by a passenger while a vehicle is in motion. VR in cars might sound like a bit of a conflicted or risky proposition, but it actually makes a lot of sense once you understand more about Holoride’s approach. TechCrunch took it for a spin at CES this year, and fo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Hollywood, Articles, Tech, Automotive, Digital Media, Ford, Virtual Reality, Audi, New Media, Universal Pictures, Frankenstein, Holoride, Contents


Electric moped startup Revel raises $27.6 million as it eyes new markets

In less than two years, Revel has gone from an idea to a shared electric vehicle startup with more than 1,400 mopeds across Washington D.C., and Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Now, it’s ready to grow up — and beyond these three cities — with a fresh injection of $27.6 million in capital raised in a Series A round led by Ibex Investors. The equity round included newcomer Toyota AI Ventures and further investments from Blue Collective, Launch Capital and Maniv Mobility. The capital will, as ...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, New York, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Brooklyn, Queens, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Revel, Scooter, Buenos Aires Argentina, Department of Motor Vehicles, Queens New York


Waymo to customers: “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way”

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle business under Alphabet, sent an email to customers of its ride-hailing app that their next trip might not have a human safety driver behind the wheel, according to a copy of the email that was posted on Reddit. The email entitled “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way” was sent to customers that use its ride-hailing app in the suburbs of Phoenix. It isn’t clear if the email was sent to members of its early rider program or its broader Waymo One serv...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, California, Tech, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Transport, Reddit, Chrysler, Self-driving Cars, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies, Autonomous Car


Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride

Uber is piloting a new feature that lets U.S. riders alert drivers that a pet will be coming along, the latest effort from the company to appeal to a broader audience and become to the one-stop shop for transportation, meals and other services. The feature called Uber Pet will be available beginning October 16 in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay. Riders will pay for the privilege of taking their pets with them through what Uber describes...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Minneapolis, Tech, Austin, Automotive, United States, Transport, Commuting, Nashville, Philadelphia, Driver, Denver, Carsharing, Phoenix, Tampa Bay


Via is launching an on-demand public transit network in the city of Cupertino

Shuttle startup Via and the city of Cupertino are launching an on-demand public transportation network, the latest example of municipalities trying out alternatives to traditional buses. The aim is for these on-demand shuttles, which will start with six vans branded with the city of Cupertino logo, to provide more efficient connections to CalTrain and increase access to public transit across the city. The on-demand shuttle service, which begins October 29, will eventually grow to 10 vehicles ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Transportation, UK, New York, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Automotive, Ford, United Kingdom, Transport, Silicon Valley, Cupertino


Waymo is creating 3D maps of Los Angeles to better understand traffic congestion

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company under Alphabet, has started creating 3D maps in some heavily trafficked sections of Los Angeles to better understand congestion there and determine if its self-driving vehicles would be a good fit in the city. For now, Waymo is bringing just three of its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Los Angeles to map downtown and a section of Wilshire Boulevard known as Miracle Mile. Waymo employees will initially drive the vehicles to create 3D maps of ...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Florida, California, Washington, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, AV, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Chrysler, Mountain View, Michigan


This e-bike is so advanced, it alerts you when a speeding car approaches it from behind

The beauty of design is its relentless pursuit of perfection. Each designer designs a product that fulfills what THEY think is the best for the users, resulting in a diversity that’s just staggering. I’ve written about e-bikes in length, covering its multitudes of features, justifying it for the people it’s intended for, and the Calamus One, just like those bikes, is a spectacular e-bike… with a difference. It comes with features I’m seeing arguably for the first time, not just in e-bikes but ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Design, Technology, Automotive, Electric Bike, Product Design, Ultra, Bafang, Calamus One, Kunal Momaya, Ultrabike, Kunal MomayaClick


FIR 187: It may be a Car but it Sounds like a Starship

With this September 2019 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report or FIR 187, Shel and I discuss a handful of notable, even memorable, topics and include a segment we recorded two weeks beforehand in Winchester when we were together during Shel’s UK trip. Automotive is a star feature of our discussion with a detailed exchange of views and thoughts on news out of the US about regulatory developments regarding electric cars, specifically on the sound they make. Which is a thing that conce...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, London, Hardware, Marketing, US, Trends, Brand, Communication, Public Relations, Blogging, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Automotive, House


Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid is here. And it’s faster than ever.

Ferrari has finally cracked open the door for electrification. The Italian supercar manufacturer unveiled the SF90 Stradale, its first plug-in hybrid. Purists might turn their noses up to Stradale’s mere 15.5 miles of all electric range. But it’s a milestone for Ferrari nonetheless and marks a shift in the company’s views and portfolio. Now, some of the important nuts and bolts. The Stradale has a V8 turbo engine that produces 780 cv (or about 769 horsepower), which the company says is the...
Tags: Transportation, Cars, Tech, Automotive, Ferrari, Sports Cars, Driver, Voice, Plug-in Hybrid, Stradale, O3D7yN8WNe Ferrari USA


Waymo is bringing its self-driving trucks back to Arizona

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company under Alphabet, is bringing its self-driving trucks back to Arizona. The company’s autonomous Chysler Pacifica hybrid vehicles, which are used in its Waymo One ride-hailing service, are a common sight on public streets in Chandler and other suburbs of Phoenix . But its self-driving Class 8 big rig trucks haven’t been in Arizona for more than year. Waymo integrated its self-driving system into Class 8 trucks and began testing them in Arizona in August...
Tags: Travel, Google, Transportation, San Francisco, Atlanta, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Alphabet, Phoenix, Tucson, Chandler, Autonomous Trucks, Waymo, Chysler Pacifica, Atlanta Waymo


Last day to enter DIA Award. Winners receive up to $145,000 cash.

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, Automotive, Sdk, Mono, Product Design, Yamaha, Hexa, Zanwen Li, Marion Pinaffo, Raphaël Pluvinage, Heng Balance Lamp, NUMS, Furoshiki, JU KE Studio Colored


NIO shifts electric vehicle plans as losses pile up

Chinese automotive startup Nio is tweaking its plans for future electric vehicles, a move prompted by sluggish sales of its ES8 model. Nio, which reported in its unaudited financial results Tuesday a loss of $390.9 million in the first quarter, is taking a number of measures in response to a slowdown in sales. Those changes include a shift in its vehicle production plans, a reduction in R&D spending and a 4.5 percent cut to its workforce, the company’s founder and CEO William Li said during an e...
Tags: Transportation, Electric Vehicle, China, Tech, Automotive, United States, Shanghai, Automotive Industry, Reuters, Li, NIO, Shanghai Auto Show, William Li, Louis T Hsieh


Is your autonomous vehicle Sally the sports car or blood-thirsty Christine?

Lucas Dahlin Contributor Lucas Dahlin is an associate in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property group. He focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters, with a particular experience in patent and trade-secret litigation. More posts by this contributor Autonomous vehicle IP protection — when HAL is driving Julius Jefferson Contributor Julius Jefferson is an associate in Goodwin’s IP Lit...
Tags: Column, Tech, Tesla, Mit, Automotive, Ethics, Arizona, Autonomous Vehicles, Pfizer, Intellectual Property, Volvo, Black Mirror, Delaware, Christine, Hal, Goodwin



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