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Top stories this PM: 60 million wasted doses; a new Trump probe; Biden's gift to Boris

Good evening. Here are the top stories so far today.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What happened today:60 million doses down the drain. The FDA said Johnson & Johnson must throw out that many COVID-19 vaccine doses because of possible contamination. They were made at a Baltimore factory that's been closed for two months after workers accidentally mixed up ingredients.Probing "a gross abuse of power." The deputy attorney general asked the Justice Departm...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Texas, News, Mexico, Senate, White House, Newsletter, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Boris Johnson, Fda, Bmw, Biden, Nissan


Return of the Apple Car: Almost There or Vaporware?

After years of restarting and then killing its electric vehicle program, Apple has again signaled that it’s once again serious about developing something for your driveway. Ulrich Kranz, former Canoo CEO and brains behind the BMW i-cars, has reportedly been picked up by the company for its automotive team. Apple has yet to verify the hire […] The post Return of the Apple Car: Almost There or Vaporware? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apple, Development, History, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Bmw, EVs, Apple Inc, Industry News, Vaporware, Apple Car, News Blog, Rumor Mill, Development Hell


Apple hires former BMW executive as car project seemingly moves ahead

Apple has brought on a 30-year veteran of BMW as it appears to move forward with its long-rumored car project.
Tags: Apple, Cnn, Bmw


Apple boosts its 'Project Titan' electric car plan by hiring the cofounder of EV startup Canoo, who also spent 30 years at BMW

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Roy Rochlin / WireImage Apple hired a former BMW exec and Canoo cofounder to work on its electric car project, Bloomberg first reported. Ulrich Kranz spent 30 years at BMW before setting up startup Canoo, which he became CEO of in 2019. Apple is reportedly building a self-driving electric car, but has made no public announcements. See more stories on Insider's business page. Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former BMW executive and cofounder of autonomous electric ve...
Tags: Apple, Google, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Xiaomi, Bmw, Nissan, Huawei, Electric Car, Faraday Future, Reuters, SPAC


Apple confirms hiring of Ulrich Kranz, former CEO of EV company Canoo

Apple has hired the former co-founder and CEO of electric vehicle company Canoo to help with the development of the Apple Car, Bloomberg first reported, citing unnamed sources. Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch it has hired Kranz, but did not provide further details into his job responsibilities or title. Kranz resigned his position at Canoo in April after steering the company toward public listing and a new leadership team, and he is reported to have been scooped up by Apple with...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Tim Cook, Bmw, Reuters, Apple Car, BMW AG, Personnel, Kranz, Ulrich Kranz, Doug Field, Canoo


Apple Hires Former BMW Executive for Its Rebooted Car Project

Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG's electric car division, to help lead its own vehicle efforts. Bloomberg reports: The technology giant hired Kranz in recent weeks, about a month after he stepped down as chief executive officer of Canoo, a developer of self-driving electric vehicles. Before co-founding Canoo, Kranz was senior vice president of the group that developed the i3 and i8 cars at BMW, where he worked for 30 years. Kranz is one of Apple's most signific...
Tags: Apple, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Bmw, Faraday Future, BMW AG, Kranz, Ulrich Kranz, Doug Field, Canoo, Canoo Kranz


Apple Hires Self-Driving Car Startup Founder and Former BMW Exec Ulrich Kranz

Former BMW senior executive and self-driving vehicle startup founder Ulrich Kranz has taken on a role at Apple working on the company's autonomous car project, reports Bloomberg. Kranz founded Canoo, a self-driving car startup that he left earlier this year. Prior to creating Canoo, Kranz helped to develop the i3 and i8 vehicles at BMW, where he was employed for 30 years. According to Bloomberg, Kranz's hiring is a sign that Apple is determined to build a self-driving vehicle that will rival...
Tags: Apple, Bloomberg, Bmw, Hyundai, Kia, Apple Inc, Apple Car, John Giannandrea, Ulrich Kranz, Doug Fields, Canoo, Bloomberg Kranz, Canoo Kranz, Tesla Kranz


Apple hires BMW veteran in latest sign of electric car push

The hire is the latest sign that Apple is serious about building an electric car to compete with automakers such as Tesla.
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Apple Hires Former BMW Executive for Car Project - Bloomberg News

(Reuters) - Apple Inc has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG's electric car division, to help its vehicle initiatives,...
Tags: Apple, Bmw, Bloomberg News, Reuters Apple Inc, BMW AG, Ulrich Kranz


Swedish company Northvolt raises $2.75B to accelerate European battery production

Swedish battery developer and manufacturer Northvolt AB has raised $2.75 billion in capital as it prepares to ramp up to an annual production capacity of 150 GWh in Europe by 2030. The funding round – Northvolt’s largest thus far – was co-led by existing investors Goldman Sachs and Volkswagen, and new investors including the Swedish pension funds AP1-4, and OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension plans. AMF, ATP, Baillie Gifford, Baron Capital Group, Bridford Investments Limited, Compagnia di San...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Tech, Canada, Automotive, Private Equity, Goldman Sachs, Bmw, Volkswagen, Cnbc, San Paolo, BMW Group, Volkswagon, Scania, Skelleftea Sweden


BMW Patents Projection Side Mirror Display, Cool But Pointless

The problem with being in the sales business is the need to constantly outdo your rivals. Automakers know this better than just about anyone, which is why you see gimmicky features installed into vehicles that probably would have been just as good without them. But one never knows what’s going to catch on with consumers […] The post BMW Patents Projection Side Mirror Display, Cool But Pointless appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Patents, Autos, Hud, Bmw, Automotive Technology, Mirrors, European Patent Office, News Blog, Automotive Safety, Camera Systems, Safety Equipment, Automotive Patents, Camera Mirrors


10 things in tech: Google's diversity head, Amazon Prime Day, Spotify astrology

Courtesy of Comparably Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Google reassigned its head of diversity after a conservative news outlet uncovered an antisemitic blog post he wrote. Kamau Bobb wrote in a 2007 post that Jews had an "insatiable appetite for war." More on the fallout here.2. It's official: Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22. Planning for and shopping during the event can be overwhelming,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Elon Musk, Etsy, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bmw, Ashton Kutcher, Newsletters, Tech Insider, Kamau Bobb


Apple Highlights Benefits of the Wallet App, Apple Pay, and Apple Cash on New Webpages

Apple today introduced a new mini website that's dedicated to the Wallet app on the iPhone, highlighting the benefits and features that are available. Apple explains that debit and credit cards can be added to the Wallet app "with no added effort," making them available for Apple Pay. The site also promotes Apple Cash and Apple Card, both Wallet app features, as well as transit cards that can be added to Wallet. The Wallet app also supports airline boarding passes, loyalty cards, movie ticke...
Tags: Apple, Wallet, Bmw, Apple Cash


Pentagram aims to cut through the noise of EV sound design

What does an electric vehicle sound like when it goes from 0 to 60, when it signals a turn, when it’s powered down for the night? EV motors have fewer parts and are therefore incredibly silent, which presents safety concerns for drivers who recognize speed by sound and pedestrians who can’t hear an approaching vehicle.  In 2019, regulators in Europe and the U.S. began requiring EVs to have warning sounds , but they left it up to the car manufacturers to choose those sounds. Many have t...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Jaguar Land Rover, Bmw, Linkin Park, Hans Zimmer, Suzuki, Pentagram, Audi Ford, Yuri Suzuki, Denis Sverdlov


The Station: Rivian rolls towards an IPO and Quantumscape makes a big battery hire

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. For my American readers, you might be traveling — perhaps for the first time in more than a year — because of the Memorial Day holiday. While Memorial Day is meant to honor members ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Utah, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Senate, White House, China, Ipo, Germany, Berlin, Softbank, America


2022 BMW 2 Series Coupes Coming Soon

  The 2022 BMW 2 Series coupes are on their way. Dynamic testing, drivetrain, and suspension tuning on the two-door compact are nearing conclusion. Production begins in the late summer of 2021. The new BMW 2 Series is being described as more nimble, agile, and powerful than previous models. Tuning and testing at Nurburgring’s Nordschleife and […] The post 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupes Coming Soon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Sales, Autos, Bmw, New Cars, Branding, Premium, Nurburgring, Ultimate Driving Machine, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Coupes


Ford’s $30B investment in electric revs up in-house battery R&D

Ford is increasing its investment in its electric vehicle future to $30 billion by 2025, up from a previous spend of $22 billion by 2023. The company announced the fresh cashflow into its EV and battery development strategy, dubbed Ford+, during an investor day on Tuesday.  The company said it expects 40% of its global vehicle volume to be fully electric by 2030. Ford sold 6,614 Mustang Mach-Es in the U.S. in Q1 , and since it unveiled its F-150 Lightning last week, the company says it has...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Korea, Ohio, Michigan, Bmw, Lg, China Japan, Solid Power, Hau Thai Tang Ford, Tang Ford, Mustang Mach-E


Emotion-detection software startup Affectiva acquired for $73.5M

Smart Eye, the publicly traded Swedish company that supplies driver monitoring systems for a dozen automakers, has acquired emotion-detection software startup Affectiva for $73.5 million in a cash-and-stock deal. Affectiva, which spun out of the MIT Media Lab in 2009, has developed software that can detect and understand human emotion, which Smart Eye is keen to combine with its own AI-based eye-tracking technology. The companies’ founders see an opportunity to expand beyond driver monitoring sy...
Tags: TC, Boston, Tech, Nasa, Automotive, Machine Learning, Bmw, Ai, Affectiva, Cairo, Cadillac, Martin, MIT Media Lab, Rana el Kaliouby, OEMS, Chongqing China


The Station: London scooter winners and Ford’s most important EV

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. I want to point to two Extra Crunch articles before jumping into the rest of the news and analysis. Yes, Extra Crunch requires a subscription. We’re ramping up the transportation an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Lyft, London, California, Washington, France, America, Los Angeles, Tech, General Motors, Canary Wharf, Bloomberg, Ars Technica, Chicago, Automotive


Ford and SK Innovation announce battery manufacturing joint venture BlueOvalSK

Ford Motor Company and Seoul, South Korea-based SK Innovation signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture to domestically manufacture batteries for electric vehicles, the two companies said Thursday. The new venture, dubbed BlueOvalSK, will produce around 60 GWh annually starting mid-decade. The MOU is the latest sign that Ford intends to vertically develop its battery capabilities. “Initially with just a Mustang Mach-E, we felt like it was most efficient for us to purchase...
Tags: TC, Transportation, America, Tech, Georgia, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Tennessee, Batteries, Ford Motors, Ohio, Michigan, Bmw, Drake, North America


Everything Google announced at I/O today

This year’s I/O event from Google was heavy on the “we’re building something cool” and light on the “here’s something you can use or buy tomorrow.” But there were also some interesting surprises from the semi-live event held in and around the company’s Mountain View campus. Read on for all the interesting bits. Android 12 gets a fresh new look and some quality of life features We’ve known Android 12 was on its way for months, but today was our first real look at the next big change for the w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Mobile, Wearables, Hardware, Media, Privacy, Finance, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive


With Android 12, Google will turn your smartphone into a car key

Google is working with BMW and other automakers to develop a digital key that will let car owners lock, unlock and start a vehicle from their Android smartphone, the company announced Tuesday during its 2021 Google I/O developer event. The digital key is one many new features coming to Android 12, the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system. The digital car keys will become available on select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones later this year, according to Sameer Samat, VP of PM fo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Tech, Automotive, Gm, Nfc, Bmw, Volkswagen, North America, Android Auto, Samsung Galaxy, Apple Google Samsung, UWB, Sameer Samat, Ultra Wideband UWB


Helping all your devices work better together

Phones are at the center of our digital lives. When purchasing a phone these days, we’re buying not only a phone, but also an entire ecosystem of devices that are all expected to work together — such as TVs, laptops, cars and wearables like smartwatches or fitness trackers. In North America, the average person now has around eight connected devices, and by 2022, this is predicted to grow to 13 connected devices.Today, we’re sharing how we’re helping make your Android phone, and all the devices c...
Tags: Google, Android, Ford, Chromebook, Bmw, North America, Chromebooks, Samsung Galaxy, Google TV, Ultra Wideband UWB, Chromebook Phone Hub, Phone Hub, Erik Kay, Sony Microsoft JBL Philips Google, GM Ford Honda


The battle for voice recognition inside vehicles is heating up

Once a fringe feature found only in luxury vehicles, voice recognition has moved into the mainstream as more automakers promise a seamless connection between your car, home and all the devices in between. The opportunity to reach consumers in their vehicles — and collect all that data — has automakers, tech giants like Amazon and Google, as well as investors scrambling for a share of the connected cars market. But this is just the beginning. Voice recognition is expected to be an essential featu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Speech Recognition, Mobility, Starbucks, Bmw, Connected Car, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Strategy Analytics, Voice Assistant, Virtual Assistant


The Station: Exits at Waymo and Bird’s SPAC reveals its scooter-nomics

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Here’s a crypto-meets-transportation story for you before we move onto the rest of the news. Just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CFO Zach Kirkhorn said they believe in the lo...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Europe, Japan, Texas, Milan, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, California, Washington, La, China, Massachusetts, Singapore, India


The Station: Einride preps for a US expansion, Argo AI reveals its lidar specs and a Tesla Autopilot reality check

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. What a week! It’s too much to cover everything that happened in world of transportation, so here are some of the highlights. Oh, and yes, I know that the big story this weekend was ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Transportation, Lyft, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Congress, California, Washington, La, Senate, China, Germany, US


BMW Art Cars Exhibited

BMW art cars debuted today, using artificial intelligence (AI) software to generate new works of art. In conjunction with Frieze New York, the fair takes place in Manhattan from May 5 – 9, 2021. Frieze New York has works of art from over 60 galleries, mainly located in New York. A viewing room with over 160 […] The post BMW Art Cars Exhibited appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, New York, Design, Technology, Media, Germany, Advertising, Marketing, Events, Artificial Intelligence, Luxury, Manhattan, Autos, Bmw, Ai, Sales And Marketing


Ford, BMW lead Solid Power’s $130M Series B round

A Solid Power manufacturing engineer holds two 20 ampere hour (Ah) all solid-state battery cells for the BMW Group and Ford Motor Company. The 20 ampere hour (Ah) all solid-state battery cells were produced on Solid Power’s Colorado-based pilot production line. Source: Solid Power. Solid state battery systems have long been considered the next breakthrough in battery technology, with multiple startups vying to be the first to commercialization. Automakers have been some of the top investors in...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Colorado, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Bmw, Volkswagen, Ford Motor Company, BMW Group, McKenna, General Motors Ford, SSB, Mark Harris, Ford BMW, Solid State Batteries


Apple's Digital Car Key Feature Set to Gain U1 Ultra Wideband Support With Mid-2021 Spec Update

The Car Connectivity Consortium today announced that its Digital Key 3.0 specification with support for Ultra Wideband and Bluetooth LE connectivity will be made available to members like Apple by the middle of 2021. At WWDC 2020, Apple introduced a new NFC-based digital Car Key feature that allows users to unlock and start their vehicle by holding a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch near the driver-side door. Similar to credit cards and boarding passes, digital car keys are stored in the Wal...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Nfc, Bmw, North America, Bluetooth Low Energy, Digital Key, Digital Key Release, CarKey, Ultra Wideband, Ultra Wideband Digital Key, Car Connectivity Consortium Apple


2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon

BMW’s 2021 M3 and M4 Competition cars, both endowed with xDrive all-wheel-drive, will arrive in August. Four hundred and seventy-nine lb-ft of torque is on tap. As BMW explains, both cars have three driving modes, the first being 4WD or default. While rear-wheel biased, the focus is on traction and handling. 4WD Sport, the second […] The post 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Quality, Autos, Bmw, Consolidation, Ultimate Driving Machine, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Xdrive, Tuners, Rare Rides, Platform Sharing



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