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Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags

China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags. The recall is part of an industry-wide crackdown on Takata-made front passenger airbags, which involves roughly 37 million vehicles including more mainstream brands such as Toyota and Ford, as noted by the United States Department of Transportation. These defective airbags use a propellant that might rupture the airbag and cause serious in...
Tags: Asia, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Model, Palo Alto, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Airbags, Ford, Shanghai, Transport, Automotive Industry


India’s Ola is adding a monthly billing option for its ride-hailing customers

Ola, the ride-hailing service battling Uber in India, is introducing credit services to its users as it moves closer to a major new funding round. Today the company took the wraps off Ola Money Postpaid, a service that builds on Ola’s existing payment service — which can be used to pay rides and also third-party services — but offering a credit facility without additional charges. Essentially, the postpaid service lets passengers accumulate rides on Ola and then pay for 15-days of charges ...
Tags: Google, Food, TC, Uber, Asia, Australia, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Tech, Ceo, United Kingdom, Transport, New Zealand, Electricity, Online Payments


Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, 3d Printing, Transport, Sun


Dar Es Salaam’s Bus Rapid Transit system

I’ve sung the praises of Bus Rapid Transit systems here before, and in a forthcoming paper from the Green Economy Coalition. So I was pleased to see Dar Es Salaam’s new bus system profiled in the Guardian last week. It’s the first gold standard BRT in Africa, and it won the Sustainable Transport Award for […]
Tags: Africa, Future, Transport, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, BRT, Green Economy Coalition, Dar Es Salaam 's Bus Rapid Transit


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


Ford is making a hybrid Explorer SUV

Ford is adding a hybrid Explorer to the mix, the first time the popular SUV has been offered with any kind of electrification. The automaker unveiled Monday the Explorer hybrid as well as a new Explorer ST at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The reveal followed the debut last week of the 2020 Explorer, a re-crafted model that has a new platform and is loaded with technology. The final assembly for the entire Explorer lineup will be at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant. The...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, United States, Ford, Transport, Ohio, Automotive Industry, Engines, Detroit, Lima, North American International Auto Show, Explorer, Hybrid Vehicle


Schneider’s EVLink car charging stations were easily hackable, thanks to a hardcoded password

Schneider has fixed three vulnerabilities in one of its popular electric car charging stations, which security researchers said could have easily allowed an attacker to remotely take over the unit. At its worst, an attacker can force a plugged-in vehicle to stop charging, rendering it useless in a “denial-of-service state,” an attack favored by some threat actors as it’s an effective way of forcing something to stop working. The bugs were fixed with a software update that rolled out on September...
Tags: Security, Energy, Gadgets, New York, Tech, Broadband, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Electric Car, Internet Connectivity, Charging Stations, Positive, Schneider, Inductive Charging, Positive Technologies


Cadillac’s first electric vehicle will be a crossover

Cadillac revealed Sunday what will likely be the first electric vehicle in the luxury brand’s portfolio. And surprise, it’s a crossover. The images of the full-size crossover SUV, which was unveiled during a debut party for the 2020 Cadillac XT6 in Detroit, kicks off a transformation of GM’s luxury brand. On Friday, GM announced plans to turn Cadillac into its lead electric vehicle brand in a bid to compete against Tesla as well as a host of other automakers bringing EVs onto the market. No...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Transport, Gm, Detroit, Cadillac, General-motors, Chevrolet Bolt, Escalade, Bolt EV GM


GM is transforming Cadillac into an electric brand

General Motors is turning Cadillac into its lead electric vehicle brand in a bid to compete against Tesla as well as a host of other automakers bringing EVs onto the market. Plans are already underway to introduce the first model from the company’s new battery electric vehicle architecture, GM said Friday during an investor meeting. GM said this new BEV architecture will be the foundation for an advanced family of “profitable EVs,” a  word choice  likely meant to express the automaker’s convi...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, Cars, Tech, General-motors, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, Bolt, North America, Chevrolet, Nissan


Flying taxis: Uber partner reveals design

Uber on track to deliver aerial rideshare network by 2023 as manufacturer Bell Helicopter unveils full-scale model in Las VegasUber got a step closer to on-demand aerial taxis this week, as partner company Bell Helicopter unveiled a new flying car design in Las Vegas. The scale model of a hybrid-electric aircraft, called Nexus, is being exhibited at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in the city until 11 January.Uber said the Nexus represents “a major step in its Elevate initiative to create an ...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Technology, World news, US news, Ces, Transport, Sharing Economy, Las Vegas, Flights, Green travel, Bell Helicopter


World’s most valuable AI startup SenseTime unveils self-driving center in Japan

The world’s highest-valued artificial intelligence startup SenseTime has set foot in Japan. The Beijing-based firm announced on Friday that it just opened a self-driving facility in Joso, a historic city 50 kilometers away from Tokyo where it plans to conduct R&D and road test driverless vehicles. The initiative follows its agreement with Japanese auto giant Honda in 2017 to jointly work on autonomous driving technology. SenseTime, which is backed by Alibaba and last valued at more than $4.5 ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Japan, China, Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Automation, Alibaba, Transport, Tokyo, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Honda


Ford is shutting down its Chariot shuttle service

Ford is shutting down Chariot, the shuttle startup that it purchased just two years ago that was supposed to be a part of the automaker’s fresh effort to move beyond the traditional business of buying and selling cars. Chariot will end service on commuter routes in the UK on January 25, according to a company update Thursday. Other commuter routes in New York and San Francisco by February 1. The dynamic shuttle service also had an enterprise business, which were routes with corporate and tran...
Tags: Transportation, UK, New York, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Chicago, Austin, Transit, Automotive, Ford, United Kingdom, Transport, Seattle, Detroit, Denver


Nissan’s new Leaf e+ is packing more than just 226 miles of range

Electric vehicle competition is heating up and it’s pushing some of the first entrants to add range and other features in hopes of keeping up with automakers that are just bringing EVs to the market. Nissan has been in this EV game for nearly nine years now. The company has sold more than 380,000 Leaf vehicles globally since the EV first went on sale in 2010. And while it debuted a refreshed version of its all-electric Leaf just 16 months ago, the automaker is back with another Leaf variant that...
Tags: Energy, Electric Vehicle, Japan, Cars, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Automotive, United States, Transport, Nissan, Driver, Kia, Electric Cars, Charging Station


GM is smartening up its Bolt EV smartphone app

GM is sprucing up its smartphone app for owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt through a collaboration with charging network companies EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots. The idea is to take aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks so owners can have a “more seamless charging experience.” In short: GM wants to make it easier and more intuitive for Bolt EV owners to find and access charging. Removing hurdles from the charging experience can go a long way in convincing m...
Tags: Apple, Android, Energy, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tech, Smartphone, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Gm, Michigan, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Charging Stations


Ofo cycle hire firm pulls out of London

At its peak the Chinese bike-sharing startup had 6,000 bikes in several English cities The Chinese bike-sharing firm Ofo, known for its yellow bikes that users can leave in the street, is pulling out of London.Alibaba-backed Ofo, which is reportedly teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, had already withdrawn from Norwich, Sheffield and Oxford to focus on London, after facing problems with take-up and vandalism. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, London, China, UK News, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Cycling, Oxford, Alibaba, Transport, Cycle hire schemes, London Alibaba, Norwich Sheffield


Go-Jek’s Southeast Asia expansion runs into a roadblock in the Philippines

Southeast Asian ride-hailing challenger Go-Jek has expanded into three new markets as it bids to expand beyond its native Indonesia, but it is having major issues getting into a fourth. The company — which rivals Grab, is valued at over $6 billion and is backed by the likes of Google and Tencent — this week suffered a blow in the Philippines where the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) denied its application to operate in the country, as Rappler reports. The is...
Tags: Google, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, Softbank, Tech, Thailand, Philippines, Transport, Tencent, Vietnam, TechCrunch, Online Food Ordering, Vietnam Thailand


Nvidia dives into a new business segment with Drive AutoPilot

Nvidia’s automotive ambitions seemed targeted solely on creating a platform to enable fully autonomous vehicles, notably the robotaxis that so many companies hope to deploy in the coming decade. It turns out that Nvidia has also been working a more near-term product that opens it up to a different segment in the automotive industry. The company announced Monday at CES 2019 that it has launched Nvidia Drive AutoPilot, a reference platform that automakers can use to bring more sophisticated automa...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Technology, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Nvidia, Drive, Autonomous Machines, Driver, Continental, Self-driving Car, Emerging-technologies, Autopilot


Audi, Mobileye, Waymo, other top automakers unite to spread the self-driving gospel

The self-driving vehicle evangelists are uniting. A number of major automakers, technology companies and organizations with a stake in autonomous vehicles, including Audi, Aurora, Cruise, GM, Mobileye, Nvidia, Toyota, Waymo and Zoox has formed a coalition to spread the word about advanced vehicle technologies and self-driving vehicles. Their message: this tech can transform transportation and make it safer and more sustainable. The Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, or PAVE, coal...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Technology, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Transport, Nvidia, Toyota, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Audi, Driver


Flexit lets you pay for gym time on demand

A new company called Flexit lets you pay for gym time by the minute, allowing you to walk into a nearby gym when you’re traveling, for example, and slam out thirty minutes of sweet glute action before dinner. The service is like Uber for gyms in that you only pay for the time you are inside the gym and you don’t need to pay monthly fees or a flat rate per visit. Created by Michael Rojas, the co-CEO of Iron Grip Barbell Company, the service already has 400 gyms in the United States and plans to e...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Uber, Apps, New York, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, United States, New Jersey, Transport, Gym, Illinois, Classpass, Rojas, co CEO


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


Can the London Underground go carbon neutral?

Last year the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced plans to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. A London Assembly measure in December called for that to be brought forward to 2030. Either way, the London authorities are setting themselves ambitious decarbonisation plans, including the roll-out of low emissions vehicles, a 2 gigawatt solar […]
Tags: Feature, London, Future, Sustainability, Transport, Sadiq Khan, London Assembly


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


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


Gatwick returns to normality but drone threat remains

Confusion still hangs over the investigation into airport’s three days of chaos last monthSix days before Christmas, an airport security officer at Gatwick was finishing his shift at about 9pm when he saw something unusual. There were two drones, each in the shape of a cross, flying over the south perimeter road with sharply flashing lights.The worker reported what he had seen – and chaos ensued. About 1,000 flights affecting 140,000 passengers were cancelled or diverted across three days. Tempe...
Tags: Technology, UK News, Air transport, Gatwick, Transport, Gatwick Airport, Drones (non-military


First buses, now Shenzhen has turned its taxis electric in green push

Roads in a Chinese city have gotten much quieter in recent years. Shenzhen, widely called the Silicon Valley of hardware, has been pouring resources to phase out rattling diesel vehicles chugging through the city of 12 million people. All public buses in the city went electric by the end of 2017. Taxis soon followed suit. The Transport Commission of Shenzhen announced on its official site this week that 99 percent of the city’s more than 21,000 cabs are now powered by batteries. However, 1,350 v...
Tags: Energy, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Asia, Japan, China, Singapore, Cars, US, Tech, Egypt, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Chile, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Electricity


2018 ushered in ‘a potential space renaissance’

The aerospace industry took flight with ambitious civilian and military projects over the course of 2018, and private investors took notice. Rockets are flying to the far side of the moon. Entrepreneurs are creating new propulsion technologies to take rockets deeper into space and to make flying on Earth more electric. Finally, plans are afoot from private companies and governments to bring manned missions to the surface of the Moon and Mars. And venture capital dollars are fueling this new boom...
Tags: Google, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Transport, Rockets, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance


Didi launches lending and insurance as new regulation threatens to lower driver numbers

Didi Chuxing, China’s dominant ride-hailing firm, is rolling out a range of financial and insurance services as it looks to fortify its service against a range of challenges in 2019. The company announced today that it is adding “protection” insurance and credit services for both passengers and drivers who use its platform. The former is aimed particularly at Didi drivers by offering health and car insurance that it claims will “lower the entry barrier for gig economy workers and broaden the ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Asia, Car Insurance, China, Southeast Asia, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Automotive, Alibaba, Transport, Bmw, Volkswagen, Ant Financial, Financial Services


The end of China’s ridesharing gig

Over the last few years, millions of Chinese workers managed to earn extra money by being ride-hailing drivers. Many picked the gig because of its flexible schedule. For those who could not otherwise afford to own a car in China’s pricey metropolises, driving around is also a status symbol, even if they are paying off car loans every month. Most drivers on Didi Chuxing — the startup that captured 90 percent of China’s e-hailing trips in 2017 per consulting firm Bain & Company — were part-time...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, China, Tech, Policy, Beijing, Transport, Sharing Economy, Bmw, Volkswagen, Driver, Hangzhou, Carsharing, Shenzhen, Nanjing


The end of China’s ride-sharing gig

Over the last few years, millions of Chinese workers managed to earn extra money by being ride-hailing drivers. Many picked the gig because of its flexible schedule. For those who could not otherwise afford to own a car in China’s pricy metropolises, driving around is also a status symbol, even if they are paying off car loans every month. Most drivers on Didi Chuxing — the startup that captured 90 percent of China’s e-hailing trips in 2017 per consulting firm Bain & Company — were part-time....
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, China, Tech, Policy, Beijing, Transport, Sharing Economy, Bmw, Volkswagen, Driver, Hangzhou, Carsharing, Shenzhen, Nanjing


Gatwick chaos: Sussex police chief 'absolutely certain' about drone

Chief constable defends force’s handling of incident, including arrest of innocent coupleThe head of Sussex police has said he is absolutely certain a drone was flown over Gatwick airport, admitting that contradictory statements from other officers at his force “amplified the chaos” over the incident.Chief constable Giles York also defended his force’s arrest for a couple who were detained for 36 hours before being released without charge, and apologised for the distress caused to them. Continue...
Tags: Technology, UK News, Air transport, Gatwick, Transport, Gatwick Airport, Sussex, Drones (non-military, Giles York



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