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BrightDrop, General Motors’ Shiny New Delivery Business

    General Motors has rolled out BrightDrop, moving them further into the business of first-to-last-mile products, software, and services for delivery and logistics. “BrightDrop offers a smarter way to deliver goods and services,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. To lower costs, maximize productivity, improve safety, increase security, and support sustainability, Barra said, […] The post BrightDrop, General Motors’ Shiny New Delivery Business appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, General Motors, Green, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Trucks, Alternative Energy, Ev, Barra, Vans, Gizmology, GM Death Watch, Mary Barra GM, Technlogy, Delivery Vehicles


GM Looking at Ways of Squeezing Cash Out of Cruise: Report

The small San Francisco startup bought by General Motors in 2016 could generate a lot of money for the automaker in the near future. According to sources who spoke to Bloomberg, GM wants to unlock the value of its self-driving Cruise Automation division (officially GM Cruise LLC) — a 50-person company valued at $600 million at […] The post GM Looking at Ways of Squeezing Cash Out of Cruise: Report appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: San Francisco, General Motors, Cruise, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Chevrolet, News Blog, Gizmology, High Finance, Cruise Automation, Bloomberg GM, GM Cruise LLC


Report: Self-driving Uber Vehicle Involved in Fatal Collision Saw, Ignored Pedestrian

The fatal collision between an autonomous Volvo XC90 operated by Uber Technologies and 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg in March could have been prevented, had the vehicle’s software not dismissed what its sensors saw. That’s what two sources briefed on the issue told The Information, but Uber isn’t divulging what led to the Tempe, Arizona collision. What […] The post Report: Self-driving Uber Vehicle Involved in Fatal Collision Saw, Ignored Pedestrian appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Technology, Safety, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Volvo, Ntsb, Uber Technologies, Tempe Arizona, News Blog, Gizmology, Elaine Herzberg, Uber crash


Self-driving Company Waymo to Buy Thousands of High-end, Sporty Jaguar EVs for Taxi Service

Let’s hope future robo-taxi passengers appreciate a sport-tuned suspension and crisp driving dynamics, because there’s a slim chance they’ll notice it when shuttling around in a driverless Jaguar. On Tuesday, Waymo, autonomous car unit of Google, announced its intent to purchase up to 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossovers for its future fleet of AV EVs. […] The post Self-driving Company Waymo to Buy Thousands of High-end, Sporty Jaguar EVs for Taxi Service appeared first on The Truth About Ca...
Tags: Google, Technology, Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Jaguar, Autonomous Vehicles, EVs, SUVs, Partnerships, News Blog, Product Planning, Ride-hailing, Gizmology, Self-Driving Vehicles, Waymo


Cool It With the Names Already: From Volkswagen, a ‘Vizzion’ of the Future

You probably remember the old Jerry Seinfeld routine about ridiculous car names. “Integrity? No, Inte-grah.” In a just world, Volkswagen’s naming policy for its electric concept cars would see the company hauled before the courts on charges of crimes against the English language. However, it’s mainly a free world, and we’ll just have to grin […] The post Cool It With the Names Already: From Volkswagen, a ‘Vizzion’ of the Future appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Jerry Seinfeld, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen, Concept Cars, Geneva Motor Show, Geneva Auto Show, Self Driving, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Gizmology, I.D. Vizzion


Talk to Me, Like Drivers Do: Ford Comes Up With a New Way to Open a Door

The relationship between humans and cars is poised to become quite different in the years to come, or so the automakers warn promise us. Autonomous vehicles will whisk us to whatever destination we desire, simply by inputting our desired address into a navigation system or, perhaps, just by speaking it aloud. Already, the level of […] The post Talk to Me, Like Drivers Do: Ford Comes Up With a New Way to Open a Door appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Ford, Autos, Convenience, Patent, News Blog, Product Planning, Gizmology


No Pedals, No Wheel: GM Unveils Bolt-based Autonomous Fleet

General Motors has showcased its plan to launch public ride-hailing services by teasing a self-driving vehicle with no manual controls whatsoever. The fleet is said to arrive in 2019, which gives us plenty of time to form an angry mob. On Thursday, the company announced it had submitted a safety petition to the National Highway Traffic […] The post No Pedals, No Wheel: GM Unveils Bolt-based Autonomous Fleet appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Chevrolet, Nhtsa, Autonomous Driving, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Gizmology, National Highway Traffic, Cruise AV, Self Driving Taxis


Ford CEO Sees a Future for Hands-on Driving, but a New Patent Shows the Company Hedging Its Bets

If you believe certain segments of the media, we’ll soon be able to avoid the drudgery of turning a steering wheel, pressing and releasing pedals, and — gasp! — shifting gears. The inevitable onset of self-driving vehicles, tech aficionados and urbanists tell us, will bring traffic fatalities down to zero, somehow remove all congestion from the road, […] The post Ford CEO Sees a Future for Hands-on Driving, but a New Patent Shows the Company Hedging Its Bets appeared first on The Truth About Car...
Tags: Technology, Industry, Ford, Patents, Autos, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Jim Hackett, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Gizmology


Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Available to 2016 Ford Owners, if They Want It

It looks like Ford’s offer to update 2016 vehicles equipped with its SYNC 3 infotainment system with free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity has a lot to do with some recent hires. The automaker has announced it will allow owners of one-year-old vehicles to install the feature, which comes standard on all 2017 models, […] The post Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Available to 2016 Ford Owners, if They Want It appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Ford, Autos, Connectivity, Infotainment, Android Auto, Sync 3, Connected Vehicles, News Blog, Gizmology, Android Auto Apple, Product Upgrades


Study: Overall Trust of Autonomous Vehicles Declines, and No One Cares What Generation X Thinks

Poor Generation X. Isolated, ignored and cynical, they brought us great music in the early-to-mid 1990s, but their opinion on self-driving cars and autonomous safety features just isn’t important. At least, that’s the feeling you get while reading the results of J.D. Power’s U.S. Tech Choice Study. The company polled 8,500 Americans who bought a […] The post Study: Overall Trust of Autonomous Vehicles Declines, and No One Cares What Generation X Thinks appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Industry, Millennials, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Generation Y, Baby Boomers, Generation Z, News Blog, JD Power, Product Planning, Gizmology, Consumer Preferences


GM’s Self-driving Team Fires Back at Tesla With New Autonomous Bolt Video

General Motors’ self-driving startup, Cruise Automation, has trickled out dash cam videos of an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt milling around San Francisco since February. The video quality was poor and it wasn’t anything we hadn’t already seen from a self-driving car. Tesla went so far as to call tech startups like Cruise Automation and Otto “small teams of […] The post GM’s Self-driving Team Fires Back at Tesla With New Autonomous Bolt Video appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Startups, Technology, San Francisco, General Motors, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Chevrolet Bolt, News Blog, Gizmology, Cruise Automation


Ford Built a Crib, But Here are Some Cooler Blue Oval Inventions

By now, you’ve probably read that Ford Motor Company has developed a crib that mimics a late-night car ride. You know, those journeys to nowhere fueled by nothing other than a desperate desire to shut your kid up for a few hours? Yes, with Ford’s prototype crib, your bundle of joy will be rocked and […] The post Ford Built a Crib, But Here are Some Cooler Blue Oval Inventions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Heritage, Ford, Autos, Ford Motor Company, News Blog, Gizmology


Macchina Brings Car Hacking To The Masses

Tuners and researchers have searched for ways to pull data from cars and modify it ever since the introduction of the first on-board computer in the late 1960s. The advent of fuel injection and computer-controlled engines in the 1990s brought computerized tuning front and center. And while the OBD2 standard — made mandatory in 1996 […] The post Macchina Brings Car Hacking To The Masses appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, Elm, News Blog, M2, Gizmology, Can Bus, Macchina, ELM327


Volkswagen’s Driverless Creation is Everything That Scares People About Autonomous Cars

Unable to get excited about the vehicle pictured above? Maybe that’s because this Volkswagen concept embodies everything people who don’t want to read about self-driving cars hate. See, it has a name — Sedric. Which is apparently a combination of three words — “self,” “driving,” and, you guessed it, “car.” It’s just so appallingly cute. […] The post Volkswagen’s Driverless Creation is Everything That Scares People About Autonomous Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Industry, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Gizmology, Self-drivign Cars, Volkswagen Sedric, Sedric Which


Old-school Autopilot Users are Still Crashing for the Same Reasons

We’ve covered a number of accidents involving Tesla’s nifty but not fully-autonomous Autopilot system already — some unfortunate, one fatal, but mostly just embarrassing. This video, shot months after Tesla founder Elon Musk hammered home the technology’s limitations as investigations swirled, shows a crash that falls into the latter category. It also perfectly showcases the […] The post Old-school Autopilot Users are Still Crashing for the Same Reasons appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Safety, Tesla, Crash, Autos, Autopilot, News Blog, Gizmology


New Transportation Secretary Has Obama’s Self-driving Guidelines Under a Microscope

Last September, the Obama administration released a list of 15 guidelines to all automakers looking to develop and market a self-driving vehicle. Companies were asked to voluntarily follow the rules and report back to the federal government with useful information. It was a somewhat confusing exercise and raised a flurry of questions and concerns. At […] The post New Transportation Secretary Has Obama’s Self-driving Guidelines Under a Microscope appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Obama, Government, Industry, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Elaine Chao, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Gizmology, Has Obama


GM Lobbyist Says Company Doesn’t Push Bills, Lawmakers Disagree

For now, legislation restricting the use of those pesky self-driving cars is mainly up to individual states. Because no one wants an experimental, untested car piloting their local roadways, states have erected legislative safety barriers that, for the most part, restrict pilot projects in certain areas, or on certain roads. As everyone waits for the National […] The post GM Lobbyist Says Company Doesn’t Push Bills, Lawmakers Disagree appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, General Motors, Legislation, Gm, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Lobbyists, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Gizmology, GM Lobbyist Says Company, GM Lobbyist Says Company Doesn


Google Car Staffers Enriched Themselves by Giving their Boss the Finger

Take the money and run, Steve Miller once said, and boy, did employees at Google’s self-driving car project take that advice to heart. According to a Bloomberg report, the financial incentive to leave the project and hit the bricks was so great, many realized they couldn’t afford not to quit. And, in the grand tradition of pulling […] The post Google Car Staffers Enriched Themselves by Giving their Boss the Finger appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Bloomberg, Industry, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Cars, Google Car, Connected Vehicles, Steve Miller, News Blog, Gizmology, Self-driving Technology, Waymo


Undistracted Driver: Waymo’s Self-driving Minivans are Becoming Eerily Competent

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles and its autonomous vehicle disengagement report, self-driving cars are in need of less and less human intervention. Waymo, Google’s autonomous driving project, is leading the pack in this regard. The report shows that the number of times test drivers had to take over in Waymo’s vehicles dropped […] The post Undistracted Driver: Waymo’s Self-driving Minivans are Becoming Eerily Competent appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Technology, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Driving, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Self Driving, News Blog, Gizmology


‘Startling Paranoia’: Ex-Autopilot Director Sued by Tesla, Fires Back

The former director of Tesla’s Autopilot program has choice words for his former employer. Sterling Anderson is being sued by Tesla for stealing confidential information, which he allegedly put to use at a new autonomous vehicle start-up. According to Bloomberg, the electric automaker isn’t happy about his attempts to hire away Tesla employees, either. In his […] The post ‘Startling Paranoia’: Ex-Autopilot Director Sued by Tesla, Fires Back appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Startups, Lawsuit, Technology, Tesla, Bloomberg, People, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Law And Order, News Blog, Gizmology


California Man Claims His Chevrolet Bolt Took Itself for a Ride

(Update: Fred Ligouri from Chevrolet Communications confirmed GM is aware and is currently investigating.) One Bolt owner thinks Skynet may already be here. Fresh off its North American Car of the Year victory (despite being classified as a crossover) and just days ahead of its official media launch next week, something strange happened in Southern […] The post California Man Claims His Chevrolet Bolt Took Itself for a Ride appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, California, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Skynet, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, News Blog, Gizmology


A War Against Self-Driving Cars Just Kicked Off in New York, But It Could Turn into Grenada

A great philosopher once said that you can’t start a fire without a spark, followed by something about rhythmic movements in unlit spaces. Well, if there’s a war brewing against autonomous technology and self-driving vehicles, the flashpoint might have occurred in New York — City and State — last week. A large trade group and labor union […] The post A War Against Self-Driving Cars Just Kicked Off in New York, But It Could Turn into Grenada appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York, Technology, Government, New York City, Grenada, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Cars, Law And Order, Ride-sharing, State, News Blog, Gizmology, Self-driving Technology


‘Mystery Device’ Unlocks and Starts Over 50 Percent of Tested Vehicles

Over the past two years, we’ve brought you in-depth coverage of a crop of shadowy gadgets designed to give thieves access to parked vehicles. Like most tools of the trade, the gadgets are very similar, using the same principle to achieve the same result — unlocking a parked vehicle by sending signals to the car’s own […] The post ‘Mystery Device’ Unlocks and Starts Over 50 Percent of Tested Vehicles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Autos, Law And Order, Car Theft, National Insurance Crime Bureau, News Blog, Crime & Punishment, Gizmology, Keyless Entry, NICB


GM’s ‘Super Cruise’ Continues Its Slow Plod to Production

General Motors’ futuristic semi-autonomous driving technology now seems tinged with nostalgia. The automaker’s “Super Cruise” self-driving function was first announced back in September 2014, but the new model many expected to be launched with the feature — the 2016 Cadillac CT6 — showed up without it. Now, GM plans to debut the feature next year, and […] The post GM’s ‘Super Cruise’ Continues Its Slow Plod to Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Cadillac, Autonomous Technology, News Blog, Gizmology, Self-driving Technology


Comma.ai Bypasses NHTSA, Releases Self-Driving Technology to the Public

George Hotz has revived his Comma One self-driving technology project — sort of — after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shut down the commercial launch of his product earlier this year. Today, Hotz announced he would release the hardware schematics and code for the project for free to the public, targeting hobbyists and researchers. […] The post Comma.ai Bypasses NHTSA, Releases Self-Driving Technology to the Public appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, George Hotz, Nhtsa, Autonomous Driving, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hotz, News Blog, Gizmology, Self-Driving Vehicles, Comma.ai


NHTSA’s Cell Phone Proposal is ‘Disturbing’: Technology Group

There’s no denying that distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic, but consumer and safety advocates are split on the best ways to tackle it. While the proposed guidelines for mobile device makers issued last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration won applause from safety groups, one consumer technology organization has accused the regulator […] The post NHTSA’s Cell Phone Proposal is ‘Disturbing’: Technology Group appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Government, Distracted Driving, Autos, Road Safety, Law And Order, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, News Blog, Gizmology, Technology Group


NHTSA Wants Your Phone to Know If You’re Driving

First, it came for your car’s infotainment interface. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is after your phone. The road safety regulator has proposed a new set of guidelines designed to combat rising distracted driving deaths, and part of it involves making your phone aware of where you’re sitting. Specifically, that seat behind the […] The post NHTSA Wants Your Phone to Know If You’re Driving appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Government, Distracted Driving, Autos, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, News Blog, Gizmology


Ford’s Next-Gen Driver Assist Will Deny You the Right of Running People Over

How many times have you nearly backed your car over a child that was too short to see through your rear window? If the answer is more than once, you’re probably getting more than just a little tired of dealing with angry parents. Fortunately, Ford has announced that its next generation of driver assistance technology will […] The post Ford’s Next-Gen Driver Assist Will Deny You the Right of Running People Over appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Ford, Autos, Gizmology, Automotive Safety


Fisker EMotion: On Four Wings and a Battery Prayer

Auto executive and hypeman extraordinaire Henrik Fisker has trickled out details and images of his upcoming electric supercar, the EMotion, but the details simply raise more questions about the vehicle and its technological feasibility. Eye-rolling name and marketing buzzwords aside, the CEO of the newly formed Fisker Inc. has laid bare the basic abilities of […] The post Fisker EMotion: On Four Wings and a Battery Prayer appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, People, Green, Production, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Graphene, Henrik Fisker, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Gizmology


TTAC News Round-up: GM Plans to Sell You Things Inside Your Own Car

General Motors is teaming up with IBM to implement Watson’s artificial intelligence so that it can advertise while you are trying to drive. Your dashboard is about to become a billboard. That, Uber delivers a truckload of beer using a self-driving vehicle, Mini’s Countryman gains size and compatibility with electricity, and Hyundai’s earnings tank… after the […] The post TTAC News Round-up: GM Plans to Sell You Things Inside Your Own Car appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Technology, Sales, General Motors, Industry, Gm, Autos, Ibm, Watson, Hybrids, Hyundai, Mini, Hybrid, Onstar, Car Advertising, News Blog