Automotive

Ford and MIT teach EVs how to find high-demand locations

Ford and MIT teach EVs how to find high-demand locations

Ford has teamed up with MIT on a project that will, among other things, help electric shuttles determine current levels of demand among pedestrians, as well as determine which locations have the highest demand in any given moment. The electric vehicles are equipped with both LiDAR and what Ford calls inexpensive cameras; the EVs will eventually operate on both MIT’s Cambridge campus and on public city roads.

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Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is a fully electric big rig

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is a fully electric big rig

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the Urban eTruck, a fully electric transport truck with a total admissible weight of up to 26 metric tons and travel range up to 200 kilometers. The model is said to be the first fully electric truck able to haul heavy loads, and it aims to help usher in a future of emissions-free transportation in the distribution sector. Daimler Trucks anticipates being able to bring this technology to market “at the beginning of the next decade.”

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Audi aims to offer three electric vehicles by 2020

Audi aims to offer three electric vehicles by 2020

Audi plans to offer a trio of electric vehicles by the year 2020, according to company CEO Rupert Stadler. These electric cars, if everything goes as planned, will make up between 25-percent and 30-percent of the auto maker’s sales by the year 2025, a big goal that underscores Audi’s push into the electric vehicle market. Stadler reportedly announced this plan to Audi managers some time last week, and more recently discussed the matter to a German newspaper. In addition to launching electric vehicles, Audi is also said to be planning an autonomous vehicle to be developed under a subsidiary named SDS Company.

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2017 Genesis G80 debuts, dropping Hyundai brand name

2017 Genesis G80 debuts, dropping Hyundai brand name

Much of Hyundai's success over the years has been tied to the Genesis sedan, and now the Korean car maker is spinning the name off into its own luxury sub-brand. The first official release will be the 2017 model year Genesis G80, which has just been unveiled. You might think with a new branding that the car would get a complete restyling, but that's not the case here, and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. The new G80 still sports the same stylish good looks as it's had since it was the 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

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Chrysler recalls 410k vehicles to replace wiring harness

Chrysler recalls 410k vehicles to replace wiring harness

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 410,000 vehicles locations in the United States, Canada, and beyond due to potential issues with some wiring harnesses. The 2015 Chrysler 200, Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City vans, and more could all potentially suffer from an electronic issue related to the wiring and some software, both of which will be updated/replaced as part of this newly announced recall. There haven’t been any reports of crashes or injuries resulting from these issues.

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Humans adapted to survive car wrecks are terrifying

Humans adapted to survive car wrecks are terrifying

Imagine if humans evolved in such a way that we could better handle being in a car crash. It would involve some big changes, as you can imagine; necks, spines, and ribs are particularly vulnerable and often injured in car wrecks, for example. Thanks to a trio of industrious folks, we get a glimpse at what one of those evolved humans may look like. Hint: it’s horrifying. Apparently to withstand car crashes, humans will need to transform into a real-life Juggernaut.

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Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Artificial Intelligence will be a primary focus for a new team-up between auto brand Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank. Artificial Intelligence for vehicles - AI that makes vehicles able to read emotions and react to its driver intelligently. This announcement comes not long after release of a deal which would have SoftBank acquire chipmaker ARM. The collaboration between SoftBank and Honda is not an acquisition, but a brand team-up.

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Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

The influential and well-respected Consumer Reports has chimed in on all the recent controversy surrounding Tesla's Autopilot, calling on the car maker to make significant changes to its autonomous driving feature. The publication wrote earlier this week that it wanted Tesla to rename the technology, feeling the term "Autopilot" to be misleading, and even remove the hands-free system from its cars until it's proven to be safer.

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Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

China's internet and e-commerce giant Alibaba made its entry into the automotive industry earlier this week with the unveiling its first car, the internet-connected OS’Car RX5. In development for over a year in partnership with the state-owned SAIC Motor Corp., the SUV runs Alibaba's own YunOS operating system and is packed with enough high-tech features and smarts to qualify it as an Internet of Things (IoT) device for the road.

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Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Is Twitter evolving into the next Craigslist? Probably not, but one European user relied on the social network to buy a car — and not from a private owner, but an actual Nissan dealership. The car maker has revealed that it's become one of the first companies to sell an automobile on Twitter, with Raul Escolano purchasing a Nissan X-Trail from a dealership in Spain.

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Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

This morning Tesla has announced "The Electric Road Trip", three months of the company meeting with communities around the world. This tour will have the company finding enthusiasts and green energy users - and what we must imagine Tesla is hoping will be new customers - in dozens of cities around the globe. They'll be making stops at what they describe as "many of our Destination Charging partner locations" inside the United States.

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Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla's Autopilot 2.0 will be launching some time this year, according to a source that has cropped up, and it may work with a pair of cameras to enable the vehicle to stop at traffic lights and stop signs. The auto maker is said to have test vehicles currently running a “very beta” version of the software, which is itself said to be an early version of the Tesla 8.0 update. That update itself has also been leaked by sources, some details of which include upcoming autopilot features.

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