Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have forged a rare partnership and are joining forces to acquire Nokia's HERE mapping business, insiders suggest, hoping to cut reliance on Google. Rumors that HERE - which includes 3D mapping of road data, along with high-resolution scanning suitable for the next generation of self-driving cars - was up for sale broke in April, with potential suitors tipped to include both Amazon and Alibaba. Now, there are some big names in automotive said to be weighing in with a bid.
Toyota's fuel-cell drive will begin in earnest in the US come October, with the hydrogen-powered Mirai appearing in a small handful of dealerships. The 2016 Mirai, Toyota's first consumer-ready fuel-cell car which emits only pure water rather than CO2, is only expected to account for a tiny fraction of the models the Japanese company sells in the US, not least because of the comparatively tiny launch footprint that will initially see it limited to patches of California with the necessary infrastructure.
The successor to the Bugatti Veyron, the 2016 Bugatti Chiron, isn’t yet upon us, but some of its specifications are, at least if sources that have cropped up are correct. By all accounts, the Chiron will be a beast to be reckoned with, bringing with it a top speed of 288 MPH and the sleek, mean design enthusiasts expect. An actual official image of the car hasn’t yet surfaced, but a detailed artist’s impression has, and joining it are several of the details we hope pan out as true.
It seems that Chevrolet is going full steam ahead with the 2016 model of its hybrid electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt. Now it has a price tag in the US, and an even sweeter deal for those in California. But while it's mentioned to be cheaper than the current Volt model, it is only slightly so. The 2016 Volt carries an MSRP of $33,995. And in $825 for destination fees, which doesn't include tax, title, license and dealer fees, and you're just $1,200 shy of the current Volt titleholder.
While news on Tesla has been dominated by their new Powerwall home battery system this last week, the company made a small change to its primary business of automobiles. If you find yourself in the market for one of Tesla's flagship electric cars, you will now find the option to purchase a used model when shopping on their website. This marks the first time the company has given customers the chance to buy a pre-owned Tesla, and prices can be several thousands less than brand-new models, despite the used ones being no more than 2 and half years old.
Ford CEO Mark Fields is on a mission, and while aluminum, rubber, and steel might be the most obvious part of that - whether a truck like the F-150 or a legitimate supercar like the GT - the blue oval boss wants to make sure technology gets its dues. I revisited Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California to talk about autonomous vehicles and how they can co-exist with super-niche metal like the GT, why the rule book for selling trucks can be the blueprint for the connected car, and just how Ford is going about being good geek neighbors.
We've seen some 3D-printed cars evolve from rough, inexpensive designs to dreamy, printed concept cars. In honor of the iconic Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory 3D-printed an electric Shelby Cobra. The vehicle's whole body and chassis, even interior details like the headrests, were 3D-printed from lightweight, reinforced ABS. To give the cobra a modern twist, they gave the car a non-printed, electric engine. The DoE created the car, from design inception to final production, in six weeks.
Small cars are big money to Honda, and none might demonstrate that so well as the new 2016 Honda HR-V. Launching the brand right into the midst of the flourishing subcompact crossover segment, Honda isn’t playing it safe with its ambitions, targeting 70,000 sales in the first year. With prices kicking off at under $20k, there’s a tricky balancing act involved to achieve the winning mix of styling, performance, equipment, and safety, however. More importantly, does the HR-V do enough to differentiate itself from its own more affordable Fit stablemate, or are you simply paying for a loftier seat?
The European Parliment just voted to enact a measure to make Europe's highways a bit safer. Automatic emergency dialing service, eCall, will be installed in all new passenger cars and trucks within the EU. The service is designed to aid car accident victims by automatically calling 112 (the European equivalent to America's 911) in the case of a crash. Last year, over 25,700 people lost their lives from European road accidents. The eCall system is expected to cut the EU's annual death toll from car accidents by 10%.