Automotive

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry has penned a deal with Ford that will see it developing car software, the company has announced. This could prove a vital part of the company’s efforts to grow beyond the bounds of its failed mobile business, but the extent of BlackBerry’s automotive efforts aren’t clear at this time. Ford isn’t new to using BlackBerry-built software, though it has previously acquired it through Panasonic. With this new deal, the automaker will be getting it straight from BlackBerry.

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Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Car makers are foreseeing a future where people will prefer to rent and share cars than buy one for themselves. It’s a nightmare future for them, undoubtedly, but rather than remain in denial, some are trying to jump in and take advantage of the opportunity instead. One of those is Toyota, who is launching its new Mobility Service Platform or MSPF which aims to corral its different mobility services under a single umbrella. And one of the first fruits of that new platform is Smart Key Box, which it envisions will upgrade car-sharing security to the present century.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross will debut all-electric series in 2018

Red Bull Global Rallycross will debut all-electric series in 2018

Professional racing leagues are rapidly turning to electric cars: there's already Formula E, based on the F1 series, and the upcoming Electric GT World Series, which will use the Tesla Model S sedan. Now it seems time for Rallycross to get in on the action. Red Bull has announced that its Global Rallycross series will feature an EV racing class starting in 2018.

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GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

Services like Uber and Lyft may be dominating the ride-hailing market, but there's still a growing number of options for those who don't own cars but need to use one on occasion. One such is Maven, the car-sharing service owned by General Motors, which has just announced an expansion into another major US city: Los Angeles. Maven just recently rolled into San Francisco, making this its second California market.

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Faraday Future teases its first production EV in video

Faraday Future teases its first production EV in video

California-based electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has remained mostly quiet on its production car plans following the unveiling of its FFZero1 concept at this year's CES, back in January, but that may soon be changing. The company released a short video today teasing its upcoming production model, and while it's slim on details, it's enough to see that the EV will be less supercar concept, and more in line with the four-sedan/crossover segment.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas puts VW in the 3-row SUV game

2018 Volkswagen Atlas puts VW in the 3-row SUV game

Volkswagen has just unveiled its new large-size SUV, the 2018 VW Atlas. Featuring VW's new design language, the new Atlas has space for seven passengers with its three-row seating and earns the title of the largest vehicle the manufacturer has assembled in the US (being built in Chattanooga, Tennessee). While the VW Touareg continues to focus on the five-seat SUV segment, the Atlas is aimed squarely at families and those needing lots of passenger space.

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Tesla had a profitable third quarter, has high hopes for Q4

Tesla had a profitable third quarter, has high hopes for Q4

Tesla had a profitable third quarter this year, the company has announced. The GAAP net income hit the $22 million mark, with Tesla saying it saw $176 million in free cash flow. The company goes on to say that gross profit-per-car, as well as GAAP total automotive gross margin, both increased ‘substantially’ in its fiscal third quarter. Tesla anticipates trends including positive GAAP net income, to continue on into the fourth quarter even though ‘ZEV credit sales’ will ‘likely [be] negligible.'

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Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota unveiled its newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in Japan this week, but it's not a four-door sedan or crossover SUV; it's a bus intended for public transportation. The zero-emission bus uses the same technology as Toyota's new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and the plan is to have a fleet of 100 or so running in Tokyo in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW produces a number of great cars, but they've also managed to elevate the art of advertising with their "BMW Films" series; essentially lengthy car commercials in the form of short films featuring action and car chases with the company's sporty sedans at the center of it all. The series has also drawn in big Hollywood talent, with previous directors including Ang Lee and Guy Ritchie, along with Clive Owen starring in the first films when they debuted in 2001.

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

In-app purchases are mostly used for things like getting extra features or unlocking additional game content, but imagine using it to purchase a car — and not just any car, but a historic Aston Martin priced at just over $1 million. That's exactly what happened in the UK this week, when local automobile auction house Coys of Kensington sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 within an app, completing what it says is the largest known in-app purchase, as well as the single largest Apple Pay transaction.

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Germany tells Tesla not to use misleading “Autopilot” term

Germany tells Tesla not to use misleading “Autopilot” term

Tesla may already be having problems at home related to its autopilot features, especially after a string of incidents involving mishaps and at least one death, but now it might also be facing troubles abroad simply because of the jargon it uses. In Germany, transport minister Alexander Dobrindt sent the car maker a missive requesting Tesla to stop referring to its driver assistance systems as “Autopilot”. His point: that the word could be misinterpreted, leading drivers to sit back and relax and get into accidents or, worse, legal trouble.

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Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

While dubbed "Autopilot," the well-known feature in Tesla's cars is far from a fully automated driving system and more of a driver assistance tool. But a fatal car accident earlier this year involving a Tesla driver with the feature activated has triggered criticism and investigations, and now enough concern has been raised that Germany is issuing warnings on the use of Autopilot.

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