Everyone loves a maverick. A business leader who refuses to back down, a startup that shakes things up and does stuff differently, a clutch of comfortable tech workers who depart a multi-billion dollar company to do their own thing. This week, we encountered quite a few eccentrics. From California deciding, yeah, it is going to try to control the entire American automobile market from within the fifth largest economy in the world, to Tesla head Elon Musk saying, no, I am not going to let the US Securities and Exchange Commission be the boss of me: This week was about looking at the rest of the world and saying, You know what? I’m doing my own thing now. For better or for worse. Plus, we reviewed the (short) history of the hyperloop, the Department of Transportation’s new stance toward self-driving trucks, and why race car drivers (and builders) are secret data nerds. It’s been a week—let’s get you caught up. Headlines Tesla finally released safety numbers … [Read more...] about This Week in the Future of Cars: Go Your Own Way
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By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 12:46 pm, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 A car discovered dangling from a Toronto bridge was not part of a movie shot, nor did it get there by accident, police said. Passing drivers, spooked by the sight of the dark blue sedan gently swaying in the breeze, alerted officers to the oversized ornament hanging from the Millwood Overpass Bridge, according to reports by CTV News and Global News. The bridge spans one of the city's busiest arteries. MORE: Watch a silo demolition go awry "We had multiple commuters call in that a car had been hanging from the Millwood Bridge," Sgt. Glenn Russell told Global News. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Borg versus McEnroe is a tale of the real-life confrontation on the tennis court that lit up the world of sport. Björn Borg was the then king of Wimbledon, a cool, level-headed Swede. John McEnroe was the opposite. The American was a brash, up and coming pretender to the crown. The film focuses on … [Read more...] about Dude, who hung my car from a Toronto bridge?
A VW e-car. Photo: DPA Volkswagen aims to be the world leader in electric cars by 2025, brand chief Herbert Diess said Tuesday, as the German car giant shifts its focus to clean-energy vehicles after the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. "By 2025 we plan to sell one million electric cars per year, and by then we also want to be the global market leader in electromobility," Diess said at a presentation of the brand's future plans. "Going forward our electric cars will be the hallmark of Volkswagen," he told reporters at the VW group's Wolfsburg headquarters in northern Germany. The switch to electric will be funded through new investments and economies of scale, Diess said, and is a crucial part of the troubled brand's efforts to reinvent itself. Volkswagen on Friday already announced the biggest revamp in its history, saying that it would cut 30,000 jobs to save €3.7 billion a year by 2020, while ramping up investment in future technologies such as electric cars, … [Read more...] about Volkswagen: We will be global electric car leader by 2025
The auto industry is undergoing a massive shift as it ushers in the technologies behind electric and autonomous vehicles and onboard tech designed to improve or enhance the driving experience. But to fully understand how those changes are manifesting, and how they could evolve in the future, we have to first understand the startups and entrepreneurs driving those changes. The startup advantage Why is it that startups are pushing some of the biggest changes? There are many possible explanations, including the fact that startups are nimbler and less bogged down with bureaucratic decision-making than larger corporations. Startups are also more willing to experiment with new territory, which tends to result in innovative thinking and radical new solutions. Applied to the auto industry, this innovative approach gives startups and established companies alike the chance to incorporate new strategies to push the market forward. Budding startups These are some of the most innovative … [Read more...] about 7 promising tech startups shaking up the auto industry
General Motors plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019, the company announced today. Its a bold declaration for the future of driving from one of the country’s Big Three automakers, and one that is sure to shake things up for the industry as the annual Detroit Auto Show kicks off next week. The car will be the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are currently being tested on public roads in San Francisco and Phoenix. And when they roll off the assembly line of GM’s manufacturing plant in Orion, Michigan, they’ll be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a number of cities. “It’s a pretty exciting moment in the history of the path to wide scale [autonomous vehicle] deployment and having the first production car with no driver controls,” GM President Dan Ammann told The Verge. “And it’s an interesting thing to share with everybody.” … [Read more...] about GM will make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019