Automotive Archive

GM’s car sharing company Maven hits the streets of San Francisco

Maven, a car sharing company out of General Motors, is driving its way into San Francisco today. The announcement made late Thursday evening is one part of a continued roll-out in several cities throughout the U.S., which started at the beginning of this year. It’s city based car sharing service called Maven City is now available in nine cities throughout the nation, joining Lyft’s new …

New auto tech VC firm V5 starts out with a $200M fund

Cars are almost the new social apps when it comes to VC interest, especially given the pace of development of autonomous car tech and self-driving systems. It makes sense then that we’d see more dedicated automotive tech investment vehicles, including the just-launched V5, which is helmed by father and son team Sam Valenti III and Sam Valenti IV, sequentially-named investors who have orange $150 million …

Tesla to unveil “unexpected” new product October 17

Tesla will unveil something on Monday October 17, according CEO and founder Elon Musk. It’ll be a new product, he said in a Tweet on Sunday, which will be “unexpected by most,” and which will be separate from a Tesla/SolarCity product unveiling on the 28th. Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October …

Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing

If you listen to the wrong people, the North American manufacturing industry is doomed. There is no denying that the U.S. and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000 to 2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared. Interestingly, though, only 13 percent of those jobs were lost due to international trade. The vast remainder, 85 percent of job …

Wheego and Valeo get California road driverless testing permits

Self-driving car testing in California is becoming a badge of progress for companies working in the space. Only 17 companies in total have the honor, including two just added to the list: Wheego Electric Cars and Valeo North America. The Wall Street Journal reports that both of these new companies now have approval to run tests with a single vehicle each and four drivers per …

Watch an Uber self-driving car give two Pittsburgh Steelers a ride

Uber’s self-driving cars are operating on Pittsburgh streets, so it’s only natural they’d pick up some professional athletes along the way. Defensive ends Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt likely max out the passenger capacity of the back of that Uber-tech equipped Ford Fusion that picks them up, but they do manage to get in and take the trip. My favorite moment here might be when Tuitt …

China’s Didi looks to Silicon Valley for talent to build its own self-driving car

China’s Uber-like ride hailing powerhouse Didi Chuxing is looking to build its own self-driving car project, according to an interview with CEO Cheng Wei with Bloomberg, and it’s looking for data scientists with experience in the field from Silicon Valley to hep get the job done. The company has also had talks with driverless startup UiSee Technology’s Beijing-based founder Gansha Wu, the article notes. Didi’s …

Udacity open sources an additional 183GB of driving data

On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt last month, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun announced that the online education company would be building its own autonomous car as part of its self-driving car nanodegree program. To get there, Udacity has created a series of challenges to leverage the power of community to build the safest car possible — meaning anyone and everyone is welcome to become a part of the open-sourced project. Challenge one …

Evercar mashes up car sharing and ride hailing

Say you’d like to make a few extra bucks by driving for ride hailing services Lyft and Uber or on-demand delivery services like Postmates, but your old car won’t pass muster with these companies. Or maybe you don’t want to put the miles on your personal car. Or maybe you don’t even have a car of your own. That’s where Evercar comes in. It maintains …

Volvo cars will start talking to each other by the end of 2016

Cars being able to see the car in front of them is great, but it’s ultimately a one-way street; car-to-car two-way communication is a key ingredient toward effective and safe driver assistance and autonomy features, which is why it’s great that Volvo is set to debut it’s own car-to-car communications in shipping vehicles by the end of this year (via Automotive News). Volvo isn’t the …