Cruise’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are coming to New York next year

 GM’s Cruise Automation will expand its test pool, while keeping a focus on city driving, something it has said gives it an edge in the autonomous driving space. What better city to use for testing, then, than New York, one of the densest and most hectic traffic nightmares in North America. Cruise will test its self-driving fleet in New York in a five mile square section of Manhattan,… Read More

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Daimler shows off what its automated Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks can do

 Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks are an autonomous means to an end: The industrial vehicles can work without drivers, and without requiring a bevy of expensive sensors equipped on the truck itself. The service vehicles work by following the leader, along GPS mapped routes, providing high accuracy from a lead vehicle with control over the followers. The Arocs version of autonomous transportation… Read More

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LimeBike raises $50M to further its bike-sharing ambitions

 LimeBike, one of several companies competing in the rapidly expanding bike-sharing space, has raised a $50 million C round to continue building out the operation. The company is also looking into ways to differentiate itself from the competition — including the two 900-pound Chinese gorillas in the industry, Ofo and Mobike. Read More

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Baidu plans to mass produce Level 4 self-driving cars with BAIC by 2021

 Baidu, China’s internet technology giant, hopes to be in the business of mass producing autonomous cars by 2021, thanks to a partnership with BAIC Group, a Chinese automaker which will handle the manufacturing part of that equation. BAIC Group is one of Baidu’s many partners for its Apollo autonomous driving program, and it’ll use the open platform to produce vehicles with… Read More

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Uber product lead Daniel Graf explains Uber’s shifted approach to building tech

 Uber’s Head of Product Daniel Graf thinks that the company’s recent problems may end up being good for the ride hailing provider’s product development in the long term; in some ways, it’s brought collaboration to the fore in a company structure that previously preferred work being done in relatively discrete silos, walled off from the potential to do more by combining… Read More

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New Tesla voluntary recall applies to 11,000 Model X vehicles

 Tesla is taking a “proactive measure” out of an “abundance of caution,” the company says, in handling an issue with a cable used in the adjusting second row seating in a small percent of Model X vehicles. The automaker has issued a voluntary recall, which will apply to 11,000 Model X vehicles it would like to inspect – though it believes only 3 percent of those… Read More

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Waymo releases its first self-driving ‘Safety Report’

 Waymo launched a campaign earlier this week alongside partners including the National Safety Council to help explain why it believes that its pursuit of autonomous driving is a means to safer roads. Now, it’s releasing its first ever Safety Report, which offers some more detail on the procedures and technology it uses to ensure safety in deploying its autonomous fleet. The 42 page… Read More

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LG to open Europe’s largest EV battery factory in Poland next year

 LG is opening Europe’s largest factory for building lithium-ion batteries destined for use in electric cars, the company announced. Its LG Chem division is going to open the doors for the facility in 2019 in Poland near Wroclaw, per Reuters, and the facility will be able to supply as many as 100,000 EV batteries per year beginning from next year. For comparison, Panasonic’s… Read More

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CarHopper raises $1.5 million to let travelers rent ultra luxurious cars

 The sharing economy continues to bear fruit. CarHopper, a platform for luxury car rental, has raised a $1.5 million seed round to expand to new markets. CarHopper started out as a peer-to-peer platform for luxury car owners — think Lexus, Mercedes and BMW all the way up to Ferrari and Rolls Royce — to rent out their rides to others. But in its infancy, the company realized that… Read More

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Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell trucks put to work in Port of LA pilot

 Toyota has hydrogen fuel cell transport trucks that generate no local emissions, and that have 670 horsepower and an 80,000 lb total weight capacity. The powertrain includes two of Toyota’s Mirai fuel cells, and a 12kWh battery charged by the cells. Toyota is now running a concept version of the truck along pilot routes that run around 200 miles per day, moving good between depots in… Read More

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Hyperloop One becomes ‘Virgin Hyperloop One’ with Virgin Group investment

 Hyperloop One has received a significant investment in Hyperloop One – the official figure hasn’t been revealed, but it’s enough that the Hyperloop tech startup, which aims to create networks of high-speed transportation tunnels to various locales across the globe, has changed its name. Virgin Hyperloop One is the entity’s official moniker going forward, which is quite… Read More

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SpaceX successfully launches and recovers third reused Falcon 9 rocket

 SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 today, its 15th rocket launch of this year. The rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying a satellite with a dual-purpose mission for both EchoStar and SES. The rocket used on this flight included a first stage that was previously flown for a Space Station resupply mission in February, and then recovered and refurbished by SpaceX.… Read More

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Watch SpaceX launch a re-flown Falcon 9 rocket live right here

 SpaceX is using another refurbished rocket this afternoon – this one is the the third Falcon 9 first stage booster that the company has refurbished and used again. This is also the second launch attempt this week, after SpaceX successfully launched a mission for client Iridium on Monday.
Today’s launch is for EchoStar and SES, a satellite with a dual purpose for both of these clients. Read More

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Porsche launches on-demand subscription for its sports cars and SUVs

 Want to drive a Porsche, without actually owning one? Porsche’s new Passport subscription program could be just what you’re looking for. The on-demand short-term rental program allows anyone in Atlanta to subscribe for $2,000 per month, which will provide access to eight models of Porsche including the 718 Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman S at launch. Those who want a bit more can sign… Read More

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