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  • California orders RydenGo to shut down its website

    California orders RydenGo to shut down its website

    On April 13, the state of California issued a cease and desist letter to RydenGo, saying that the company had to take down its website. The letter stated that the ride-hailing startup was operating without a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The problem with the order, according to RydenGo CEO Michael Pappas, is that the company is not yet operating. Read More

  • ChargePoint is ready for flying EVs

    ChargePoint is ready for flying EVs

    Yesterday I wrote about a poll conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan that found people were interested in flying cars if they were autonomous, shared and electric. As soon as I posted that, I found an email in my inbox saying that ChargePoint and Uber Elevate, among others at the recent conference on flying vehicles, had partnered to prepare for just that exact scenario. Read More

  • If you build a flying car, will they come?

    If you build a flying car, will they come?

    Flying cars have been a sci-fi promise for decades, and we’re hearing that they may be a reality soon. Maybe. But are consumers really waiting with bated breath for a flying car? Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Worldwide Transportation group surveyed 508 Americans to find out what people think of this sci-fi dream becoming reality. Read More

  • Survey says: Kids these days aren’t so into electric or autonomous vehicles

    Survey says: Kids these days aren’t so into electric or autonomous vehicles

    Conventional wisdom has kind of assumed that old fogies are afraid of self-driving cars and suffer from crippling range anxiety when it comes to EVs. Those youngsters, though, are all about autonomous electric cars — computers on wheels, if you will, that chauffeur them about town. But a new massive survey from Driving-Tests.org (DTO, for short) says otherwise. Not about the fogies… Read More

  • Toyota Mirai’s fuel cell system scales up for semi trucks

    Toyota Mirai’s fuel cell system scales up for semi trucks

    The Toyota Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle is so far a niche vehicle, but that hasn’t stopped Toyota from dreaming big — really big. Project Portal is a proof of concept semi truck that runs on a scaled-up version of the Mirai’s powertrain. The Mirai is an four-door car, though, with a maximum weight of two tons. The proof of concept vehicle needs to haul 80,000 pounds… Read More

  • SpotHero acquires Parking Panda

    SpotHero acquires Parking Panda

    SpotHero is an app that allows you, a driver in search of a space, to reserve and prepay for a spot in a parking garage before you even leave the house. Parking Panda came at the problem from the other direction by focusing on B2B services and event parking. Now, SpotHero has acquired Parking Panda to expand the parking spaces that can be reserved to nearly 5,000 in North America. Read More

  • Booster brings fuel to your office parking lot

    Booster brings fuel to your office parking lot

    Booster‘s tiny purple tankers have been cruising parking lots in Dallas-Fort Worth and the San Francisco area for 18 months now, and it’s ready to let the world in on its not-so-secret service. Companies can contract with Booster to have its employees’ gas tanks filled during the workday. When you arrive at work and pull into a parking space, if your employer is savvy enough… Read More

  • Renault ZOE writes On the Road fanfic, becomes first AI hipster

    Renault ZOE writes On the Road fanfic, becomes first AI hipster

    An all-electric Renault ZOE is writing fan fiction based on Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” to demonstrate how far modern EVs can travel on a charge. It’s also a celebration of the novel’s sixtieth anniversary in 2017. Also, presumably, this will impress ZOE’s latest crush, who loves Beat literature. Read More

  • Carjojo uses natural language to find a new car

    Carjojo uses natural language to find a new car

    Carjojo’s latest update brings some big changes to its Edge2Edge machine learning technology. The service has allowed users to search for and buy a new car since going live in November 2016, but new features make it easier to search every. single. car. on dealership lots right now — about 4 million on any given day, according to the Carjojo press release. The first improvement… Read More

  • Daimler and Bosch: fully autonomous cars within 5 years

    Daimler and Bosch: fully autonomous cars within 5 years

    Look out, startups. The big guns are taking on autonomous driving with serious intent. Daimler, one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in the world, announced that it is partnering with Bosch, one of the largest automotive tech and hardware suppliers in the world, to bring fully autonomous vehicles to urban roads “by the start of the next decade.” It’s already 2017, so… Read More

  • RydenGo gets ready to take on Lyft and Uber

    RydenGo gets ready to take on Lyft and Uber

    RydenGo is cooking up a new model for ride hailing. Rather than taking a commission, RydenGo will charge drivers a flat $20 per month subscription fee. The driver keeps the fare they charge and any tips they earn. Read More

  • Shared EV access is expanding in Portland

    Shared EV access is expanding in Portland

    Portland, Oregon, has started a pilot program to bring car sharing and alternative fuels to low-income neighborhoods where residents might not consider either type of transportation accessible. Read More

  • Senators reintroduce a bill to improve cybersecurity in cars

    Senators reintroduce a bill to improve cybersecurity in cars

    Senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have reintroduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act of 2017. The SPY Car Act places the onus for automotive cybersecurity and privacy standards on the shoulders of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. Read More

  • Nine manufacturers set for 2018 Formula E season

    Nine manufacturers set for 2018 Formula E season

    Formula E announced the nine manufacturers that will race electric cars in seasons five, six, and seven. You may think this is no big whoop, but it is. Here’s why the whoop is big: beginning in season five, each team will race one car per driver for the entire race — like every other racing series on the planet — rather than two. Because battery technology lagged behind… Read More

  • How does the Lucid Air stack up against the competition?

    How does the Lucid Air stack up against the competition?

    Now that we know that the Lucid Air will start at $60,000 (before applying the federal tax credit that’s available for electric vehicles), people are going to start comparison shopping. The first competitor that springs to mind is that other all-electric luxury sedan, the Tesla Model S. The Air is significantly less expensive than the Model S 60, especially at the base level, where the… Read More

  • From your dorm room to your car: ethernet is back

    From your dorm room to your car: ethernet is back

    Wi-Fi, DSRC, Bluetooth, NFC — there are so many ways to connect without cables that ethernet seems retro, like a flip phone. But ethernet is staging a comeback in our cars. Manufacturers are using this old-school technology to connect the sensors that allow for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and baby steps toward self-driving cars. Read More

  • New study notes that it’s a driverless future, not a people-less future

    New study notes that it’s a driverless future, not a people-less future

    A new study offers advice for city planners who are contemplating a future that includes autonomous vehicles, or AVs, as the nerds call them. The study released today, “Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders,” estimates that nearly 8 million people in its three sample cities will choose an AV over a traditional vehicle in the next 15-20 years. Read More

  • Self-driving coalition gains safety and mobility members

    Self-driving coalition gains safety and mobility members

    The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets doubled its membership this week. But rather than adding more car manufacturers and tech stars, the coalition added organizations that have a real stake in the implementation of self-driving cars: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Federation of the Blind, United Spinal Association, the R Street Institute and Mobility 4 All. Read More

  • 2017 Cadillac CTS gets V2V upgrade

    2017 Cadillac CTS gets V2V upgrade

    The 2017 Cadillac CTS is getting vehicle-to-vehicle technology this year. The sedans will be outfitted with DSRC short-range radio communication devices to transmit and receive simple messages, including vehicles’ GPS location, speed and heading. Those messages are sent 1,000 times a second across up to about 1,000 feet. Read More

  • 2017 Land Rover Discovery: hardcore tech for normcore drivers

    2017 Land Rover Discovery: hardcore tech for normcore drivers

    The all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery — Disco to its friends — is packed from skid plates to sunroof with technology. Most of this tech falls into two segments: stuff most people will use all the time and stuff almost no one will use in their lifetimes. In the first category is the Activity Key that allows you to unlock the Discovery with a wristband; in the second, All-Terrain… Read More

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