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  • Trucks will talk to each other using Peloton Technology

    Trucks will talk to each other using Peloton Technology

    Many studies have been done on the potential effects of semi trucks being able to travel in platoons. It could be more fuel efficient, it could be safer, it could be easier on the drivers. And now, it could be coming to a highway near you. Peloton Technology has partnered with Omnitracs, a fleet management company, to provide platooning technology this year. Read More

  • The day the infotainment died

    The day the infotainment died

    I wanted to review the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red sports coupe, in particular its technology, because Infiniti is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to tech. This was my second test of the Q60; I’d had it in November 2016 for a few days but felt I hadn’t had the chance to explore all of its connected services. So I got another full week with it in February 2017. The Q60 drove great. Read More

  • Esri helps move masses for marches

    Esri helps move masses for marches

    Since President Trump took office, there have been protests large and small across the United States and around the globe. Esri, the big-data collection and analysis company, has helped communities using its services plan for these large-scale events and adapt when things don’t go as planned. “Whenever there’s a march or a disruption, there’s lots of factors to take… Read More

  • Kansas City is now a smart city

    Kansas City is now a smart city

    Nine months ago, Kansas City, Missouri, announced that it would be investing $15 million in a public-private partnership with Cisco to make a two-mile streetcar corridor smart — like, Internet of Things smart. The city has just shared the first compilation of data with other cities, as well as with federal agencies. Just over four years ago, Kansas City hooked up residents with Google Fiber. Read More

  • All new cars could have V2V tech by 2023

    All new cars could have V2V tech by 2023

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published a proposed rule to require all new vehicles to have vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. It’s not an official requirement yet, but if it goes into effect in 2019 — a likely timeline for rules like this — manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a… Read More

  • Arkamys creates space-age safety sounds for EVs

    Arkamys creates space-age safety sounds for EVs

    In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration established the very cool-sounding “Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,” which does exactly what it says. It requires that 100 percent of all EVs and hybrids make some noise at low speeds by 2019. If a vehicle can move forward or in reverse without engaging an internal combustion engine, it needs… Read More

  • Goodyear tests tires with Tesloop

    Goodyear tests tires with Tesloop

    It’s easy to get caught up in all the technology being built into cars of the future — ADAS, autonomous capabilities, V2X, and on and on. It’s also easy to forget that so far — until we get our flying cars — there are four points of contact between most vehicles and the road. The tires. Goodyear has of course not forgotten this, and it sees the writing on the… Read More

  • In the future, AI could also mean auto insurance

    In the future, AI could also mean auto insurance

    Solaria Labs, Liberty Mutual Insurance’s tech incubator, has created an API developer portal to bring together public data and “proprietary insurance information” to help users find potentially safer routes — and help them assess damage when that doesn’t work out. The AI in the API gives users repair estimates post-crash. “The AI Auto Damage Estimator… Read More

  • Deliver My Ride delivers another car buying service

    Deliver My Ride delivers another car buying service

    Deliver My Ride, a new car buying site from the new firm MadDog Technology, is the latest to offer a car buying service without the buyer having to visit the dreaded dealership. Deliver My Ride made the interesting choice to be website only so far; there is no smartphone app. Users create an online profile that will be sent to multiple dealerships and brands for free (the site makes money… Read More

  • Volvo creates a car sharing unit

    Volvo creates a car sharing unit

    Volvo announced that it’s joining other automakers in creating a business unit devoted to car sharing. The new shared mobility unit will be based on Sunfleet, a car sharing service that Volvo has run since 1998. So after nearly two decades, Volvo should be pretty comfortable with the service. The new unit will expand Sunfleet globally. Right now, it only operates in 50 cities in Sweden… Read More

  • Arcimoto looks for investments via Fundable

    Arcimoto looks for investments via Fundable

    Arcimoto brought the eighth iteration of its three-wheeled electric vehicle, the SRK, to CES 2017. This is the version that will be produced this spring in Eugene, Oregon, where the company has its headquarters, and that the first buyers will have delivered to their doors by summer 2017. It’s been a long road for Arcimoto, which was founded in 2007 in Eugene. For nearly a decade, it… Read More

  • ChargePoint ups the fast charging ante

    ChargePoint ups the fast charging ante

    On the heels of EVgo‘s announcement that it was breaking ground on its first 350-kW public charger, ChargePoint announced at CES that it has developed what it calls an ultra-fast DC charging station that can deliver up to 400 kW. The ChargePoint Express Plus is aimed at cutting-edge cars that charge quickly and have long ranges, like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt — cars that… Read More

  • Roll your own car sharing service with Vulog

    Roll your own car sharing service with Vulog

    Vulog is not a big name in the car sharing space, especially in the US, but the French company is hoping to change that at CES 2017. Alexandre Thibault, VP of business development, said it’s the only independent company that provides hardware and software solutions to car sharing services. (The better-known free-floating car sharing services, car2go and ReachNow, are owned by Daimler… Read More

  • A ride in the Lucid Motors alpha prototype

    A ride in the Lucid Motors alpha prototype

    Lucid Motors brought its alpha prototype of its first production luxury EV to CES 2017. There’s a small fleet of these early test cars, but the one that made it to Las Vegas is the one in full camouflage. “We wanted it to be like the dazzle ships in World War I,” said Lucid CTO Peter Rawlinson. Then he pointed out that the camo is actually the word Lucid exploded across the… Read More

  • How fast is fast charging?

    How fast is fast charging?

    EVgo announced this month that it has broken ground on what will be the first public DC fast charging station, capable of up to 350 kw, in California — more powerful even than current charging champs Tesla Superchargers. The EVgo station will be ready to charge up near the World’s Tallest Thermometer (yup) in Baker, California, this summer. This begs the questions: How fast are… Read More

  • Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    PayByPhone, the app that lets you pay for parking (and parking tickets) with a smartphone, has been acquired by Volkswagen Financial Services. PayByPhone is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and operates in Canada, the US, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Australia. In 2016, company processed $250 million in parking payments from 12.5 million users. Volkswagen Financial Services… Read More

  • Autonomous cars seen as smarter than human drivers

    Autonomous cars seen as smarter than human drivers

    PwC released the results of its latest survey on the future of automotive technology, and it seems Americans are coming around to the idea of autonomous cars, ride hailing and car sharing. So much so that 66 percent of respondents said they think autonomous cars are probably smarter than the average human driver. PwC, a global provider of professional services, directly surveyed 1,584 people… Read More

  • Automakers aren’t really advertising electric vehicles

    Automakers aren’t really advertising electric vehicles

    There are more plug-in vehicles available now than there were a decade ago, and the sales of those vehicles are growing. Sales of electric vehicles are up about a third this year over last year, and November 2016 marked 14 consecutive months of record-setting EV sales in the U.S. And yet the grand total of all plug-in vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2016 (not counting December) was just shy… Read More

  • Mercedes launches car-sharing service Croove

    Mercedes launches car-sharing service Croove

    For something like a century, car makers have sold one car to one person one time and then waited for them to wear out that car and come back to the dealership for another one. Increasingly, that model is outmoded, and Mercedes-Benz is putting another nail in that model’s coffin with Croove. The car-sharing service launched in Munich this month with a couple of twists. Croove is a… Read More

  • The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 provides more evidence of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) technology trickling down to more affordable cars. Between the luxury of the 2017 Volvo S90 and the Spartan appeal of the 2017 Toyota Yaris lies the Mazda3 in the middle ground. In order to get all of the ADAS goodness, you have to begin with the Grand Touring trim level, which starts at $24,195. Then you… Read More

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