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  • ChargePoint takes over GE charging stations

    ChargePoint takes over GE charging stations

    ChargePoint announced that it will become the exclusive operator of all of GE‘s electric charging stations, which means nearly 10,000 places to plug in will be transferred to the new company’s management. That total adds 1,800 commercial charging stations and 8,000 residential chargers to ChargePoint’s already huge network. Not that existing users will notice much difference… Read More

  • Autotalks brings motorcycles into the conversation

    Autotalks brings motorcycles into the conversation

    Autotalks has been developing technologies that allow vehicles to talk to anything — V2X, to the nerds in the know. It’s one of the technologies that will enable fully autonomous vehicles to roam our roads. But where does that leave motorcycles, which will still have riders who rely on interactions with human drivers? That’s where B2V, or bike to vehicle, technology comes in. Read More

  • Honda Clarity grows from one-shot to series

    Honda Clarity grows from one-shot to series

    For years, the Honda Clarity has been one thing: a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered sedan available for lease to a vetted group of early adopters in California. Now in its third generation, the Honda Clarity fuel-cell car is still basically that. But it’s getting a couple of friends. This year, the Honda Clarity adds two new versions: an all-electric car and a plug-in hybrid. Read More

  • Qualcomm demonstrates driving while charging

    Qualcomm demonstrates driving while charging

    Qualcomm Technologies has been working on a wireless charging system for electric vehicles called Halo. Now it’s taken the idea a step further — a Halo on the go, if you will. The dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system can charge electric vehicles as they drive over the charger. Halo DEVC, as its called, is in very early stages. Qualcomm set up a 100-meter test track… Read More

  • LISNR and PILOT join Jaguar Land Rover incubator

    LISNR and PILOT join Jaguar Land Rover incubator

    Jaguar Land Rover has brought two new startups into its Portland Tech Incubator: LISNR and PILOT Automotive Labs. Previous cohorts at the incubator have ranged from parking apps to drones; these two continue to build on JLR’s creative approach to the automotive future. LISNR uses ultrasonic audio to transmit data. That’s right — it transmits and receives sounds we… Read More

  • Autonomous cars are “infants,” but they’re growing up fast

    Autonomous cars are “infants,” but they’re growing up fast

    A panel at the MovinOn conference in Montreal, Quebec, tackled the questions that always get tackled: What’s the state of autonomous cars and when will they be fully ready to take over the world? Or, at least, all driving tasks? Dan Galves, a senior vice president at Mobileye, put it very plainly: the vehicles we have on the roads now are “small fleets of infants” in terms… Read More

  • Cognata receives $5M to speed up autonomous testing

    Cognata receives $5M to speed up autonomous testing

    Rand Corporation reported in 2016 that autonomous cars would need to be tested over 11 billion miles in order to prove they’re better drivers than humans. With a fleet of 100 cars running 24 hours a day, that would take 500 years. That seems both improbable and impractical, so companies like Cognata are filling the autonomous vehicle testing void with virtual miles. Read More

  • US Route 33 to test V2I tech

    US Route 33 to test V2I tech

    When you think of central Ohio, you might not think “hotbed of innovation.” But you’re going to want to rethink that. This summer, a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 outside of Marysville, Ohio, will be wired to test vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications. Read More

  • Audi is the first to test autonomous vehicles in New York

    Audi is the first to test autonomous vehicles in New York

    In May of this year, the state of New York opened up an application process for companies that wanted to test autonomous vehicles there. Audi snagged the first license and will begin testing near Albany in the coming weeks. The Audi A7 that will do the first demo at the New York state capital is not new to the company’s fleet of autonomous test cars. With licenses to test in Nevada… Read More

  • Top Ten Automotive Startups competition open for submissions

    Top Ten Automotive Startups competition open for submissions

    For the past few years, the Los Angeles Auto Show has hosted the Top Ten Automotive Startups competition. The event is now open for submissions through July 15, so if you’ve got an automotive app, service or cool bit of tech, now’s your chance. Read More

  • Roborace autonomous car takes a lap in Paris

    Roborace autonomous car takes a lap in Paris

    At the Formula E Paris ePrix over the weekend, the driverless Roborace navigated a lap of the 1.9 km course all by itself — all 14 turns. Read More

  • New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

    New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

    Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard-top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupe’s price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrio’s price is exactly the same. Besides the price, there are some practical improvements for the new Fortwo EV. Read More

  • Parking Kitty makes parking in Portland adorable

    Parking Kitty makes parking in Portland adorable

    Portland, Oregon, continued to keep it weird (and cute) this week when it rolled out Parking Kitty, a new app that lets you pay for metered parking. The app is based on Passport, one of the largest parking payment vendors in the United States. “We didn’t make a lot of changes,” said Malisa McCreedy, the parking division manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Read More

  • Mercedes home storage batteries coming to the US

    Mercedes home storage batteries coming to the US

    Mercedes-Benz Energy announced that it’s teamed up with Vivint Solar to provide batteries for storing energy at home in the United States, starting in California this spring. Last year, Mercedes started a program in Germany that works almost exactly the same way. Mercedes uses the automotive-grade batteries it’s developed for electric vehicles, which can withstand a lot of… Read More

  • Savari works to bring 5G to connected cars

    Savari works to bring 5G to connected cars

    In these early days of smart cities and connected cars, Savari has emerged as a V2X (that’s vehicle-to-everything) innovator. Now it’s joined the 5G Automotive Association to bring cellular communications to connected cars. Read More

  • Mario Andretti vs. semi-autonomous tech on the track

    Mario Andretti vs. semi-autonomous tech on the track

    On Saturday, May 13, famed race car driver Mario Andretti will be back on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This time, he’ll be racing one guy: Sam Schmidt, a quadriplegic race car driver, in semi-autonomous cars. Schmidt was paralyzed from the neck down in a racing accident in 2000. Since 2014, he’s been working with Arrow Electronics to develop custom-made… Read More

  • CityStream gives cities real-time road data

    CityStream gives cities real-time road data

    CityStream from Nexar harnesses the company’s dashcam app and allows municipalities to make use of the crowdsourced data. The idea is to share traffic patterns and behaviors so that cities can tweak routing and make infrastructure changes based on how cars are actually using roads day to day. The basis for CityStream is Nexar’s app for iOS and Android that turns your smartphone into… Read More

  • The first EV showcase opens in Oregon

    The first EV showcase opens in Oregon

    Forth, the electric vehicle proponent formerly known as Drive Oregon, has opened the nation’s first electric vehicle showcase in downtown Portland, Oregon. Anyone who wants to test drive one of the handful of EVs at the city’s World Trade Center can make a reservation. There are only three cars on hand so far: the Chevy Bolt, Ford C-MAX Energi, and the Nissan Leaf. Staff will be… Read More

  • Car2go puts safety in the hands of humans

    Car2go puts safety in the hands of humans

    While nearly every car-related company on the planet is integrating sensors and refining algorithms to create safer cars that eliminate human error, car2go is putting safety back into human hands. A pilot program in New York City and Washington, DC will give 1,000 car2go members free online driving courses. Read More

  • 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

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