cars

  • The Barnacle means no more boots on your wheel

    The Barnacle means no more boots on your wheel

    The Barnacle is a new way for parking patrols to immobilize vehicles. Instead of using a boot to keep a wheel from moving, officers can slap a Barnacle across the windshield, suction it to the glass, and arm it with a keypad. The Barnacle is a bright yellow 20-pound piece of plastic that sticks to the windshield with 750 pounds of force. The parking enforcement officer only has to pump the… Read More

  • Pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile raises $191.5M, acquires Mosaic Insurance

    Pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile raises $191.5M, acquires Mosaic Insurance

    The automotive industry is in flux with the rise of self-driving and electric cars, and the concept of car ownership altogether being thrown into question. With this, the car insurance industry is changing, too, and now, an on-demand car insurance startup has raised a large round of funding as it aims to be leader of that change. Metromile, the provider that lets you pay-per-mile for… Read More

  • Uber turns on electric vehicles in the UK, starting with 50 cars in London

    Uber turns on electric vehicles in the UK, starting with 50 cars in London

    The race for who will take the lead in the next generation of automotive technology is on, and today Uber is kicking off a program that it hopes will help put it in pole position. Today, the transportation-on-demand behemoth is launching a new electric car service in the UK, in partnership with Nissan and China’s BYD, where it will offer leasing (not purchasing) options for… Read More

  • AAA study sheds light on AEB systems

    AAA study sheds light on AEB systems

    Automatic emergency braking systems, or AEB, will be installed in 99% of all new passenger vehicles by 2022. Toyota has promised to have it on all of its vehicles by 2017, and many vehicles already have the sensors and technology in place. But that doesn’t mean every system on every vehicle works exactly the same way. That’s why AAA put five 2016 vehicles to the AEB test in 70 trials. Read More

  • Carvana raises a $160M Series C to expand its online dealership and car vending machines nationwide

    Carvana raises a $160M Series C to expand its online dealership and car vending machines nationwide

    The used car industry is an interesting business. The market is huge – 45 million used cars are bought each year in the U.S. But the biggest player, CarMax, only controls about 2% of the market – but is still valued at about $12 billion by Wall Street. So that makes the market not only ripe for disruption, but also extremely lucrative. Carvana is a used car dealer that thinks… Read More

  • Tesla misses Q2 earnings, delivers 14,402 vehicles

    Tesla misses Q2 earnings, delivers 14,402 vehicles

    Tesla missed its Q2 earnings targets today in a report released after the close of the market. Tesla executives are not wavering on yearly targets, despite a slower than expected quarter. All of this comes amidst a seemingly never-ending wave of Tesla headlines dominating Silicon Valley over the last few weeks. The energy company born out of an automobile company reported non-GAAP Q2 revenue… Read More

  • China has actually built an elevated bus that travels above car traffic

    China has actually built an elevated bus that travels above car traffic

    If you’ve ever been surfing through random videos on Facebook or another social media site you’ve probably seen the concept video of that Chinese train/bus hybrid thing that can travel over cars (and over traffic). But that was just a rendered concept. And, like me, you probably thought that even though it was an amazing idea, it would never actually move past the idea… Read More

  • Pearl Automation’s license plate cover puts a car backup camera on your phone

    Pearl Automation’s license plate cover puts a car backup camera on your phone

    Tesla may have created the notion that the tech in every car should be upgradable without buying a new car with its constant software updates — but there still aren’t many Tesla owners out there. In fact for many car owners it’ll be a pain or expensive to install new technology that you might find in a Tesla car, or even more modern cars, into an older car. That’s… Read More

  • China’s Bitauto raises $300M, with Baidu, JD.com and Tencent each chipping in $50M

    China’s Bitauto raises $300M, with Baidu, JD.com and Tencent each chipping in $50M

    As the on-demand transportation industry continues to heat up in China, one of the bigger online marketplaces for cars is also capitalizing on the growth. Bitauto Holdings — which both operates a giant car marketplace that we’ve in the past described as Cars.com, Consumer Reports and Auto Trader rolled into one; and also invests in transportation startups — has announced… Read More

  • Wype will come clean your car where it sits

    Wype will come clean your car where it sits

    Recently, I wrote about Wyper, the Tinder of car shopping. That prompted Andy Kim, co-founder of Wype, to contact me. His business is one letter off from Wyper, after all, so in the interest of disambiguation, here’s the scoop on the car-detailing company that is more like Uber than Tinder in the app comparison game. Wype is based in Southern California, where cars are shiny and water… Read More

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