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  • Crunch Report | Tesla and SolarCity-powered Island

    Tesla and SolarCity power an island in American Samoa, after skipping last year Apple holds its Black Friday sale, robots will be helping with shopping at Westfield malls in San Francisco, Michigan doubles down on autonomous cars and Munchery gets a new CEO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Oracle Acquires Dyn “Thanksgiving Special”

    The Thanksgiving edition of Crunch Report: What I’m thankful for… disappearing live video and messages in Instagram, Nutonomy hits the streets in Boston, Oracle acquires DNS provider Dyn and Ed Zitron is here to hang out on the show. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Carrobot joins the aftermarket HUD fray

    Carrobot joins the aftermarket HUD fray

    If you want to add a head-up display (HUD) to your car, you’ve certainly got choices. In addition to Navdy and its Chinese clone Roav, Carrobot launched in October to bring its eye-level interface to cars that don’t have the tech built in. Carrobot distinguishes itself from its competitors, most notably Navdy and Exploride, by having full voice control for all functions as well as… Read More

  • Vehicle security device Ernest launches today

    Vehicle security device Ernest launches today

    Ernest is a bit difficult to describe. It’s a device, it’s two devices, it’s an app, and according to its founder, Arturs Pumpurs, it’s a kind of virtual butler. The system secures your vehicle, tells you where it is, and controls your garage door or, if you have one, gate. The Kickstarter campaign starts October 28 and runs through December 7. The project began as a… Read More

  • 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