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Your Next Gig: Map the Streets For Self-Driving Cars – WIRED

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I went for a drive in San Francisco’s Mission District last month. It was late morning, and there wasn’t much traffic. As I wended my way through the side streets, I avoided a double-parked armored car and steered around construction sites. Though it might have seemed like an aimless outing, my brief sortie was anything but. Every centimeter I drove, every object I encountered, and even the double line I…

Volkswagen Investors Expecting Liberation After Lower Saxony Election Should Dream On – Forbes

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

(Photo credit FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) Elections in German states aren’t usually very interesting to the outside world. But Sunday’s election in Lower Saxony, the home of Volkswagen, might be exciting investors. Unfortunately, this is more of a rose tinted mirage than a possibility. The Social Democrat government of Lower Saxony and trade unions, taking advantage of hangover laws from the 1960s, are able to veto VW governance and strategy. They…

Dutch government wants all new cars to be emissions-free by 2030 – Ars Technica

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

reader comments 37 On Tuesday, the fractured Dutch government announced a coalition of several leading parties and put forward a roadmap for the Netherlands’ future. Besides reaffirming the country’s support of the EU and offering tax and immigration plans, the coalition said that it wanted all new cars to be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. The coalition also called for more aggressive emissions goals in general—specifically, a 49-percent reduction in the country’s…

Charging Infrastructure Is a $2.7 Trillion Barrier to Electric Cars – MIT Technology Review

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

That’s enough to have a car drive fully autonomously, according to the chipmaker. The new device, announced by Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang at an event today in Munich, is the latest generation of its DrivePX on-board car computers. Called Pegasus, the device is 13 times faster than the previous iteration, which has so far been used by the likes of Audi, Tesla, and Volvo to provide semi-autonomous driving capabilities in their vehicles….

BMW’s Is Reportedly Planning to Take On a Second Chinese Carmaker Partner – Fortune

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Electric vehicle production is the likely focus. BMW is reported to be considering a manufacturing joint venture with China’s Great Wall gwllf . The deal, reported by Reuters quoting an unnamed BMW executive, would involve opening an assembly plant in the city of Changshu. However, it remains unclear how far talks have gone, or whether it has approval from the Chinese government—which wants foreign car-makers to team up with local…

Police find stolen BMW SUV with baby inside – Sun Sentinel

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Police found a stolen silver BMW SUV in North Lauderdale about half an hour after it was taken with a 9-month-old baby inside. “The child appeared to be uninjured and in good health, said Sgt. Efrain Suarez, of the Margate Police Department. At about 5:15 p.m. a woman reported that she left the silver BMW X1 running with a baby inside when she went into the post office at 5094…

Hyundai changing its approach to selling cars – SFGate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Caption Close DETROIT — Stung by falling U.S. sales, Hyundai is pushing its dealers to modernize the new-car shopping experience, conceding that customers are well-armed with information from the Internet before they step on the showroom floor. The Korean automaker said Tuesday that dealers will post “fair market pricing” on their websites that includes company discounts offered to consumers. Dealers, which are independent businesses, will be encouraged to add incentives…

Hyundai changing its approach to selling cars – SFGate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Caption Close DETROIT — Stung by falling U.S. sales, Hyundai is pushing its dealers to modernize the new-car shopping experience, conceding that customers are well-armed with information from the Internet before they step on the showroom floor. The Korean automaker said Tuesday that dealers will post “fair market pricing” on their websites that includes company discounts offered to consumers. Dealers, which are independent businesses, will be encouraged to add incentives…

Porsche’s $2000 Passport subscription swaps cars on demand – Engadget

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Just be prepared to pay a lot for the privilege — and don’t count on getting access to every car in the Porsche stable. The $2,000 per month “entry” Launch plan gives you access to eight vehicles, including the Boxster, Cayman S, Cayenne and Macan S. If you want Passport’s full 22-car roster (including the 911 Carrera S and Panamera 4S), you’ll have to step up to the $3,000 Accelerate…

Porsche’s $2000 Passport subscription swaps cars on demand – Engadget

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Just be prepared to pay a lot for the privilege — and don’t count on getting access to every car in the Porsche stable. The $2,000 per month “entry” Launch plan gives you access to eight vehicles, including the Boxster, Cayman S, Cayenne and Macan S. If you want Passport’s full 22-car roster (including the 911 Carrera S and Panamera 4S), you’ll have to step up to the $3,000 Accelerate…

NVIDIA introduces a computer for level 5 autonomous cars – Engadget

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

But while automakers are still dropping level 2 and sometimes level 3 vehicles into the market, NVIDIA’s first AI computer, the NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus, is apparently capable of level 5 autonomy. That means no pedals, no steering wheel, no need for anyone to ever take control. The new computer delivers 320 trillion operations per second, 10 times more than its predecessor. Before you start squirreling away cash for your…

Mapbox raises $164M to expand its location platform to cars, VR, AR and Asia – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Location and mapping been two of the key features underpinning a wide array of smartphone services. Now a startup that has been at the center of building those location services for mobile devices has picked up a large round of funding to take its tech to newer frontiers in hardware, specifically in automotive and virtual / augmented reality. Mapbox, a company that competes against Google and Here to work with…

Are Electric Vehicles Pushing Oil Demand Over a Cliff? – InsideClimate News

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A research note from Barclay’s Bank last week summed up what the boom in electric vehicles, along with gains in fuel efficiency, might mean for oil demand—a reduction, by 2025, almost as large as Iran’s total production. And if electric vehicles seize a third of the car market by 2040, the drop in demand would be nearly as much as Saudi Arabia produces. That kind of jaw-dropping outlook has become…

Can LeBron James make us less afraid of self-driving cars? – The … – The Verge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

To be human is to fear the unknown. And since only a tiny fraction of people have ever had the experience of riding in a self-driving car, most fear them: the loss of control, the distrust of the technology, the fear of malicious hacking, etc. The companies that hope to eventually make lots of money on autonomous vehicles realize their promised riches will never materialize if they can’t convince ordinary…

Alphabet’s Waymo launches public campaign to build trust in self-driving cars – The Verge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Waymo, the self-driving car unit spun out of Google last year, is launching a public education campaign today called “Let’s Talk Self-Driving” aimed at addressing the skepticism many people have about autonomous technology. The company is teaming up with a host of safety and disability advocacy groups to promote its self-driving car pilot in Arizona, as well as raise awareness around a technology that remains inaccessible to most people. The…

GM Buys a Lidar Startup That Could Deliver Its Self-Driving Future – WIRED

Monday, October 09, 2017

General Motors just took another step to prepare itself for the future of driving, acquiring a startup that makes what could prove a key technology to unlock self-driving cars for use in fleets. Cruise, GM’s self-driving car startup, will now source its lidar laser sensors from Strobe, a Pasadena-based startup that the Detroit automaker just acquired. GM did not disclose the terms of the deal, which it announced Monday morning,…

Can LeBron James make us less afraid of self-driving cars? – The Verge

Monday, October 09, 2017

To be human is to fear the unknown. And since only a tiny fraction of people have ever had the experience of riding in a self-driving car, most fear them: the loss of control, the distrust of the technology, the fear of malicious hacking, etc. The companies that hope to eventually make lots of money on autonomous vehicles realize their promised riches will never materialize if they can’t convince ordinary…

2018 BMW i3s only $3000 more than standard i3 – CNET

Monday, October 09, 2017

BMW gave its electric i3 city car a refresh for the 2018 model year, and with it came an entirely new and sporty model. Thankfully, it won’t cost you much more than the normal one. The base 2018 BMW i3 will start at $44,450, before any sort of government incentive. This trim comes with a 170-horsepower, 184-pound-foot electric motor that will send the i3 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds…

Ferrari CEO says electric cars may not be as clean as they seem – CNBC

Monday, October 09, 2017

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2018 Buick Enclave offers serenity for every passenger – CNET

Monday, October 09, 2017

Buick’s original Enclave lasted for eight years. While that’s old in automotive terms, sales of the large crossover SUV stubbornly kept on rising. You’d think that General Motors wouldn’t want to mess with success, but it has. Fortunately, that’s good news, because this new model is pretty darn good. The 2018 Enclave builds on Buick’s popular three-row SUV in a smart way: It takes all the stuff that wasn’t so…