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Porsche doubles electric car budget

High-end care manufacturer Porsche aims to launch an electric car within the next two years. This will be the German car manufacturer’s first foray into the world of electric vehicles, a signal that many car manufacturers see the future as electric.

BMW invests in low temperature batteries

The next generation of electric cars will require more powerful and more efficient batteries. Car giant BMW is investing in a new type of low temperature battery based on lithium ion battery technology.

Essential Science: Zero emission vehicles are on the horizon

Hydrogen may be a small molecule but scientists have big ideas for the element. This includes low cost, high output fuel generation for next-generation vehicles.

GM to deliver autonomous car with no steering wheel

A further step towards the completely autonomous vehicle: General Motors plans to have a vehicle on the roads with no steering wheel or pedals by 2019.

New depth sensors improve self-driving cars

Boston - Research reveals new depth sensors could make self-driving cars practical. A computational method has improved resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors 1,000-fold.

Will agile sensor technology surpass LiDAR?

The competitive race to develop the optimal vehicle sensor technology for self-driving vehicles could be embarking on a new course with ‘agile sensor technology’, which is presented as more accurate, efficient and safer than LiDAR.

Smart parking solution based on cryptocurrency payment

To make the process of parking easier for businesses and for consumers a blockchain company has come up with a smart solution, based on a decentralized network and the use of a cryptocurrency.

How blockchain can help the car sales market: Interview Special

Blockchain provides opportunities for streamlining the approach to relationships in the auto sales, auto repair, auto insurance and auto finance industries. To discover more we spoke with the company CarFix.

New high resolution LiDAR becomes more affordable

The company Velodyne has unveiled a LiDAR sensor that has improved resolution, range, and field of view. The system consists of 128 laser beam and it could become the new industry standard.

Soon your car will tell you what it needs

Boston - New software has been developed that lets your car tell you what it needs. The software can tell if tires need air, spark plugs are bad, or air filter needs replacing, among other functions.

Automotive trends, from Car-as-a-Service to Mobility-as-a-Service

Mobility-as-a-Service is a developing trend in transportation, signaling a partial shift away from personally owned modes of transportation towards mobility solutions.

Digital disruption increasing in the used car sector

Two digitally based used car dealerships have come together with a new platform aimed at further disrupting the used car market. The partnership is between AutomotiveLeads and CarSwap.

Essential Science: The man who helps cars to see

LiDAR technology can serve a critical role in terms of obstacle detection and avoidance, allowing vehicles to navigate safely through environments. As autonomous cars become a pressing reality, this technology is leading the way forward.

Samsung to begin self-driving car tests in California

Los Angeles - Samsung has been given permission to test out its self-driving cars on public roads in California at the same time that the roads are used for cars driven by people.

Artificial intelligence helps to keep tired drivers awake

Tokyo - One risk with driving is feeling tired and losing concentration. Sleep related problems exacerbate this risk. To help drivers, Panasonic have developed an artificial intelligence platform.

Microsoft announces partnership with BMW to put Skype in your car

Microsoft has commenced another partnership with BMW that will see the technology giant and automotive leader work together on new connected car solutions. Microsoft, a longstanding BMW partner, will integrate its Skype app into BMW's products.

Report raises concerns about pollution levels inside cars

Copenhagen - A new Danish study has found that a car driver often breathes in a higher level of pollution compared with a cyclist, when traversing the same road. This raises a new concern about air quality and public health.

Bloodhound, the 1,000 mph supersonic car ready for trials

Newquay - The Bloodhound supersonic car, which is designed to operate at 1,000 miles per hour, will run for the first time on October 26, 2017.

Lithium-air batteries could power electric cars

One thing holding back progress with electric cars are the batteries needed to power such vehicles. Considerable promise comes from lithium-air batteries, which enable electric cars to drive farther on a single charge.

Apple handed self-driving test permit

San Fransisco - Apple has been working on autonomous cars for a while but little detail has emerged. That's about to change. Apple has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars on the streets of California.

Melting snow is riddled with pollutants

Montreal - The big thaw is underway in the northern hemisphere as snow in snow bound areas melts away. Melting snow does not only release water. A new study has found urban snow accumulates a toxic cocktail from car emissions.

Tesla's market cap soars above Ford, GM

2017 will likely go down in the history books as a year of disruption. Old industries are being reshaped by bold new ideas, technologies and modes of communication.

Uber is about to lose its VP of mapping as well as its president

Uber's vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, is the latest executive to announce a departure from the taxi-hailing company.

New battery model designed to improve e-cars

Frankfurt - One thing hampering the development (and potential sales) of electric cars is the capacity of the batteries designed to power the cars. Limitations affect speed and distance. This could change thanks to a ‘space-age’ development.

Aleppo car lover aims to revive his 'wounded' classics

Aleppo - Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars "wounded" in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Tesla wants to sell cars with insurance and maintenance included

Tesla has actually been quietly experimenting with this model in Asia by selling cars with insurance and maintenance included, Jon McNeill, Tesla's president of sales and services, said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call.

In Spain first, Madrid bans half of cars to fight smog

Madrid - Madrid's city hall announced Wednesday it had ordered half of most private cars off the roads to fight a particularly bad bout of pollution, a first in Spain.

Bikes now outnumber cars in Copenhagen

Copenhagen - The capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen, has hit a new record. For the first time ever, the city is home to more bicycles than cars.

Trump's pick for transportation a big boost to Uber and Lyft

While much of Silicon Valley is reeling from the election results, companies that rely on the so-called "gig economy" like Uber and Lyft might be breathing a sigh of relief at President-elect Donald Trump's pick for transportation secretary.

Intel to spend $250 million to develop self-driving cars

Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, said his company plans on investing $250 million towards the development of self-driving vehicles. The money will be spent over the course of the next two years.
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