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General Motors plans to expand its electrification initiatives beyond passenger vehicles with BrightDrop, a new business selling battery-powered delivery vehicles, and Cruise, the automaker’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary. GM estimates the annual market opportunity for parcel, food delivery and reverse logistics in the U.S. will exceed $850 billion by 2025. Demand for urban delivery to fulfill
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Revel believes it can make New York City an offer it can’t refuse. The electric vehicle company will privately build the car-charging stations the city needs to support a future where EVs replace gas-powered vehicles. What the company wants in exchange is access to the city streets for its for-hire vehicles — in other words, an
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With the rise in online shopping and the desire for contactless delivery sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, demand is growing for low-speed automated delivery vehicles to deliver packages or food to your doorstep. In a new report, Guidehouse Insights says it expects the increase in demand for robot deliveries to continue post-COVID-19. The research company
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TOKYO — It seemed like sure- fire marketing magic when Toyota became a top sponsor of the Olympics after the home country was tapped to host the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. But then the pandemic pushed the global athletic competition into 2021. And then, a new COVID- 19 state of emergency was declared in
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MILAN — Italian supplier Brembo said it will open its first high tech lab in California’s Silicon Valley to accelerate the company’s digitization, one of the key objectives of a plan announced in September. Brembo’s “Inspiration Lab” will focus on strengthening the company’s expertise in software development, data science and artificial intelligence, the premium brake
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With summer heat frizzling already frazzled power grids, the California Independent System Operator, which handles the state’s grid and wholesale energy market, took a drastic step last month: It asked electric vehicle owners to charge before 5 p.m. or after 10 p.m. Battery-driven cars and trucks, tools to fight climate change, are ironically exacerbating heat-wave
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BERKELEY, Calif. — Tesla Inc. has introduced an option for some customers to subscribe to its advanced driver assistance software, dubbed “Full Self-Driving capability,” for $199 per month, instead of paying $10,000 upfront. “FSD capability subscriptions are currently available to eligible vehicles in the United States. Check your Tesla app for updates on availability in
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BERLIN – Volkswagen brand is accelerating its ambition to be seen as a mobility provider that can compete with industry disruptors such as Tesla and Uber. The brand has created a new business unit with responsibility for strengthening its customer focus as digital features become increasingly important to buyers. “As a result of the increasing digitalization
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A groundbreaking pilot project underway in Santa Monica, Calif., could help spur the wider and faster adoption of electric delivery vehicles around the U.S. The initiative, called the Santa Monica Zero Emissions Delivery Zone, offers curbside loading areas designated exclusively for zero-emissions delivery vehicles. The project — launched in March — is being spearheaded by
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Getty Images Sales of new vans in the UK came close to record levels during the first six months of 2021 due to a boom in home deliveries and the economy reopening. But registrations of new cars remained sluggish, with a shortage of computer chips limiting supplies of some models. The Society of Motor Manufacturers
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Years ago, crash-test dummies were primarily built in traditional male figures. That is, female-figure dummies or those mirroring the size and physique of young children were often excluded from critical vehicle safety testing. “What ended up happening is that these safety settings, crash settings, airbag settings, were systematically suboptimally set for these other types of
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PA Media Nissan has announced a major expansion of electric vehicle production at its car plant in Sunderland which will create 1,650 new jobs. The Japanese carmaker says it will build its new-generation all-electric model at the site. Its partner, Envision AESC, will also build a new electric battery plant. The new electric vehicle hub,
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Automakers, suppliers, policymakers and traffic safety advocates are all proponents of autonomous vehicle technology as a key development to making roads safer. And self-driving vehicles have additional supporters: those working to fight drunken driving. A vehicle that could safely navigate itself without needing a human driver could have major implications for not only eliminating driver
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