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Porsche is dialing up the capabilities of the infotainment system in some of its most popular cars and light trucks. The sixth generation of the Porsche Communication Management system — or PCM 6.0 — adds direct Spotify integration, allowing users to access the streaming service without having to connect via a smartphone. The infotainment system,
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Some major automotive suppliers won’t just be rolling out new driver-assistance technology in the coming years. They also will be deploying health technology aimed at detecting COVID-19, alerting someone to signs of a heart attack and purifying the air in vehicles. “Our technologies make mobility cleaner, safer and smarter,” Valeo Deputy CEO Christophe Perillat said
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When riders fled public transit during the early throes of the pandemic, Local Motors suffered from shelved orders for its 3D-printed autonomous Olli shuttle. When orders returned and then proliferated, the ongoing chip shortage stymied the company’s ability to fulfill them. The double whammy of the coronavirus and supply chain constraints emerged as two central
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Lidar technology startup Luminar said Thursday that it has established its latest automotive partnership with Mercedes-Benz. It will involve series production of sensors, enhancing the automaker’s automated highway driving systems. There’s not yet a timetable for when Luminar’s “Iris” lidar will be installed in passenger vehicles, nor specific vehicle models chosen. As part of the
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The mobility company Cerence showcased new technology at CES this month that reimagines the idea of an in-car voice assistant. The technology, Cerence Co-Pilot, uses artificial intelligence and continuous learning to provide more intuitive in-vehicle assistance, with the ability to even anticipate a driver’s needs before being prompted for assistance. Cerence Chief Technology Officer Prateek
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Self-driving shuttle manufacturer Local Motors will shutter operations on Friday, according to multiple executives. Though no formal announcement was made, several employees with the company, which produced the Olli shuttle — accessible for people with disabilities — among other vehicles, detailed the company’s demise on social media Thursday. Two Local Motors employees later confirmed the
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Automotive tech company Aptiv showcased at CES how it is positioned for the wider adoption of software-based vehicle technologies. Aptiv’s virtual and on-site presentation at the Las Vegas event included a demonstration of several use cases for the company’s software applications in vehicle architecture, such as using artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance Aptiv’s
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Cadillac’s vision for the future is a reputation based on the experience of the journey rather than the vehicle itself. “We were designing cars, but now we design experiences,” Frank Saucedo, director of General Motors’ Advanced Design Studio in California, told Automotive News. “The technology is making this [customer] experience basically effortless.” Cadillac showcased the
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Mercedes-Benz has revealed a 620-mile-plus EV concept that the luxury automaker claims is its “most efficient and aerodynamic vehicle.” The Vision EQXX, which Mercedes said can drive from New York to Cincinnati on a single charge and is as aerodynamic as a football, showcases long-distance efficiency through advancements in energy density, aerodynamics and lightweight design.
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Intel Corp. autonomous driving unit Mobileye is piloting a robotaxi service in Paris that’s ferrying employees of one of the French capital’s most famous department stores to work. The challenges of navigating Parisian traffic will help speed up the development of Mobileye’s self-driving system, said Johann Jungwirth, a company vice president. “It will certainly help
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Electric vehicle leasing startup Hive Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it closed a $30 million funding round to expand its fleet for ride-hail drivers who can otherwise not afford the vehicles’ higher upfront costs. Backed by environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused investors, the company leases EVs to Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc drivers on
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The CEO of Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said the company was looking sell stakes in what it considers non-strategic investments in other companies, including its shares in Chinese ride hailing company Didi Global . Speaking at a virtual fireside chat with a UBS analyst, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said many of the companies Uber
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At an innovative company in Golden, Colo., called Outrider, autonomous trucks hitch themselves to trailers to safely and quickly move freight — guided solely by their sensors and sophisticated software. Outrider builds, tests and sells these trucks to large companies to move heavy cargo quietly and efficiently inside massive distribution yards. With these battery-powered yard
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