Industry

Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. and the University of Waterloo in Ontario announced Monday a $1.3 million ($1.6 million CAD) joint project designed to enhance the safety and cybersecurity of self-driving vehicles. Jim Quesenberry, director of research and development at Magna, said the five-year collaboration will aim to tackle some of the big issues in
0 Comments
COVID-related dealership shutdowns last year greatly sped up the previously slow and uneven development and implementation of online sales at dealerships. As a result, “end-to-end” retail selling and financing, performed entirely online, are now available at hundreds of dealerships and climbing. Before last year, what most dealerships considered “online selling” was mostly collecting leads on
0 Comments
Electric vehicle producer Rivian plans to hire 100 workers and invest $4.6 million into a new customer service center near Detroit in Plymouth, Mich., following the launch of its first electric pickup. The 12-year-old startup, backed by Amazon, Ford Motor Co. and others, established its Service Support Operations Center to provide “around-the-clock” business-to-business and customer
0 Comments
The recently completed IAA Mobility show in Munich will be remembered perhaps as the first major automotive show to take place amid the pandemic. It may also be remembered for something else: bikes. Two halls were devoted to vehicles of the two-wheeled variety. Approximately 70 bike and e-bike companies showcased their latest models, and there
0 Comments
Rather than usher in an era of low-pollution travel, future fleets of all-electric robotaxis could instead deliver unintended environmental consequences. Despite the emissions problems they might solve, new research suggests electrified self-driving fleets could, at least in some cases, exacerbate pollution problems. The counterintuitive findings were published in Environmental Research Letters this month, and come
0 Comments
The Biden administration has an ambitious, $7.5 billion plan to expand electric vehicle charging to underserved areas, but it must first overcome a host of obstacles that have discouraged private investment in more equitable charging networks. The experience of California — the state with the largest number of EVs and the most advanced charging infrastructure
0 Comments
Short of Apple’s secretive foray into automated and electric vehicles, perhaps the most interesting ongoing mystery in the automotive industry revolves around Sony Group Corp. and its Vision-S prototype. The Japanese entertainment and consumer electronics behemoth dropped the surprise of CES in January 2020, unveiling an all- electric sedan that made public its ambitions in
0 Comments
TOKYO — Asia’s two auto superpowers, Hyundai Motor Group of South Korea and Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan, may be competitors, but they also have something in common when it comes to their visions of the future: They both believe that hydrogen power is a promising and commercially viable alternative for a coming generation of
0 Comments
MUNICH — German supplier giant Continental is counting on the launch of a new business unit dedicated to autonomous mobility to help it become more nimble and more attractive to tech startups it wants to partner with. The creation will also help make Continental’s push deeper into emerging technologies more visible to outsiders and investors,
0 Comments
The battery cell “is tomorrow’s combustion chamber,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume declared at parent Volkswagen Group’s Power Day. The VW event, which came not long after Tesla’s Battery Day in September 2020, marked the first of a series of announcements from European automakers that laid out their plans to replace internal combustion engines with battery-
0 Comments
Getty Images This week marks the beginning of Germany’s biennial Internationale Automobil Austellung – or International Motor Show. Traditionally, it is a chance for the country to parade the enduring strength of its own car industry, while welcoming the biggest brands from around the world. But this year’s event, held in the Bavarian city of
0 Comments
The auto industry’s first uses for connected-car technology have revolved around high-definition entertainment and, in a few cases, software updates that enhance vehicle performance. Next up: a full embrace of 5G technology, which will likely upend business, enable automated vehicles, and perhaps save lives. Over the past five years, the 5G Automotive Association has worked
0 Comments