May 21, 2020

For the first time in two decades, AAA is not issuing a Memorial Day traffic estimate. The report usually kicks off a summer of road trips, congestion, and sweltering aggravation in the U.S. But not this year.

Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions across the county will have a severe impact on traffic. "Anecdotal reports suggest fewer people will hit the road compared to years past," said AAA in a p...

February 25, 2020

Out in Columbus, Ohio, city of smart systems, the folks behind the self-driving shuttle have had to suspend service after an unexpected stop.

The autonomous shuttle is the gen 3 model from EasyMile, outfitted with lidar, cameras, and radar (plus a trained human monitor on board). It debuted on its predetermined 2.7-mile route in Linden back on February 2, 2020. Last Thursday, it stopped in the middle of its route for no apparen...

February 6, 2020

Boasting curved OLED screens, air suspension, night vision, and augmented reality navigation, the technology-packed new 2021 Cadillac Escalade will give GM's Super Cruise a big boost later this year.

Super Cruise, the optional semi-autonomous driving system is the most advanced such technology available to consumers. It is the only available system designed to be used hands-free (and feet free), for example, and the only one th...

February 5, 2020

The annual mobile communications show in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress (MWC), just had another major participant cancel weeks before the show opening on February 24. LG announced it was withdrawing from the conference.

LG's stated reason is to "prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel." However, the more plausible explanation is that the company is more concerned about having its employees...

January 15, 2020

This year's CES 2020 tech show was a much more muted affair than in (many) years past. There was no single killer product, and there was a lot of waiting for future technologies--microLED, a smart home standard, quantum computers. On the automotive side, CES was still very much a car tech show, but many companies were treading more cautiously or not offering rides in autonomous cars at all.

Nevertheless, out of the 4,000-plus c...

January 9, 2020

Hyundai Uber Taxi

Last year, Bell installed a giant drone mockup on the CES show floor, drawing stares from thousands of visitors. This year it was Hyundai doing the same with giant Uber logos across the EV's fuselage . However, the first actual prototype of the giant flying robotaxi won't be ready until 2023--by that time Uber may not be around.

The silliness factor: There's a reason why helicopters no longer land on the roof o...

December 17, 2019

Closing out 12 months that will become known as the Big Self-Driving Car Reset, Ford Motor Co. is putting its money where the future is announcing new investments and the promise of new jobs.

Following up on the buzz generated by its reveal of an all-electric Mustang SUV, this week Ford said it would be investing $1.45 billion in building new electric and autonomous vehicles--and new F-150s and SUVs (of course). The new pickups...

October 25, 2019

In a year when the autonomous vehicle business has hit a big reset button, consensus is growing among designers that self-driving cars just aren’t perceptive enough to make them sufficiently safe. So now engineers are considering using more sophisticated sensors and technology — tech that can see through rain and even look underground.

“There are still deficiencies in the sensor suite,” said Bobby Hambrick, chief exec...

October 11, 2019

Vacuum maker Dyson abandoned its efforts to enter the electric car market this week. Unable to find a way to make it "commercially viable" and unable to find a buyer, the project will power down soon.

Ineluctably, the market is moving toward electric vehicles (EVs), but getting there requires commitment and economic stamina. Volkswagen plans to spend tens of billions of dollars to get there, for example, with the likes of stabl...

September 20, 2019

Electric vehicles--and Ford-backed Rivian in particular--got another kick in the collective rear bumper this week, thanks to Amazon.

While the kids were schooling the adults about the disaster that is global warming, Amazon committed to purchasing 100,000 (yes, that's 5 zeros) electric delivery vehicles over the next 10 years. The plan is to have the first electric trucks supporting Prime fans in 2021 and have all the new EVs o...

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