Uber said to have considered automaker joint ventures for self-driving
 Uber was reportedly approached by an unnamed automaker about a potential acquisition of its self-driving business, according to The Information. The idea was shot down by Uber execs, but the approach did prompt debate at the ride hailing company around potentially partnering with an automaker on development of self-driving tech, possibly even through the formation of a joint venture.… Read More ...
Ford set to create a new joint venture to produce EVs in China
 Automaker Ford will team up with local partner Anhui Zotye Automobile to create a new joint venture in China aimed specifically at producing electric cars. The deal will see Ford and its new partner sell the vehicle sunder a local brand, rather than with its “Ford” name, and ultimately its aim is to produce even more electric vehicles for a market where there is strong incentive… Read More ...
Cloud driver profiles mean any Tesla could automatically become your Tesla
 Tesla has a plan to move its personalized driver profiles, which track things like seat and steering wheel position, to the cloud. This would mean Tesla drivers can download to them to theoretically any connected Tesla vehicle and have all their driver preferences in place, including regenerative braking, temperature units, map settings and more. Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk tweeted the… Read More ...
The Huger Tech Racer electric skateboard proves fast doesn’t mean first place
 The pursuit of finding the best electric skateboard continues, with a startup based out of Orange County, California called Huger Tech. The board in question, named the Racer, is supposed to be the most bang for your buck, but with better performance than the two current leading electric skateboards — the Boosted Board and Inboard. Read More ...
Fisker’s EMotion Tesla competitor will make its official debut at CES 2018
 The first car from Henrik Fisker’s new electric vehicle company, the EMotion luxury sport sedan, will premiere at CES in January 2018. That’s according to Fisker himself, who shared the debut date with TheStreet on Friday. We already know what the EMotion looks like, as well as its $129,000 starting price tag, and some of the technical achievements it’s said to pack, like… Read More ...
NASA launches satellite to relay data from Hubble, ISS and other spacecraft
 NASA launched a new satellite on Friday morning, aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. The launch occurred at just before 8:30 AM ET, after a brief delay form its original planned launch due to a minor technical issue with the booster that was promptly corrected by the launch team. The satellite, TDSRS-M, will make its way to orbit and then add its… Read More ...
‘Airbnb for boats’ startup Boatsetter buys competitor Boatbound
 You don’t have to be rich or T-Pain to be “on a boat.” You can rent one plus a captain for the day from Boatsetter. And now it’s got boats in more than 300 locations around the U.S. since it just acquired rival maritime marketplace Boatbound. Read More ...
Waze Android app adds roadside assistance from other users
Waze has long allowed its users to help other users by providing them with a way to add alerts about police cars and crashes, and now it is expanding on that functionality. The company has pushed out an update that brings a new roadside assistance request feature. Unlike other roadside assistance apps, though, this one depends on other Waze users … Continue reading...
Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle
 Seattle seems like an unlikely venue for a duel between bike-sharing companies: it’s rainy, hilly, its residents can’t drive, and another bike-share program recently went belly-up publicly and ignominiously. But Ofo, one of several Chinese giants in the space, is the third company to launch in the city in a month. It’s the company’s first foray in the States. Read More ...
Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing self-driving platform
 The joint effort by Mobileye, Intel and BMW to develop an autonomous driving platform that can be used by other automakers has a new partner: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). FCA and the group signed a memorandum of understanding to work together, which opens the door for FCA to contribute to the progress the team has already made. Already, BMW, Intel and Mobileye (which Intel subsequently… Read More ...
Uber brings in-app tipping to the UK
 Uber is launching its in-app tipping feature for drivers in the U.K. Starting tomorrow, Uber passengers will be able to tip their driver using the app for rides and/or food via UberEATS. Back in June, Uber added in-app tipping capabilities for passengers to give drivers a little extra something in the U.S. “While drivers have told us they love the freedom of being their own boss… Read More ...
Uber’s Ryan Graves leaving SVP role to focus on board position
 Uber SVP of Global Operations will be leaving that full-time senior leadership role in the middle of September to “focus” on his role as a director of Uber’s board. Graves, who acted as Uber’s CEO from early 2010 until founder Travis Kalanick took over the position at the end of that year, had been seen as a close associate of Kalanick’s over the course of his… Read More ...
Uber chat lets riders message drivers in-app
Uber has built in-app messaging into its ride-hailing app, allowing users to chat with their drivers without SMS, and promising more safety on the road as a result. The update, which is being pushed out to the Uber app from today, shifts conversations that would until now have been held over phone calls or text messages to a new, in-app … Continue reading...
Intel to build a fleet of over 100 self-driving test cars starting later this year
 Intel is moving quickly to ramp its autonomous driving technology efforts now that it has closed its acquisition of Mobileye, the Israeli self-driving sensor and computing company. The plan is to build a fleet of over 100 test vehicles with SAE Level 4 capabilities (fully self-driving) with the first of those hitting roads later this year. The test fleet is designed to show off Intel and… Read More ...
Hyundai to use HD maps to field self-driving cars at 2018 Winter Olympics
 Hyundai is working with the South Korean government to use the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as a demonstration event for the automakers self-driving tech. The conditions will be challenging, however, since the roads will be winding and with significant grades, and the hope at least is that there will be plenty of snow – a notorious enemy of sensors used in self-driving tech. Hyundai… Read More ...
Cruise is running an autonomous ride hailing service for employees in SF
 The service is called “Cruise Anywhere,” and it allows employees to use a smartphone app to get anywhere they need to go in SF, seven days a week. Cruise Anywhere is in beta, hence the employee-only restriction, but the company says that some employees are already using it as their primary source of transportation, replacing either personal vehicle ownership, public transit or… Read More ...
Benchmark says Uber could be ‘comfortably’ worth over $100 billion in next couple of years
 Uber investor Benchmark says the firm is confident about Uber, “despite speculation to the contrary,” the firm wrote on Twitter today. In fact, Benchmark is “incredibly optimistic” about Uber’s future. 2/ An Uber accountable to serving its entire ecosystem -riders, drivers & employees- stands to be one of the defining companies of our time. —… Read More ...
Uber co-founder Garrett Camp reportedly says ‘Travis is not returning as CEO’
 Despite reports and rumors of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick trying to make its way back to the company, Uber co-founder and board member Garrett Camp says otherwise, Recode reports. “Our CEO search is the board’s top priority,” Camp said in an email this morning, which was obtained by Recode. “It’s time for a new chapter and the right leader for our next phase… Read More ...
Tesla lowers Model X base price due to improved margins
 Tesla has lowered the entry-level price of the Model X SUV, from $82,500 to $79,500. The $3,000 price drop is the result of improved margins for the electric vehicle, which the company achieved thanks to “efficiencies” achieved in the manufacturing process, Reuters reports. Tesla’s Model X and Model S sales performance were areas of key interest during the company’s… Read More ...
Watch how SpaceX imagines a perfect Falcon Heavy launch will go
 Elon Musk has shared a new animation created by SpaceX to demonstrate the planned launch process for its Falcon Heavy rocket, which it hopes to test fly for the first time this coming November. The animation depicts launch of the three-booster heavy rocket, separation of the first and second stages, and the return flight and landing of the three booster cores used to get the rocket to space. Read More ...