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As technology in the car industry is fast-moving, you will find in this section all of the latest news and trends about connected cars, self-driving cars, or the car industry in general.
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Nov 16, 2018
Using airborne taxis to avoid traffic jams could soon be a reality for the inhabitants of Singapore, with a company by the name of Volocopter set to test its flying half-drones, half-he [...]
Nov 15, 2018
A new project launched by Ford is set to transform smartphones into emergency steering wheels. The automotive manufacturer has filed a patent application for an emergency control system [...]
Nov 14, 2018
The Peugeot group took advantage of the Paris Motor Show event to announce the launch of its new car sharing scheme in the French capital. The fleet will be made up of 500 electric vehi [...]
Nov 9, 2018
Ford, Uber and Lyft have teamed up with the platform SharedStreets to pool their data and help create new tools for the smart cities of the future. These tools will be available to both [...]
Nov 7, 2018
Mercedes-Benz is set to launch the S class, its self-driving car, in 2020. Boasting a Level 3 assistance system, the car is the German manufacturer’s answer to the models being develo [...]
Oct 29, 2018
In Paris, as early as spring 2019, Parisians and tourists alike will be able to use a new mode of transport that is a futuristic as it is eco-friendly, when flying water taxis designed [...]
Oct 13, 2018
The use of smartphones by drivers and pedestrians alike is the cause of millions of accidents around the world every year, resulting in numerous deaths and serious injuries. In seeking [...]
Oct 10, 2018
Vision Urbanetic is the name of the new concept car that has just been announced by Mercedes. This future autonomous electric vehicle is fitted with two interchangeable sets of bodywork [...]
Oct 3, 2018
Drivers face an increasing number of distractions at the wheel, chief among them mobile phones. A survey conducted by Volvo USA reveals that Generation X drivers use their phones more t [...]
Oct 2, 2018
RM Sotheby’s has set a new auction record for a vehicle with the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for $48.4m in late August. The identity of the new owner is unknown.
Sep 28, 2018
US giant Uber is showing further ambition by announcing that after Dallas and Los Angeles, they are ready to implement their UberAir project in a third city, this time abroad. The final [...]
Sep 26, 2018
Plenty of constructors are currently developing driverless cars, including BMW who are also working on a smart motorbike which can more or less function without a driver. It is an impro [...]
Sep 24, 2018
Having made a series of patent applications relating to its secret autonomous vehicle project, Apple is developing an augmented reality windscreen that will enhance passenger safety in [...]
Sep 19, 2018
Over the last few days, astonished internet users have been able to watch a video showing a Bugatti Chiron… made entirely out of Lego! What is even more amazing is that the replica sp [...]
Sep 18, 2018
Toyota and Uber have strengthened their strategic partnership, with the Japanese giant making a significant investment as part of its continuing plans to conquer the self-driving car ma [...]
Sep 12, 2018
According to a recent Elon Musk tweet, video streaming services will become available in two years’ time on Tesla’s center screens, thanks to the ‘version 10’ software update.
Aug 29, 2018
Two US engineers have developed an alert system for cars to prevent dangers that can come about in periods of extreme heat. It uses the vehicle’s horn and is the first ever alarm syst [...]
Aug 27, 2018
Ford has set up a self-driving division called Ford Autonomous Vehicles. The new company will enter into partnerships and generate funding to speed research into self-driving cars. The [...]
Aug 22, 2018
An agreement has been signed between Waymo – the automotive subsidiary of Google – and US retail giant Walmart. The two big names are in the process of perfecting an autonomous car [...]
Aug 18, 2018
Adopting an empirical approach and shunning methods based on hardware and detailed calculations, two British engineers have created a machine learning-based system that can teach a car [...]
Aug 15, 2018
Italian coachbuilder and designer Pininfarina is set to design and manufacture its very first very high-end electric car, which goes by the name of the PFo. The hyper-car is scheduled f [...]
Aug 14, 2018
A European patent has been lodged by Ferrari to protect its new turbocharger system that is adapted for hybrid vehicles. It differs from other comparable equipment in the fact that the [...]
Aug 13, 2018
Luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced at the Farnborough Air Show on 15 July that it is designing and developing a flying taxi. Dubbed EVTOL, the futuristic vehicle would have s [...]
Aug 8, 2018
Tests on autonomous taxis carried out by Bosch and Daimler-Mercedes are set to get under way next year in a city in Silicon Valley. Mercedes shuttles fitted with Bosch components and st [...]
Aug 6, 2018
Since April, the Michelin group has been selling a smart tyre which makes it possible to collect various useful sets of data on how the vehicle that it is fitted to is performing. It wa [...]
Jul 25, 2018
It came down to the last few hours, but Tesla manage to achieve its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s in the space of a week at its factory in California. Elon Musk was delighted to have [...]
Jul 17, 2018
Canadian company Carbon Engineering has designed a plant capable of removing CO2 from the atmosphere and turning it into carbon neutral fuel at a lower cost than existing technology. Th [...]
Jun 20, 2018
As part of its Uber Elevate project, US company Uber has just announced that it is setting up a technology centre in France aimed at developing its future flying vehicle. It will be loc [...]
Jun 13, 2018
By making diesel engines less polluting, Bosch could indirectly contribute to a slowing down in the transition towards electric cars among European constructors. The German giant has pe [...]
Jun 11, 2018
Uber managers revealed details of their flying taxi project at the start of May, showing videos of the prototypes in action. Though the ride-hailing giant has yet to choose a model, tes [...]
Jun 6, 2018
With its new Feel the View project, Ford is looking to use haptic technology to enable partially-sighted passengers to feel their environment. Cutting-edge technology installed on the w [...]
Jun 5, 2018
RoseCar is a portal that allows cancer patients with appointments at the same treatment centres to car share. Aside from saving money, the initiative also helps protect the environment [...]
May 16, 2018
Wednesday 18 April saw Volkswagen announce their plans to install hundreds of charging stations for electric vehicles across the USA. Its energy subsidiary Electrify America is teaming [...]
May 15, 2018
New European directives are set to introduce standards that will make it easier to recharge electric vehicles near shops, offices or joint ownership properties.
May 2, 2018
Ford’s engineers are currently developing a collaborative application whose aim is to make it easier for drivers to find a parking space.
Apr 30, 2018
Authorities in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) are set to test smart licence plates on certain vehicles between May and November 2018. These connected devices would then be able to inform [...]
Chine, Apr 25, 2018
Almost entirely made from parts created by a 3D printer, the LSEV is expected to launch in China in early 2019. Weighing 450 kilos, this electric car will cost €6,000 and can carry tw [...]
Apr 14, 2018
Waymo has teamed up with Jaguar to offer its future customers top-of-the-range driverless I-Pace SUVs. Tests are scheduled to commence by the end of the year.
Apr 6, 2018
Two start-ups specialising in autonomous vehicles and financed by Larry Page, co-founder of Google, have unveiled Cora, a driverless taxi which is set to be tested soon in New Zealand.
USA, Apr 4, 2018
Designed by Waymo, the first U.S. commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers received approval in January.
China, Apr 2, 2018
Baidu, which is the Chinese equivalent of Google, has just obtained the necessary authorisations to begin tests of its autonomous vehicles on certain streets in Beijing (China) and hope [...]
Mar 20, 2018
Automotive manufacturers have used the Geneva Motor Show (8 – 18 March) to unveil their latest hybrid and electric models. With diesel now proving less popular in Europe and German ci [...]
Mar 12, 2018
On 6 February, SpaceX sent a Tesla Roadster convertible into space, atop the first Falcon Heavy rocket, with the car ultimately due to make its way to Mars’ distant orbit.
Mar 9, 2018
In revealing Tesla’s latest quarterly reports, CEO Elon Musk announced that their self-driving cars will be able to drive from the USA’s eastern seaboard to its west coast within th [...]
Mar 7, 2018
According to a recent study carried out by the AAA, only 63% of Americans are still afraid of driverless vehicles, compared with 78% a year ago.
Feb 28, 2018
According to French car magazine Motor1, Ford has lodged a patent protecting future driverless police car vehicle technology.
Feb 21, 2018
Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has just announced that the company will launch self-driving taxis in the next 18 months, though they will initially only be used for a small number of r [...]
Feb 14, 2018
Elon Musk has taken to social media to announce that most of the functionalities of the Tesla Model 3 – his company’s electric, connected car of the future – will include voice co [...]
Feb 7, 2018
The carmaker Ford has announced a series of projects designed to boost the development of connected cars, all through the creation of an open-source platform.
Feb 6, 2018
At the Detroit Auto Show in the USA last Sunday, US auto manufacturer Ford announced to the press that it was set to invest 11 billion dollars in electric vehicles by 2022.
Feb 3, 2018
American carmaking giant General Motors is looking to break away from its competitors in the self-driving market by announcing that it is hoping to launch cars without a steering wheel [...]
Jan 31, 2018
Samsung Electronics chose the CES 2018 to present its new platform destined for driverless vehicles and in-car on-board entertainment, developed in conjunction with Harman International [...]
Jan 29, 2018
A new study carried out by Roland Berger consultants shows that robotaxis will have a significant impact on the global automotive market, most notably with sales of new cars falling by [...]
Jan 22, 2018
CES 2018 saw Japanese carmaker Nissan unveil its Brain-to-Vehicle technology, which allows cars to read the minds of their drivers.
Jan 17, 2018
Connected vehicles, which are on the rise thanks to recent technological advances, have enormous potential when it comes to improving the daily life of city-dwellers, in particular in F [...]
Jan 16, 2018
Nissan has announced that its driverless taxis are to undergo tests in actual road conditions in Yokohama, Japan next March over a two-week period.
Jan 10, 2018
Flying taxis could soon take the leap from science fiction to everyday reality, with a number of drone-taxis currently being tested.
Jan 3, 2018
Easy Connect, Renault’s new brand, encompasses connected car and mobility services based on Android and iOS standards.
Dec 27, 2017
The British government is increasing financial measures to promote the development of driverless vehicles in the country, including incentives for both individuals and companies as well [...]
Dec 23, 2017
Drivers in the city of Dubbo, Australia, are currently testing a digital driver’s licence, with implementation on a national scale set to be brought in in 2018 by the government.
Dec 22, 2017
According to Roberto Ponticelli, chief engineer for smart mobility at Horiba Mira, smart connected vehicles, capable of communicating between one another, will completely revolutionise [...]
Dec 20, 2017
A team from Car Magazine spent a day with the PSA group to test prototypes of future driverless cars.
Dec 14, 2017
What was once pure science fiction is now a reality, with a company looking to produce a flying car within the next two years. China has long been a laggard in this sector but is now sh [...]
Dec 13, 2017
On 13 December in Moscow, a model of the very first Russian automobile that can be entirely driven by the thoughts of the driver will be unveiled. Here is a brief insight into what we c [...]
Dec 11, 2017
Tesla Motors recently unveiled a model of electric truck fitted with four engines. The vehicle will be able to run for 800 kilometres without charging its batteries, and go from 0–100 [...]
Dec 6, 2017
The expansion of the smart car sector shows no signs of abating, with experts estimating that it will continue to rise at least until 2020, with Europe set to be the main market. Nevert [...]
Dec 5, 2017
In the city of Chandler, Arizona, driverless mini-vans designed by Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet and Google, will soon be taking passengers on the roads. The vehicles will have an emp [...]
Nov 25, 2017
Increasing numbers of light vehicles are now being equipped with some form of telematics, with the proportion of new cars fitted with such smart devices also set to grow. Revenue is als [...]
Nov 22, 2017
Excitement levels among Apple aficionados reached fever pitch in mid-October when new images surfaced on Twitter of Project Titan, Apple's driverless vehicle. A ten-second video and a p [...]
Nov 21, 2017
Bosch presented its brand new connected workshop in October in Paris, designed for the maintenance and repair of vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems. The German en [...]
Nov 15, 2017
AutoPro – a technology and service-provider for the automotive industry – was recently unveiled by its parent company, GlobalFoundries, which specialises in semi-conductors. The C [...]
Oct 31, 2017
Self-driving vehicles are the talk of the town, and an increasing number of politicians envisage placing them at the heart of the transport system in American cities. If future users ma [...]
Oct 25, 2017
Like many other carmakers, among them Volkswagen, Toyota has made its move into autonomous vehicles and has come up with a series of ingenious innovations in its new driving system.
Oct 24, 2017
The Mercedes-Benz Group has announced that all its vehicle ranges will feature electric options by 2022.
Oct 18, 2017
Porsche is set to launch the Mission E 100% electric concept car by 2019, with a range of 500 km.
Oct 17, 2017
In October, the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands) is launching an electric car-sharing service, set up by Korean car manufacturer Hyundai. One hundred of the brand’s Ioniq cars will be [...]
Oct 11, 2017
The German auto giant has stated its wish to invest some 84 billion US dollars into the development of its forthcoming electric vehicles, to enable the "people’s car" to become a more [...]
Oct 10, 2017
While Tesla is looking to develop a network of superchargers across all markets, German auto manufacturer Audi has announced a partnership with Alta Devices to install solar cells on th [...]
Oct 4, 2017
Thanks to increasing demand for radars, imagers and LiDAR systems, the global automotive sensor market is expected to be worth nearly USD23bn (EUR19bn) by 2022.
Oct 3, 2017
Ahead of this month's International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Mercedes has unveiled its new, 100% electric concept car that is set to compete with top-of-the-range electric cars fr [...]
Sep 20, 2017
Following in the tyre tracks of Volvo, Uber, Google and Daimler, Tesla is moving into self-driving trucks, a market with a big future.
Sep 19, 2017
Infiniti unveiled a retro-look electric concept car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 20th August. Inspired by the race cars of the 1940s, the Prototype 9 combines a passion [...]
Sep 13, 2017
Toyota has unveiled the FT-4X – a utility vehicle fitted with numerous features designed to appeal to Generation Y.
Sep 12, 2017
A European Union spokesman has denied the rumours that Europe is intending to apply quotas of electric vehicles on automotive manufacturers. European decision-makers believe that they w [...]
Sep 6, 2017
With help from automotive giant Daimler and other investors, German company Volocopter has raised close to 25 million euros to finance its flying car project.
Aug 30, 2017
Following on from the Model S and Model X, Tesla has begun deliveries of its Model 3, a more affordable version of its two big sisters.
Aug 23, 2017
The final obstacle for consumers when it comes to buying an electric car, battery charge times are coming down fast. Leading the way, Porsche has just installed its first ultra-fast cha [...]
Aug 16, 2017
Unveiled at Innovation Days 2017 in Chicago (USA), BMW’s new app BMW Connected+ is the German carmaker’s attempt to connect drivers’ smartphones to its cars before they become sel [...]
Aug 11, 2017
Tesla boss Elon Musk has grand designs when it comes to electric cars, and recently spoke of building a "Transformer"-style vehicle that could charge itself up with energy, using a pano [...]
Aug 9, 2017
Car manufacturer Volkswagen has unveiled a robot, developed in partnership with Kuka, which will automate the battery-charging of its electric cars in the future.
Aug 1, 2017
German start-up Lilium Aviation recently conducted a successful test flight of its Lilium Jet prototype, the world’s first electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet, w [...]
Jul 26, 2017
The spectre of a lack of batteries to equip all of the various models of hybrid and electric vehicles that are set to be launched in the coming years is looming over the world market. E [...]
Jul 22, 2017
Despite offering fast and remote data exchange, OTA (Over-the-Air) technology is rarely used by intelligent vehicle manufacturers for updating their on-board systems. But, in spite of t [...]
United Kingdom, Jul 19, 2017
The British authorities are preparing a legislative text about the use of data collected by connected vehicles, and while some people are delighted to have their personal details protec [...]
Dubaï - Émirats arabes unis, Jul 18, 2017
Dubai Police Force will start using O-R3 autonomous patrol cars before the end of the year.
Jul 17, 2017
Porsche is set to introduce fully driverless vehicle technology, which will provide insights into how racing drivers are faring and enable them to improve out on the circuit.
Jul 10, 2017
Volvo and Nvidia have signed a partnership agreement for the development of a self-driving system, with the Swedish manufacturer hoping to put its own autonomous vehicles on the road by [...]
France, Jul 4, 2017
From 29 June until the end of December 2017, the STIF (Greater Paris Region Transport Union) will be running experimental autonomous electric shuttles around La Défense, the biggest bu [...]
Jun 30, 2017
The car-of-the-future designed by Jaguar-Land Rover is able to self-drive its way around town and has just passed a series of determining tests.
United States, Jun 23, 2017
A survey of American drivers has revealed that many of them are considering making their next car a connected one and that most of them are interested in taking out usage-based insuranc [...]
Jun 21, 2017
Japanese carmaker Toyota is working on a system for preventing strokes at the wheel. The device, which is still at the prototype stage, uses sensors embedded in the steering wheel, the [...]
Germany, Jun 12, 2017
Audi has developed a system which uses the reactions of a vehicle’s wheels to movements in the road to produce electricity, which can be fed into the engine. It will lead to a reducti [...]
May 4, 2017
In developing cars that can spot traffic congestion, operate voice-activated systems and detect and avoid obstacles, manufacturers are investing heavily in artificial intelligence, with [...]
Apr 4, 2017
American automotive group Ford have just signed an agreement with Californian start-up AutoFi, which has developed an online financing solution for purchasing vehicles. Currently only a [...]
Mar 18, 2017
The rise of electric vehicles could well catch oil companies off guard. Having underestimated the global e-car market, they may be about to see it drive down demand for crude oil over t [...]
Paris, France, Feb 15, 2017
“Self-driving vehicles will transform the way in which insurance providers assess risks”, by Noel Ghanime, Allianz Worldwide Partners
Opinion paper by Noël Ghanimé, CEO of Allianz Global Assistance France, published on Le Monde.fr, on 14 August 2016.
Feb 10, 2017
Self-driving cars: Google steps up a gear with Waymo Google has just launched Waymo, a company dedicated to self-driving cars. The American firm plans to continue developing a 3.0 tech [...]
Feb 10, 2017
America’s second-hand car market turns to vending machines : An American online car dealership has cut out the salesman by using vending machines to sell its used cars, a system that c [...]