Japan has hotels that are operated by robots and androids that serve as clerks at department stores. The latest unmanned project to come out of Japan is the robot cab. (Video)
Cheaper robots may help move some car manufacturing work away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Donald Walker, Chief Executive of auto supplier Magna told Reuters.
It has been confirmed, Apple is building its own autonomous car. With Apple’s entry, it’s clear. The automotive industry has opened up again. The manufacturers we’ve become so familiar with over the last century — Daimler, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors — aren’t necessarily the vendors we’ll be thinking of in the future. Competition is increasingly going to come from tech firms like Tesla, Google, and Apple, each of whom is building towards a future of autonomous vehicles that are basically highly advanced computers on wheels.
China’s Netflix, LeTV, is developing an electric car to take on Tesla. They’ve hired 600 people—including 200 stationed in the U.S.—to develop the car that they revealed for the first time.
StoreDot, a three-year-old Israeli startup, is developing an electric car battery that will let electric cars travel hundreds of miles after only five minutes of charging.
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, tweeted in December that the all-electric carmaker was working on a charger “that automatically moves out from the wall and connects like a solid metal snake. A video shows it’s more bizarre and mesmerizing than we could have imagined. Of its unveiling, Musk tweeted, “Tesla Snakebot autocharger prototype. Does seem kinda wrong :)”
The Tesla brand is a perfect example of the current trend of the best designed products come with a hefty price point. Elon Musk understands that many people make great sacrifices to purchase one of Tesla’s incredible sexy electric cars. Now in an attempt to ease the burden, and perhaps expand their market share, Tesla unveiled plans for their next ground-breaking innovation: a plug-in hybrid mobile home. Continue reading… “New plug-in hybrid mobile home design, the Model H, unveiled by Tesla”
Over 14,000 electric cars were sold in the UK in the first half of the year, the increase over the same period in 2014 is a whopping 350%. Continue reading… “Electric car registrations are up 350% in the UK”
Owning a car, in just a few short decades, could be a lot like owning a horse — mostly for hobbyists and really unnecessary for transportation purposes. Continue reading… “The death of car ownership?”
Audi researchers have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical: Without using any petroleum whatsoever, they’ve created a small batch of synthetic gasoline. Continue reading… “Audi made synthetic gasoline without using any petroleum”
It’s easier than ever to ‘drive 65’ in an electric luxury vehicle, with nearly 200 Tesla Supercharger stations strategically placed throughout the continental U.S. and another 150 elsewhere on the planet. Continue reading… “Tesla Model S drivers have traveled over one billion all electric miles”
Vehicles are collecting scads of data about the cars, their drivers, their locations, and their driving habits, as they become increasingly dependent upon cloud services and loaded down with code, processors and devices. Continue reading… “Auto industry trying to solve IoT privacy concerns”