Automotive Mobility

The Impending Transformation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 05, 2019 at 3:32 PM

According to an IBM study, “48% of consumers say the vehicle brand wouldn’t matter to them in an autonomous, mobility-as-a-service paradigm, but cost and convenience would.”

Tech Watch

By: Scott Anderson - November 05, 2019 at 11:45 AM

Starting in 2020 new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles will include Alexa integration as a feature in the infotainment system.

Transforming the Seat

By: Daniel Sturges - November 05, 2019 at 11:02 AM

Most know the famous quote from the 1967 film The Graduate, when an older executive tells the college graduate as he looks toward the future: “Plastics.” If I was to encounter a young mobility designer now, 52 years later, the one word of advice I’d give is: “Pods.” As in personal seating pod design for the upcoming massive multi-passenger vehicle mobility future.

Uber Forms Robo-Taxi Board

October 31, 2019 at 11:49 AM

Uber Technologies Inc. has created a Self-Driving Safety and Responsibility Board to oversee the company’s Advanced Technology Group.

Lyft Readies More Affordable Subscription Service

October 30, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Lyft Inc. is introducing a revamped subscription service to replace its pricey All-Access Plan that offers discounts and other perks to frequent riders.

Japan Readies Special Licenses for Older Drivers

October 30, 2019 at 2:58 AM

Japan is considering special licenses and incentives to put elderly motorists behind the wheel of cars equipped with the latest safety aids.

VW Forms Autonomous-Driving Unit

By: Steve Plumb - October 29, 2019 at 9:46 AM

Volkswagen AG is creating a new subsidiary, Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH (VWAT), to head development and deployment of Level 4/5 fully autonomous vehicle systems.

Waymo Confirms Driverless Rides

By: Steve Plumb - October 28, 2019 at 3:25 PM

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car unit has begun testing driverless rides as part of its robo-taxi pilot program in Chandler, Ariz.

Hyundai to Test Robo-Taxis in California

By: Steve Plumb - October 28, 2019 at 2:52 PM

Next week Hyundai Motor Co. will begin testing a robo-taxi service in Irvine, Calif.

Singapore Expands Autonomous Vehicle Testing

October 28, 2019 at 11:29 AM

Singapore, which has allowed testing of self-driving vehicles on select areas of public roads since 2015, will gradually expand such programs to more than 1,000 km (620 miles) in coming years.

Ford Adds Geofence Hybrid Testing to Germany

October 28, 2019 at 9:43 AM

Ford Motor Co. soon will begin testing a geofencing system in Cologne, Germany, that automatically switches plug-in hybrid vehicles to all-electric mode when operating in zero-emission areas.

Mobility Startup Cuts 40% of Staff

October 25, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Fair Inc., a 3-year-old startup that specializes in short-term leases and vehicle subscription programs, is laying off 40% of its staff as it focuses on profitability.