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The mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has been given a name –

The first mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette will have a familiar name. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will debut as a “Stingray” when it’s revealed July 18. If that sounds familiar, it is. Numerous Corvette model years have been dubbed Stingray, beginning in 1963 with the second generation of the sports car. The Stingray nameplate ran until 1976. […] → Read More

Behold, the mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette’s steering wheel –

The new 2020 C8 Corvette won’t be revealed for six more days. But to hold us over, Chevrolet is showing off the steering wheel of the eighth generation vehicle. The photo, which Chevy teased Friday, is just the steering wheel. But there are hints and insights that even this single photo provides. For one, this […] → Read More

Another state is looking at propelling people through tubes at 670 mph –

Another state — this time North Carolina — has been enticed by the idea of hyperloop, the futuristic and still theoretical transit platform that will shuttle people and packages at speeds of up to 670 miles per hour between cities. Virgin Hyperloop One and North Carolina’s Regional Transportation Alliance announced Friday the beginning of “an […] → Read More

VW invests $2.6 billion in self-driving startup Argo AI as part of Ford alliance –

VW Group is investing $2.6 billion in capital and assets into Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle startup that burst onto the scene two years ago with $1 billion in backing from Ford. The deal, which has been rumored for months, is part of a broader alliance between VW Group and Ford that covers autonomous and […] → Read More

This new autonomous startup has designed its delivery robot to conquer winter –

Refraction, a new autonomous delivery robot company that came out of stealth Wednesday at TC Sessions: Mobility, sees opportunity where most AV startups are avoiding: regions with the worst weather. The company, founded by University of Michigan professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan, calls its REV-1 delivery robot the “Goldilocks of autonomous vehicles.” The pair […] → Read More

Zoox’s self-driving car will provide a smooth ride via independent active suspension –

Zoox CTO and co-founder Jesse Levinson revealed a few more details about the company’s autonomous vehicle hardware today, which it’s designing along with its software stack from the ground up. Levinson told us on stage that Zoox’s vehicle will have fully independent active four-wheel suspension — a design detail that will translate to a much […] → Read More

Inside the GM factory where Cruise’s autonomous Bolt is made –

TechCrunch took a field trip to GM’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan to get an up close view of how this factory has evolved since the 1980s. What we found at the plant that employs 1,100 people is an unusual sight: a batch of Cruise autonomous vehicles produced on the same line — and sandwiched […] → Read More

BMW is making it easier to charge electric vehicles near America’s national parks –

BMW has finished a nearly two-year project to bring 100 electric vehicle charging stations to America’s national parks. The automaker partnered in 2017 with several U.S. agencies, including the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and Department of Energy, to donate 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near to national parks throughout the United […] → Read More

With global ambitions, VC firm Maniv Mobility raises $100 million from automakers, suppliers –

What started as an accident has turning into a venture firm with a global reach and backing from a some of the biggest corporations in the automotive and transportation industries. Maniv Mobility, the Israel-based venture capitalist firm, said Tuesday it has closed a new $100 million fund backed by 12 corporations, including the venture arms […] → Read More

Tesla will not “refresh” its Model S or Model X electric vehicles –

Tesla owners and customers hoping for a refreshed Model S or Model X are going to be waiting indefinitely. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday night that there will be no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming. In automotive speak, refreshed typically means small revisions to a vehicle model that extend beyond the typical […] → Read More

TC Sessions: Mobility: Three live on-stage demos that shouldn’t be missed –

TechCrunch Sessions is heading to San Jose on July 10 — just a few days from now — to dig into the future (and present) of transportation. The agenda at TC Sessions: Mobility is packed with startups and giants in the tech industry. TechCrunch has brought together some of the best and brightest minds working on […] → Read More

Where May Mobility’s self-driving shuttles might show up next –

May Mobility might be operating low-speed self-driving shuttles in three U.S. cities, but its founders don’t view this as just another startup racing to deploy autonomous vehicle technology. They describe the Ann Arbor-based company as a transportation service provider. As May Moblility’s co-founder and COO Alisyn Malek told TechCrunch, they’re in the “business of moving […] → Read More

Rivian’s camp kitchen in action –

Rivian doesn’t want to build just another electric vehicle. It’s not aiming to be a Tesla killer either. No, this 10-year-old company that kept a low profile until November when it unveiled an electric pickup truck and SUV, is aiming to be an adventure brand. Or, as Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scrainge told TechCrunch […] → Read More

Elon Musk: Tesla will ‘most likely’ begin computer chip upgrades this year –

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will “most likely” begin upgrading older electric vehicles with its new custom chip this year — a lofty task that will involve retrofitting hundreds of thousands of Model S, X and 3s. Musk tweeted Sunday night that the upgrades will begin most likely at the end of the […] → Read More

Volkswagen’s ID R electric race car keeps breaking records, this time twice at Goodwood –

It took 20 years to break the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb record. And it happened twice in the same weekend. The new record holder is Volkswagen’s ID R electric race car. The vehicle, driven by driver Romain Dumas, broke the record by completing the 1.86-kilometer track at Goodwood in the south of England […] → Read More

Drifting champion tackles Goodwood with VR, 5G and one tiny startup’s tech –

Stunt driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. took a Lincoln MKZ through its paces at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, drifting the vehicle and taking it up a signature hill climb. Except Gittin wasn’t in the car. Donning a Samsung VR headset, Gittin was controlling the vehicle miles away from the Goodwood arena using a teleoperation system […] → Read More

Watch how Tesla Model 3 earned its 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP –

Tesla has extended its 5-star safety rating streak to Europe. In a new round of testing, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) awarded the Model 3 its highest rating of five stars. You can watch a video of Euro NCAP’s crash test below. As fun as it is to watch a Tesla Model […] → Read More

Lotus’ first electric hypercar finally has a name –

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is shaping up to be a big moment for Lotus. The company is finally taking “some” of the wraps off of its first major model launch — and its first electric hypercar — under the new ownership of Geely. And now, one day before attendees will get a glimpse, Lotus […] → Read More

Tesla sets new delivery record of 95,200 electric vehicles –

Tesla delivered 95,200 of its electric vehicles in the second quarter, a dramatic reversal from a disappointing first period that set a new record and beat analysts’ expectations. Analysts expected Tesla to deliver 91,000 vehicles during the second quarter, according to estimates compiled by FactSet. The record-breaking figures stand in stark contrast to the company’s […] → Read More

Waymo is now allowed to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles on California roads –

Waymo, the Google’s former self-driving that is now a business under Alphabet, has been given permission by California regulators to transport passengers in its robotaxis, TechCrunch has learned. The approval is a milestone for the company as it begins to ramp up towards a commercial service. The California Public Utilities Commission today granted Waymo a […] → Read More