Wireless EV Charging Goes Mainstream

Wireless charging will debut as an option in some electric cars in 2018, says Chris Borroni-Bird, vice president of strategic development at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a company that has helped pioneer the technology.

Ford Creates Team to Pursue AI, Robotics

June 30, 2017 at 1:10 AM

Ford Motor Co. is forming a new division within its research and advanced engineering group to explore advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.

VW Vehicles Will Get Connectivity in 2019

June 29, 2017 at 12:15 AM

Volkswagen AG says it will begin phasing in technology in 2019 that will enable its vehicles to connect with others (V2V) and the local environment (V2X).

Waymo, Avis Budget Partner on Self-Driving-Car Test

June 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Rental car giant Avis Budget Group has agreed to provide maintenance services and fleet support for self-driving test vehicles operated in Phoenix by Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo driverless car unit.

PSA Accelerates Autonomous-Vehicle Plans

June 23, 2017 at 3:13 AM

PSA Group plans to debut new driver-assist features on select Citroen, Peugeot and DS-badged models next year and introduce a Level 3 autonomous vehicle in 2020. Models with Level 4 and Level 5 capabilities will follow in 2025 and 2030, respectively.

Waymo Hires Ex-Tesla Exec

June 23, 2017 at 12:59 AM

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo autonomous car unit has hired Satish Jeyachandran, the former head of hardware engineering at Tesla Inc., to help it create the package of cameras and other sensors needed for self-driving vehicles.

Ford Expands Chariot Shuttle Service to Seattle

June 22, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Ford Motor Co. is extending its Chariot ride-sharing shuttle service to Seattle following pilot programs in San Francisco and Austin, Texas.

Renault-Nissan Plans Driverless Ride Services

June 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The Renault-Nissan alliance tells Reuters that within 10 years it will introduce ride-hailing and ride-sharing services that feature self-driving electric vehicles.

Volvo to Relaunch Polestar as a Stand-Alone EV Brand

June 21, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Volvo Car Corp. will relaunch its Polestar performance unit as a separate brand that markets high-performance electrified vehicles under its own name.

Uber CEO Kalanick Resigns

June 21, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Embattled Uber Technologies Inc. co-founder Travis Kalanick, 40, has resigned as CEO under pressure from investors. Uber says he will remain on the company’s board.

Tesla’s Head of Autopilot Software Quits after 6 Months

June 21, 2017 at 1:30 AM

Chris Lattner, the veteran Apple Inc. software executive hired in January to head software development for Tesla Inc.’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature, has left the company.

Hyundai Targets Fuel Cell Sales Lead with New Model

June 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. plans to produce 3,600 of its new fuel cell vehicle next year, Business Korea reports.

Report: VW Approves Production of Electric Microbus

June 20, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Volkswagen AG tells Auto Express it has approved plans to build its I.D.