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.

Tesla Offers Free Autopilot Trials

August 10, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Tesla Inc. has begun offering free two-week trials of its semi-autonomous Autopilot technology to owners of its Model 3, S and X electric vehicles who haven’t already purchased the system.   

Amazon Debuts Alexa Developer Kit for Vehicle Infotainment

August 09, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a kit to help software developers build Amazon’s Alexa voice control feature into their vehicles’ infotainment systems.

New York City Caps Licenses for Ride-Hailing Vehicles

August 08, 2018 at 5:44 PM

New York City has approved a one-year freeze on new licenses for ride-hailing services such as Lyft and Uber, USA Today reports.

Waze to Steer VW Owners to Top U.K. Roads

August 08, 2018 at 1:04 PM

Volkswagen AG is launching a new feature in the U.K. to help direct motorists to the region’s best-rated driving roads.

IIHS Warns on Reliability of Driver-Assist Systems

August 08, 2018 at 1:16 AM

Driver-assist systems that provide automatic steering and braking can be lifesavers, but they also can lead you into a crash, cautions the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Startup Readies Solar-Powered EV

August 07, 2018 at 3:22 PM

Germany’s Sono Motors GmbH says it has received 5,000 orders for its upcoming Sion electric car, which can be partially recharged by it attached solar panels.

A Reality Check for Autonomous Cars: Safe at What Level?

August 06, 2018 at 11:30 PM

Advanced driver-assist systems promise to provide significant safety benefits. But some of the initial applications have had the reverse effect, cautions a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

DiDi Invests $1 Billion in Auto Services Business

August 06, 2018 at 2:59 PM

China car-sharing giant DiDi Chuxing plans to invest $1 billion into its new Xiaoju Automobile Solutions business.

GM Launches “Bug Bounty” Program for Hackers

August 06, 2018 at 1:27 PM

General Motors Co. is turning to a small group of independent “white-hat” researchers to help it find and fix software glitches that might allow unauthorized access to a vehicle.

Honda Drops Resistance to Outside Tech

August 06, 2018 at 2:14 AM

Honda Motor Co., struggling with the monumental costs of technologies to electrify, connect and roboticize its vehicles, is giving up its go-it-alone heritage.

Big Oil Quietly Cheers Proposed U.S. Freeze on Fuel Economy

August 03, 2018 at 11:08 AM

The White House plan to freeze future fuel economy rules in 2020 amounts to a revenue hike of roughly $200 billion for oil producers over the next 16 years, Bloomberg News says.

White House Reveals Plan to Freeze CO2 Emission Rules

August 02, 2018 at 3:55 PM

As expected, the Trump administration proposes to cap allowable carbon dioxide emissions from cars at 2020 levels, while revoking California’s power to set its own standards.