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.

California Tests Digital License Plates

May 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM

California’s Dept. of Motor Vehicles has begun testing digital license plates in Sacramento.

Porsche Rolls Out Augmented Reality Glasses for Mechanics

May 30, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Porsche AG has begun offering augmented reality glasses to technicians at the company’s U.S. service centers.

Uber Plans French Tech Center for Flying Taxis

May 29, 2018 at 5:25 PM

Uber Technologies Inc. intends to open a research and development center in Paris this autumn for its flying taxi program.

BMW Expands EV Battery Plant in China

May 28, 2018 at 2:59 PM

BMW AG and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Co. are expanding a battery cell plant they opened just seven months ago in Shenyang, China.

Siemens Invests €10 million in Northvolt Battery Start-up

May 25, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Siemens AG has agreed to invest €10 million ($12 million) in Swedish start-up Northvolt AG to help the company automate production of battery cells for electric cars.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Plans Joint EV Platform

May 25, 2018 at 12:09 AM

The alliance between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors plans to introduce a common platform by 2020 to carry electric vehicles marketed by all three brands, The Nikkei says.

Toyota Teams with Turing Institute on Smart Cities

May 24, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. is partnering with the U.K.’s Alan Turing Institute to use artificial intelligence to better coordinate and improve urban transportation.  

NTSB Confirms Uber Self-Driving System Failure in Fatal Crash

May 24, 2018 at 12:05 PM

The autonomous driving system in an Uber test car failed to identify a pedestrian or brake to avoid striking and killing her in Arizona two months ago, says the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ford Opens Detroit HQ for EV, Self-Driving Car Operations

May 24, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Ford Motor Co. has refurbished a former factory in Detroit’s historic Corktown district and is making the 45,000 sq-ft building the global headquarters for its electrification and self-driving vehicle businesses.

Hamburg to Begin First Diesel Ban in Germany

May 23, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Hamburg, Germany, says it will begin restricting the use of older-tech diesel engines on two main avenues in the city on May 31.

Uber Disbands Self-Driving-Car Test Unit in Arizona

May 23, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Uber Technologies Inc. has shut down its self-driving-vehicle test program in Arizona and won’t resume limited testing on public roads elsewhere until this summer.

Mobileye Self-Driving Car Runs a Red Light

May 23, 2018 at 1:16 PM

A prototype vehicle equipped with Mobileye NV’s self-driving car technology ran through a red light at the end of a demonstration last week in Jerusalem.