The Tesla Model 3 is a much cheaper electric vehicle relative to the Model S, but that doesn't mean Tesla is severely compromising on core performance elements. A leaked retail comparison chart has revealed the car offers a pretty fast 5.6-second 0-60 mph time.
Action from the Texas legislature is overturning a local rule in Austin that effectively kept Uber and Lyft from operating. In May 2016, the city voted in favor of requiring fingerprint-based background checks. Uber and Lyft both responded by leaving Austin.
Lyft has added a couple Uber Black-like ride hailing options to its service. Users who want to spend more on a premium ride can now utilize Lux and Lux SUV. Those black car options are initially available in five US cities and they'll reach 20 markets in the coming months.
Uber drivers located in New York City didn't receive their full pay from the company for close to three years. That mistake collectively cost drivers millions of dollars, Uber admitted this week. Uber drivers in the region will get an average of $900 each.
Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division at Alphabet, might have a value that already exceeds $70 billion. That estimate comes from Brian Nowak and Adam Jonas, two analysts with Morgan Stanley. They gave Waymo a value similar to Uber's. It has some highly advanced technology.
To enable the release of many electric vehicles over the next few years, Daimler has begun constructing a $562 million lithium-ion battery factory in Germany. The automaker plans to release 10 new electric models within three years. The batteries will also be used for storage.
Uber is trying out an updated version of UberPool in Manhattan, New York. With the update, the service will encourage users to get picked up at more efficient locations. That means UberPool is attempting to trade individual user convenience for overall efficiency.
An update to Tesla's Autopilot will be released next month, making the vehicles using it "smoother." CEO Elon Musk mentioned the software will be deployed soon and is an update for its HW2 vehicles. It requires more sensors and computing power than HW1 offers.
Although Tesla officially got rid of its free Supercharger access offer for new customers starting January 15, Tesla is partly walking back that change. It's now letting any existing Tesla owner receive free, unlimited access to the Supercharger network.
Ford's first over-the-air software update has brought CarPlay and Android Auto to a range of 2016 vehicles. Every car using the Sync 3 infotainment system can receive those features via a wireless update. Customers can also install the update at a dealership or via a flash drive.
Uber has a new app that's aimed at a different market than usual. Its new Uber Freight service will connect truckers with long-haul jobs. The platform is being marketed as an easy way for companies to get things moved and for truckers to find more work.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick approached Tesla's Elon Musk last year to see if the companies could work together on autonomous vehicles. According to a new book called Wild Ride, Musk turned down Kalanick's offer. He called the proposal "too far out" at the time.
General Motors' Maven car-sharing service has expanded to its largest market, New York City. Maven launched more than a year ago and has so far entered 17 markets in North America. In New York City, the service initially has a fleet of over 80 vehicles.
As Waymo's case against Uber moves forward, Judge William Alsup has issued a ruling that'll be somewhat helpful to Uber. The company can continue its autonomous vehicle project, but Anthony Levandowski has been barred from any Lidar-related work at Uber.
As Waymo (Alphabet) fights Uber in court, it is also partnering with Uber's greatest competitor, Lyft. They're going to work together on autonomous vehicle technology, increasing the possibility that Lyft could overtake Uber as a result of faster developments.
New York is opening itself up to autonomous vehicles tests. Beginning this month, authorities in the state will accept requests for self-driving car permits, enabling automakers and tech companies to utilize the region's public roads. Humans must always be present.
Automakers will soon be allowed to test their autonomous vehicles on Germany's public roads. On Friday, the country's upper house of parliament approved a law that allows for public self-driving car tests. A human must always be behind the wheel, which is a common requirement.
It's looking like Uber is going to be faced with the same regulations across Europe as its taxi competitors. An adviser with Europe's top court has issued a nonbinding opinion stating "the service offered by Uber cannot be classified as an 'information society service."
Autonomous vehicles created by Toyota will be based on Nvidia's Drive PX system. Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, announced during the company's GPU Technology Conference that the automaker had decided to use the PX at the core of its self-driving vehicles.
South Korea's government is developing a large city-like facility that'll be dedicated to autonomous vehicle testing. The K-City is an 88-acre urban complex that'll open in October. It's meant to closely replicate city conditions, so it includes bus lanes and expressways.