Lyft has entered 54 additional markets throughout the United States, representing the company's largest single expansion thus far. The company also added 40 cities in January and revealed its plan to add over 100 cities this year. With this expansion, it's in 94 new locations.
Tesla has revealed a goal of bundling lifetime insurance and maintenance with its vehicles. It has first developed the plan for customers in Asia, who can now get a package that covers the core expenses of owning their vehicle. An expansion to other markets is expected.
Production of the Model 3, Tesla's most budget-friendly electric vehicle thus far, is going to begin in July. In a letter to shareholders, the company confirmed the vehicle in on track and full-scale production should start in September. Customers could get the car this year.
Tesla is going to have more massive factories than its single location in Nevada. Over the next five years, a spokesperson said Tesla is planning to build up to five Gigafactories and it appears at least three have a high likelihood of being established.
Waze's carpooling feature is going to expand to more cities in the United States as well as parts of Latin America. Carpool isn't meant to be a major source of revenue for drivers or Waze. Users pay a small fee to a driver in order to join their commute.
Uber's autonomous vehicles are beginning to pick people up in Arizona for the first time. The vehicles being used in the state were transferred to Arizona after being kicked out of San Francisco, California by regulators. Arizona welcomed the vehicles.
Russian company Hoversurf has unveiled the world's first rideable hoverbike. Its Scorpion-3 prototype has a single seat and is electric-powered. Hoversurf says it essentially combined aspects of a motorcycle with quadcopter drone technology. It can be used by amateurs and pros.
BMW will begin using Mobileye's Road Experience Management (REM) software next year. When the software is implemented, more crowdsourced data from BMW vehicles with advanced driver assistance features will be collected. The data helps with the operation of autonomous systems.
Australia has decided Uber will be treated as a taxi service in the country. Uber had argued it's not a taxi service since drivers aren't considered employees and aren't like regular taxi drivers, but an Australian court struck down that line of argument.
GM and Lyft's partnership on autonomous vehicles could lead to the introduction of a public fleet as early as 2018. Reuters reports GM is working on a fleet for 2018 that will include "thousands" of modified Chevy Bolt EVs. This roll out will be the largest of its kind.
Mercedes' electric Urban eTruck is going to hit the road this year. It uses three lithium-ion battery modules to provide a range of 124 miles, enough to carry out urban delivery tasks. The truck has a max load of around 28,000 pounds. The roll out will occur slowly.
100 fully electric Chevy Bolt vehicles have joined GM's Maven car-sharing service in Los Angeles. The expansion of Maven's fleet in the region follows impressive growth. Since its LA launch in October 2016, there's been a 56% average month-over-month increase in members.
Kia is in the early stages of developing a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and it plans to build the car by 2021. It'll have a range of around 500 miles and offer speeds up to 105 mph, says Artur Martins, Kia's head of marketing in Europe. It may launch other models.
The majority of new vehicles entering the market will be autonomous within 10 years, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Musk engaged in a 30-minute discussion focused on artificial intelligence, which plays a role in autonomous driving.
Single-passenger autonomous drones will begin flying above Dubai in the United Arab Emirates this summer. According to Mattar al-Tayer, chairman of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the drones will launch in June. Their launch is part of a larger plan.
Toyota and General Motors will encourage US regulators to minimize the scope of regulations pertaining to autonomous vehicles on Tuesday. They'll express their views on the matter during a House panel intended to review a proposed guidance from the NHTSA.
A large mapping project at Uber has expanded to Asia, starting with Singapore. The company is sending out mapping vehicles to collect data that'll ultimately improve its service for Uber and its customers. Uber needs data that allows for highly accurate pick-ups and drop-offs.
Subaru has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, bringing the number of companies with permits to 22. The Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit was obtained from the DMV on February 9. What features will be tested isn't currently known.
Ford has pumped $1 billion into Argo AI, a machine learning startup that's going to work exclusively for the automaker on autonomous vehicle AI. This investment is part of Ford's larger push to offer an initial self-driving car by 2021. Argo AI will be treated as a subsidiary.
A new competitor in the Hyperloop industry has appeared and it's from a familiar individual. Brogan BamBrogan, co-founder of Hyperloop One and its former CTO, has formed Arrivo. Like his prior company, Arrivo is going to develop "technology based on the hyperloop architecture."