Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘steering wheel of the future’ could one day become the only part of one of its cars that people actually own, the company teased ahead of the wheel’s introduction at the annual Tech Fest in London, UK, Sept. 7. The Sayer steering-wheel concept is the first voice-activated artificial-intelligence steering wheel able to […]

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BMW-owned Mini debuted its Electric Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany (Sept. 16-24), promising to unveil a full production version in 2019. The plug-in electric concept “moves the brand’s urban tradition into the electric age, and in doing so spices up the conventional notion of electric mobility.” The debut follows the launch of […]

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) believes that sales of electric vehicles will be five times stronger by 2040 than anyone previously predicted, says a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). According to alternative-vehicle website Green Car Reports, in 2016 BNEF’s analysts said that 35 per cent of new cars would run on […]

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The Germany-based company is offering test rides in an A7 Piloted Driving Concept sedan to demonstrate its autonomous technologies on a 28-mile stretch of the country’s autobahn highway system. The drive begins and ends at Munich airport and includes an Audi expert on board as the vehicle negotiates the route itself at speeds up to […]

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Insurance companies in the United Kingdom say the auto industry needs to make a clear and fundamental distinction between ‘Assisted’ and ‘Automated’ autonomous driving systems. The industry is on a path to building vehicles that increasingly will drive themselves but aren’t there yet, requiring drivers to periodically retake vehicle control. The Association of British Insurers, […]

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General Motors’ next electric car will be a Buick tall wagon based on the platform that underpins the Chevrolet Bolt EV, according to Web magazine InsideEVs. The news follows GM CEO Mary Barra’s remarks earlier this year that the Bolt was never intended to be a standalone offering. “The Bolt is our platform that we’re […]

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Audi will be the first Germany-based automaker to race in the all-electric Formula E championship, and will be followed in the global series a year later by a BMW-sponsored campaign in conjunction with United States-based Andretti Racing. Audi is taking over ABT Sportsline’s place on the grid; the team has competed in the series since […]

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The company says that every vehicle it launches from 2019 on will have an electric motor, making it the first global automaker to offer its full range of vehicles with more than internal combustion for motivation. Volvo is placing electrification ‘at the core of its future business,’ and that it’s paving the way for a […]

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The automaker has committed to achieving Level 4 autonomy for the vehicles it builds by 2025. Level 4 autonomy would handle all driving tasks without requiring human intervention though it would always be an option, essential to achieving accident-free roads, the company said. Honda earlier announced a goal to attain Level 3 autonomy by 2020. […]

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The Germany-based company has partnered with Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) to conduct joint research into the intelligent car of the future. Through the Audi.JKU Deep Learning Centre, and working with one of Europe’s leading experts in artificial intelligence, Prof. Sepp Hochreiter, Audi plans to promote the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in automobiles. […]

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