An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin , an electric six-seat, steering wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy.

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

Cruise, the startup General Motors acquired to develop its self-driving car , will launch an autonomous taxi service on the gnarly, crowded streets of San Francisco, CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday.

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

I’m sitting in one of General Motors’ fanciest new toys and most helpful new tools, the high-fidelity simulator the automaker’s engineers used to create the Chevy that the motoring world has talked about for decades and that I just crashed: the first mid-engine Corvette.

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

Even a few years ago, when General Motors acquired Cruise and Ford poured money into Argo, self-driving tech companies and more traditional automotive giants understood that they needed to work together to get passengers into robocars.

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

General Motors is upgrading the soul of its lineup, our political parties are still vulnerable to cyberhacking, and Game of Thrones has reached the finish line. A new report details political parties in both the US and EU still have obvious and ongoing security flaws that are leaving them vulnerable to attack.

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

GM's Cruise unit has raised $7.25 billion toward developing self-driving technology in the past year. The latest eye-popping investment comes via Cruise, the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle unit that is mostly owned by General Motors.

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

Since China’s Ban, Recycling in the US Has Gone Up in Flames

“You may think burning plastic means ‘poof, it’s gone’ but it puts some very nasty pollution into the air for communities that are already dealing with high rates of asthma and cancers.” Hugging the western bank of the Delaware River, which separates Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Chester City was once a humming industrial outpost, hosting Ford and General Motors plants.

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

That's the premise of the book How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler, by Ryan North.Without getting into the nitty-gritty details, it gives you the general idea of how things like an electric motor or wifi work. If you can build a radio transmitter, you won't need a clock.

A Not-So-Sexy Plan to Win at Self-Driving Cars

A Not-So-Sexy Plan to Win at Self-Driving Cars

All along fixed routes, all with a friendly attendant in the front row to help new or confused riders, and take the wheel if the tech falters.“Our ideal partners are people that have first mile, last mile challenges, who are trying to help individuals get from things like transit stops or parking structures to their end destination,” says May Mobility COO Alisyn Malek, who first heard of Olson’s approach while working in venture capital at General Motors.1 “What this gives us, essentially, is a captive audience, and a known road network, and nodes that people need to move between.”That self-driving challenge is way easier than demanding a car can go anywhere, anytime.