GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

Sign up here !Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which let drivers project their phone’s interface onto the center screen, are each available in more than 400 car models globally; many offer both systems.

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Secondly, by taking the revenues created by closing the automation loophole and the “robot tax” and investing them in new programs, it would facilitate the next generation of jobs—good-paying union jobs in green energy, early childhood education, home health care, and the like.

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

The panel asked automakers to “develop applications to more effectively sense the driver’s level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking” when using “automated vehicle control systems.” Tesla has changed how Autopilot works, requiring drivers to put pressure on the wheel more frequently while the feature is engaged.

With the Taycan, Porsche Launches Into the Electric Future

With the Taycan, Porsche Launches Into the Electric Future

“It's faster, it's smoother, and the performance is better,” Albers says.The Taycan will feel more nimble and agile than Porsche’s other sports sedan, the Panamera, Albers says.“The torque is there, and it can be distributed within milliseconds,” Albers says.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

Based on a scan of MyCar's exposed database—and Jmaxxz says he was careful not to access anyone else's private data—he estimates that there were roughly 60,000 cars left open to theft by those security bugs, with enough exposed data for a hacker to even choose the make and model of the car they wanted to steal.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi has voluntarily recalled some of its first electric vehicles, over battery issues that could cause fires, though none have yet been reported. The E-tron system monitors the battery for moisture, and Audi says a yellow battery warning light should appear if the vehicle’s sensors find something has gone wrong inside.

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One

Across the field from the human workers distributing packages to the drives, a prototype robotic arm, named Robin, sits at the end of a conveyor belt. Amazon runs simulations to figure out how to keep their human workers comfortable when loading robots with packages.

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Features like Tesla Autopilot count as Level 2 (out of five) on SAE’s scale of automation features, meaning the car works the steering wheel and pedals, but the driver must actively monitor the system and remain ready to retake control.

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

In March, on a Florida highway, the 50-year-old driver of a Tesla Model 3 turned on his car’s Autopilot feature and then took his hands off the wheel for eight seconds, according to an NTSB report released this week .

One of Sony's Best Mirrorless Cameras Is $600 Off Right Now

One of Sony's Best Mirrorless Cameras Is $600 Off Right Now

With many of the same flagship features that made the A7III such a hit—in-camera image stabilization, eye autofocus, incredible low-light sensitivity—the A7II still holds its own against its newer, more expensive sibling, even as it starts to show its age.

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

A Tesla Model 3 sedan that crashed into a truck on a Florida highway in March, killing its driver, had its Autopilot semi-autonomous feature engaged, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

VW Will Make Its Own Batteries to Power an Electric Future

VW Will Make Its Own Batteries to Power an Electric Future

It’s pushing suppliers to ramp up battery production and has already locked in battery supplies for 15 million vehicles, CEO Herbert Diess told Automotive News late last year—a huge number even for a company that builds 10 million cars annually.

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler AG has set the most ambitious target of any major automaker to cut its planet-warming emissions, promising a fully carbon-neutral fleet of passenger cars by 2039.The German company said Monday that electric vehicles will make up more than half its total car sales by 2030, and that it’s working to roll out lines of zero-emissions trucks, vans, and buses.

Why the Air Force Is Embedding Airmen at Carnegie Mellon

Why the Air Force Is Embedding Airmen at Carnegie Mellon

So Pittsburgh will be one of the places where the Air Force puts a cell of airmen, based on our long partnership with Carnegie Mellon, focused on autonomy and robotics.

Tesla's Robotaxis, Ugly Earnings, and More Car News This Week

Tesla's Robotaxis, Ugly Earnings, and More Car News This Week

On Monday, Elon Musk welcomed investors to Tesla’s Palo Alto headquarters for the company’s first Autonomy Day, where he made some serious news: He promised an all-electric, 1-million-car fleet of self-driving Tesla taxis would roam the Earth by next year.

Old Promises Broken, Musk Offers New Pledges on Self-Driving

Old Promises Broken, Musk Offers New Pledges on Self-Driving

By next year, Musk pledged, robotic Tesla taxis will pick up passengers, even though no fully self-driving cars currently exist. Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.Late Monday, the company released a video of a Tesla driving on suburban California roads and highways.

In Automation, the Last Motion Will Come Before the Last Mile

In Automation, the Last Motion Will Come Before the Last Mile

If we want to see robots create economy-scale effects in the short term, we should skip the “last mile” and look to what I call the “last motion.” These are the short task sequences between previously automated streams of work in highly structured environments, where humans currently handle various uncertainties involving physical inputs, control actions, and outputs.

Punny SUVs at the NY Auto Show and More Car News This Week

Punny SUVs at the NY Auto Show and More Car News This Week

At the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its charming little Mint concept, an appropriately verdant electric two-door it probably won’t build. On the floor of the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its sweet little Mint concept, an electric two-seater with a very abbreviated sedan body.

Tesla’s Disappointing Numbers and More Car News This Week

Tesla’s Disappointing Numbers and More Car News This Week

WIRED also this week got a look inside Audi’s E-tron factory in Belgium , the world’s first carbon-neutral electric-vehicle plant. Also this week, we wondered about the road ahead for congestion pricing in New York City and got up close with the blood-toting drones flying over North Carolina.

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

This comes as hiring needs in the industry are expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.Simply put, automating elements of the construction process is more than good engineering; it is also smart business.

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

The robot (it’s thus far nameless, in case you were wondering), developed by a company called Abundant Robotics, navigates the rows between apple trees using lidar, which paints the world with lasers , and images the fruits with machine vision.“In real time it’s recognizing apples,” says Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant.

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off The blue and white chopper is the testbed for Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, a suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload to the point where the crew can focus on what they need to do rather than how to do it.

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight The Model Y reveal is scheduled to start at 8pm Pacific Time tonight, though Elon Musk has a habit of kicking things off a bit late.

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News Mercedes-Benz It’s always fun when the auto show comes to town. This week at the Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce showed off its 2019 Phantom Tranquility, which comes with a volume knob made from the Muonionalusta meteorite—the one that plummeted to Earth around 800,000 years ago.

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car “We thought the kitchen was the most challenging acoustic environment,” says Amazon’s head of Echo products.

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week Tesla is finally offering a $35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan, a major milestone for the fast-growing automaker.

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

To keep things going, Tesla is focusing its efforts on a few key areas, Musk said on an earnings call: reining in costs, improving its service operations, getting Model 3 sedans to customers in Europe and China, and preparing for production of the Model Y, the as-yet-unseen midsize SUV that will follow the Model 3.