Tesla pulls back on full self-driving, gears up for Investor Day

February 28, 2023

Some buzz ahead of Investor Day, a keynote held by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the 1st of March 2023, has American media reporting on a cheap electric model and maybe even a hydrogen version. That’s quite a U-turn for Musk, who depicted fuel cells in the past as ‘fool cells’ because of their lack […]

Schiphol Airport tests self-riding wheelchair service

February 23, 2023

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Axxicom Airport Caddy are launching an experiment with self-riding wheelchairs this week. The wheelchairs, equipped with smart technology from WHILL Autonomous Mobility, are already being used successfully at major airports such as Tokyo International Airport in Japan. The wheelchair service should improve customer satisfaction and contribute to Schiphol’s objective to make […]

Tesla forced to recall 360.000 cars over faulty self-driving software

February 17, 2023

After identifying malfunctions in its driver assistance software, Tesla was forced to recall 362 758 cars in the United States. Models equipped with the Level 2 software of Full Self-Driving (FSD) can act in a potentially dangerous manner at intersections. In Europe, Tesla only tests FSD in the company cars of its staff. According to […]

Audi ActiveSphere Concept takes autonomous driving offroad

January 27, 2023

Is this future of its Sportback models? Audi has unveiled the fourth iteration of its concept series Sphere. The ActiveSphere is the most adventurous of all, taking the previously featured functions of lounging whilst driving… offroad. “This is a new type of crossover”, says Chief Designer Gael Buzyn. After the roadster Skysphere, the sedan Grandsphere […]

Colruyt tests Estonian delivery robot on Belgian roads (update)

January 25, 2023

On Tuesday, the Colruyt Clevon delivery robot, on test since November last year, has delivered for the first time groceries to a client, 26-year-old Ellen Cools, who lives on the trajectory between the distribution center and the Collect & Go pickup point in Londerzeel. Colruyt has found thirty clients living along the route the robot […]

Carrefour starts robot delivery pilot in Belgium

January 17, 2023

After Colruyt started experimenting with an Estonian delivery robot in November, French supermarket chain Carrefour is setting up a pilot in the business park Corporate Village in Zaventem near Brussels with a Turkish-branded autonomous robot. After the first test panel of twenty people, everybody in the Corporate Village will be able, starting next week, to […]

Mercedes gets approval for Level 3 autonomous driving in US

January 10, 2023

German carmaker Mercedes-Benz is the first to get official approval for SAE Level 3 autonomous driving in the US, with Nevada taking the lead and California following, most likely soon. The latter was confirmed by the carmaker at CES in Las Vegas last week. It’s the first manufacturer to accomplish this government approval, beating Tesla […]

Italdesign envisions with Schindler autonomous shuttle-elevator

January 09, 2023

VW’s design and engineering studio Italdesign has explored the boundaries of autonomous shuttles roaming around future cities. It envisioned, together with Swiss Schindler integrating them into buildings as an elevator capsule. The Climb-E can pick you up on the 30th floor of your apartment building and, once on the street level, drive you to any […]

Inception Concept: this is your electric Peugeot in 2025

January 06, 2023

The Peugeot Inception Concept looks like a wild idea on wheels, born to grab attention, but underneath its razor-edged surface sits a guideline for the future EVs of the French brand. Peugeot’s planned entry into the US was ditched a few years ago. With no current models on offer over the Atlantic Ocean, it came […]

Turning the car’s entire bumper into 4D imaging radars

January 04, 2023

At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium and French deep-tech startup Greenwave are showing a revolutionary way of integrating radar sensors into the entire surface of the car’s bumpers to catch a high-resolution image of its surroundings. The companies claim that far more information can be gathered by […]

700 km range and faster charging for VW’s MEB+ platform

December 09, 2022

Volkswagen has released more details on the next generation of the MEB architecture, adding a plus to its name. The company confirms earlier claims that a range of up to 700 kilometers will be possible while DC charging rises to a peak of 200 kW, further shortening the waiting times. The Volkswagen Group builds twelve […]

VW sends Trinity flagship back to the drawing board

December 06, 2022

A new boss comes with a new set of laws. With Oliver Blume now in charge of the Volkswagen Group, his management team has sent the prestigious Trinity model back to the drawing board. But unfortunately, they weren’t happy with the original design proposal. As a flagship model, the Trinity was supposed to hit the […]

Swedish Einride launches in Benelux with e-trucks for AB InBev

December 01, 2022

With a picture of its driverless sci-fi-like electric truck or T-Pod, ‘shot or conveniently Photoshoped (?)’, in front of the iconic Antwerp Port Authority building, the Swedish Einride has announced its official launch in the Benelux. Einride will deliver six fully electric trucks to Belgian beer brewer Ab InBev, which pledges to replace all its […]

Alstom preps Lineas shunting locomotive to drive fully autonomous

November 30, 2022

A locomotive of Belgian rail freight company Lineas carried out a demo run in the Netherlands fully autonomously on Tuesday. In the process, the locomotive also encountered obstacles on the rails, reports Alstom, which is developing the technology. The demonstration, which took place near Breda, concludes a series of tests that are part of a […]

Seoul starts pilot with driverless bus

November 28, 2022

As of last Friday, Seoul’s citizens can ride in an autonomous driving bus. The first self-driving shuttle was inaugurated and must help people take the threshold and build faith in the technology. The bus runs a 3,4-kilometer-long loop through South Korea’s capital, which lasts around 20 minutes. Travelers can embark on one of the two […]

Zeekr and Waymo showcase their robotaxi

November 22, 2022

Geely’s luxury brand Zeekr has launched a platform for autonomous driving vehicles. Dubbed SEA-M, the carmaker presented it on a robotaxi, the M-Vision. Google’s subsidiary Waymo is the first customer. The unveiling of the car, and the architecture, follows a previous announcement from Google and Geely unveiling their collaboration on developing an all-electric ride-hailing vehicle […]

Davinci DC 100: electric self-leveling street bike that’s also a robot

November 14, 2022

The DC 100 looks the part and certainly isn’t an electric motorbike like the ones we’ve seen so far. This ultra-fast and ultra-luxury street bike has more than speed and looks but also robotic abilities that make it self-leveling and self-riding. Davinci unveiled the DC 100 at EICMA, the global motorbike show in Milan. It […]

Swedish Einride’s 2nd generation driver-less truck goes cross-border

November 07, 2022

Einride, the Swedish autonomous electric truck or ‘pod’ with the looks of a Star Wars Storm Trooper, has a second-generation, larger sibling: the ‘Gen 2’. It’s missing a driver’s cabin because it can handle most things on the road on its own, and a safety driver is sitting elsewhere behind computer screens overlooking the fleet, […]

Hasselt’s self-riding shuttle experiment discontinued after crash

November 04, 2022

Hardly three weeks after its launch, the self-riding shuttle in Hasselt has been removed from public grounds. The autonomous shuttle did not always react as it should and was considered too dangerous for public use. Three weeks ago, the city of Hasselt (Limburg, Belgium) proudly announced the introduction of a self-driving shuttle, seating seven passengers […]

European first: Hasselt tech campus rolls out self-driving e-scooters

October 25, 2022

Corda Campus, the Belgian tech campus in Hasselt (Limburg), comes with a ‘European scoop’: a Chinese self-driving e-scooter will pick up passengers on the campus, let them drive to their destination, and then returns fully autonomous to one of the five charging stations within the site. The vehicle is the Chinese Segway Ninebot Kickscooter T60, […]

Twice as good: new lidar sensor from Ouster

October 24, 2022

The American tech firm Ouster has released its latest generation lidar sensor, which is anticipated to boost the research and development of autonomous driving vehicles. Due to the new ‘breakthrough’ L3 chip, the REV7 lidar reaches 400 meters — double the distance of its predecessor, the L2. As one of the leading players in the […]

VW invests €2,4 billion with Chinese Horizon in autonomous driving

October 14, 2022

Through its software branch, Cariad, Volkswagen will invest €2,4 billion in a joint venture with Horizon Robotics to develop autonomous driving technology. Because of intensive urbanization, China is regarded as one of the main instigators of autonomous driving vehicles. Beijing-based firm for self-driving technology Horizon announced during the summer that it was looking for fresh […]

Hasselt to launch autonomous shuttle experiment

October 13, 2022

The city of Hasselt (Limburg) is planning an experiment with a self-driving shuttle. The project is intended to try out an autonomous connection between the parking of the Trixxo Arena and the PXL academy campus. It’s the second similar project (after Mechelen) on public territory in Flanders. The shuttle will be available for one month […]

Gen.Travel: VW’s view on the ultimate self-driving car

September 23, 2022

On Friday, Volkswagen is showing for the first time its Gen.Travel design study at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance in France. Imagine a fully level-5 self-driving prototype with a modular interior as an alternative for short-haul flights where you can sleep, hold your business meetings or watch movies while the car drives, alone or platooning […]

XPeng seeks new breath with record-charging G9

September 23, 2022

With the launch of the G9, Chinese EV maker XPeng is trying to make up for a difficult year. The detailed specifications unveil a high-end SUV with a charging capability that dethrones the Porsche Taycan as the fastest in the world. In August, XPeng Motors showcased a new 480 kW ultra-fast supercharger so that, in […]

Tesla raises the price of Full Self Driving by 25%

August 23, 2022

In North America, Tesla is again raising the price of its Full Self Driving service (FSD), a feature making it possible for its cars to perform semi-autonomous driving. It is the second price hike this year and the add-on, which customers can buy retrograde, now costs five times more than at launch. Until September 5th, […]

Avatr 11 launched: first car with a lot of Huawei technology

August 11, 2022

The first product from the cooperation between three major Chinese industrial groups (CATL, Huawei, and Changan) is a reality. The Avatr brand has drawn the curtain on its first production model, the Avatr 11, primarily intended to attract a premium audience. This all-electric SUV model not only looks futuristic but also has a lot of […]

Bosch invests €3 billion in semiconductors

July 14, 2022

The world’s largest car industry supplier, the German Bosch Group, has announced it will invest €3 billion in semiconductors between now and 2026. It is encouraged by the recently emitted European ambitions to secure Europe’s autonomy in the field. “We are preparing ourselves for an ever-increasing demand for chips,” said Bosch CEO Stefan Hartung on […]

A Chinese EV powered solely by solar panels?

July 14, 2022

Can an electric vehicle (EV) be powered solely by solar energy in the form of carried-on solar panels? The results of a Chinese team of 42 companies and three universities joining forces may show that it’s possible. A team from Tianjin has developed an EV – called the ‘Tianjin’– that is powered entirely by solar […]

Turkish Karsan e-ATAK first autonomous midibus on European roads

July 11, 2022

For a few weeks now, an e-ATAK eight-meter-long midibus of Turkish light commercial vehicle builder and bus manufacturer Karsan has been running autonomously on a daily service from Stavanger’s bus operator Kolumbus in Norway. It’s equipped with autonomous Level 4 driving hardware and software supplied by Californian company Adastec and is claimed to be the […]

Cruise robotaxi crashes day after official ride-hailing permit

July 08, 2022

Just one day after Cruise was granted an official license for commercial autonomous taxi rides, one of its robocars got involved in an accident injuring multiple passengers. The crash is under investigation. According to reports, a robotaxi from Cruise took a left turn on the 3rd of June at a junction in San Francisco but […]

Mechelen has first autonomous shuttle on public roads

June 14, 2022

Flanders has launched its first autonomous shuttle service in Mechelen. The vehicle will be operational in and around the industrial zone of Mechelen North and cover a 2,5 km loop in fifteen minutes. The top speed is about 15 km/hour. Although a driver is unnecessary, the shuttle still has a steward on board, just for […]

Hyundai kicks off autonomous ride-hailing service in Seoul

June 10, 2022

With two Ioniq 5 RoboRide cars with in-house developed level 4 autonomous driving technology, South Korean carmaker Hyundai has kicked off its first autonomous ride-hailing service in the country’s capital, Seoul. It got a temporary driving permit from the government, provided a safety driver is always on board. The pilot RoboRide will be the first […]

TomTom cuts 10% of jobs through automation

June 02, 2022

Dutch navigation service provider TomTom will be cutting about 500 jobs in the coming period, 10% of the total. The job losses will occur in more than 20 countries. The sites where the maps are made will bear the job losses. TomTom has recently invested a lot of money in a new way of making […]

Hyundai to design and build ‘walking cars’ in Montana

May 11, 2022

South Korean carmaker Hyundai is investing $20 million in a new design and development center for future robotic vehicles, like ‘walking cars’, located in Montana State University’s Innovation Campus at Bozeman (US). It will employ a team of some fifty highly specialized engineers-scientists. Hyundai’s New Horizons Studio (NHS), a unit focused on developing Ultimate Mobility […]

Tata Avinya concept believes future is screen-less

May 02, 2022

Indian car group Tata has unveiled the Avinya, a mold-breaking and fast-charging EV concept that preludes a production version scheduled for 2025. In contrast to the overwhelming majority of futuristic studies, the Avinya has a completely screen-less interior. According to the carmaker, less screen time is the way forward. While Tata’s reputation isn’t one of […]

UK to allow watching movies while driving autonomously

April 21, 2022

The British Department for Transportation (DfT) has proposed an update to the Highway Code, making it possible for drivers of autonomous cars to watch movies while the vehicle’s ‘autopilot’ has taken over control. The update also concludes that insurance companies are liable in the case of an accident with these types of cars and not […]

Police pull over Cruise autonomous car with nobody inside

April 13, 2022

“Welcome to the future,” you’ll find on social media. A video showing San Francisco police officers trying to pull over a Cruise autonomous car with nobody inside is going viral on Instagram and Twitter. The vehicle was driving at night without its headlights on, and the police wanted to stop the driver… but there was […]

Tesla to double annual output with opening of Giga Texas

April 08, 2022

Inaugurated by the Cyber Rodeo event, Tesla has opened its new factory in Austin, Texas, not far from its new headquarters. With the recently opened Gigafactory in Berlin, the American electric car brand is ready to double its output and grow to 2 million vehicles annually. And yes, as usual, Elon Musk made some bold […]

German aerospace’s groundbreaking plug-in fuel cell concept

March 23, 2022

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) has developed a ‘groundbreaking’ new concept of a lightweight plug-in fuel cell vehicle combining a 48 kWh rechargeable battery and a 45 kW fuel cell to offer a 1 000 km range. New letter words to learn: PFCV, PFCEV, PHFCEV? The Interurban Vehicle (IUV) […]

Volkswagen’s eagerly awaited ID.Buzz is very future-proof

March 10, 2022

The all-electric spiritual successor to the iconic T1 Bulli doesn’t fail to wow. With intelligent safety systems, bidirectional charging, a spacious interior, and good fast-charging, the ID.Buzz will shake things up in a class still modestly waking up to electrification. Deliveries of the ID.Buzz are only scheduled for autumn, but  Volkswagen already removed the blindfolds […]

Bosch and VW to accelerate autonomous driving

January 26, 2022

Practice makes perfect. Only a week after Bosch and Volkswagen announced a collaboration for equipment solutions in battery factories, the two German giants are teaming up for another technology roll-out. This time the supplier and car-maker will join forces to scale up autonomous driving. Basically, they want to accelerate the market launch, for which both […]

Waymo partners with Zeekr for purpose-built robot taxi

December 29, 2021

Waymo, the ‘Alphabet-Google daughter’ running a fleet of autonomous taxis in Phoenix and San Francisco today, is partnering with Chinese luxury brand Zeekr for a purpose-built robot taxi. The fully electric AV (autonomous vehicle) will be designed by Geely’s research and development facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. The new vehicle will be rider-centric from the outset, […]

Mercedes first to take autonomous driving to next ‘level 3’

December 10, 2021

Next year, Mercedes is allowed to put SAE Level 3 of autonomous driving into practice. The premium car-builder from Stuttgart has won the approval of The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to let its customers use the most advanced version of Drive Pilot in certain areas. In the race toward self-driving vehicles, the German […]

How Stellantis wants to become the automotive Microsoft

December 08, 2021

Software is the new gold in the automotive industry. Stellantis Group has unveiled its digital ambitions and wants to generate 4 billion euros by 2026 from software products and subscriptions. These revenues are expected to fivefold (20 billion euros) by the end of the decade. Replacing the old system of making money through the options […]

Mercedes-Benz invests €60 billion in electric future

December 03, 2021

German luxury car and van manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has announced an important 60 billion euros investment plan for 2022 to 2026. Following the separation with Daimler Truck, the former Daimler Group aims at going all-electric by the end of the decade, wherever market conditions allow. “Our goal is technological leadership in the automotive luxury segment and […]

WayRay shows world’s first Metaverse on Wheels

December 02, 2021

How weird can it get? Sitting on your ‘throne’ in the back of an Uber car that’s operated over 5G by a professional driver wearing VR goggles some miles away, while the whole car and the environment you’re driving through becomes one Metaverse to play with. Like a gigantic head-up display (HUD), holographic augmented reality […]

First Apollo Go autonomous taxis on Beijing streets

November 29, 2021

Chinese tech giant Baidu has started to put into service its Apollo Go robot taxis on the streets of Beijing, just as the Capital City authorized the commercial use of autonomous vehicles. Sixty-seven white SUVs with cameras and radars on the roof are in service in the south Beijing suburbs of Yizhuang. Users can hail […]

Lightning-fast charging Xpeng G9 is coming (update)

November 25, 2021

Chinese car brand Xpeng has unveiled its fourth model. The G9 is an all-electric high-end luxury SUV, sitting on top of its portfolio that can charge at 480 kW. The car will, of course, be available for the domestic market, but it’s the first time that the manufacturer has developed a vehicle specifically for export. […]

Norway tests first electric autonomous container ship

November 23, 2021

In Norway, the world’s first fully electric and autonomous sailing container ship Yara Birkeland has successfully completed its maiden trip last week under human surveillance, but without help. The short 7,5 nautical mile trip (13,7 km) offered several challenges like maneuvering out of a small fjord, avoiding other commercial ships, pleasure craft, and kayaks. The […]

Kia and Hyundai showcase future electric SUVs in LA

November 18, 2021

At the Automobility motor show in Los Angeles sister companies Kia and Hyundai each unveiled their vision of a future large all-electric SUV. The Kia EV9 (see picture below) and the Hyundai Seven are separate concepts, but they build very strongly on the same technology and ideas. Coach doors and a long wheelbase put a […]

Apple hires Tesla’s former AutoPilot software director

November 08, 2021

According to the Bloomberg news agency, electronics giant Apple has hired another high-ranking Tesla engineer for its Titan project; former AutoPilot software director Christopher ‘CJ’ Moore. As always, Apple declines to comment on its plans for a self-driving car. Moore will work under Stuart Bowers, another Tesla exec, who served as vice president of engineering […]

GM’s Ultra Cruise: hands-free driving for 95% of time

October 07, 2021

At a two-day event for its investors, General Motors unveiled its plans to double its revenue with EVs and more services and software by 2030. In the field of technology, GM presented ‘Ultra Cruise’, enabling future Cadillac drivers to drive hands-free in 95% of traffic situations on two million miles of roads in the United […]

Citroën presents autonomous ‘Skate’ concept

September 30, 2021

Under the name ‘Autonomous Mobility Vision’, French car manufacturer Citroën presents a concept of the future’s multifunctional and autonomous city vehicle. For this, it has created a partnership with Accor and JC Decaux, named Urban Collëctif. The common aim of the manufacturer, the hotel chain, and the giant of public billboarding is to optimize mobility […]

Ford sets up self-driving delivery service with Walmart

September 16, 2021

Ford Motor Company is setting up with Walmart, America’s biggest grocer, a pilot for self-driving delivery service in Austin (Texas), Miami (Florida), and Washington DC. A small fleet of Ford Escape Hybrids with Argo AI self-driving technology will bring groceries to the doorstep in a well-defined geo-fenced area. The delivery service is part of Walmart+, […]

TEC’s self-driving shuttle test: ‘positive feedback’

September 09, 2021

On August 31, the TEC’s autonomous shuttle ended its six-month test phase in Louvain-la-Neuve as part of the Navajo Project. According to projects officials, this test allowed them to know the limits of the technology and its interaction with changing infrastructure. Only one incident is reported, with only minor damage and no injuries, as a […]

Hyundai presents its ‘Hydrogen Vision 2040’

September 08, 2021

The Hyundai Motor Group has presented its ‘Hydrogen Vision 2040’. The strategic plan of the Korean company envisages offering a fuel cell version for all commercial vehicle models of the group by 2028. However, it will still take a few years before the costs drop to BEV level. Hyundai plans to introduce a next-generation fuel […]

Chinese Xiaomi launches automotive subsidiary

September 05, 2021

Xiaomi, the Chinese manufacturer of smartphones and other electronic devices, had launched its automotive company last week. Xiaomi Auto has been officially registered on the 1st of September, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced on its Weibo account. In addition, Lei Jun clarified that the daughter company has a starting capital of $ 1,5 billion and […]

Audi shows electric limo concept Grandsphere

September 03, 2021

Audi shows its second futuristic and electrically powered sphere concept, a luxury limo called ‘Grandsphere’. After the sports-oriented Skysphere, today’s Grandsphere is a concept name that covers the flag. With 5.35 meters, it is a lot larger than the A8, Audi’s current (ICE) flagship. The Grandsphere looks particularly futuristic with its concave radiator grille and […]

Will manual driving be outlawed by 2050?

August 31, 2021

“Approximately 1,3 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.” That’s what the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are supposed not to crash. And they’re getting better […]