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 […]

Tesla is working on humanoid robot

August 23, 2021

Tesla boss Elon Musk has unveiled plans for a metallic humanoid robot that will perform unsafe, repetitive, or boring tasks and will be built on the same technology as the company’s semi-autonomous vehicles. The whimsical entrepreneur promised a prototype of the ‘Tesla Bot’, which will have five fingers on its hands and an androgynous black-and-white […]

NHTSA investigates 11 accidents with Tesla’s Autopilot

August 17, 2021

The American highway safety watchdog NHTSA is opening a new investigation into the alleged role of Tesla’s Autopilot system in eleven accidents between 2018 and 2021, where one person was killed and 17 injured. The NHTSA says the involved vehicles – Models S, X, Y, and 3 – “were all confirmed to have been engaged […]

Audi Skysphere wants to be best of both worlds

August 11, 2021

Audi is bringing somewhat of a peculiarity to Monterey car week. Their concept car Skysphere, a modern interpretation of the swooping grand tourer lines of the old but infamed Horch 853, is several cars in one. Take that literally. Actuated by electric motors and a telescopic nose structure, this sports car can actually be redimensioned. […]

Netherlands: Europe’s first fully autonomous water taxi

August 03, 2021

Almost without a wavelet, unnoticed by the media, Europe’s first fully autonomous – solar-powered – water taxi has been commissioned in a pilot project in Teylingen, near Leiden in the Netherlands. Residents can call up the water taxi with an app to bring pedestrians and cyclists across the Groote Sloot to the recreational areas of […]

GM sues Ford concerning Cruise name

July 26, 2021

America’s number one car manufacturer, GM, has filed a complaint against competitor Ford for the use of the name Cruise before Californian justice. In April, Ford launched a driver assistance system named BlueCruise. It gives a driver the freedom of not having to put his hands permanently on the steering wheel. In a statement, GM […]

Belgian Plan Bureau: ‘autonomous cars increase traffic’

July 13, 2021

According to a recent study from the Belgian Federal Plan Bureau, a fully automated automotive fleet would probably lead to an increase in traffic and a drop in average speed in already congestion-prone zones. The study’s author points out that this will result from the increased demand due to the safety and cost advantages of […]

GM pumps extra billions in EVs and autonomous driving

June 17, 2021

America’s number one carmaker, GM, is pumping another 8 billion dollars into EV development and autonomous driving. In November, CEO Mary Barra announced a $27 billion investment in an ‘all-out pursuit of global EV leadership’. Now the counter is set to $35 billion. According to sources quoted by several media, GM will use the money […]

Apple hires former BMW electric division VP Ulrich Kranz

June 14, 2021

The Bloomberg news agency was the first to report a few days ago that Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, co-founder and former CEO of electric utility vehicle startup Canoo. Before that, Kranz was BMW’s senior vice president for the electric division that developed the i3 and i8. The news was confirmed by Apple to The […]

Terhills will transport visitors in fully autonomous shuttles

May 10, 2021

The touristic Terhills site in Limburg will have crewless self-driving shuttles on its territory by 2022. The kick-off was given last Friday in the presence of the Flemish Ministers Lydia Peeters (Mobility, Open Vld) and Hilde Crevits (Economy & Innovation, CD&V). Terhills is located on the former Eisden mining site in the heart of the […]

UK to allow ‘self-driving’ cars on public roads in 2021

April 29, 2021

The British Department for Transport has announced that hands-free driving would be legalized this year. It will be limited to driving with automated lane-keeping systems at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h) on highways. The government notes that vehicles fitted with the technology must first receive GB-type approval and that there shouldn’t be […]

Lyft sells self-driving technology subsidiary to Toyota

April 28, 2021

After Uber having sold its autonomous subsidiary ATG to a Silicon Valley start-up back in December, now is the turn of Lyft to get rid of Level 5. The ride-hailing company’s subsidiary, specializing in autonomous driving R&D, will be integrated into Toyota’s Woven Planet Holdings for 550 million dollars (455 million euros). Pressured by shareholders […]

Volvo and DiDi to collaborate on autonomous driving

April 20, 2021

Volvo Cars and DiDi Autonomous Driving, the self-driving technology arm of Didi Chuxing, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement on autonomous vehicles for DiDi’s self-driving test fleet. Volvo Cars will provide DiDi with XC90 cars equipped with necessary backup systems for functions such as steering and braking. It will collaborate with DiDi Autonomous Driving to […]

Musk: ‘Autopilot was not active in Tesla crash without driver’

April 20, 2021

In a tweet on Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Autopilot function wasn’t active when a Model S missed a turn, went off the road, and crashed into a tree in Houston (Texas) on Saturday. In the car that burst into flames after the crash, the bodies of two men were found: one in […]

Huawei confirms billion dollar investment in self-driving EVs

April 15, 2021

The rumors which surfaced in February that China’s telecom and ICT giant Huawei would venture into the development and production of self-driving cars under its own brand name were confirmed this week by one of its rotating CEOs, Eric Xu. According to the Bloomberg news agency, Xu told analysts in Shenzhen this week that the […]

Mobileye partners with Udelv for 35 000 driverless delivery vans

April 13, 2021

Israeli ADAS tech developer Mobileye, owned by chip giant Intel, is partnering with Udelv, a US startup specializing in driverless deliveries, to roll out a fleet of 35 000 ‘robot delivery vans’ between 2023 and 2028. The ‘Transporter’ Udelv is developing will use Mobileye’s self-driving system, called Mobileye Drive™, to find its way autonomously to […]

Honda to launch Legend Hybrid EX with level 3 autonomy

March 08, 2021

Honda is the first manufacturer to homologate and market with the Legend Hybrid EX, a car that can drive autonomously at Level 3. Honda’s Traffic Jam Pilot’ is a Level 3 function, which means that the car can drive ‘eyes off’ on the motorway under certain predefined conditions. Under the current five-level autonomous driving classification, […]

VW Commercial Vehicles moves ahead with autonomous driving

March 04, 2021

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is consistently trying to advance the development and the implementation of autonomous driving. “With the confirmation of the group’s supervisory board for our Autonomous Driving R&D program, we are setting the course for the future of mobility. Autonomous electric driving will make an important contribution to urban mobility and road safety. […]

Volvo Cars and Geely Auto: closer cooperation, no fusion

February 25, 2021

The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo and Chinese partner Geely Auto, both owned by Geely Holding, are not going ahead with the announced fusion. They will intensify their collaboration instead, focusing on electrification and autonomous drive. In February last year, Volvo and Geely had announced that they were thinking of a fusion creating an ‘international group’ […]

Toyota to develop a ‘fully connected city’ in Japan

February 24, 2021

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has started a program to develop the first ‘fully connected city’ in Japan. It will be a big laboratory for all future technologies like autonomous driving, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). The city will be called ‘Woven City’ and installed at the foot of Mount Fuji (central Japan). The purpose is […]

Semi-autonomous ship sails between Antwerp and Zeebrugge

February 17, 2021

On Monday, Seafar, a specialized company in remotely controlled navigation, launched the first shipping trip between the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. Deseo, a 110-meter long containership – the largest semi-autonomous canal ship – will make the trip daily, transporting containers to and from the river Scheldt and the North Sea. Ultimately, the ship will […]

VW teams with Microsoft on software for self-driving car

February 12, 2021

Volkswagen has announced that it is expanding its collaboration with technology company Microsoft. The deal allows the German car manufacturer to integrate Microsoft’s cloud technology. Both firms’ software branches will join forces to create a common platform called Automated Driving Platform (ADP). In the end, this should severely speed up and facilitate the development of […]

Where no car has gone before: Hyundai Tiger X1

February 10, 2021

It’s outlandish. It can boldly go where no car has ever gone before. It’s a redefinition of mobility. Meet the Tiger X1, Hyundai’s concept vehicle that shows us the future today. Plans to start building prototypes could start as soon as 2023. Like most car brands, Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is reinventing itself as a […]

‘Kia to build Apple-branded autonomous e-car in Georgia’ (update)

February 09, 2021

In reaction to the rumors that Apple was talking with Hyundai/Kia on making an autonomous vehicle together, the Sout Korean car manufacturer denied explicitly talks are still going on currently. It doesn’t mean there were no talks with Apple before. Apple is known to be extremely vigilant not to disclose anything on future products and […]

Ford doubles investment in EVs and autonomous drive

February 05, 2021

Ford wants to surpass General Motors as the bigger investor in electric cars and autonomous drive. Dearborn’s carmaker has announced that it will invest $22 billion by 2025 on electrifying the vehicle line-up. That’s double the investment compared to the previous one, which was set at $11,5 billion. Ford’s new CEO, Jim Farley, called it […]

GM’s Bright Drop: versatile electric mobility for delivery companies

January 13, 2021

General Motors launches a new Bright Drop brand to offer electric delivery vehicles combined with roll containers and an intelligent cloud-based logistics platform. Delivery company FedEx will start using this system from the end of 2021. New brand A few days ago, GM showed its new logo and announced its plans for the number of […]

Why are most (company) cars white?

January 13, 2021

Many cars sold worldwide over the past decade were white, and even today, the number of white cars in traffic is impressive. But why? Is it a question of fashion? Or is it a technology-related trend? Let’s try to find some explanations. According to figures from BASF, the largest chemical multinational globally, last year, the […]

Geely and Baidu to build ‘smart’ EVs together

January 12, 2021

China’s ‘Google’, search engine giant Baidu, confirmed joining forces with carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group to develop and manufacture ‘smart’ electric cars. Baidu will bring in its expertise on car connectivity and autonomous driving, including DuerOS for Apollo and Baidu Maps. Geely offers its manufacturing knowledge and its new electric Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA). Baidu’s […]

Apple talking to Hyundai about autonomous EV?

January 11, 2021

Rumors pop up again Apple is talking with established carmakers to cooperate for building an autonomous electric car. Like the Korea Economic Daily TV, local media in South Korea mentioned last week, Apple talks with Hyundai this time. The rumors boosted Hyundai’s stock value temporarily by more than 24%. Hyundai initially confirmed the talks to […]

Amazon’s Zoox robot taxi: force to be reckoned with?

December 30, 2020

Chances are you never heard the name Zoox before. Still, after Amazon pumping $1,2 billion into the Californian start-up, the robot taxi company suddenly got out of the clouds into the bright sunlight. Just half December, it showed the world for the first time its production prototype (Level 4) steering wheel-less robot taxi actually drive […]

VW shows prototype of its mobile charging robot

December 29, 2020

For the first time, Volkswagen shows a working prototype of the mobile car chargers on which the manufacturer has been working for two years. Via Car to X communication, they not only offer ease of use, but they can also offer charging solutions in places where the power grid is insufficient to feed charging stations. […]

EU’s 82-points plan for ‘smart, green and affordable transport’

December 10, 2020

The European Commission has presented its plan for a ‘smart, green, and affordable transport’ of the future on Wednesday. The ‘‘Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy’ is an 82-points plan focusing on ten key areas called ‘flagships’ with targets set for 2030, 2035, and 2050. It confirms the 30 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030, three million […]

De Lijn pulls plug on autonomous bus project in four cities

November 19, 2020

Flemish public transport company, De Lijn, will not continue with an urban autonomous transport project. The Board of Directors of De Lijn ratified a decision on Wednesday. According to De Lijn, it appears that the market for autonomous transport has not reached the technological development previously announced in recent years. De Lijn’s decision not to […]

Mini presents Vision Urbanaut as future mobility space

November 18, 2020

The Mini brand is presenting the  Vision Urbanaut, an all-new interpretation of a vision of space. This digital vision vehicle offers a lot of interior space and versatility but still on a minimal footprint. “The Mini brand has always stood for ‘Clever Use of Space’. In the Mini Vision Urbanaut, we extend private space far […]

Honda legally approved to autonomous driving (Level 3) in Japan

November 12, 2020

Today, Honda cars can legally drive autonomous (Level 3) on Japanese roads. Honda is planning to launch a Honda Legend for sale with the newly approved automatic driving equipment (called ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’) in the coming months. Honda Motor Cy. Ltd. has received the required type designation for Level 3 automated driving from the Japanese […]

Flanders Make demonstrates the driverless farming tractor

November 12, 2020

A farming tractor performing – all alone – tasks like collecting boxes with harvested fruit or hay bales, plowing a field, and sowing. Faster than we’ll see fully autonomous cars on the roads, it’s the future of farming starting today, as shown by Flanders Make with its autonomous tractor. The standard tractor, retrofitted with the […]

Daimler puts Waymo in its semi-truck’s driver(less) seat

October 30, 2020

German car and truck builder Daimler is putting Google’s Waymo in the driver(less) seat of its American Freightliner Cascadia truck to send it on the road autonomously. Both companies announced this week a “broad, global strategic partnership” to deploy Level 4 autonomous driving for heavy trucks, meaning no driver is needed under certain conditions. “The […]

Tesla scores and deceives

October 20, 2020

In the third quarter of this year, Tesla has delivered a record number of 139 300 cars, more than the most optimistic analysts had forecasted. On the other hand, unsatisfied Dutch Tesla owners have started a foundation called Stichting Tesla Claim to start a class action against Tesla. They claim that the car’s quality is […]

Flemish test with self-driving shuttles on dead track

October 15, 2020

From 2023 onward, the Flemish transport company De Lijn wanted to transport passengers with an autonomous shuttle on a few fixed routes in Antwerp, Leuven, Mechelen, and Genk. But De Lijn is about to call off the ambitious project because it is too complex and expensive. On Wednesday, De Lijn did not want to confirm […]

Waymo starts offering driverless rides to general public

October 09, 2020

Google/Alphabet daugther Waymo is starting in Phoenix to expand its ride-hailing service to the general public without a human driver behind the wheel. So far, there was always a driver to intervene when needed, except for a small group of early riders under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). From Thursday on, more regular Waymo One clients […]

‘3D-printed’ self-driving Olli debuts in Ghent hospital

September 03, 2020

Olli, the self-driving shuttle of American ‘ground mobility company’ Local Motors, made its Belgian debut at the Maria Middelares hospital in Ghent on Wednesday. It’s going to transport visitors between the bus and tram stop and the hospital over a distance of 600 m, with an accompanying driver ‘just in case’, for the time being. […]

Hyundai-Aptiv autonomous driving venture turns into ‘Motional’

August 12, 2020

Car manufacturer Hyundai and Aptiv, the autonomous driving offshoot of automotive supplier Delphi (ex-GM) have baptized their self-driving joint venture ‘Motional’. They promise on-road tests with Level 4 ‘fully driverless systems’ starting this year, and ‘available for robotaxi providers and fleet operators in 2022’. The 50/50 joint venture itself was announced in March of this […]

Hacked ‘virtual cyclist’ can manipulate Dutch traffic lights

August 07, 2020

Dutch security researchers have succeeded in manipulating several smart traffic lights. By mimicking the signal of users of a special app, the hackers create a virtual cyclist who pushes the wait button remotely, thus allowing them to get the green light without being near the traffic lights. The hackers announced their findings on Thursday, at […]

Ex-Waymo pioneer gets 18-months sentence for data theft

August 06, 2020

Anthony Levandowski is sentenced to 18 months in jail for stealing business-sensitive documents when he moved from Waymo to competitor Uber in 2016. Levandowski was the brain and driving force behind Waymo, the Google company that develops autonomous cars. Levandowski took thousands of ‘top secret’ computer files with him from Waymo to Uber. “This is […]