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Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. and the University of Waterloo in Ontario announced Monday a $1.3 million ($1.6 million CAD) joint project designed to enhance the safety and cybersecurity of self-driving vehicles. Jim Quesenberry, director of research and development at Magna, said the five-year collaboration will aim to tackle some of the big issues in
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LOS ANGELES — Honda is late to the EV push, without an electric vehicle on sale now in the U.S. and not much success with its cute-but-pricey “e” model in Europe. But that’s not stopping the brand from predicting ambitious sales of future EV products. Honda said last week that its initial target is 70,000
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COVID-related dealership shutdowns last year greatly sped up the previously slow and uneven development and implementation of online sales at dealerships. As a result, “end-to-end” retail selling and financing, performed entirely online, are now available at hundreds of dealerships and climbing. Before last year, what most dealerships considered “online selling” was mostly collecting leads on
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The recently completed IAA Mobility show in Munich will be remembered perhaps as the first major automotive show to take place amid the pandemic. It may also be remembered for something else: bikes. Two halls were devoted to vehicles of the two-wheeled variety. Approximately 70 bike and e-bike companies showcased their latest models, and there
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Rather than usher in an era of low-pollution travel, future fleets of all-electric robotaxis could instead deliver unintended environmental consequences. Despite the emissions problems they might solve, new research suggests electrified self-driving fleets could, at least in some cases, exacerbate pollution problems. The counterintuitive findings were published in Environmental Research Letters this month, and come
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The Biden administration has an ambitious, $7.5 billion plan to expand electric vehicle charging to underserved areas, but it must first overcome a host of obstacles that have discouraged private investment in more equitable charging networks. The experience of California — the state with the largest number of EVs and the most advanced charging infrastructure
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TOKYO — Asia’s two auto superpowers, Hyundai Motor Group of South Korea and Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan, may be competitors, but they also have something in common when it comes to their visions of the future: They both believe that hydrogen power is a promising and commercially viable alternative for a coming generation of
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Short of Apple’s secretive foray into automated and electric vehicles, perhaps the most interesting ongoing mystery in the automotive industry revolves around Sony Group Corp. and its Vision-S prototype. The Japanese entertainment and consumer electronics behemoth dropped the surprise of CES in January 2020, unveiling an all- electric sedan that made public its ambitions in
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MUNICH — German supplier giant Continental is counting on the launch of a new business unit dedicated to autonomous mobility to help it become more nimble and more attractive to tech startups it wants to partner with. The creation will also help make Continental’s push deeper into emerging technologies more visible to outsiders and investors,
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As I sat down to write the introduction to this Shift issue on 5G, something interesting happened. I decided to run a speed test on my mobile phone. “Your Internet connection is fast,” the website said. It had measured my download speed at 28.4 megabits per second, upload speed at 2.51 mbps.  Not blazingly fast
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Getty Images This week marks the beginning of Germany’s biennial Internationale Automobil Austellung – or International Motor Show. Traditionally, it is a chance for the country to parade the enduring strength of its own car industry, while welcoming the biggest brands from around the world. But this year’s event, held in the Bavarian city of
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PHILADELPHIA — While 5G networks are still rolling out across the world, some people are already looking further. Telecom companies have started developing the next generation of mobile connectivity, sparking talk of 6G and even 7G networks. By the end of 2020, there were only 217 million 5G subscriptions worldwide, according to a study from
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In a 40-minute video posted to YouTube, dashcam footage shows a car maneuvering around double-parked trucks, closed lanes, pedestrians and an endless stream of other vehicles on a trip from Midtown Manhattan to Queens—all while the driver keeps his hands off the wheel. The footage, taken in July, is from a vehicle equipped with technology
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