GM expects to “become the first high-volume auto manufacturer to build fully autonomous vehicles at a mass production assembly plant,” according to CEO Mary Barra, who stopped short of setting a specific date.
Drones launched from an autonomous vehicle could help guide it by mapping the surrounding area beyond what the car’s sensors can detect, with passengers controlling the drone using the car’s infotainment or navigation system.
Is there really any difference between the terms autonomous and self-driving? Uber seems to think so, and the company has steered clear of registering its new Volvo fleet with California.
Researchers at an English university have developed a polymer that could boost supercapacitor performance — a technology first trumpeted by Elon Musk back in 2011.
Moia head Ole Harms: “We’re a startup with VW group’s resources and we have a global aspiration.”
With driving ranges limited by current technology, BMW expects it to take about seven years to double the amount of energy stored in a battery.
BMW faces a particularly tough challenge in branching out beyond engines because it’s built its identity around driving performance, and its pockets aren’t as deep as those of bigger automakers.
Production in the region will start in 2021, as part of a plan to sell 1 million battery-powered cars globally per year by 2025.