China’s robotaxis charged ahead in 2021

Autonomous driving startups in China are in an arms race to put passengers in their machine-driven vehicles. Every few weeks, news arrives that another major player has got the greenlight to launch a new pilot program or a small-scale service. These press releases, often dotted with regulatory jargon and flowery language to aggrandize the companies’ […]

The Station: A special CES galaxy brain edition

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers and Happy New Year (I was gone last week): Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people […]

Toyota’s latest EV concepts include sports cars and a pickup

Kris Holt Contributor Share on Twitter Kris Holt is a contributing writer at Engadget. More posts by this contributor Polestar will increase its EV’s horsepower with a €1,000 software update Designers hope hydrogen-powered plane will fly halfway around the world without refueling Toyota now aims to roll out 30 electric vehicles by 2030, expanding on […]

Mobility software startup Apex.ai lands supplier giants Continental, ZF as investors

The four years that Apex.ai spent rewriting — and then safety certifying — the robot operating system to give automakers and other mobility companies a toolkit to integrate software applications into vehicles has paid off. The startup founded by Bosch veterans and automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic has attracted a number of new […]

Toyota will build its first US battery plant in North Carolina

Toyota Motor will build its first battery factory in the U.S. in North Carolina, the company and state officials confirmed Monday, as more automakers seek to take control of the supply chain with in-house battery manufacturing plants. Toyota will invest $1.29 billion in the plant, which will be called Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC), […]

Torture testing a Porsche Cayenne S on the Rebelle Rally

The killer app of any tech is to make your life easier and more comfortable; the GPS in your car helps you find the best route to a restaurant when traffic is backed up, if you have cruise control, you can set a speed on the highway to ensure that you don’t get a ticket. […]

Subaru’s first all-electric vehicle makes its American debut

Subaru pulled the cover off its first all-electric crossover for the second time in November. This time, the 2023 Subaru Solterra electric crossover — the Toyota bZ4X doppelgänger — made its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The first all-electric subcompact crossover is a joint project, like the Subaru BR-Z and the Toyota […]

Autonomous driving startup Momenta raises another $500M

In the wake of a $300 million investment from General Motors in September, Momenta, an autonomous driving solution provider from China, announced today an additional $500 million added to its Series C round. The new injection brings the total of the startup’s Series C to over $1 billion. Momenta adapts what it calls a two-legged […]

Toyota’s first battery EV has 280-mile range and a solar roof option

Igor Bonifacic Contributor Igor Bonifacic is a contributing writer at Engadget. More posts by this contributor Sony buys remake and remaster studio Bluepoint Games 1Password can now randomly generate email addresses for logins This past April, Toyota teased the bZ4X, the first of seven “Beyond Zero” fully electric vehicles the automaker said it would debut by […]

Hyundai Motor plans to develop its own chips

Hyundai Motors is the latest automaker to announce plans to develop its own semiconductor chips in order to reduce reliance on chipmakers, according to the company’s global chief operating officer, Jose Munoz. As car sales fell during the pandemic, automakers paused their orders just as electronics manufacturers began ramping up production, and snapping up the […]