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Uber Partners with Express Group, Indonesia’s Second Largest Cab Provider

21 Dec uber-germany_injunction-e1445364324739-1024x512

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Uber seems to have come to the conclusion that fighting against domestic cab service providers isn’t really the best way to go about expanding its business overseas. After acquiescing to the takeover of Uber China by Didi Kuaidi, the cab aggregator has now signed a deal with Express Group, that will let the latter’s drivers use the former’s platform for greater profits. (more…)

Tesla Implements Idle Fees at Supercharger Stations to Stop It from Being Used as a Parking Spot

20 Dec supercharger-idle-fee-990x430

By Simran Agarwal, The Tech Portal

In recent times, Tesla witnessed a significant drawback for its electrically driven cars i.e, non-availability of a charging spot at Supercharger stations. The problem occurred due to the fact that a majority of Tesla owners use the charging station as a parking spot and leave their vehicles for hours even after the charging completes. The company has now come up with a solution to dismiss the issue. (more…)

FCA Delivers 100 Uniquely Built Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivans to Waymo for Self-driving Test Fleet

20 Dec Autodesk VRED Professional 2017 SR1

Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) and FCA announced today that production of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans uniquely built to enable fully self-driving operations has been completed. The vehicles are currently being outfitted with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology, including a purpose-built computer and a suite of sensors, telematics and other systems, and will join Waymo’s self-driving test fleet in early 2017. Waymo and FCA also revealed today the first images of the fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicle. (more…)

BMW Details a Virtual Floating Touchscreen ‘HoloActive Touch’ with Tactile Feedback ahead of CES’17

19 Dec bmw-display-tech-990x700

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

In a push for connected mobility, German automaker BMW is looking to move past the usual touch interface in the car dash to introduce a new concept that uses gesture commands. Called the HoloActive Touch system, this innovative and revolutionary touch-sensitive display is installed in the vehicle to display info about music, navigation and more. This futuristic interior, part of BMW’s i Inside Future study, will be shown off at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 in Las Vegas. (more…)

Will Kaohsiung Have Driverless Buses in 2017?

17 Dec navya-624x351

French startup Navya said Thursday it plans to launch driverless buses in Kaohsiung next year. At a Taipei news conference, Navya executives said they hope to begin trial operation of the ARMA model during the EcoMobility World Festival in October 2017. (more…)

Demand for xEV Batteries to Grow 17% Annually in 2017 on Back of Recovery of China’s xEV Market

12 Dec shutterstock_121821430-624x416

Global volume demand for lithium batteries that power xEVs (plug-in vehicles) is estimated to reach 1.7 billion units in 2016 and grow by 17% annually to 2 billion units in 2017, according to EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce. (more…)

Audi to Launch Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology in 2017

12 Dec audi_logo_01

By Aastha Chugh, The Tech Portal

Audi is launching a brand new, state-of-the art vehicle-to-infrastructure platform (V2I) in some of its cars that is truly futuristic. This V2I platform will be able to do a lot of petty amazing stuff — including notifying drivers of how long they’ll be waiting at a red light. (more…)

SoftBank Founder Masayoshi Son Looking to Gift a Million Electric Cars to Ola Drivers

5 Dec ola-cabs-tp-featured-image-new-e1447822439198

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

To fulfill (or seemingly exceed) his $10 billion commitment to India, SoftBank chief executive Masayoshi Son has a brilliant and ambitious action plan. He is looking to launch our country on the path of sustainability with the generous contribution of a million electric cars to Ola drivers. (more…)

Intel Forms An Exclusive Division Focused on Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

1 Dec intel-new-tp

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Following pursuit to its competitor MediaTek’s plans of building a fully integrated automotive solution, Intel is now also hungry for a piece (or a massive chunk) of the self-driving pie. Thus, the chipmaker has today announced the formation of a whole separate group dedicated to lead work on the development of innovative self-driving solutions. (more…)

Designer Who Turns Fantasy into Reality to Help Tesla Make Future Cars

1 Dec xbox-624x416

Tesla’s cars have been criticized for their poor interior design which has failed to match up to their price tags. That said, the futuristic appeal of the cars still attract many young rich buyers. (more…)