Automotive

Tesla may open up its EV supercharger network: The move would mark a stark departure from Tesla’s focus on charging exclusivity, and could help drive up EV adoption.

New safety issues involving Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature call into question the company’s choice to test on public roads. Though rapid real-world testing could advance the tech, it may also amplify consumers’ No. 1 concern about AVs: safety.

GM-backed connected car startup Wejo partnered with Microsoft and Palantir to improve its ability to store and analyze data. As connected cars take over roads, processing their treasure troves of data will be increasingly important.

New NHTSA rules would require carmakers to report crashes involving driverless cars or advanced driver assistance systems. Though some supporters claim rigid rules could hinder innovation, regulations will be needed to convince consumers of AV’s safety.

The automaker acquired Boston Dynamics for $1.1B and is now the owner of Spot, which should help bolster its ambition to make walking cars.

Amazon’s investments in various AV projects could be the foundation for a bigger move into robotrucking.

he AV company revealed details around a supercomputer it’s using to train its computer vision neural network, which it hopes to use in Level 5 vehicles. Critics warn abandoning radar could come at the expense of safety.

New reports suggest TSMC may refocus chip production to prioritize the needs of Apple and carmakers. The potential move illustrates the clear advantage Big Tech has over smaller firms in negotiating with chip fabs.

The recent boom in EV technology has resulted in destructive lithium mining, which is rapidly depleting lithium reserves to supply batteries for EVs and causing irreparable ecological damage.

Cruise will become the first US AV maker to offer fully autonomous taxi rides in California. Though AV rollout has hit road bumps, autonomous taxis and deliveries offer potential near-term market viability.

Tesla owners start smiling for the camera: The company announced it will use an in-car camera to detect and monitor drivers using the Autopilot feature following mounting safety and misuse concerns. Though an improvement, the solution may bring about a host of new privacy concerns.