This week sees the opening of the Frankfurt Auto Show, but Ford Motor Company got a jump start on news week with the unveiling of a new concept car at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany this week. While the car itself is not new, the technology on board is a big step towards cars that eventually drive themselves.
There has been a lot of buzz as of late regarding autonomous cars and the future of the automobile. While Google kick started the conversation with a self-driving Prius that went 300,000 miles without an accident (save for one minor human-driven mishap), automakers around the globe are dog-piling onto the idea. But is the technology really there yet?
The traditional model of conventional automakers is being turned on its head by upstarts like Tesla Motors and tech companies like Google. The world is changing at a rapid pace, and unlikely allies are forming in between the automotive sector and other industries. One day you could end up in a self-driving Ford Taurus by IKEA.
The driverless car is here. Sometimes referred to as “autonomous cars”, they are on the roads, in the parking lots, and could be in your neighbor’s garage if you happen to live in or around Silicon Valley. Like it or not, in other words, cars that drive themselves are a thing that exists today – and I, for one, couldn’t be happier!
Tony Hsieh, the CEO of online shoe store Zappos, has a plan for downtown Las Vegas. Part of that plan includes a new car sharing service called Project 100. And by now you’ve probably concluded that Project 100 stands for the 100 Tesla Model S EVs at the core of this new car sharing service. But will it work?
Once upon a time, owning a car was a middle-class dream for people all over the world. Yet as car ownership gets more and more expensive, consumers are looking to alternatives, such as car sharing, to offset the cost. Ford’s European division is launching its own car sharing service, called Ford2go, starting in Germany.
Since the invention of the so-called “automobile”, self-driving cars have never strayed far from the imagination of human beings. We finally appear to be on the cusp of seeing real progress in the world of autonomous vehicles, and as this next video of self-driving Japanese box trucks shows, the implications for both businesses and the environment are huge.
Some days it is hard not to marvel at the technology surrounding us on a daily basis. Smartphones, tablets, and electric cars are all in their beginning stages, and a team of U.K. researchers wants to integrate self-driving car technology into the Apple iPad. The result is a low-cost, self-driving Nissan Leaf that could pave the way for true “auto” mobiles.
DriveNow GmbH, a joint car-sharing venture between BMW and Sixt AG has begun turning a profit, and one of its closest competitors, which is Daimler’s Car2Go, should be “back in the black” by next year.
Volvo is considered one of the safest cars on the road. So how do you improve on that? Well, for Volvo the solution is to remove the human element. Volvo has announced development of a self-driving car and plans on having a self-driving fleet by 2020. Volvo is planning to release the first batch of […]
Is car-sharing a trend for the future, or a flash-in-the-pan? That’s the question on a lot of minds these days as companies like ZipCar continue to grow, especially in the younger demographics. Eager to get into the game as well, rental car company Avis has put in a $491 million bid to buy ZipCar, though there are already questions regarding the legality of the sale.
The field of impact investing is a relatively new phenomenon, but its popularity is growing quickly, as investors seek financial AND other returns on their investments, usually environmental and social benefits. In impact investing, investors get to make a buck and feel good about it, too. Impact investing includes fairly mainstream investments, like Tesla’s initial public offering (IPO) that netted the company over $200 million.
Are we really getting closer to a world where cars drive themselves? The politicians in Washington D.C. seem to think so, which is why they are working out a new set of national laws and regulations guiding the development, and eventual deployment, of autonomous cars.
A couple of years ago when Toyota announced it was working on an all-electric version of its iQ microcar, EV enthusiasts were excited. But last month Toyota backtracked, saying it would launch just a small fleet of the tiny iQ EV. The Japanese automaker has now released details on where those few EVs are going, and it is mostly to college campuses and car-sharing services.
An ambitious electric car-sharing program started last year in Paris – long time Gas2 readers may remember the Autolib system, a dense network of charging stations and rentable electric BlueCars. The little silver cars with colorful stickers are supposed to number 3000 by the end of next year, but they seem to be ever so […]
Pininfarina and Bollore’s adorable B0 electric city car is finally hitting the Parisian streets thanks to the Autolib’, an all-electric, self-service car sharing program.