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Polestar Begins Making Sporty EV in China

New safety precautions implemented to protect against the coronavirus

Mobility

Toyota Appoints Self-Driving-Car Guru to Board

James Kuffner has the knowhow and background to help transform the carmaker’s future

Business

The Cost of Stealing Google's Autonomous Tech: $179 Million

Pioneering engineer files for bankruptcy and still faces criminal charges

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Rounds Up Nearly $2.3 Billion

Sale marks a step toward independence and sustainability

Business

World’s Top Auto Brands Defend Their Rankings

Brands are forever jockeying for superiority over their rivals.

Quality

Boeing Joint Venture to Test Autonomous Air Taxis

New Zealand program promises to be a world first for tests involving consumers 

Interiors

2020 Mazda6 Signature

Looks good. Drives well. Priced right. Now all you have to do is find a Mazda dealer to get a Mazda6.

Mobility

TomTom Integrates Map Tech with ADAS

Benefits include improved fuel efficiency, pinpointing road hazards

Quality

Waymo Adds AI Testing Smarts

The company’s acquisition of U.K.-based Latent Logic aims to make self-driving cars act more like human drivers. 

Mobility

A New Waze Around Snow

The popular crowdsourced navigation tool now can be used to avoid unplowed snow-covered roads.

Sales

Reinventing the Car-Buying Process

Cadillac Live lets car buyers interact remotely with product specialists, without having to visit a dealership. 

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Joins Apple App Store

Waymo has made its autonomous ride-hailing app for robotic taxis available for download via Apple Inc.’s App Store.

2020 Nissan Versa SR

Nissan has a new car for those who want a new car—not a ute.

Mobility

TRI to Provide Autonomous Rides in Tokyo Next Year

The folks at TRI have been hard at work trying to develop autonomous driving technology and comparatively keeping under the radar, metaphorically speaking. But in Tokyo next year they’re going to be showing what the P4 can do.

Mobility

Volvo EV Gets Advanced Connectivity Features

The electric variant of Volvo's XC40 compact crossover vehicle will use Google's latest Android Automotive platform and be capable of over-the-air software updates.

Toyota C-HR Crossover Gets Mid-Cycle Update

Toyota Motor Corp. is giving its C-HR compact crossover a mid-cycle makeover for the 2020-model year, including revised styling and added features.

Sales

Frankfurt Auto Show Attendance Plunges 31%

Attendance at the just-ended Frankfurt auto show—considered one of the world’s premier events of its kind—plummeted 31% to 560,000 people, according to trade group VDA.

Interiors & Electronics

VW to Adopt Common Electronics Architecture

Volkswagen Group tells Ars Technica it will eventually reduce the number of electronics architectures used across its various brands from eight today to a single platform.

Mobility

GM Infotainment Gets Enhanced Google Power

General Motors Co. will begin using Google Inc.’s updated Android Automotive operating system in vehicle infotainment systems in 2021.

Design

Mopar Makes It Special

For those who are modifying an FCA vehicle, there is only one word they need to know: Mopar

Mobility

Camry Finally Gets Android Auto

Toyota Motor Corp. is adding the high-volume Camry sedan to its 2020-model lineup in the U.S. that are getting Google Inc.’s Android Auto smartphone connectivity system.

Mobility

DoorDash Buys Autonomous Tech Startup

Food delivery specialist DoorDash Inc. has acquired Scotty Labs, a Silicon Valley-based startup that’s developing technology for self-driving and remotely controlled vehicles.

Car/Ride Sharing

Former Google Marketing Exec Joins Uber

Uber Technologies Inc., which cut its marketing staff by one-third last month, has hired Thomas Ranese to head the ride-hailing company's downsized market and branding team.

Interiors & Electronics

BMW Charges Owners for Apple CarPlay Interface

Contrary to other carmakers, which offer Apple and Android smartphone interfaces for free, BMW AG is charging vehicle owners for Apple CarPlay.