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Auto OEMs Race To Next Level Of Not Quite Self-Driving Cars

DETROIT - Autopilot, ProPilot, CoPilot: Automakers have many names for new systems that allow for hands-free driving, but no safety or performance standards to follow as they roll out the most significant changes to vehicle technology in a generation. Spurred by Tesla Inc's success and eager to start profiting from billions spent on autonomous driving

By |2020-07-16T18:31:36-04:00July 16th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Watch Rivian Launch and Drift the R1T in These New Testing Videos

NOVI - Rivian is well underway to releasing its first products: the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV. As the two vehicles inch closer to production, the automaker's dynamics team has been hard at work making sure they can live up to the expectations of a world-class off-roader. Rivian has released a trio of short videos showing

By |2020-07-10T15:19:03-04:00July 10th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Ford F-150 To Debut With Advanced SiriusXM system

DEARBORN—Ford Motor Co. and Sirius XM announced that SiriusXM with 360L, SiriusXM’s newest and most advanced audio entertainment platform, will make its Ford debut in the 2021 F-150. SiriusXM with 360L is planned to be available on all future Ford models with its next generation Sync 4 communications and entertainment system.  The news was first

By |2020-06-28T18:33:25-04:00June 28th, 2020|Auto Tech|

COVID-19 Could Be Demise For Detroit Auto Show, And Others Worldwide

DETROIT - Last week would have been a big week in Motown, the North American International Auto Show opening its doors to the public for the first time since abandoning its traditional winter timetable in January 2019. The move aimed to revitalize what long was considered one of the world's most important car shows, typically

By |2020-06-27T18:58:11-04:00June 27th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Electric Truck Maker Rivian Moving Some Michigan Sperations To California

Rivian, which quickly made a name for itself with the all-electric R1S SUV and R1T pickup, and just as quickly made headlines with major funding from the likes of Ford and Amazon, had seemed to have found a nice home in the Midwest. It established its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, and bought a former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois. According to an Autoline report, Rivian will

By |2020-06-27T18:58:52-04:00June 27th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Report: Many Consumers Still Wary Of Self-Driving Cars

LIVONIA—Only two in five respondents in a new survey trust low-speed self-driving cars under ideal conditions, according to a new study released by the Livonia-based human behavior and analytics firm Escalent. The study, Friend, Servant or Evil Twin: Forging a Positive Driver-Car Relationship with Self-Driving Vehicles offers autonomous vehicle technology developers a new look at consumer attitudes

By |2020-06-20T14:44:55-04:00June 20th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Rivian Poaches Top GM Design Engineer In Battle Of Electric Vehicles

DETROIT - Rivian said it has hired GM's Design Engineer Alex Archer who led the invention of the power sliding console that is in the 2020 models of the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Denali, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs. A Rivian spokeswoman confirmed Archer, 27,  named on the GM patent, will start on

By |2020-06-13T17:20:46-04:00June 13th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Rivian Hires Tesla Staff To Build Charging Network

DETROIT - Rivian, an electric pickup truck startup, is betting on its own network and it is hiring from the leader, Tesla, to build it out. Electrek has learned from sources familiar with the matter that the automaker is working on the “Rivian Adventure Network” and it is hiring people who worked on Tesla’s Supercharger network.

By |2020-06-13T14:49:22-04:00June 13th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Bollinger Motors Gets Patents For 2 Features on eTruck

FERNDALE—Bollinger Motors announced it had been granted United States Patent on two uniquely named features of its electric truck—called “Passthrough” and “Frunkgate.” Both features harness the opportunity, presented by the absence of a traditional powertrain, to reconfigure the vehicle. “The Passthrough and Frunkgate have been among our trucks’ most defining features, and were an integral

By |2020-06-03T19:51:18-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Auto Tech|

Rivian Reopens Factory – Amazon Delivery Van On Time, Pickup Delayed

PLYMOUTH - Rivian announced that it reopened its factory in Normal, Illinois, after shutting it down due to the pandemic. It resulted in a delay in bringing the R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV to production, but their Amazon electric delivery van is still on time. The electric startup bought Mitsubishi’s shuttered factory in

By |2020-05-30T14:03:59-04:00May 30th, 2020|Auto Tech|