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Lidar is becoming a real business

Lidar is becoming a real business

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Enlarge / An Ouster sensor atop a Postmates robot.Ouster For years, the lidar business has had a lot of hype but not a lot of hard numbers. Dozens of lidar startups have touted their impressive technology, but until recently it wasn't clear who, if anyone, was actually gaining traction with customers. That's starting to change. This…
Turns out Nikola won’t build its Badger hydrogen EV truck after all — GM will

Turns out Nikola won’t build its Badger hydrogen EV truck after...

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If you’re into the world of electric vehicles you should know the name Nikola. It’s proving to be one of the most intriguing startups in its field and the latest news has only added more fuel to the fire. Earlier today, General Motors (GM) said in a press release that it’s acquired an 11% equity…
Watch Ken Block tear it up in an all-electric Rallycross car

Watch Ken Block tear it up in an all-electric Rallycross car

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Ken Block and exuberant driving go together like coffee and cream, cheese and wine, or Jack and coke. Usually his flamboyant gymkhana runs feature the soundtrack from a crazy powerful combustion engine that sings a roaring overture as he threads his way round a racetrack with pinpoint precision. Times are changing, and the days of…

Acura builds a stiffer chassis and sharper creases into the new...

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The new Acura TLX has just gone into production in Marysville, Ohio. It's a much faster car to build than the outgoing model, with a stiffer chassis and sharper panel creases. The TLX is the first Acura model to feature a Laser Brazed roof. Acura Acura sent a pair of TLXes to contest the exhibition…
Uber and Lyft should just become taxi firms and get over themselves

Uber and Lyft should just become taxi firms and get over...

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If you hadn’t heard, you must’ve had your head under a rock because there’s a new story every week, but ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft are in an intense legal battle in California right now over how the companies classify their drivers. Their future remains uncertain, but what happens if they are forced to shut…
A pretty chart showing Norway and Sweden’s top EVs of the moment

A pretty chart showing Norway and Sweden’s top EVs of the...

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Compared to the rest of Europe, Nordic countries are leading the way when it comes to the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). According to figures from the OFV, Norway’sroad traffic information council, nearly half of all new car sales in the country this year were EVs. Over the border in Sweden, figures from the country’s…
Russian tourist offered employee $1 million to cripple Tesla with malware

Russian tourist offered employee $1 million to cripple Tesla with malware

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Tesla Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory was the target of a concerted plot to cripple the company’s network with malware, CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Thursday afternoon. The plan's outline was divulged on Tuesday in a criminal complaint that accused a Russian man of offering $1 million to the employee of a Nevada company, identified only as…
Little-known EV and lidar firms are raising billions in Tesla’s shadow

Little-known EV and lidar firms are raising billions in Tesla’s shadow

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Enlarge / The Nikola Two truck drives out on the stage at an April 2019 event. Lidar startup Luminar is going public, the company announced on Monday. Instead of going with a traditional IPO, Luminar is jumping on the latest Wall Street fad: merging with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Merging with a SPAC allows…
Electric car sales are on the up — but is coronavirus responsible?

Electric car sales are on the up — but is coronavirus...

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Lockdowns across Europe to curb the coronavirus pandemic drastically changed how we move around the world. Work-from-home restrictions, furlough schemes, and job losses left millions of cars gathering dust in driveways. It is not surprising that the demand for new cars plummeted. In Germany – Europe’s largest car market – new car registrations in the…
How COVID-19 is accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels

How COVID-19 is accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels

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Creative destruction “is the essential fact about capitalism,” wrote the great Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter in 1942. New technologies and processes continuously revolutionize the economic structure from within, “incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.” Change happens more quickly and creatively during times of economic disruption. Innovations meeting material and cultural needs…

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