Bosch to Build $1.1B Chip Plant for Self-driving Cars

The factory in Dresden, Germany, will start producing chips needed for autonomous vehicles, smart homes and internet-linked city infrastructure in 2021, the world’s biggest car-parts supplier said Monday in a statement. It’ll employ as many as 700 workers once construction is complete in 2019. “Expanding our production capacity will help us boost our competitive position,” Chief Executive Officer Volkmar Denner said in the statement, noting that the use of semiconductors is growing as “connectivity and automation rise.”

Bosch, known as a maker of traditional car parts such as braking systems and combustion engines, is also a long-time software developer and is increasingly investing in newer technologies as the nature of driving changes.

Continental Joins BMW, Intel, Mobileye Platform for Self-driving Cars

Continental, the world's second-biggest supplier to carmakers by sales, said it would play a key role in commercializing the new platform, which is to be sold to other auto manufacturers. "We can meet the steep demands in autonomous driving through an industry-wide collaboration more comprehensively, rapidly and at lower costs than by going alone," Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart said in an emailed statement.

BMW already last year joined forces with U.S. chipmaker Intel and Mobileye, the Israeli vision system and mapping expert on the self-driving platform, which is targeted for production in 2021. U.S. parts maker Delphi Automotive has since joined the tie-up.

Continental Joins BMW, Intel, Mobileye Platform for Self-driving Cars

Continental, the world's second-biggest supplier to carmakers by sales, said it would play a key role in commercializing the new platform, which is to be sold to other auto manufacturers. "We can meet the steep demands in autonomous driving through an industry-wide collaboration more comprehensively, rapidly and at lower costs than by going alone," Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart said in an emailed statement.

BMW already last year joined forces with U.S. chipmaker Intel and Mobileye, the Israeli vision system and mapping expert on the self-driving platform, which is targeted for production in 2021. U.S. parts maker Delphi Automotive has since joined the tie-up.

Tesla Not at Fault in Fatal Crash

Joshua Brown's Tesla warned him seven times to put his hands back on the wheel before he plowed into a truck. A National Transportation Safety Board report on the deadly crash also found that Brown had his hands on the wheel of the Tesla Model S for 25 seconds out of 37 minutes that the car was on autopilot.  The crash, near Gainesville, Florida, in May 2016, drew attention because of the questions it raised about the safety of self-driving cars.

Tesla Not at Fault in Fatal Crash

Joshua Brown's Tesla warned him seven times to put his hands back on the wheel before he plowed into a truck. A National Transportation Safety Board report on the deadly crash also found that Brown had his hands on the wheel of the Tesla Model S for 25 seconds out of 37 minutes that the car was on autopilot.  The crash, near Gainesville, Florida, in May 2016, drew attention because of the questions it raised about the safety of self-driving cars.

GM’s Cruise Automation Wants to Make HD Maps for Self-Driving Cars

As it continues to test prototype self-driving cars, General Motors' Cruise Automation division may also be expanding its focus to include high-definition maps, reports The Wall Street Journal. The paper noted that Cruise is currently recruiting a leader for a new HD-mapping team. The job posting says mapping efforts will eventually cover 100 cities.

Cruise's move to develop HD maps is one of the few major efforts by an automaker to grow the technology in-house.Most other automakers rely on partnerships with suppliers and tech companies to get their digital maps. Ford is backing Civil Maps, while Audi, BMW, and Daimler bought Here from Nokia specifically for its mapping technology. Mobileye has enlisted BMW, Nissan, and Volkswagen to help develop crowdsourced maps using sensor data from customer cars.


GM’s Cruise Automation Wants to Make HD Maps for Self-Driving Cars

As it continues to test prototype self-driving cars, General Motors' Cruise Automation division may also be expanding its focus to include high-definition maps, reports The Wall Street Journal. The paper noted that Cruise is currently recruiting a leader for a new HD-mapping team. The job posting says mapping efforts will eventually cover 100 cities.

Cruise's move to develop HD maps is one of the few major efforts by an automaker to grow the technology in-house.Most other automakers rely on partnerships with suppliers and tech companies to get their digital maps. Ford is backing Civil Maps, while Audi, BMW, and Daimler bought Here from Nokia specifically for its mapping technology. Mobileye has enlisted BMW, Nissan, and Volkswagen to help develop crowdsourced maps using sensor data from customer cars.


A Tesla Rival is Planning to Launch a $7,800 Electric Car in 2018

Chinese startup CHJ Automotive will be releasing its "ultra-compact" electric car in March of 2018. The model will run on changeable batteries so it will require little wait time to charge, and should run about $7,800. “In China, there are 340 million people (who) daily commute with e-scooters, but there is a strong demand for them to upgrade to something,” Shen told CNBC. “But we cannot imagine all of them driving cars, so we want to give them something else, which is an ultra-compact car.”
That diminutive size may seem odd in the U.S., but in urban areas all over the world, this kind of ultra-compact, electric vehicle is the ideal affordable solution to traffic, pollution, and parking problems.

A Tesla Rival is Planning to Launch a $7,800 Electric Car in 2018

Chinese startup CHJ Automotive will be releasing its "ultra-compact" electric car in March of 2018. The model will run on changeable batteries so it will require little wait time to charge, and should run about $7,800. “In China, there are 340 million people (who) daily commute with e-scooters, but there is a strong demand for them to upgrade to something,” Shen told CNBC. “But we cannot imagine all of them driving cars, so we want to give them something else, which is an ultra-compact car.”
That diminutive size may seem odd in the U.S., but in urban areas all over the world, this kind of ultra-compact, electric vehicle is the ideal affordable solution to traffic, pollution, and parking problems.

Pittsburgh to Buy First Batch of Electric Vehicles

The city has ordered its first electric cars — two Ford Focuses and two Chevrolet Bolts — as part of Mayor Bill Peduto's directive to replace gas guzzlers with a fossil fuel-free fleet by 2030. It installed four charging stations at the city motor pool lot on Second Avenue.

“This is like the first baby steps of our electric vehicle conversion,” said Slim Forsythe, Pittsburgh's fixed asset manager. “These are going to be used by city employees who are not going to be traveling 100 miles a day.”